The best podcasts for moms – from a mom.
In my life before kids, I loved listening to audiobooks. Being about to put in my headphones and listen to a story made even cleaning the bathroom bearable.
Fast forward to my life now with two, soon to be three, small children and my listening habits have changed. As I’m no longer able to block out the world for any length of time my consumption of audiobooks has dropped dramatically.
What I am totally into are podcasts.
They’re short which my new attention span needs. And they are free which my wallet love.
I’ll often put one of while loading the dishwasher, folding laundry or cooking dinner and allow myself a little ‘me’ time. And, an added bonus is that I can get a dose of parenting advice or even just a simple reminder that I’m not in this alone.
Here are some awesome parenting podcasts which every mom should check out.
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If you’re looking for practical parenting advice
Hosted by Janet Lansbury, a parenting expert and the author of two books about babies and toddlers. This podcast is on my absolute must-have list for anyone with small children.
I tend to use this podcast when I need specific advice for coping with my toddler. Janet addresses a listener’s parenting issue in each episode and it’s amazing being about to scroll through past podcasts to find answers to the issues I’m currently dealing with. I love Janet’s balance between allowing respectful parenting while also explaining how to set firm parental limits.
If you find yourself loving her advice you should also check her book Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting.
With a tagline of “the path to peace with your preschooler”, I knew this was a podcast I needed to check out.
While the host Christina and her guests do discuss more ‘new age’ techniques such as mindfulness the underlying message of obtaining a peaceful relationship with your preschooler is worth the listen.
As someone with a very strong willed 4-year old, I find myself reaching for this podcast when we’ve had a particularly rough day. The episode on parenting without the power struggles was a particular favourite of mine.
If you’re a mom who needs cheering up
The Coffee + Crumbs Podcast grew out of the Coffee + Crumbs website, an online journal filled with essays about motherhood. The Podcast starts off this affirmation:
“We believe motherhood is a gift. An art, not a science. We believe it takes a village to raise our children and motherhood is better when we stick together. Most of all, we believe that you are a great mom”
As an often overwhelmed Mom, I so appreciate hearing this sentiment. Check out coffee and crumbs to be uplifted and entertained.
If you want to listen to something entertaining and smart.
While this podcast is HUGE I’ve only stumbled upon it recently. That being said it’s becoming one of my go-to listening choices. This award-winning podcast covers a wide variety of parenting topics. It’s well established and it has a huge library of episodes which means that you’re likely to find tons of episodes to put on your must listen to list.
Hosts Christine and Asha promise to help you edit the unnecessary from your life so you have room to enjoy the awesome. These authors of Minimalist Parenting are all about simplifying your life and their podcast will give you inspiration and practical tactics to do so.
Hosts Megan and Sarah have eight kids between them, ranging from preschool to teen. Their weekly podcast aims to help you feel better about the mom you are today and to give you a bit of added confidence as you move through motherhood by sharing their own tips and stories.
Alison Perry chats to a wide range of guests about stuff that we as parents all experience. I enjoy the chatting nature of this show but I should warn any North American readers that this is a UK podcast (if the title spelling didn’t already give it away) and some listeners might have trouble with their accents. As I have two British parents I’m afraid I just hear normal English but I know I might be the exception.
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