Podcasts help people to learn, to become informed or to be entertained. But I believe what podcasts really excel at the most is the ability to connect. Podcasts can be used as a platform to connect people with like minds and interests as well as a way to learn from those with diverging views and experiences. This is true of podcasts created for mothers – it’s all about camaraderie and combating those occasional feelings of isolation.
The one thing all mothers have in common is that we are busy. Whether working outside or inside the home – there is always so much to juggle. Then there is just the adventure of raising these unpredictable young humans.
Podcasts can be listened to while multitasking as well as just a way to unwind. I personally listen most in my car or while cleaning the kitchen.
There are so many options available – many are humorous, educational, conversational. Some podcasts are aimed toward parenting issues or advice while others speak to the mom as a whole and give advice for wellness, personal growth or self-care.
Whatever you need, there are many options out there for you. Many hosted by moms just like us, sharing their experiences or inviting thought provoking guests.
Here are some of the podcasts that I check in with.
NPR’s popular Life Kit podcast’s parenting section is something of a manual. There are episodes filled with advice and insight from scientists and developmental experts about a variety of topics. Many episodes include how to talk to your children about difficult or scary life events.
Natalie Diaz is the creator of the Twiniversity community. As a mother of twins myself, I consider her book What to Do When You’re Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy Through the First Year the absolute only must read when expecting multiples. As well as a website full of information, resources and classes Natalie also hosts the podcast. Filled with humor, tips, stories and many interviews – there is tons of great content from pregnancy through teen.
The Mom Hour podcast is a weekly conversation between Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers, two moms with eight kids between them, preschool to young adult. They have a very relatable, laid back style and share experiences and stories that remind you that moms are in this together. They also have insightful interviews with guests.
TiLT Parenting was founded in 2016 by Debbie Reber as a podcast and online community aimed at helping parents raising differently-wired kids do so from a place of confidence, connection, and joy. Debbie regularly features high-profile parenting experts and educators, as well as insightful conversations between Debbie and her son Asher. The focus is on differently wired children with issues including neurodiversity, gifted children, education and insightful parenting and family strategies. Whether or not you have a ‘differently wired’ child, I have found that there is honestly something for everyone and the site has episodes neatly organized by topic. I, of course, went straight for non-adventurous (read picky!) eater and the Parenting SOS section.
Among some of the more popular podcasts, there is Coffee + Crumbs, Unruffled with Janet Lansbury, The Longest Shortest Time, One Bad Mother, and Mom Brain with Hilaria Baldwin & Daphne Oz. There are also podcasts that are created specifically for working mothers like The Double Shift, The Working Woman’s Mentor and Best of Both Worlds to name a few.
Let us know what you are listening to or, better yet, if you are ready to add your voice and experience to help encourage, inspire and engage with all the moms out there.