Three Podcasts That Offer Parents Inspiration

Parenting can be lonely and exhausting—especially during a pandemic. These three parenting-focused podcasts can offer inspiration, encouragement, and solidarity.

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Big Little Choices

Sri Bodanapu’s podcast series Big Little Choices spotlights the bold or unconventional choices mothers make (hence the name). Each episode (usually around 20 to 25 minutes long) features an interesting, open conversation with a woman who has made such a choice—say, moving to a foreign country while pregnant and launching a new business, or opting to have a home birth—to encourage mothers everywhere to make decisions that are right for them and their family.

The Double Shift

Journalist Katherine Goldstein’s series The Double Shift bills itself as a show about “a new generation of working mothers” and the challenges they face. Episodes are usually 30 to 40 minutes long and offer a mix of storytelling, profiles, and frank conversations about such weighty topics as the mental load mothers carry and parental leave policies.

Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Hosts Jamilah Lemieux and Dan Kois provide parenting advice and insight on Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting podcast. (They’re not actually fighting, just debating and discussing.) Episodes can be up to an hour long and offer plenty of practical tips from their families and experiences; one episode during the coronavirus pandemic even offered ideas to survive quarantine and for home-schooling your kids. (Warning: Episodes aren’t always friendly for little ears, as there can be explicit language.)

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