WHEN YOU'RE STRESSED OUT: Zen Parenting Radio
Married self-help gurus Todd Adams and Cathy Cassani Adams, who are raising three daughters, host enlightening discussions that make you feel like you're getting therapy sessions from two people you'd like to be friends with IRL. Free at iTunes Store or zenparentingradio.com.
WHEN EXERCISING: 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 iTunes Store or songexploder.net.
WHEN WAITING FOR BABY: 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 iTunes Store or parents.com/pregnancyconfidential
WHEN SHUTTLING THE KIDS AROUND: 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 iTunes Store or npr.org.
WHEN DRIVING TO WORK: 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 iTunes Store or npr.org.
WHEN CLEANING UP: #RaisingAthletes
“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, out in October. Free at iTunes Store or kirstenjonesinc.com.