I love holding contests to raise awareness about other bloggers, parents and teens spreading ideas about positive parenting. Last month was the Best Mom Blogs which was a huge success!
I constantly get asked by parents, “as an informed parent, what websites should I read?” And recently, “I want to be able to listen to some podcasts while I drive/clean/work, do you have any suggestions?” I think podcasts are a great way to get current info, gossip, advice, hear interviews from experts and much more, so I really encourage all my readers to take a gander through these podcasts and start listening!
You can listen to almost all of these by searching their names in the iTunes Library, I also have their websites below (some even have accompanying blogs).
(in no particular order!)
General Parenting Podcasts
Mom Scoop Get the latest scoop on life from a mom’s point of view. Features frank discussions about kids, hubbys, scrapbooking, more scrapbooking, working from home and anything else that comes to mind. Lots of cute anecdotes and stories.
Jumping Monkeys Megan Morrone, mother of three toddlers, and Leo Laporte, father of two teens, as they talk about parenting in the digital age, featuring lots of helpful links and advice, plus interviews with other geek parents, web site designers, and bloggers.
Momstyle News Parents with small children who are too busy to think, they have a fun ditty and great intro music too! I really like all of the topics they cover and I even do some intro clips for them. (tell me what you think!)
Mojo Mom Being a Mojo Mom is about finding your voice and identity as a person as well as a mother. Their podcast is about creativity, connection, and action.
Flylady Less chaos more love is her motto. Lots of other shows on her channel of blogtalkradio!
Are we there yet? EXPLICIT “A family podcast for adults, hosted by a pair of surly parents who battle their offspring with sarcasm while stranded in Texas.” That description says it all–hilarious.
The American Family Podcast This podcast explores a range of issues affecting today’s families including but not limited to parenting, education, career, health and relationships and has many in-depth experts.
Mom’s Morning Show This is a great sampling of all kinds of topics, very animated and lively hosts, great way to wake-up for a morning drive!
Wonder Years Radio Christina Lemmey does a great job with this show, I also like their blog along with the show, some fabulous articles.
Imperfect Parent is a great podcast for all those parents who sometimes feel less than perfect–therefore for everyone!
Straight From The Heart Dr Sheri Meyers talks about all issues for love, relationships and general happiness.
iParenting Podcast has all kinds of topics, resources and guests for parents of kids of all ages.
Parent to Parent This is by the Mom CEO, like the name a lot and she was recently voted best online resource by Dr Phil, very new and different approach to parenting. Jodie Lynn and divorce coach Susan Allan are very informative.
Parent World Radio Jane Gabbert is deeply passionate about issues facing parents today! Her innovative, lively and in-depth radio talk show, creates an open forum for parental discussion.
Sarah Newton “Help My Teenager Is an Alien!” show is delightful! Great, basic non-psychobabble teen advice for parents.
Parent Report with Joanne Wilson is great for parents of toddlers with lots of interviews and tips.
2 Boobs and a Baby Great name right? I wish they posted more often, but this podcast is about the trial and tribulations of raising two kids 11.5 months apart.
Podmaster Kids and Family Podcasts Lots of up-to-date features on kids and family issues. They have videos too and of course, I love the accents!
Mom Talk Radio Maria Bailey features all kinds of mommy news, guests and topics of interest to parents–great for long commutes.
Parents Magazine Podcast is an internet radio show for moms and dads created by the editors of Parents Magazine, very well-rounded with every show topic you could ever think of!
Parent’s Journal with Bobbi Conner this larger, national radio series has discussions on for parents on all topics about babies, toddlers, preschoolers, preteens and teens. Great if you want some in-depth discussion.
Manic Mommies This is a wonderful show done by 2 moms in Massachusetts. They talk about the realities of being a mom and working outside the home. They are real, funny, and irreverent. I have tried contacting them a bunch of times and they are always too busy = ( I still love their stuff.
Dancing with Elephants Hosts Greg, Tonya, Nikolai (age 6) and occasionally Caleb (age 4) discuss current events and review podcasts, books, computer games, movies, and television shows affecting today’s ‘trying-to-juggle-it-all’ family. A-dor-able.
Motherhood Uncensored Kristen Chase, a pilot widow and stay-at-home-parent, talks about all things mom (and not-so-mom). She has lots of interviews and “Her no-more-mrs.-nice-mom take on motherhood is not for the faint of heart. Weak bladders, however, are welcome.” Very fun.
