If you’re a busy mum, and let’s face, we all are, reading books might be a luxury you just don’t have.
We’ve found the answer to getting the knowledge you need, without having to turn a page!
We’ve put together our favourite parenting podcasts so you can have a listen!
The best thing is that you can listen to a podcast while you’re “mumming” – whether it be driving, cooking, hanging out the washing – even while excercising! See why we love them so much!
All podcasts are available in the iTunes app store. Not sure on how to listen to podcasts? Check out the guide here.
Listen to your podcast at 1.5 speed – that way you’re more likely to get to listen to the whole thing before you get interrupted! You can change the speed on your listening device.
Unruffled – Respectful Parenting
Hosted by Janet Lansbury, this podcast couldn’t be anything other than essential listening for parents! It’s the podcast you’ll wish you had started listening to before you had kids! Janet Lansbury is a parenting expert – I’m sure you’ve come across her somewhere on the interwebs! Her soothing, reassuring advice will make you feel as if you really can be a calm, confident parent, even in the face of an unruly toddler.
Focusing on respect for the child and acceptance of their emotions, rather than challenging them, Janet will make you think twice about the way you handle your child’s emotional needs and development.
It’s practical and relatable and I know you’ll have it on repeat!
You’ll find Unruffled here.
Baby Talk by ABC Local
Hosted by Penny Johnson, Baby Talk is like the instruction manual you never got when your baby was born. Aiming to educate parents on a wide range of topics, some not be missed episodes include:
- Pushing the boundaries of autism
- Mother Guilt
- A Slow Childhood
- Caesarean + economics = bad idea
This is a great podcast for those who want to learn some new things, keep abreast of sometimes controversial topics and get more from their podcasts than pure entertainment.
You can find a full list of episodes here.
The Mummy Soul Sessions
Call time out on that unachievable daily to do list and fit that oxygen mask, Mama! The Mummy Soul Sessions is all about doing things for yourself, understanding your crazy and encouraging you to do it if it feels good! From the blogger who brought you Calm to Conniption, comes tales of stomping feet, secret hiding places and stealing time for yourself.
This one is all about you and giving you some time for yourself – even if it’s just your ears relaxing while you’re folding the washing!
You can find a full run down here.
This Glorious Mess
Part of the Mamamia Podcast Network, This Glorious Mess is not the place for perfect parents. This is a weekly look at parenting as it truly is – confusing, exhausting, inspiring, completely full of suprsies and very messy. Join Andrew Daddo and Holly Wainwright bring you a new podcast that is exhilarating, consuming, exhausting, joyful and yes, very, very messy.
With five kids between them, ranging from 2 to 16, they certainly know what they’re talking about! This is a great podcast when you need some reassurance that it’s not just you, not just your family that are messy, disorganised and chaotic!
You’ll find a full list of episodes here.
The Longest Short Time
The Longest Shortest Time is a bold, daring podcast about parenthood in all of its forms. It features stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them. Entertaining, uplifting and heart warming, this podcast is sure to become a favourite. Hosted by Hillary Frank, it tells interesting, offbeat stories of motherhood through in-depth interviews.
It’s one we’re sure you’ll come back to again and again.
You can download the podcast here.
The Boob Group
This is a great one for expecting or new Mums – or even someone who is supporting a breastfeeding Mumma. You guessed it, it focuses on breastfeeding!
The Boob Group is an audio podcast supporting parents who are passionate about providing breast milk to their babies. Each week, a group of experienced moms openly discuss their success, their struggles and society’s impact on how they feed their babies. The show helps guide listeners by providing an honest, natural and judgment-free approach to breastfeeding, pumping, milk sharing and more.
You’ll find all the episodes here.
Little Sprigs focuses on finding a peaceful path with your Pre Schooler, but parents of older children will also find value. Featuring interviews with experts in early childhood education, communication and mindfulness, as well as offering the tools necessary to create harmonious relationships not only within ourselves but with our families, children and the communities in which we live.
You’ll find all the episodes here.
If you’ve got a favourite, we’d love it if you could come and share it with us in our FB Group!
If you’re a book loving Mumma, then come and check out our online book club – it’s happening inside the South West Mum Life FB group … join up here.