According to a study by Edison Research and Triton Digital, six million more Americans listened to podcasts weekly in 2018 versus 2017. That accounts for about 48 million people, an eyebrow-raising number on its own, but it's also interesting that the increase is mostly coming from women. Although there are plenty of different subjects to choose from, parenting podcasts are becoming increasingly popular.
We scoured all the podcasts out there to find the most entertaining, informative, and inspirational ones on the topic of raising children. We also tapped supermom Amy Parker Anderson, a Warby Parker exec and creator of the lifestyle site Parker Etc., to share some of her top picks with us. Amy is mom to 5-year-old Parker and 2-year-old Sydney Sloane and calls Nashville and New York City home.
Podcasts are a wealth of knowledge, and it all feels like it's coming from a conversation you're just sitting in on.
Anderson says, "Some feel like an intimate conversation with a friend, while others are informative. And some grab your attention like a good novel you just can't quit...Podcasts are a wealth of knowledge, and it all feels like it's coming from a conversation you're just sitting in on. With the little free time we have as mothers, it's a great resource, and we can always pick up where we left off."
Whether you're a working, stay-at-home, or somewhere in between mom, you'll find something you'll love in our list of the 15 best parenting podcasts below.
Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks share great candid conversations about motherhood, occasionally featuring some celebrity cameos. Anderson says, "They have a great episode called 'Oversharenting' where they discuss how much is okay to share about your kids online. They also have an episode about making friends after kids, and their own experiences of losing friends and making new ones."
Mom and Dad are Fighting
This podcast is hosted by Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois, two editors at Slate who also happen to be parents. "It's full of witty banter and entertaining conversations, all while focusing on contemporary parenting issues and current events. Highlights include 'Some Kids Are Jerks' and the sporadic F-bomb," shares Anderson.
Marriage & Martinis
If you follow this very funny Instagram account by Danielle Silverstein, the podcast is equally satisfying. Deemed "a real marriage podcast", Danielle and her husband Adam are like your favorite couple who overshare in the best way possible. Married 20 years with 3 kids, they keep it real about the everyday struggles and make it entertaining and relatable. Danielle says, "I think Adam and I are very in touch with the fact that if we take it all too seriously, we’ll lose so many opportunities for fun, hilarity, and bonding" which pretty much sums up the podcast.
Good Moms, Bad Choices
Get ready for some raunchy realness from Erica and Milah who describe themselves as "two uncensored sex and cannabis positive parents challenging the stereotypes of single parenting and life." With episode titles like, "Vulvacials Matter" and "Men Are Still Hoes", you can expect some adults-only real talk that's a total romp.
AT Parenting Survival Podcast
As we all know, parenthood can feel like one big roller coaster with multiple ups and downs, often just within a day. No one knows this better than host Natasha Daniels who vows to ride this parenting roller coaster with you. With a special focus on children with anxiety and OCD, Daniels teaches parents helpful approaches and strategies that will give you new perspective and inspiration.
The New Family
Created by long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson, Brandie Weikle, this podcast honors families and people from all walks of life. As a single mother of two, Brandie highlights the ups and downs of solo parenting and sheds light on less talked about family dynamics such as growing up with two moms, parenting when dad's in prison, raising preemie babies, and motherhood in poverty.
The Boob Group
The Boob Group is hosted by a board-certified lactation consultant and features real moms weekly discussing their personal successes and struggles with breastfeeding. Anderson says, "Nursing is no joke; it basically comes with its own dictionary of terms that require a few weeks to learn. This was a big obstacle for me, and I know it is for a lot of other moms...it covers successes, struggles, tips, and tricks. It also helps normalize all the weird things that come with nursing."
What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood
Winner of the 2018 Mom 2.0 Iris Award for Best Podcast and finalist for the 2019 Romper's Parent's Choice Award, funny moms Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson provide some great comic relief for all your parenting woes. They are moms of three with two vastly different parenting styles who somehow find middle ground through a combination of research, opinion, and healthy and humorous debate.
Raw is the first word that comes to mind with this refreshing podcast. Hosted by parents and husband and wife team, Sophie and Dr. Adi Jaffe are radically honest in their approach to sharing all the ups, downs, struggles, and gray areas that come with marriage, relationships, parenting, careers, and life in general. They open up about some conventionally taboo topics such as addiction and infidelity, while balancing it out with a healthy dose of inspiring guests and subjects spanning wellness, astrology, and mindfulness.
Life Kit: Parenting from NPR
The highly respected news organization has released the Life Kit podcast series focused on "tools to help you get it together". Categories include parenthood, personal finances, and health and wellness. Anya Grundmann, senior vice president for programming and audience development, says, "Life Kit will inspire, entertain, and give listeners the tools they need to make smart life choices, delivered with journalistic rigor — the NPR way."
Mom and Dad Made a Podcast
Every parent could use a good laugh, and it's pretty much guaranteed with this podcast. Anderson agrees, "Maybe I'm biased because Hailey is a good friend of mine, but I've always loved her approachability as a person and vulnerability as a mother. She combines forces with her husband for this podcast, and they're really, really funny!"
The Longest Shortest Time
Hosted by author and This American Life contributer, Hillary Frank, you'll find honest, heartfelt stories that are utterly compelling. "They do a great job making parents feel less isolated on this podcast. All of the traumatic and weird things you experience as a new parent, you can bet someone else has, too. It's nice to be reminded that you're not alone in this thing called parenting," Anderson comments.
Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury Unruffled
Janet Lansbury hosts this series and is a widely respected parenting expert and author of two books on babies and toddlers. Anderson adds, "Janet Lansbury is like Yoda to me. She's calm, wise, and encourages you to contemplate a bit. You can approach parenting in so many ways, and in your own way, but it's good to have some guidance to learn from, too."
The Motherly Podcast
The beloved brand and online resource, Motherly, has finally come out with a podcast. Co-founder and host Liz Tenety features inspirational leaders and experts, including celebs like Christy Turlington Burns and Hillary Duff, who are redefining motherhood, offering uplifting new ideas and insights.