Although being a parent is a joy, parenthood also comes with its fair share of challenges. To help parents tackle these challenges, a whole genre of podcasts exists to help you laugh and cry your way through parenthood. The following are just a few to check out.
“The Longest Shortest Time”
Hosted by Hillary Frank, contributor to “This American Life,” “The Longest Shortest Time” features real, relatable stories from mothers across the U.S. The podcast began when Frank moved to a new city with a 4-month-old baby and felt isolated. As she connected with other moms, she realized she was not alone and began recording their stories, leading to the birth of the podcast. Today, “The Longest Shortest Time” talks about parent-child relationships, accidental pregnancy and same-sex parenting, among other topics.
“Mom and Dad Are Fighting”
Being a parent often means laughing rather than crying when things go wrong. For some light relief from the long days of parenting, check out Slate’s “Mom and Dad Are Fighting” podcast. Hosts Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie and Carvell Wallace discuss funny parenting stories, interview real parents and discuss parenting fails designed to make any mom or dad feel better about their own parenting mistakes. This podcast does occasionally contain adult language, so it’s one to listen to after the kids fall asleep.
“The Healthy Family Podcast”
Creating healthy habits among family members is a top priority for many parents. “The Healthy Family Podcast,” presented by registered dietician Maryann Jacobsen, discusses ways to create a lifelong desire for health in your children. Each episode focuses on issues that might be getting in the way of your family’s health and discusses ways to overcome those issues.
The preschool age can be tough, full of power struggles and negotiations. “Little Sprigs,” hosted by Christina Perez, carries the subtitle, “The Path to Peace With Your Preschooler.” Each episode features a different expert discussing parenting tips in areas like early childhood education, mindfulness and communication. If you find yourself struggling to parent an ornery child, this podcast can help set your mind at ease and provide you with the tools you need to improve your relationship with your preschooler.
“The Modern Dads Podcast”
Moms aren’t the only ones who need reassurance from fellow parents. Dads can find their support system via “The Modern Dads Podcast.” Each episode focuses on issues dads experience every day, like balancing work and life and playing with their kids. “The Modern Dads Podcast” doesn’t sugarcoat parenthood, focusing on the monotony and pains of parenthood as well as the joys. Dads from across the country participate in the podcast via the City Dads Group.
The next time you’re feeling frustrated by parenthood, plug in your headphones and listen to one of these podcasts.