Parents are Turning to Podcasts for Advice and Community

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on May 10, 2024

It’s hard enough to navigate traditional parenting challenges, but in an increasingly complex digital environment, parents are seeking reliable resources to help them navigate a new world. According to Spotify’s 2023 Trends Report, parenting podcasts celebrated the largest year-over-year increase in listeners of any category. 

“Parents feel caught in the ‘compare and despair’ cycle on social media,” say Care and Feeding podcast hosts Jamilah Lemieux, Lucy Lopez, Zak Rosen, and Elizabeth Newcamp. “[Parents are] constantly sizing up the diaper-changing game against others’ highlight reels, one TikTok away from unraveling in front of the world instead of in the privacy of our overpriced minivan, all the while trying to save our kids from doing the same thing.”

In search of community, relatable voices, and expert advice, parents are increasingly turning to podcasts because of their flexible listening schedules that allow for content consumption in snackable bites or on the go. 

Here are some of the best podcasts and voices in parenting today.

  • Good Inside with Dr. Becky: Clinical psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy offers science-based advice on navigating tantrums, fostering emotional intelligence, and building strong relationships with your kids.
  • Your Mom is a Podcast: Laugh and learn alongside comedians Milana Vayntrub & Sandeep Parikh as they challenge guests to match answers with their mothers’ and dive deep into the heart of parenting and unexpected hilarity of raising remarkable individuals.
  • One Bad Mother: Because let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as a perfect parent. This podcast offers a dose of humor and real talk to remind you that you’re not alone in the struggles (and triumphs!) of parenthood.
  • Spawned with Liz Gumbinner: Liz dishes out practical advice and relatable humor, keeping things light while tackling real parenting issues.
  • Care and Feeding: Slate’s parenting podcast tackles a wide range of topics, from the lighthearted (grandma’s questionable nicknames) to the more serious (parenting while depressed).
  • For Crying Out Loud: Get ready for informative, funny, and sometimes vulnerable conversations about the ups and downs of parenting with Lynette Carolla and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
  • Zen Parenting: This podcast offers a unique perspective, blending mindfulness and compassion into your parenting approach.
  • The Mom Hour: With eight kids between them, Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers offer a wealth of experience and laughter as they navigate the trenches of parenting, from preschoolers to teenagers.
  • Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting: Lisa Damour., a neuroscientist and author, explores the science behind children’s emotions and behaviors alongside her co-host Reena Ninan. Together, they offer practical tips for parents.
  • Raising Good Humans: Dr. Aliza Pressman, a developmental psychologist, tackles a range of parenting challenges with a focus on empathy, respect, and social-emotional learning.
  • Unruffled: Looking for guidance on respectful parenting? Janet Lansbury, author of “No Bad Kids,” tackles listener questions and offers practical strategies.
  • Parenting Great Kids: Pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker teams up with experts and parents to address real-life challenges and offer encouragement on your parenting journey.

Put on your headphones, grab your coffee (or that second glass of wine!), and let these podcasts be your partner in navigating the wonderful, messy journey of parenthood.

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Spencer Hulse is the Editorial Director at Grit Daily. He is responsible for overseeing other editors and writers, day-to-day operations, and covering breaking news.

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