Top 10 Podcasts That'll Make You A Better Parent
Updated: Nov 8, 2022
Top podcasts for parents...voted by real parents.
If you're a parent, then you know firsthand that it isn't always easy.
In fact, some days it can be downright hard.
Plus, parenting doesn't come with a manual, even though that would be amazing.
But parenting does come with something.
A bunch of people who are passionate about becoming the best parent possible for their children.
Among these people, are a handful of shakers and movers that step up to the plate to be a voice for parents all over the world, while guiding and supporting them in their parenting journeys.
In this article, I am going to share with you 10 of the best podcasts for parents that you don't want to miss out on.
1. Zen Parenting Radio
Active for more than a decade, Cathy Adams and Tom Adams have been sharing how they manage their way through this world while keeping and deepening their connection with each other and their children.
Known for making people think, challenging their views of what good parenting is, and offering parents a helping hand in their journey of discovering what the heck it even means to be a great parent.
Popular episodes include: 1. Feelings Live In The Body- Podcast# 627
2. Different Types of Empathy- Podcast #617
3. Are You Trying To Force Your Kid?- Podcast #457
2. The Empowered Child
Hosted by a mother of two young (and wild) boys, Nicki Hoffman sits down with leading experts in the field of somatic therapy, humanistic psychology, social and emotional education, and any kind of expert that improves the human condition from the ground up. After working as a Master NLP Practitioner she realized most adults' emotional issues had root causes tied to childhood, motivating her and her business partner to start a movement of mainstreaming emotional intelligence for children so they can prevent many of these emotional issues that are common today.
The experts Nicki brings on share extremely practical and effective tools and exercises that build emotional intelligence, resilience, and a thriving and aligned nervous system so they can live fulfilled lives.
Popular episodes include:
Why Trying To "Remain Calm" Can Backfire As A Parent with Carly Soare
How To Use Self-Reflection To Build A Happy Family with Bryana Kappadakunnel.
3. Mom And Dad Are Fighting
Coming up on their 10-year anniversary, Jamilah Lemieux, a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist,Elizabeth Newcamp, a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose, and Zak Rosen, host of The Best Advice Show come on multiple times a week to share their successes and failures in parenting.
They don't just target a particular age group, it really helps with a wide range of topics that apply to all children, from infant to teens. Popular episodes include:
4. The Mom Hour
Launched in 2015, The Mom Hour is hosted by co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Power, mothers of eight boys collectively, who come together every week to have conversations that offer just the right amount of funny stories that deliver real-life advice and encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more.
They say they are not experts either, but rather moms who have "been there" and they come back to share what they learn from their own experiences, in a way that really lands for moms all around the world. Popular episodes include: 1. Will I Ever Sleep Again? 2. Bedtime Routines At Every Stage
3. House Rules for Sibling Harmony
5. Emotionally Healthy Legacy
Although it's only been launched for a year, Emotionally Healthy Legacy has quickly become a go-to resource, and not only for moms either. Although she's a Stress & Emotion Coach for Moms', this podcast helps current and upcoming fathers as well with understanding their partners.
Elizabeth, a stress coach for moms hosts weekly episodes that provide proactive ways to lower, process, and release stress while also teaching you how to co-regulate with your kids, enriching the experience of parenthood and your relationship with your children.
Popular episodes include: 1. Ep 73: Do these 5 healthy habits to improve your patience with kids
2. Ep 82: The times I experienced mom rage and how to deal with mom guilt
3. Ep 47: Tips to keep anger safe and under control
6. Good Inside with Dr. Becky
Another podcast that has only been active for just over a year, but the traction it's gained is great feedback for the value this podcast brings to the parenting world. Hosted by clinical psychologist and mom of three Dr. Becky Kennedy, Good Inside brings insights and guidance on how to resolve complex parenting issues. These weekly episodes are full of not only strategies but insight as to WHY these strategies can work. She educates on what’s happening within the child but also what’s happening within the parent. Although most of the content is around younger children, the advice can be helpful to parents of older children. Popular episodes include: 1. Mom Rage With Anna Mathur
2. But Does This Parenting Approach Actually Work?
3. My Kids Are Out Of Control, What Should I Do?
7. Raising Good Humans
Running since 2019, Raising Good Humans hosted by Dr. Aliza Pressman, developmental psychologist, parent educator, and asst. clinical professor brings on experts that Dr. Aliza goes deep with to get the information that helps parents all over the world raise good humans.
Each episode offers a wide range of practical, tangible, and concrete advice for overcoming the struggles of being a parent, and anticipates parents' needs in each stage of their journey. A game-changer for many, you won't be disappointed! Popular episodes include: 1. S2 Ep 74: Growing Compassion in Yourself and Your Family
2. S2 Ep 60: The Building Block for Personality with Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar
3. S2 Ep 49: The Most Powerful Parenting Tool in Your ToolKit with Dr. Shauna Shapiro
8. Respectful Parenting
If you're looking for a podcast that supports you throughout the toddler years, Respectful Parenting Janet Lansbury is a wonderful resource for you that will help you build and nurture your unique relationship with your child. There are so many “things to do” as a parent, which is why Janet, a parenting author, and consultant, shows you how to be in the process, reflect on your contribution as a parent, think deeply (beyond the surface level fluff) and trust your ability to be what child your child needs. Popular episodes include: 1. When Your Kids Won't Give You A Break
2. How Sportscasting Helps Kids Develop Social Intelligence
3. Faced with Troubling Behavior - Now What? (with Susan Stiffelman and Maggie Dent)
9. Authentic Parenting
If you are a believer in the power of relationships, deep emotional connections, becoming more mindful, and moving away from traditional ways of parenting (rewards, punishments) then this is a podcast you definitely want to add to your list. Since 2015 Authentic Parenting has been hosted by Anna Seewald, a speaker, parent educator, and author of 15 Keys to Effective Communication: Building Strong Parent-child Relationships. Every week she provides valuable insights from a holistic perspective, while also hosting deeply researched interviews with experts that share how you can find more peace, connection, and joy in parenting.
Popular episodes include: 1. How to Help Kids with Emotional Self-Regulation with Mona Delahooke, Ph.D
2. Coparenting: How To Know If You Are Ready for It
3. How to Heal Childhood Trauma in Adulthood with Daniel Maté
10. The Balanced Parent
Going on her third year, Dr. Laura Froyen has been hosting The Balanced Parent, a podcast where parents who are experiencing overwhelm, stress, and disconnection go to find the tools and answers they need to fill the gaps in their relationship with themselves and their children. Every week she brings on a guest that covers the topics that matter, like how to support your kid with a new sibling, how to meet your own emotional needs in relationship with your children to things like how to have a fulfilling sex life as a busy parent.
Popular episodes include: 1. 122: How to Ask for What You Need in Any Relationship with Kerstin Kirchsteiger
2. 100: Reconnecting to Play for Our Own Wellbeing with Amanda Evans
3. 073: Raising Little Brains: How Neuroscience Can Inform Our Parenting with Dr. Sarah Allen
As a parent, it's always important to be looking for ways to improve. Whether that means learning new techniques, or tips, or just getting some moral support, these podcasts are a great way to make you feel like you're not alone in this journey we call parenthood. And who knows? Maybe you'll even learn something that'll help you out the next time your little one is giving you a run for your money. So go ahead and give them a listen! I promise they're worth it. Plus, if you have any other suggestions of great podcasts for parents that we didn't mention here, be sure to let us know in the comments below! We're always on the lookout for more great content to share with our community.