Here at MMC, we’re big fans of podcasts. Podcasts have become the go-to medium for learning something new, and parenting-related topics are no different! So when I recently put out a call for favorite parenting podcasts, our community delivered!
We’ve included podcasts from a variety of parenting philosophies, perspectives, and styles, so whether you’re a podcast connoisseur or just getting started, there’s something for everyone in our (non-exhaustive) parenting podcast round-up!
Note: Some of these podcasts (or specific episodes) may include strong language or mature content, so they may be better suited for listening via headphones or on solo drives.
1.) Oh Crap I Love My Toddler But Holy F*ck by Jamie Glowacki. You may know Jamie Glowacki’s name from her incredibly popular book Oh Crap Potty Training, but she also provides general parenting advice in her second book, as well as her podcast. Her approach to parenting is no-nonsense, realistic, practical, blunt, and timely. If you like her writing style and parenting philosophy, you’ll LOVE her podcast. There are plenty of episodes in the back catalog, but currently, her new podcast episodes are only available to Patreon supporters, which is only $1 per month!
2.) The Longest Shortest Time by Hillary Frank. Even though the show is on hiatus, it’s definitely still worth your time. This award-winning podcast describes its format as “stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them.” Episodes include a wide variety of topics (like sex and parenthood, and maternal workplace discrimination). Not sure where to start? Check out this list of notable episodes, curated by Hillary herself.
3.) Precious Little Sleep by Alexis Dubief and cohosts. I recommend Alexis’s book Precious Little Sleep to pretty much every parent I know. It’s a genius guide to creating healthy sleep habits, and providing tons of strategies that are, you know, actually realistic. While her podcast doesn’t seem to be active right now, the archived episodes are still parenting gold.
4.) Unruffled by Janet Lansbury. This podcast focuses on parenting babies and toddlers through the lens of respectful parenting, which accepts a child’s emotions while setting firm limits. It seeks to provide practical, calming advice to empower parents while viewing their children as whole, complete humans.
5.) Our Mothers’ Gardens by Satya Nelms. The managing editor of mater mea hosts this insightful podcast that seeks “to give Black women a platform to share stories that will spark conversations within our community about the impact of our maternal ancestry.” Bonus: here’s a list curated by mater mea of 20 podcasts made for Black moms, by Black moms
6.) Parenting Beyond Discipline by Erin Royer-Asrilant. This show focuses on practical topics, from how to handle a 3-year-old who’s aggressive at a playdate to dealing with separation anxiety in older children. This popular podcast comes from Your Village which provides a variety of parenting resources for the real world.
7.) Simple Families by Denaye Barahona. If you think the current state of parenting and family life is overcomplicated, this is the pod for you! The show focuses on a holistic approach to develop healthy children, parents, and families on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
8.) Raising Boys and Girls by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan. This popular parenting podcast is hosted by professional counselors at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville. Topics include a deep dive into emotional, social, and spiritual milestones that they believe every kid should reach.
9.) Risen Motherhood by Laura Wifler and Emily Jensen, who discuss a wide variety of topics related to motherhood from a conservative Christian perspective. The episodes are around 20 mins long, so it’s a perfect bite-sized listen while doing chores or making your morning commute.
10.) Good Inside by Dr. Becky Kennedy. If you’re on social media at all, you’ve probably run into Dr. Becky and her practical parenting advice, which focuses on actionable ways that parents in the real world can deal with day-to-day struggles and build a better parent-child connection.
11.) Motherhood in Black and White by Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell. The Gen-X cohosts of this podcast explore the intersection of race, motherhood, and pop culture all through the lens of friendship, and moms who are, in their words, “doing the best we can.”
12.) Coffee + Crumbs by Ashlee Gadd. This Patreon-exclusive podcast seeks to “support, uplift, and inspire mothers through artful storytelling and creative community.” You can listen for as little as $1 per month.
13.) Comfort Food by Amy Palanjian and Virginia Sole-Smith. This show focuses on food-related topics, like how parents can explore their own issues with food and “find more joy in your family’s food life.” Amy’s blog is also a great resource for toddler food inspriation!
14.) Raising Good Humans by Dr. Aliza Pressman. Dr. Pressman is a developmental psychologist and a mom of two who shares her insights that new moms and seasoned experts alike will find helpful! She tackles tough topics too, like suicide prevention and postpartum depression
15.) NPR Life Kit: Parenting. Who better to hand out parenting advice than the developmental experts at Sesame Street? This mini series focuses on how to handle hard conversations about hard topics like race and death with our kids.