Podcasts are the new radio, and the listening options are ever-expanding. Whether granting an escape, education or sheer entertainment, there are more than 525,000 shows with over 18.5 million episodes from which to choose these days – perhaps somewhat overwhelming to navigate. Watch this space as we begin to sift through the mass, featuring the best of the best (and not so obvious) podcast recommendations you'll find relevant and timely. This month's theme: Motherhood.
As Mother's Day approaches, we're thrilled to highlight podcasts about the unsung hero of the family. While so many podcasts in this genre feature humor at their core – because, let's face it, if you can't find the funny here, you are in for a lifetime of madness – we have identified those that go deeper as well. Beyond laughter, there are podcasts showcasing faith, self-preservation and soul searching, and unique, often touching, family experiences that will move you.
Hosted by two comedically blessed mothers of three, this podcast tackles everyday parenting dilemmas from slightly different styles. Each host has her own take on the issues and is often accompanied by expert advice. Mothers and minimalist organizers alike will especially appreciate the unique perspectives found in episodes like Episode 19: Does Messy Matter?" and Episode 25: "Conquering Clutter". Don't just take our word for it – this spirited podcast was the 2017 winner for Best Family and Parenting in The People's Choice Podcast Awards.
"This American Life" contributor Hillary Frank tapped into her own struggles with motherhood to create this podcast, a dialogue in which nothing is off-limits. Some of the most praised episodes broach profound issues such as surviving an affair, raising a transgender child, freezing your eggs, and how not to (accidentally) raise a racist. One of Time Magazine's "Top 50 Podcasts" in 2017, this one will open your mind and heart.
From the creators of "How Stuff Works," this podcast provides the sit-down discussions that most parents are afraid of. The bold co-hosts, Emilie Aries and Bridget Todd, present controversial topics facing women today, including how to be a feminist, the adverse effects of social media inundation, gender disparity and marriage versus ambition. Coupled with smart, strategic commentary to further women's lives, careers and activism, this podcast is a heady one.
This show is ideal for parents who seek a deeper relationship with their children – and themselves – despite a hectic, non-stop lifestyle. The host, Michelle Gale, leverages her background as a mindfulness educator and her access to influential mindfulness experts to share practical advice. She addresses everything from sibling struggles and managing technology with kids to identifying your purpose in life and learning to meditate. Begin with one of Michelle's most enlightening episodes, Episode #42 "The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening", and tap into your inner ability to experience joy and mindfulness every day.
This podcast opens a dialogue about the daily issues we encounter as mothers. Warm and friendly, the hosts Emily and Laura offer grace and hope while addressing everything from miscarriage and potty training to coping with a never-ending mess and educational decisions. Enjoy an engaging conversation on a mother's time in one of our favorite episodes, Episode #11: "What Is Mom's Time Worth". As we all strive to find balance and to raise our children with intent, this podcast connects us to the one place where there is perfection to be found for the spiritually-inclined.