Raising children means facing new and unexpected situations on an almost daily basis. It can sometimes be isolating, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic still in our midst, closing off some social circles where parents used to gather and commiserate. But how to fit this into our already busy schedules? Try parenting podcasts. They can be listened to in a car, during your morning walk or run, or even while doing household chores. If you’re looking for that feeling of camaraderie, these parenting podcasts will do the trick.
Little Sprigs calls itself “the path to peace with your preschooler,” but it offers relevant insights into parenting older children, too. Host Christina Perez interviews early childhood experts about parenting with no punishments, bribes, or threats. Little Sprigs can veer a little “New Age” in terms of themes of spirituality and mindfulness, but even those who aren’t into that can find useful tips on a connected and peaceful relationship with their kids.
Janet Lansbury is a parenting expert and the author of two books on babies and toddlers, and her soothing, reassuring advice makes you feel as if you really can be a calm, confident parent even in the face of toddler meltdowns and defiance. Lansbury’s approach focuses on respect for the child and acceptance of her emotions and development, but allows for firm parental limits as needed. Unruffled offers extremely practical and specific advice for common parenting situations.
As we all know, parenthood can feel like one big roller coaster with multiple ups and downs, often just within a day. Raw is the first word that comes to mind with this refreshing podcast. Radically honest in their approach to sharing all the ups, downs, struggles, and gray areas that come with marriage, relationships, parenting, careers, and life in general. They bring in experts, inspirational leaders, and celebrities to talk about big issues every parent faces in a straightforward and easy to digest format.
Quiet is hosted by Susan Cain, author of the bestselling book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” It addresses the special challenges (and joys) that can come with introverted children, such as parenting an introvert when you’re an extrovert, how to support and encourage introverted children in school and sports, whether you have a quietly gifted child, and more. Bite-size (20-30 minute) segments make this an easy one to catch up on while running errands in the car.
The Boob Group is a perky morning-show-style podcast entirely about breastfeeding. Hosted by a lactation consultant, the podcast brings an expert-advice, no judgment, support-minded approach to mothers in all types of breastfeeding and pumping situations. Topics include how stress affects breastfeeding and the issue of bringing breast milk to daycare. Interactive elements include opportunities to ask questions of experts and a Facebook page.
Mom and Dad Are Fighting focuses on current events and contemporary parenting issues by way of newsy interviews and witty, entertaining banter. The hosts, who are not a couple, have five kids ages 2 to 10 and freely share their own parenting experiences, including their “Triumphs and Fails” in a regular segment on the biweekly podcast. Their conversations prove that, when it comes to raising kids, sometimes there’s no one, right answer.
This is the podcast where you can find all those real-mom tricks and hacks. The hosts, Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers, have eight kids of all ages between them, so they’ve seen and heard it all. Their weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, while cutting back on comparisons, worry, and stress. If you’re not sure where to dip in, they’ve also come up with a list of their most popular episodes, sorted by age group.
The Longest Shortest Time, hosted by Hillary Frank, tells interesting, offbeat stories of motherhood through in-depth interviews. It’s no surprise, given that Frank has been a contributor to “This American Life,” that The Longest Shortest Time’s narrative format is evocative of that granddaddy of radio and podcast. Hear quirky, unusual and always-thought-provoking stories of military motherhood, farm motherhood and much more.
The Modern Dads Podcast grew out of the City Dads Group, a dad network and local meet-up group in 20 U.S. cities and growing. Matt Schneider, co-organizer of City Dads Group, hosts this newsy podcast. Schneider interviews expert guests and authors, discusses current events and issues in parenting and, overarching all, focuses on involved fatherhood. In a parenting world still dominated by Mommy groups and Mommy content, City Dads groups and the podcast fill an important niche.
Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell are the hosts of this podcast. These two women—one Black and one white come from different worlds, but have become close friends through their shared experiences as suburban ‘boy moms,’ and working women in male-dominated workplaces. Listen in as they chat with each other and connect with guests about parenting and pop culture and the tragedies and triumphs of motherhood with honesty, empathy and humor.
Spawned is hosted by Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner, the founders of Cool Mom Picks and moms of six kids ranging from 5 to 11 years old. Chase and Gumbinner talk about current parenting issues in the news and host the occasional expert guest, but sometimes just offer entertaining chatter about pop culture and parenthood in the elementary school years. The podcast is always fast-moving, friendly and never judgmental.
Totally Mommy is two down-to-earth comics, Elizabeth Laime and Vanessa Ragland hosting a chatty show about the honest ups and downs of life with little ones. Thanks to great chemistry, there is never a lag in the show’s energy. Each week, Laime and Ragland also discuss answers to reader parenting dilemmas including uninvolved grandparents, and discussing body parts and privacy with little ones.
Parenting and podcasts truly go hand-in-hand. You can throw on a podcast whenever you’re doing any of those endless, day-to-day parenting tasks — folding clothes, washing bottles, putting blocks and action figures away — and feel like you’re somehow doubling your productivity. All you have to do is listen and let the parenting knowledge wash over you. No matter where you are on your parenting journey, there’s a podcast for you. These podcasts will make you feel like you’re not doing it alone.