Even on a good day, parenting is challenging. On a bad day, it can push you to limits you never thought you’d see, leaving you physically and emotionally drained. The podcasts below all seek to help you have more good parenting days than bad ones, but they do so in different ways.
The podcasts below come recommended from helpful mums in the Mums of the Shire – Community Facebook Group. There are podcasts in this list that aim to help you reconnect with yourself, and parent from a place of positivity. Some podcasts will enable you to feel connected to other mums and learn from their experiences. Other podcasts are more focused on understanding our children, disciplinary methods and the best tactics for raising happy, well-behaved kids! Whatever you feel you need as a parent, you’ll likely find it here.
Podcasts for mums, recommended by mums
Motherkind’s founder Zoe Blaskey aims to “help mothers heal their past, transform their future and show their children a new way.” She speaks with other mums, coaches and CEOs about ways mums can reconnect to themselves and learn to parent from a positive place. Though not regularly updated, there is also a great blog and a couple of free resources to help you reconnect with yourself on the Motherkind website.
Parental as Anything
Parental as Anything is an ABC podcast hosted by much-loved parenting expert Maggie Dent. The author and educator offers insights into why children act the way they do and offers practical advice for how you should respond in just about any situation, with kids of every age.
Parenting Beyond Discipline
Your Village is a platform that offers online parenting classes. You can learn plenty without signing up, though, by listening to their helpful podcast, Parenting Beyond Discipline. It’s geared towards helping you raise “independent, resilient, responsible and happy” kids by giving you all the right tools. The podcast website even gives you a handy shortlist of episodes to begin with if you’re a new listener.
The Aware Parenting Podcast
The Aware Parenting Podcast covers all manner of parental challenges. It was recommended by a local mum who said it has changed her perspective on parenting and life by offering advice that “is not just black and white, but more about meeting you and your family where you are at.”
Secrets of the Motherworld
Secrets of the Motherworld is a podcast designed to help mums feel less alone in their troubles. It’s hosted by two psychotherapists, Lisa Marchiano and Stella O’Malley, who read out a private story from an anonymous mum each week. They reflect on the experience and provide support for all mums who may be experiencing something similar.
Dear Mama Podcast
The Dear Mama Podcast “is packed with practical personal development tools to help you in your own journey of becoming the best version of you.” It explores matrescence as the founder Nikki McCahon speaks to everyone from mumpreneurs to doctors to help you navigate the wild journey of motherhood.
The Happy Mama Movement
The Happy Mama Movement aims to revolutionise the way motherhood is understood and supported. It is “is a collection of interviews and insights with real mamas around the world, and the very best experts on matrescence, motherhood and womanhood.”
Unruffled is a podcast hosted by parenting teacher Janet Landsbury. With a focus on respectful but firm parenting, you’ll learn how to teach manners, encourage social skills, handle children’s defiance, your own feelings of failure and much more. It comes very highly recommended by multiple mums of the Shire!
Happy Mum, Happy Baby
Happy Mum, Happy Baby reminds us that there is “no such thing as the perfect parent”. Host Giovanna Fletcher is a parenting author who has interviewed celebrities like Emma Bunton and Jennifer Garner, as well as non-celebrity mums, about their experiences of motherhood, and you’ll benefit from hearing stories from the full parenting spectrum!
For more podcast recommendations on parenting, news, entertainment and learning, you can check out our recommendations for perfect podcasts for busy mums.
Are you a mum in business? Or have a child who loves listening to podcasts? Then you may also like to read our article on podcasts for career mums and inquisitive kids.
A big thanks to the fabulous mums in our Mums of the Shire – Community Facebook Group, who gave us their valuable input on this topic. If you’d like advice on a local matter or something specific, you can post a question there at any time!