16 Parenting Podcasts You Shouldn't Miss Out On
Podcasts are educational, informative, and easy to use. You can listen to them anywhere with access to a cell phone, whether it's in your car, at the gym, or while folding laundry. Here are our picks for the best parenting podcasts available today.
1. Good Inside
Clinical psychologist and mom of three Becky Kennedy, Ph.D.-aka Dr. Becky-is out with a new weekly podcast to help give expert tips to parents everywhere. Good Inside, available on Apple and Spotify, dives into the questions parents have today on parenting, forming stronger relationships with their kids, and helping their children grow-all in under 30 minutes.
2. We Are Family
Brought to you by the people at Parents, We Are Family celebrates diverse families of all shapes and sizes. Co-hosts Shaun T, creator of the Insanity workout and dad to twins with his husband Scott Blokker, and Julia Dennison, executive editor of Parents.com and single mama, explore everything from LGBTQ parenting and adoption to IVF and blended families. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and everywhere podcasts are available.
3. Motherhood in Black & White
Every week, co-hosts Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell cover topics such as motherhood, race, and pop culture on a podcast that's more important now than ever: Motherhood in Black & White. Exploring every person's unique parenthood journey, diversity is the name of the game with this podcast-plus it hones in on raising race-conscious children. Free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and other places.
4. Zen Parenting Radio
Married self-help gurus Todd Adams and Cathy Cassani Adams, who are raising three daughters, host enlightening discussions that feel like therapy sessions from two people you'd like to be friends with IRL. Free at Apple Podcasts, Android, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or zenparentingradio.com.
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5. That New Mom Life
The first few months of parenthood are a whirlwind, and That New Mom Life serves as a reminder that you're not alone. From the editors of Parents, this 12-episode podcast is hosted by Grace Bastidas, the editor-in-chief of Parents Latina, and Desiree Fortin, an Instagrammer mom of triplets and a newborn. They speak with postpartum experts about important topics like sleep deprivation, emotional ups and downs, sharing the parenting load, and more. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts, Parents.com, and everywhere podcasts are available.
6. The Mom Hour
A weekly parenting podcast with more than 300 episodes, The Mom Hour creates a supportive community for mothers everywhere. It's co-hosted by Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers, who have eight kids between them. They discuss every parenting-related topic you can think of: mom shaming, sleep deprivation, potty training, puberty, and so much more. Free at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and more.
7. Song Exploder
As musicians explain how their songs get made, "the music helps me get into a rhythm while exercising, which I don't really want to do but I know will give me the energy to parent," says Hillary Frank, creator and editor/executive producer of The Longest Shortest Time. Free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, songexploder.net, and more.
8. Pregnancy Confidential
Hosted in no-holds-barred detail by the editors of Parents, this parenting podcast features answers to quirky questions and real talk on all kinds of preggo predicaments that your friends might be too embarrassed to tell you about. Free at Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Google Podcasts, parents.com/pregnancyconfidential, and everywhere podcasts are available.
9. The Band of Mothers
Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee are known for "The Pump and Dump Show," a live comedy act that's touted as "the ultimate respite for beleaguered parents everywhere." They also host a hilarious podcast called The Band of Mothers, which discusses motherhood and women's lifestyle in a unfiltered, compelling, and honest way. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and bandofmothers.com.
10. Wow in the World
"Technically, it's designed to teach kids, but it's perfect for adults with a zest for learning weird stuff like where stinkbugs come from," says Shayna Ferm, coauthor of Parentally Incorrect. Free at Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, Stitcher, npr.org, and more.
11. Awesome With Alison
"This cheerful, upbeat podcast makes me excited about the day ahead! It tackles everyday decision making and dilemmas like overcoming self-doubt, becoming more motivated, and living your life fully," says Joy Cho, founder of Oh Joy! Free at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.
"I like to listen to these cool, athletic women host experts like five-time volleyball Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda and talk to them about their sports careers, their lives now, and ideas for raising strong, healthy kids," says Erin Clune, author of How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping With a New Reality. Free at Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, or kirstenjonesinc.com.
13. Parents Tip of the Day Flash Briefing
Being a reliable resource for moms and dads navigating parenthood is what we do best. Stay in the know without lifting a finger with our new Parents Tip of the Day Flash Briefing. The process is easy, and once you set up your Alexa or Google device, a simple voice command is all that's required. If you don't have a Google or Alexa voice‑controlled smart speaker, you can still access your briefing by searching "Parents Tip of the Day" on Spotify, iTunes, and iHeart Radio, which give you the options to subscribe or follow for an added convenience. Find out more here.
14. Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting
Lisa Damour, Ph.D., a New York Times Adolescence columnist and author of bestsellers Untangled and Under Pressure, and Reena Nina, a world-class journalist, co-host the podcast Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting, all about family mental health-and your top parenting questions-amid COVID-19. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and more
15. Motherhood Sessions
Being a mom is hard, but Alexandra Sacks, M.D., a renowned reproductive psychiatrist, is here for you. In Motherhood Sessions-available for free on Spotify and iTunes-listeners get to sit in on a therapy session as Dr. Sacks dives deep into the real struggles and questions-from career after baby to toxic in-laws-that moms face every day.
16. Mom and Dad Are Fighting
From online magazine Slate, this podcast gives helpful advice for parenting toddlers, kids, and teens. It's hosted by Dan Kois, a Slate write and editor who's the author of How to Be a Family and co-author of The World Only Spins Forward; Jamilah Lemieux, a Brooklyn-based communications strategist, writer, and cultural critic; and Elizabeth Newcamp, a mom of three boys who blogs at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. They openly discuss the triumphs and fails they experienced in their parenting journeys. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and Slate.com.