Parent Code Hosted by the ON Network with Apple TV HD they have all kinds of great videos and exposes for parents to get a look into our secret world!
Mommycast MommyCast is a weekly internet radio show for and by women immersed in the fullness of motherhood and life, holding the world together, one child at a time. Very sweet!
Family Matters with Caroline and Jacquie connects with listeners by providing informative and entertaining conversation with experts, celebrities and newsmakers from around the country. You’ll hear news you can use, humorous commentary and life-changing advice all to help you unwind from your busy day. Also check out their website here.
Family Online Radio Family fun, also some practical advice. I like it because it is not too long and Geraldine Jensen is great with really interesting guests.
Millenial Influence Answers, encouragement, and help parents need to raise a successful teenager. The shows cover a lot of topics and are never longer than the length of a short commute (10-15min).
Chitchat Moms EXPLICIT! Two fabulous moms talking about kids, money, life, relationships, sex, family, work…
Parenting Podcasts with a Specific Twist
The Domesticated Male: Life, Laundry and the Pursuit of Happiness! It covers a broad range of topics–what he see as ‘normal’ in the lives of men. Rick is so cool, and very easy going. A great listen.
Divorced Dad Minute Love it, really short, really quick, really for all parents not just divorced dads.
Whole Body Podcast You all know how much I love health. This podcast covers everything from allergy issues for kids, to quick meals.
Teaching for the Future David LaMorte is awesome and hosts a great podcast for teachers!
Divorcing Daze Laurie and Laurie are a great resource for any divorced parents. Their talk covers a range of topics, including ‘the X’ and ‘the new Mrs X’ so funny.
1-2-3 Listen to Me Sarah and Nina are two cool girls and their Mom (now living in South Africa). In the podcast they review books, movies and music, tell stories and jokes – and give language lessons too. Fun for the whole family – always good for a smile! Really great for both kids and parents (especially those international).
Single Parent Survival Guide Practical advice from a Single Dad about raising a child and taking care of yourself! Cliff and his daughter are adorable.
Parents Rule! Pat Montgomery is a business owner, author, parent and grandparent who offers her advice to parents and families. I love having the grandma’s perspective!
Just One More Book This is such a great idea for a podcast. They talk about their favorite children’s booksand record from their favorite coffee shop! They also feature authors and really encourage kids to love reading!
A Troubled Teen and His Parents This show is a chronicle of the struggles that a teen and his parent face as they deal with particularly troublesome years. The parent and teen are unique that they are not biological parents, but nephew and uncle. I love how they actually check in nightly and talk about issues they are dealing with together–one of my favorites!
Tech Talk for Families This couplecast is like gold. Dale and Teresa combine their training, experience, and lifelong interest in technology (and a houseful of electronics, computers, and video game consoles!) to bring weekly technology news, toy news, product recalls, and video game news and reviews that actually matter to your family.
Zwaggle Great message for kids, recycling, community and the environment (a good one for family car rides)
MomsTown This podcast is more for e-learning for moms, they have what they call ‘podclasses’ very interesting and very helpful.
Mom-On-The-Go Oh, I like when things form to your schedule, they really cater to moms who are constantly moving and doing and driving and…
Healthy Mother Healthy Child how to find calm amidst the family craziness. Elizabeth Irvine is fab!
Babycast If you are new parents, this podcast is for you! Jason Whitener talks about his real (and cute) experiences as a new dad.
Tales of a Single Parent A podcast dedicated to helping single parents get through the day-to-day joys, challenges, pitfalls and successes of single parenting.
School Psychology with Dr Gaston Weisz This podcast focuses on school psychology, education, parenting and everything related to the two worlds of education and psychology. Dr. Gaston Weisz is a school psychologist. Very interesting perspective on the typical kid/school issues.
Savvy Organizer I. love. every. part. of. this. podcast. Even the website is adorable. They feature ideas, inspiration and suggestions for getting your life in gear. Freedom from chaos is their goal!
PediCast: A Pediatric Podcast for Parents: Dr Mike answers all kinds of questions from parents on medical news, parenting tips, and even interviews with child-health providers–with explanations I can actually understand!
Momtalk is an online community radio show connecting Moms across Canada and around the world. Helen, Cara and Tracy host as the parenting team from Canadianparents.com.
LA with Kids LA Restaurant reviews, Parks, Museums, Beaches, and virtually anything of interest to L.A. parents.
