7 of the Best Parenting Podcasts You Need to Listen To

Parenting doesn’t come with a guidebook but there are great parenting podcasts out there to help you along the way. Great for advice, understanding and reassurance that you’re doing the best you can, parenting podcasts will help you to see that no parent is perfect. Everyone is figuring it out bit by bit - believe us.

Whatever stage of parenting you’re at, the below podcasts have something to offer everyone. Make some time for yourself and give these a listen.

1. Spawned with Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase

Mothers Liz and Kristen started a website called Cool Mom Picks in 2006 with the aim of making parent life easier, more organised and more fun. Fast forward to 2019, the dynamic duo has a feature on America’s Today Show, a hugely successful website and popular parenting podcast: Spawned.

Spawned has candid parenting discussions, open minded tips for raising children and the occasional celebrity guest. The mothers are honest about their own experiences and have a great sense of humour. Most of all, they are relatable.

Episode we recommend: How to deal with sanctimommies (and tame the one inside you). Sanctimommies = sanctimonious mothers who are overly opinionated and forward - we all know one.

2. Happy Mum Happy Baby

Presented by Giovanna Fletcher following her parenting book of the same title, Happy Mum Happy Baby discusses motherhood through casual and heated discussions with other high-profile mothers and fathers. All topics are open for discussion.

Giovanna’s parenting podcast encourages parents to stop comparing themselves to others as no one is perfect. She provides support and encouragement for other parents experiencing the highs and lows of raising children. Guest parents on the podcast include Amanda Holden, Emma Willis and Joe Wicks.

Episode we recommend: Happy Mum Happy Baby with Caitlin Moran.

3. Mom and Dad are Fighting

The Mom and Dad are Fighting podcast is presented by writers Rebecca Lavoie, Jamilah Lemieux, and Dan Kois from Slate Magazine. Keeping in theme with Slate’s lack of boundaries around discussion topics, the podcast aims to make parents understand that no one is perfect.

The hosts share their own successes and failures and occasionally welcome guest hosts to discuss a myriad of parenting topics. They also have a segment where they read letters from and dish out parenting advice to their listeners.

Episode we recommend: Mom and Dad are Fighting: Don’t Forget Grandpa Edition - helping kids to remember a grandparent after they’re gone.

4. The Longest Shortest Time

Described as “the parenting show for everyone”, The Longest Shortest Time is an award-winning parenting podcast that is listened to parents and nonparents alike. Episodes expand from raising a child to looking at an adult’s own relationship with their parents.

There is a large team behind The Longest Shortest Time and each topic covered in an episode is thoroughly researched and examined and usually features a guest host or listener’s opinion too.

Episode we recommend: Child-free… with children

5. Janet Lansbury Unruffled

Labelled as a “respectful parenting podcast”, Janet’s Unruffled podcast circulates around the area of positive parenting. Janet is a parenting expert, in each episode of her podcast she addresses a listener’s issue and explores the topic with kindness and understanding.

Janet helps parents create relationships respect, love and trust with their children. She has also written two acclaimed parenting books: “No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline without Shame” and "Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting".

Episode we recommend: Dear parent, you are not failing.

6. Scummy Mummies

Scummy Mummies is among the top-rated parenting podcasts in the UK. Hosted by comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, listeners are guaranteed to laugh along as the pair discuss pelvic floor exercises, gay dads and everything in between.

With guests like Daragh O’ Brien, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Bryony Gordon discussing modern parenting and its ups and downs it’s easy to see why the podcast is so popular.

Episode we recommend: Stepfamilies, screen time and gaming with Keza Mac Donald.

7. Motherboard

Motherboard is an Irish parenting podcast hosted by midwife Avril Flynn. The honest podcast usually features a panel discussion where no topics are off limits. Pregnancy, babies, toddlers and teens are all covered on the show.

The show covers sensitive issues such as difficult pregnancies and gives practical parenting advice surrounding the areas of sleep, exercise and birthing plans.

Episode we recommend: The Myth of Having it all.


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