Child-rearing is a real trip—and if you’re in the throes of it, there’s a good chance you don’t have the time to read a parenting book from cover to cover. Enter parenting podcasts—an underrated resource that can sweeten your “me time” and help you feel a little saner (or at least drown out the 24-hour Daniel Tiger marathon happening in your living room). Here, a roundup of the very best parenting podcasts that boast entertaining content, relatable anecdotes and actionable advice for every stage of the journey.
1. The Mom Hour
The Mom Hour
Hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers lead thoughtful and supportive discussions on parenting topics that cover everything from toddler to teen years—and with eight kids between the two of them, let’s just say they know what they’re talking about. Plus, with more than 600 different episodes on offer, you’re sure to find one that fits whatever mom hour you’re living at the moment, be it sleep struggles, holiday tips, mom guilt or all three.
Zak Rosen, from The Best Advice Show, writer/critic Jamilah Lemleux and Elizabeth Newcamp, a blogger and mom-of-three, share fond moments and epic fails from their parenting journey on this oh-so relatable Slate Magazine podcast, which covers every major stage of child-rearing. Recent episodes cover topics such as how to foster teens, the surprising way video games are good for kids and birthdays on a budget.
Janet Lansbury Unruffled
Janet Lansbury left the modeling and acting world to become a writer, parenting guru and major proponent of the peaceful approach to raising not always peaceful humans. In other words, if you sometimes find yourself feeling a bit high strung and low on patience when dealing with the daily madness of motherhood (duh), then consider this your daily chill pill.
In need of some catharsis? Tune into Dr. Alexandra Sacks, a renowned reproductive psychiatrist (if you have kids, you already know why this specialty exists) and host of Motherhood Sessions—a healing podcast in which listeners get to be flies on the wall for in-depth therapy sessions on topics that include colic babies, postpartum depression, toxic in-laws, crappy spouses and…you get the idea.
Motherhood in Black & White
This refreshing podcast, hosted by Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell, prioritizes diversity in its coverage of parenting, pop culture, race and, most importantly, the intersection of all three. Tune into Motherhood in Black & White for a listening experience that promises enlightenment and entertainment in equal measure.
Dr. Becky is a clinical psychologist, mom-of-three and something of a social media sensation, having earned herself a major following for the wealth of peaceful parenting content she serves up on the daily. Needless to say, her weekly podcast dishes out even more mindful parenting tips, all of which are designed to help parents achieve harmony on the homefront.
Host Mona Amin, a board-certified pediatrician, shares her own medical knowledge and interviews leading pediatric experts to get answers to all manner of health-related parenting questions on this informative podcast. Whether you’re an anxious first-time parent or a seasoned pro, PedsDocTalk has got you covered,
That New Mom Life
Attention, first-timers: As the name suggests, this podcast is devoted to the massive life change that occurs when you pop out a baby and are suddenly thrust into motherhood and charged with the 24-hour job of caring for a tiny human. Topics of interest include postpartum depression, breastfeeding struggles, mood swings, partner conflict, the hell that is sleep deprivation and more…so grab a box of Kleenex, tune in and know that you aren’t alone.
Band of Mothers Podcast
If you’re looking for lighter fare, you can’t do better than Band of Mothers—an uproariously funny podcast (hosted by comedians Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee) that brings a solid dose of irreverent humor and plenty of truth to conversations on a wide variety of parenting and women’s lifestyle topics. Recent episodes delve into beauty hacks for busy moms, unbelievable birth stories and messed up things your kids have done.
Raising Good Humans
Much of parenting comes down to personal style, which leaves all of us trying not to fall into an abyss of self-doubt at every turn…and that’s when science can really be a life-saver. Don’t take our word for it, though—just turn on developmental psychologist Dr. Aliza Pressman’s podcast, Raising Good Humans, where you can learn about the latest child development research and get all the evidence-based info you need to fine tune your parenting approach with confidence.
The Queer Family Podcast
Jaimie Kelton is the Queer mom behind this hilarious and uplifting podcast, which explores the challenges of LGBTQ family life, whilst covering a host of issues that all parents can relate to with reliably entertaining interviews featuring a diverse cast of LGBTQIA+ guests.
On her podcast, Mom Goals, soccer star Allie Long takes listeners along for her own first-time parenting ride as a new mom to twins. The podcast covers all the parenting highs and lows—first smiles, crying over spilt breast milk, desperately needing a break and rarely getting one, etc.—and thanks to Long’s signature style, the end result is raw, funny and oh-so relatable.
Awesome with Alison
Awesome with Alison is the podcast for parents in need of a mood boost—namely because the inspiring content truly lives up to the mission statement of “making you feel a little more awesome every time you listen.” Whether the topic of conversation is self-doubt, marriage or financial stress, host Alison Faulkner’s emphasis is always on enjoying life—and that’s an outlook that every burnt out parent could benefit from.
New York Times columnist and bestselling author Lisa Damour, PhD., and acclaimed journalist Reena Nina team up to talk mental health and take questions on this family-oriented, expert-led podcast for parents. Recent conundrums include how to help disorganized kids, how to talk teens out of vaping and should kids play violent video games?
Parenting educator Susie Walton and sports coach Kirsten Jones co-host this uplifting podcast, which boasts interviews with inspiring, female athletes and a mission of empowering listeners to lead healthier lifestyles and raise better humans. Tune in to learn about how to overcome an injury, how to build a ‘never quit’ mindset and parenting during playoffs.
16. One Bad Mother
One Bad Mother
Biz Ellis hosts this wildly entertaining comedy podcast about motherhood—the good, the bad and the ugly. Come here whenever you suspect your mom group isn’t keeping it real and you want the unvarnished truth (and more than a few laughs).
Zen Parenting Radio
Todd Adams and Cathy Cassani Adams are married self-help experts with three daughters and a lot of wisdom to share on their podcast, which plays out like an intimate therapy session and is sure to leave listeners feeling illuminated and inspired.
The Longest Shortest Time
This award-winning podcast hosted by This American Life contributor Hilary Frank is devoted to the ironies and absurdities of parenting; it’s also original, smart and reliably compelling. From 36 questions to ask your partner before having kids and stories about boobs to rewriting your birth story and interviews with celebrities, you can’t go wrong.
19. Talking to Teens
Talking to Teens
If you and yours have entered the most feared phase of parenting, the teen years, then parent-teen researcher Andy Earle’s podcast, Talking to Teens, is the place to go for expert insight, actionable advice and parenting tips that will keep things running (relatively) smoothly.
20. Cool Moms
Does it sometimes feel like motherhood has taken over your identity? Yeah, that happens, which is why the Cool Moms podcast is so damn healthy—namely because it features interviews with, well, cool moms who “prioritize their passions” and do amazing things. Press play and prepare to be empowered.