There are two kinds of people in this world – those who listen to podcasts and those who don’t. OK, well maybe it’s not that simple. About two years ago, I started listening to podcasts and I have come to love them. My husband would always talk to me about things that he had listened to on the train during his commute to and from the city. “Did you hear about this?” he would ask. Nope, I hadn’t. Moms of young kids don’t hear much other than talk about young kids and their various activities and body functions. I figured it was time for me to check out podcasts and try to reconnect with the world. I clicked on that purple app icon on my phone to see what I could find. News, stories, fitness, mystery, and parenting tips abounded! This was an amazing discovery for me.
Podcasts have let me in on the world around me without ever having to leave my house. I listen while I am doing dishes, folding laundry or running on the treadmill. Whenever I am in the car alone and have some time to listen to a show, I will. I hope that during this dark and cold time of year, you have some time to download an episode and get hooked into a great story while you hunker down at home!
1. The Mom Hour with Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers – Hosted by two moms who have eight kids between them, this show is something that many moms can relate to. They talk about everything from sleep schedules to high school graduation. With over 80 episodes to choose from, there’s sure to be something to connect with here.
2. The Healthy Moms Podcast – For all you natural mamas out there, the Healthy Moms Podcast is a great resource for information on “real food, stress, sleep, fitness, toxins, natural living, and much more.”
3. Sensible Moms Soundbites – Describing their blog as “a girl’s night out,” these two mom friends are having the same conversations that you are having with your girlfriends. They have seven kids between them, and experience with kids from newborn through high school age. There is something for every mom in every stage here.
4. We Turned Out Okay Podcast – Podcaster, teacher and mom, Karen shares stories and ideas each week that help everyone feel connected in parenthood. She brings on guests and covers topics like family schedules, childhood anxiety, and talking to kids about current events.
5. Parenting in The Rain: Insights From The Experts – This unique podcast provides support to families who are living with kids diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, ODD, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, etc. Tough topics like divorce, separation, anxiety and relationships are also covered. Her episode called “Practical Understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder” recently helped to give me a new perspective on some things that my son and some of my students experience.
6. The New Family Podcast – This is a podcast for 2016 families. The episodes are short (30 minutes or less), and they cover topics for any type of family today. Some of their latest episodes have included “A Dad’s Cool Mission to Spread Girl-Positive Messages” and “Married But Living in Different Cities – a Long Distance Blended Family.”
7. The Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Practical Parents – Just like the title implies, this podcast has short episodes that are perfect to listen to when you find yourself with a few quiet minutes. These tips run the full range of parenting from pregnancy to sending your child off to college. “8 Ways to Instill Confidence in Your Toddler” and “6 Strategies for Dealing With an Angry Child” are some of the latest great finds.
8. Twin Talks – To all the parents out there who are doing double diaper duty, this one’s for you! This podcast shares stories from parents of multiples, trials of pregnancy with multiples and everything from the NICU to traveling with twins.
9. Pea in the Podcast – This podcast is dedicated to guiding you through your pregnancy. They have weekly stages episodes as well as guests like OBGYN doctors, doulas, midwives and moms. There is an episode here for every mom-to-be!
10. Stories Podcast – This is a great place to hear stories come to life for your little ones. 5-20 minute stories for kids that are great to listen to in the car or before bed. You can find classic tales like “Jack and the Beanstalk” to their latest “Dinosaur Christmas!”.
1. Serial – This has got to be the most famous podcast of all time. There are two seasons of this show. Each one takes on a different story told from multiple perspectives. Season one deals with a murder mystery and season two tells the story of Bowe Bergdahll, a notorious American POW.
2. Freakonomics Radio – This is a great show about anything and everything. They recently put out a three part series on “Bad Medicine” that covered how we found out that 98.6 degrees was a normal temperature, and how drug trials are not so reliable. Other recent episodes include “Why Are We Still Using Cash?” and “How To Make a Bad Decision”.
3. Crimetown – If you liked “The Jinx” on HBO, this series is for you. They investigate the culture of crime in different American cities. The first season is about Providence, RI. They’re short and engaging episodes.
4. This American Life – This award winning podcast has stories that we can all relate to. In the past I have heard stories about the economy, education, politics, families, parenting, friendships and more. It’s a weekly, one hour program.
5. Another Mother Runner – This is one of my favorite podcasts of all time. These two ladies are moms, runners, authors and entrepreneurs. Although the word “runner” is in the title, you don’t have to be a marathoner to take advantage of their words of wisdom and girl talk. This is a podcast for everyone.
6. Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! – If you are in the car for a while and need some entertainment, this weekly pop culture quiz show is the way to go. The host and guests are always engaging and it’s a fun way to catch up on current events.
7. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know – A brand new show from the host of Freakonomics Radio, this is a winner. It’s a game show where audience members explain little known facts and ideas to a panel of comedians, professors and professionals. A good time is guaranteed!
What podcasts are you listening to in 2017? What else would you add to this list?