Are you a fan of podcasts? There are literally thousands out there and many have great things to say. So, if you want to learn something new or just need a bit of entertainment while in transit or completing errands, podcasts are the way to go. We’ve brought you the top ones on parenting.
Spawned is a podcast from Cool Mom Picks founders Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase. Their easy-going banter covers everything from politics, to pop culture, employment, social media and entertainment. The duo give a positive take on being a mom in a contemporary world, giving light-hearted advice and offering a bit of humor on sometimes, not so friendly topics, such as 10 things not to say to a working mom.
2. For Crying Out Loud
For Crying Out Loud is a podcast hosted by Lynette Carolla, wife of comedian Adam Carolla and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor best-selling author of Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay. If you’re in need for something light-hearted, an hour with these two guarantees a laugh. They cover a range of topics from marriages, raising kids, lifestyle picks for mommies and even reality TV. Not only is this podcast instructive, but it’s pure entertainment.
3. Totally Mommy
Totally Mommy is one of varieties of podcasts from Totally Laime founder Elizabeth Laime and Vanessa Ragland. The two have a cool and refreshing rapport on some heavy hitting subjects such as religious or nonreligious schools for kids, severing ties with toxic family members or whether to get involved when your loved one becomes an absentee parents. They also cover informative topics like choosing the right birthing plan or placenta pills. The podcast is non-judgemental and offers advice from different personal perspectives that the two hosts, or guest speakers have experienced.
Unruffled is a podcast created by Janet Lansbury, author of No Bad Kids and Elevating Child Care. Janet takes a serene and tranquil tone, while tackling problematic and rather exhausting situations parents might face with their toddlers, reassuring listeners that things will be ok. She teaches Magda Gerber’s approach in being fully aware and observing your child’s behavior, so that parents might understand their motivations. She also takes a personal approach by exploring different questions that her audience sends in.
5. Mom and Dad are Fighting
Mom and Dad are Fighting is created by SLATE, an online current affairs, politics and culture magazine. Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss the latest parenting news, including disciplining children, deciding when to stop trick-or-tricking, book reviews, nannies and religious celebrations for your atheist child. Phfew! The two try to keep it civil over these tough topics.
6. The Longest Shortest Time
The Longest Shortest Time is hosted by Hillary Frank, author of Better Than Running at Night, I Can’t Tell You and The View From the Top. Hillary has a slow, soothing tone that lets listeners fall right into her words. She delightfully puts a humorous spin on some hard subjects, such as kids asking about death, a guest comedian talking to his mother about sex, or how exciting it is to be 100 years old! She covers parenting from all stages, whether dealing with little ones, to working while being a parent, to understanding identity — all in such a pleasant way — you’ll never want to stop listening.
Mamalode is a podcast from Mamalode, the magazine, website and event production company for moms and parents. Mamalode is an interesting podcast in that it features essays on parenting from a variety of authors, followed by a discussion with them about their work and parenting experiences. Mamalode takes a thoughtful, poetic approach to exploring parenthood that listeners everywhere should give a shot.
8. The Modern Dads
The Modern Dads podcast is created by CITY DADS GROUP, an organization dedicated to helping fathers socialize and support one another. Matt Schneider, the co-founder of CITY DADS GROUP has helped to work and create communities of dads across the US. The Modern Dads podcast discusses the duplicity of working while parenting, relationships, the role of the father and parenthood in general. They share stories with other dads in order to shape and perpetually rework the definition of being a “good dad.”
9. Little Sprigs
The Little Sprigs podcast interviews experts in early childhood development, communication and mindfulness. The focus of this podcast is to provide listeners with information and support so that they might better connect with their children. Host, Christina Perez focuses on more spiritual topics that promotes peaceful growth, such as raising confident and resilient children, self care as a spiritual practice and empowering your child through unconditional love.
10. Quiet: The Power of Introverts with Susan Cain
This podcast is hosted by Susan Cain, author of Quiet: in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Quiet is aptly named, as its focus is on introverts — whether it be introverted parents or extroverted parents raising introverted children. These differences in personality types may sometimes be difficult to manage, but Susan explores how to nurture your children in a way that makes them feel safe and confident in public settings, such as school. She also discusses ways in which they can thrive on social media and how to bolster their self-esteem through sports. For many parents struggling to understand a child who might not seem as engaged, this is definitely the podcast for you.
Have we missed any podcasts that you enjoy listening to? Let us know in the comments below.
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