The Best Parenting Podcasts of the Year

Brynne Conroy

best parenting podcasts

Parenting in 2019 is tough. Even or perhaps especially in our ever-connected world, it’s simultaneously hard to slow down and ironically difficult to truly connect with others who may be having some of the same experiences.

For this reason, we love parenting podcasts. For those times when you’re driving all over town to pick everyone up after school, those times when you’re on a plane for the fifth time this year to pursue an income, or even those times when you just want to feel like a whole human being independent of the little ones, there’s a podcast for you. Here are our five favorites on the topic of parenting in 2019.

Somos Padres

Our first favorite podcast not only features two co-hosts -- it’s also available in both Spanish and English. On Somos Padres, husband and wife team Paulo and Yesenia bring their message to the masses as they attempt to integrate spirituality and personal growth on their parenthood journey. If you want to take lessons from those hard days of parenting rather than stress, this bilingual podcast can give you the framework to help you get there.

Mama Bear Podcast

Hosted by Mary Susan McConnell, Mama Bear Podcast is a place for special needs parents to feel community and learn about resources. A special needs mother herself, McConnell covers heart-warming topics and struggles, personal stories and expert interviews. Whether your child just received their diagnosis or you’re at a point of trying to teach your child self-advocacy skills, Mama Bear Podcast is approaching 100 episodes of in-depth and relevant content more likely to resonate with you as a special needs parent.

The Double Shift

The number of working mothers has boomed over the past several decades. We live in this weird place as moms where we’re still largely expected to take care of the children and the house, in addition to pulling in an income. Because we haven’t yet achieved gender pay equity, we earn less while we’re pulling in that income, despite taking on more societal responsibilities.

We live in a time of transition. Times of transition lend themselves to strong stories.

On The Double Shift, journalist Katherine Goldstein tells some of these interesting stories while examining some of the cultural inflection points we’re all meeting along our journey.

Good Moms, Bad Choices

If you want a lighter look at single motherhood, listen to Erica and Milah of Good Moms, Bad Choices. While Goldstein comes at single motherhood from a journalistic background, Erica and Milah create their podcast as single mothers.

If you’ve ever just needed someone to normalize dating when you’re a mom, conversations around race and healthcare as a woman or your latest obsession with astrology, listening to these close friends riff on a topic will make your day.

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

Zibby Owens started out as a professional writer and author. Today, she has added becoming a successful podcaster to her achievement list with her geniously titled podcast: Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books.

On this podcast, Owens interviews various authors about their books. The show is released several times a week. While the concept plays on the idea that moms will never have time to sit in a room alone for five minutes nonetheless read a book, you’ll come away from it with such a long list for your librarian.