podcasts to keep you company while pandemic parenting
Parenting has always been a full-time job, but it’s taken on a whole new form over the past few weeks. Our homes are not only homes anymore, but also schools, cafeterias, playgrounds, and sports fields. And we are no longer just parents, but also teachers, short-order cooks, coaches and art teachers — while trying to get everything else done in our lives. To help you through this time, we’ve put together this parenting podcast playlist. We hope these podcast help set the tone for our upcoming free digital event, #BlogHer20 Parenting — which you can register for here!
You can find all of these episodes (and others we love) by downloading the new podcast player Goodpods — where you can follow your friends and influencers ranging from us (we are @BlogHer) to Kim Kardashian and Alyson Camerota (CNN) to see what they’re listening to.
BREATHE + BLOOM
Decoding Boys — How to Navigate the Journey of Puberty
This episode of Breathe + Bloom is extra special — why? Because it was taped LIVE at #BlogHer20 Health, featuring two of our incredible speakers! Dr. Jessica Shepherd, host of B+B, sits down with parenting expert and pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson to discuss Natterson’s latest book, Decoding Boys. If you’re a boy-mom, or just want to learn more about the male brain — this podcast is for you.
How to Fight Fair
#BlogHer20 Parenting speaker Jana Kramer hosts this podcast with her husband Mike. And this episode couldn’t be more timely. With us all spending much more time together these days coupled with increased anxiety, there are a lot of opportunities for conflict. Jana and Mike talk with Dr. Susan Stifferlman, marriage and family counselor, about how to fight in a productive rather than destructive way as well as how seeing their parents fight affects children.
Ten Percent Happier
Parenting in a Pandemic
This is a really helpful episode if you’re looking for practical tips on how to develop a meditation practice for kids, teens and parents. It features Susan Kaiser Greenlad who is one of the world’s leading experts on this. She also gives some very useful advice on how couples can keep their cool with each other during this stressful time.
You can follow Host Dan Harris on the Goodpods app to see what else he listens to.
Lenore Skenazy Wants Us to Free Range Our Kids
(1 hour, 12 min)
This podcast is hosted by Hilaria Baldwin and Daphne Oz (if their names sound familiar — it’s because they are the wife of Alex Baldwin and daughter of Dr. Oz respectively). On this episode, they talk with Lenore Skenazy, founder of Free-Range Kids and a strong advocate for giving your kids independence in the world of helicopter parenting. She says if you letting your kids play on their own will help them develop their own problem-solving skills and courage.
The Longest Shortest Time
Busy Philipps Works the Postpartum Hollywood System
We wanted to highlight #BlogHer20 Health speaker Busy Philipps who speaks honestly on this award-winning podcast about what it has been like to be a mom. Having been part of an industry that focuses so much on looks since she was nineteen years old, she talks about going through postpartum depression, changes to her body and issues with her partner and how she could no longer play by the Hollywood rules she had been living by for so long.
Reducing Anxiety for Kids
According to Kim John Payne, kids feel safe when they feel that their parents are in charge. And so, during these stressful times, as parents, we need to figure out ways to keep calm ourselves. She gives advice around how to keep order at home for kids who are out of school as well how to start small in order to create a space for ourselves to keep anxiety at bay.
Zen Parenting Radio
Pink Floyd’s “Mother” Can Help Us Understand Conscious Parenting
Remember this lyric: “Mother do you think they’ll drop the bomb?” This podcast is hosted by married self-help gurls Todd Adams and Cathy Cassani who are parents to three daughters.
They often use references from pop culture to help talk about the ups and downs of parenting. In the episode, they use the Pink Floyd song to show that while we may have the best intentions when “protecting” our children if we don’t do it with a large dose of self-awareness, there is a strong chance it could backfire on us.
Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books
Jen Gotch, The Upside of Being Down
In spite of all the bread recipes and book suggestions going around these days, the title of this podcast could not possibly be more appropriate right now. Host Zibby Owens interviews #BlogHer20 Health speaker Jen Gotch, the founder, and Chief Creative Officer of lifestyle brand Ban.do, about her memoir. She speaks candidly about mental health issues, what it was like t build her business and her personal family history.