Let’s face it; as a parent, it’s hard to make reading a priority. There are so many parenting books on your list, but there’s just no time to actually read them. After all, when you finally get a good chunk of “me time,” chances are you’ll be relishing that time to finally get a few extra minutes of sleep… or just to sort through all the things running in your mind.
Enter podcasts.
Podcasts aren’t new, but there are so many podcasts nowadays, it can be overwhelming to choose one to listen to. That’s why we’re sharing a list of parenting podcasts for all you moms and dads out there. Whether you’re driving, folding laundry, or mindlessly picking up the sippy cup your toddler just threw on the floor for the 100th time today, listening to a podcast can be way more practical than starting (or finishing) a book. So take a look at some of these podcast suggestions, and let us know which you like best!
Little Sprigs
If you want to connect with your kids and keep power struggles to a minimum — don’t we all? — the powerful, insightful Little Sprigs is the podcast for you. Topics include how to stop using bribes and punishments to motivate, how to raise confident children and the importance of self-care, with experts and authors joining host Christian Perez to talk about mindful, conscious parenting. (Description from sheknows.com.)
Subscribe to Little Sprigs.
The Longest Shortest Time
Hillary Frank hosts this intellectual yet accessible podcast in which no subject is off-limits. It began as a podcast aimed at new parents to let them know that they are not alone, but has grown and evolved and now covers teens, grown children and adults questioning whether they should have children at all. (Description from sheknows.com.)
Subscribe to The Longest Shortest Time.
Join Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com for a light-hearted, down-to-earth podcast. Their podcast description describes their mission best: “Join us (and some awesome celebrity guests) for candid parenting culture discussions, non-judgy (mostly) tips, and a good dose of humor, if we’ve had enough coffee. Which is always.”
Subscribe to Spawned.
This podcast by Susan Cain is all about introverts. Furthermore, the first season is entirely about tools to empower parents of quieter kids. Susan shares great parenting advice along the way.
Subscribe to Quiet.
The Mom Hour
Moms Sarah Powers and Meagan Francis have eight kids between them (from toddler to teenager) so they’re in a good place to give parenting advice. Listening to them feels like hanging out with friends and chatting about all the ups and downs of parenthood. (Description from sheknows.com.)
Subscribe to The Mom Hour.
The Modern Dads Podcast
Presented by the NYC Dads Group, this podcast is perfect for dads with commutes. Here’s a bit about the podcast, right from their description: “We’re telling the stories of modern dads. These are the guys that are not only involved in their children’s lives, but active and engaged in the decisions, the drudgery, the pain, and the joys of parenthood. We know modern dads are out there, and they come in all stripes. With each episode, we’ll talk about the issues modern dads are facing as we try to navigate work, parenthood, relationships, and play.”
Subscribe to The Modern Dads Podcast.