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Hosted by funny moms Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson, “What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood” is a comedy podcast about the never-ending "fresh hells" of parenting.
Amy and Margaret are each moms of three, dealing with the same hassles as any parent, but with completely different parenting styles. Margaret is laid-back to the max; Amy never met a spreadsheet she didn't like.
We offer three episodes each week:

"Question of the Week" mini-episodes on Mondays

regular weekly episodes on Wednesdays

"Fresh Take" interview with experts and authors on Fridays


Join us as we laugh in the face of motherhood!
What Fresh Hell is a Webby Honoree for Best Podcast: Kids and Family, the winner of Mom 2.0 Iris Awards for "Best Podcast" and "Most Entertaining Content," and a Podcast Awards People’s Choice for "Best Family and Parenting Podcast.
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What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.4 • 9 Ratings

Hosted by funny moms Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson, “What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood” is a comedy podcast about the never-ending "fresh hells" of parenting.
Amy and Margaret are each moms of three, dealing with the same hassles as any parent, but with completely different parenting styles. Margaret is laid-back to the max; Amy never met a spreadsheet she didn't like.
We offer three episodes each week:

"Question of the Week" mini-episodes on Mondays

regular weekly episodes on Wednesdays

"Fresh Take" interview with experts and authors on Fridays


Join us as we laugh in the face of motherhood!
What Fresh Hell is a Webby Honoree for Best Podcast: Kids and Family, the winner of Mom 2.0 Iris Awards for "Best Podcast" and "Most Entertaining Content," and a Podcast Awards People’s Choice for "Best Family and Parenting Podcast.
whatfreshhellpodcast.com

    Fresh Take: Amber Briggle on Supporting Trans Kids

    Fresh Take: Amber Briggle on Supporting Trans Kids

    Amber Briggle and her family live in Texas. Amber is the mom of two kids, Max and Lulu, and on her website "Love To The Max," Amber shares the family's real stories and experiences as a trans-inclusive family.
    Amber describes herself as "just a mom," but the events of the last few years have made her a powerful advocate for the rights of kids and families like her own. She was a founding member (and former national co-chair) of the “Parents for Transgender Equality Council”, part of the Human Rights Campaign. Amber currently serves as the “Equal Opportunity Issue” Chair for the League of Women Voters of Texas.
    In this moving and illuminating episode, Amber talks about her experience parenting her transgender son and the breadth of emotions and experiences that come with it.
    In this episode, Amber, Amy, and Margaret discuss:

    Amber's son Max's transition journey

    The best ways to support trans kids

    The anti-trans legislation currently in effect and under consideration in the U.S.


    NOTE: Since we recorded this episode, a lawyer for the state of Texas has confirmed that the child abuse investigation into the Briggle family has been lifted. A Texas judge has temporarily blocked the child abuse investigations of other parents of trans youth in the state, but those investigations remain in effect.

    Here's where you can find Amber:
    Her website: https://lovetothemax.net/
    Facebook: /amberbriggle
    Twitter: @mrsbriggle

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    • 38 min
    We Caught Our Spouses Being Awesome

    We Caught Our Spouses Being Awesome

    We asked the moms in our Facebook group about times they caught their spouses being awesome. Maybe it's supporting us in our difficult career choices. Maybe it's reading books on certain issues to do with our kids. Maybe it's brushing hair. (But don't get Amy started on that last one!)
    In this episode, Amy and Margaret discuss:

    Being good vs. being awesome

    Subverting gender roles in the home

    Qualities you wish for in a boyfriend vs. in a husband


    Here are links to the resources mentioned in the episode:
    "Flying the Coop" episode from Reply All podcast (Margaret's rec)
    Our Fresh Take episode with Matthew Fray on Strengthening Our Relationships
    The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, by Ross Greene

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    • 48 min
    Ask Amy: The Top Tip for Yelling Less

    Ask Amy: The Top Tip for Yelling Less

    Do you need a reset around the yelling in your house– namely, your own? Are certain times (bathtime, homework time, putting screens away time) a consistent battle? Amy's best tip to tame the yelling comes from something she heard from a dog trainer!
    "Never repeat a cue twice" is one of the basic tenets of dog training. If you tell a dog to "sit" but eventually that becomes "Sit. Sit.... Sit!... SIT!!" your dog will eventually sit, once you seem upset enough, but what you will be inadvertently training your dog to do is to wait for the fourth time that command is repeated before complying.
    In this "Ask Amy," Amy explains how performing a reset using this tenet– stop repeating what you're asking more than once, i.e. until you yell– can yield surprising results, and reads a listener email from a mom of a rambunctious 2-year-old who is "in shock" at how well this has worked in her house!
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    • 7 min
    Fresh Take: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on Raising Antiracists

    Fresh Take: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on Raising Antiracists