Parenting and the Internet provides timely advice and a variety of useful resources for parents who have children that use the Internet and want to have more control over the situation. They also have videos!
Muslimat I wanted to include podcasts for moms of all religions, this broadcast network is for all isues for women including parenting!
Jewish Kids Very cute, a dad and daughter duo talk about holidays and Jewish stories and songs.
Heartlight Radio is a weekly hour-long magazine program featuring some of the top parenting experts of today. The program is dedicated to helping families effectively deal with the teenage years.
Mormon Moms Married to the Military “Two dynamite personalities pontificating on the morals and morale of life as Mormon moms married to the military.” I think they sing their intro and I love the alliteration!
Foster Parenting Podcast Foster parents Tim and Wendy discuss foster care with humor, insight and Christian faith, they share their everyday ups and downs as a foster family hoping to adopt.
Living Well with Autism Produced by a mom of a boy with autism, provides free or inexpensive strategies that parents can do at home to improve their quality of life. Play and engagement, eating and sleeping tips, vacations, visual helpers, sensory diets, goal-setting are some of the topics that will be covered. The posts are a bit sporadic and a bit scientific, but I think it is very helpful if you have autism in your family.
LD Podcast A podcast for parents of children with learning disabilities with Whitney Hoffman.
(image courtesy PBS.org)
Podcast for the Military Moms Karen is a proud army mom who unites mom’s who miss their sons. She talks about sending gifts and supporting each other–I think this is great for my military mom readers!
Today’s Father Succinct three-minute programs that inform, challenge, and encourage dads to “keep up the good work.”
Creative Mom a podcast for artists… with a healthy dose of kid talk thrown into the mix. She talks about fine art, painting, sketching, knitting, writing, drawing, collage, fibre arts, ATCs, photography, crafts…
Parry Aftab has a popular blog called Wired Safety and a podcast mainly focusing on Internet safety issues for kids and families.
Comfy Cosy Clean Home I love Rachel’s accent, perfect daily 15 minute tasks to keep your home Comfy, Cosy and Clean. I like how she gives you homework in such a soothing way, doesn’t feel like cleaning at all.
Boutique Cafe a weekly shows featuring designers of children’s couture and highlight topics of interest to fashion savvy moms around the world! So cool. The also have some videos of kids fashion designers.
The Big Family Podcast in celebration of having a large family. Parenting tips, money saving ideas, and other topics from Brian the dad.
Bathtalk with Kidder and Jade EXPLICIT Kidder and Jade are happily married, have two children and record a podcast from their bathtub. Together they will tackle the topics of balancing work, parenting, and continuing to be intimate with each other. They even have videos (loved the one about giving massages)
Parenting Teens Many of you checked out Sue Blaney in my top 50 Mom Blogs, her podcast is just as thoughtful, realistic, and insightful.
Parenting My Teen Aurelia Williams’ podcast for parents of teenagers, is so insightful. She covers the tough issues and provides encouragement and real life resources. I love all of her interviews and candid stories! I did my prom interview with Aurelia and thought she was a fabulous host.
Satellite Sisters I was lucky enough to meet one of the hosts Lian Dolan at a speaking event and have been hooked on their podcast ever since. Great for women of all ages.
Please Stop The Roller Coaster I have mentioned Sue Blaney’s great blog before but her audio programs are also extremely well put together and informative.
Dr Barbara The Enchanted Self This is a great podcast for everyone, not just parents, I have mentioned Dr Barbara before and her positive message towards kids and life
How Mama Got Her Groove Back with Allana Pratt, many of you heard my interview with this hot and fiesty mama!
Geekdads Podcast I love the GeekDads blog, but they also have a great podcast all of you techy dads must check out!
Stay tuned for best dad blogs, teen blogs and parenting websites. You can email me your submissions at vvanpetten (at) gmail (dot) com.
I know this is a really long post, bookmark and save it for later. You never know when you will need a great travel podcast, something for a long commute or spring cleaning day! Thank you so much for all of the email and comment submissions I got!
I truly believe the more information and resources you have, the better. People often ask me “Aren’t you afraid of the competition?” This is not about competing, any mom, dad, teen, teacher, person who has a positive message for teens and parents, I want to help/hear from you. Please feel free to continue to post your own submissions in the comments! And forward to any other parent podcasters to post about their sites.
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Dream big, work hard and you will get there,
Vanessa Van Petten