7 awesome parenting podcasts to follow in the new year

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Whether you’re on your way to work or doing household chores, podcasts are easy and digestible tidbits to listen to as you go about your daily tasks. Or why not take a bit of time for yourself to relax and listen?

There’s a whole variety of content geared towards parents — from handy hints and tips for managing your child’s behaviour to candid parenting confessions that will help you realise you’re not alone. 

1. Scummy Mummies

‘A comedy chat show for less-than-perfect parents.’

Comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn host this frank and honest show.  

Covering every aspect of modern parenthood, from boobs and pelvic floors to playdates and bullying, the Scummy Mummies chat with a range of celebrities and parenting and healthcare experts.

2. Motherhood in Black and White

‘These two women — one Black and one White — come from different worlds, but have become close friends through their shared experiences as suburban ‘boy moms,’ working women in male-dominated workplaces, and their love of 90s hip-hop. ‘ 

This engaging podcast looks at the intersection of race, culture, and motherhood. 

From politics and equality to childbirth and kid geniuses, Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell, explore both the challenging aspects and the lighter side of being a 21st-century parent. 

3. Lockdown Parenting Hell

‘Parenting… Just not as you know it…’

Launched in the midst of the first UK lockdown, this hilarious podcast hosted by comedians Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe looks at the trials and tribulations of raising children during a global pandemic. 

Each week, Rob and Josh have a chat with a different celebrity about how they’re coping with parenting. This relatable podcast is sure to remind you that you’re not doing such a bad job!

4. Happy Mum Happy Baby 

‘There is no such thing as the perfect parent, and we’re all just doing our best, something Giovanna fully encourages.’

Following the success of her book Happy Mum Happy Baby, influential author and Mum blogger, Giovanna Fletcher, continues to discuss the highs and lows of parenthood in this supportive and friendly podcast. Each week, Gi chats with other high-profile mums and dads about their parenting experiences.

5. Zen Parenting Radio

‘A weekly online discussion between a spiritual and emotional mom and a logical and practical dad.’

This mindful podcast is hosted by husband-and-wife-team, Todd and Cathy as they discuss spiritual growth, emotional intelligence and compassion within parenting.

6. Baby Talk

‘We know babies don’t come with instruction manuals; that just means that there’s a lot to learn and we think you will enjoy all we’ve uncovered about living with your baby.’

Penny Johnston offers advice, inspiration, and solidarity for new parents. Chatting to a variety of experts, Penny explores everything from fertility and surrogacy, to how to manage your baby’s colic.

7. AT Parenting Survival Podcast

‘The truth is we are all surviving parenting one day at a time. Add child anxiety or childhood OCD and it can be overwhelming!’

There’s no denying that parenting can be a rewarding yet tough journey at the best of times. When your child also experiences anxiety or OCD, you may need extra guidance to feel confident in supporting them.

Child therapist Natasha Daniels is here with the AT Parenting Survival Podcast to help! Each episode, she explores parenting approaches and new perspectives on managing these particular challenges.

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