    This week's guest, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, is the author of many highly acclaimed books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. In 2020, Time magazine named Dr. Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Kendi was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the Genius Grant. His new book, released just this week, is How To Raise An Antiracist.
    In this interview, Dr. Kendi explains:

    why caregivers cannot protect young people from racism by ignoring what’s happening to our children

    why teaching antiracism is the best way to protect our children from racism's harms

    why children have an easier time understanding these ideas than we might think

    how putting off conversations about race, or giving kids the message that racism is unmentionable, can make our children prey to more sinister messaging


    It is never too early, or too late, to start raising our kids to be antiracist.
    Get How To Raise An Antiracist in our Bookshop store: https://bookshop.org/a/12099/9780593242537
    and find out more on Dr. Kendi's website: https://ibramxkendi.com


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    Firstleaf is a no-brainer if you love finding and tasting new wine! Join today and you’ll get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95 and free shipping! Just go to tryfirstleaf.com/LAUGHING. 
    KiwiCo projects make science, technology, engineering, art, and math super fun. Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line at kiwico.com with the code MOTHERHOOD.
    Ladder helps you find life insurance without the hassle! Go to ladderlife.com/laughing today to see if you’re instantly approved for up to $3 million in term life insurance.
    Outschool helps kids explore their interests and discover new ones! Save $15 on your child’s first class at outschool.com/laughing with the code LAUGHING.
    Peloton has workouts or everyone. And the Peloton Bike+ is now $500 less, its best price yet, including FREE delivery and setup! Visit onepeloton.com to learn more.
    Prose now makes supplements personally tailored to address your specific cause of hair shedding. Get your free in-depth consultation and 15% off your custom hair supplements at prose.com/laughing. 
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    • 32 min
    The Smallest Hills We'd Die On

    The Smallest Hills We'd Die On

    From how to eat a Reese's peanut butter cup, to *not* saving the pandas, to the forever-ban of helium balloons, our listeners are willing to die on some pretty tiny hills. Here's what mountains you all are making out of mole hills– plus a few of our own tiny battles.
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    Firstleaf is a no-brainer if you love finding and tasting new wine! Join today and you’ll get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95 and free shipping! Just go to tryfirstleaf.com/LAUGHING. 
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    Ladder helps you find life insurance without the hassle! Go to ladderlife.com/laughing today to see if you’re instantly approved for up to $3 million in term life insurance.
    Outschool helps kids explore their interests and discover new ones! Save $15 on your child’s first class at outschool.com/laughing with the code LAUGHING.
    Peloton has workouts or everyone. And the Peloton Bike+ is now $500 less, its best price yet, including FREE delivery and setup! Visit onepeloton.com to learn more.
    Prose now makes supplements personally tailored to address your specific cause of hair shedding. Get your free in-depth consultation and 15% off your custom hair supplements at prose.com/laughing. 
    Shopify powers millions of businesses, from first sale to full-scale. Go to shopify.com/fresh for a free 14-day trial and get full access to Shopify’s entire suite of features.
    StoryWorth is an online service that helps you and your loved ones connect through sharing stories and memories and preserves them for years to come. Save $10 off your first purchase at storyworth.com/whatfreshhell.
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    • 43 min
    Ask Margaret: Picky Eater Update!

    Ask Margaret: Picky Eater Update!

    We've talked a lot about picky eating on the podcast but if you're looking less for advice and more for 'how does it all turn out?' then this is the episode for you!
    This week Kristina asks,
    "I was listening to an episode where Margaret described her extremly picky son and the anxiety she felt. She was basically describing my daughter. That episode is from 2016 so I'm curious does anyone know if he's expanded his diet or does anyone have any uplifting stories about extremely picky kids who improve over time? Honestly I'd be happy if she's just having less anxiety at the table - not looking for advice because I've read everything!"
    This week Margaret offers an update on how her picky son is eating 5 years later - and the answers may surprise you!
    Check out other WFH episodes on picky eating here:
    https://www.whatfreshhellpodcast.com/your-picky-eater/
    https://www.whatfreshhellpodcast.com/ask-amy-my-kid-gags-at-foods-he-used-to-like/
    https://www.whatfreshhellpodcast.com/is-this-battle-worth-fighting/
    https://www.whatfreshhellpodcast.com/highly-sensitive-and-under-sensitive-kids/
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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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Relatable, funny and interesting

I looove this podcast! Really relatable, non judgmental and down to earth but also some very interesting, well researched and sensible suggestions. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot about motherhood, psychology and myself whilst listening to this podcast. Really enjoy the studies, guest speakers and insights from Margaret’s family members (Mum, auntie, sister in law)! It’s like having a conversation with two friends. I feel like listening along regularly helps bring out my best self with lots of laughs a long the way!

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