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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
    • 4.8 • 750 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

    Why Isn't This a Thing? (Part Two)

    Why Isn't This a Thing? (Part Two)

    Sign up for the What Fresh Hell newsletter! Once a month you’ll get our favorite recent episodes, plus links to other things to read and watch and listen to, and upcoming special events: http://eepurl.com/h8ze3z
    Cars with built-in refrigerator magnets, super strong hair-collecting magnets, and of course, Baby Uber (car seats included!) Our listeners had so many good ideas for life-saving parenting inventions that we couldn't fit them all into our first "Why Isn't This a Thing?" episode. So here is "Why Isn't This a Thing: Part Two: New Things Rising: Maybe It Is a Thing."
    Amy and Margaret discuss amazing ideas like:

    Hotels for sick moms

    Cocktail ice cream trucks

    Applebee's buzzers


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    Little Spoon is a one-stop shop for healthy, easy mealtime for your baby, toddler and big kid. Enter code WHATFRESH at checkout to get 50% OFF your first Little Spoon delivery order. 
    Metabolic Reds are a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/fresh and receive a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your order.
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    Prose is the fully customized healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Get 15% off your first order at prose.com/laughing.
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    • 46 min
    Ask Amy: How Do I Get My Little Guy to Open Up?

    Ask Amy: How Do I Get My Little Guy to Open Up?

    Some kids have "lower set points" for needing to process experiences verbally and they may naturally be a quieter kid, which means parents may need to let go of the expectations they have set for having long, deep conversations with their kids every day after school.
    This week, a listener asks:
    I have three boys: almost 7, almost 4, almost 3. I've tried to do the rose/ thorn/ bud reflection at dinner to get even the tiniest glimpse in to my almost-7 year old's day. And I am constantly responded to with either "I dunno" or "So many things I can't even begin to tell you."
    When I/we say "Well, pick one" he will just shrug and say "I dunno" or stay silent.
    We will sit in the silence in order to give him time to think but he will always move on to a different topic - usually something he's obsessed with and nothing related to what we have been talking about.
    I've often said things like "Well, I'd love to know when you think of one thing" or have encouraged him to take his time, but we get nothing.
    At the end of last year I discovered he was fighting with another boy and that they were no longer friends - I had thought they were buddies! It turns out all the other moms knew because their kids had talked about their "beef". I feel like if my kid would open up maybe this would've come to my attention.
    I feel sad and frustrated, how do I get him to talk?
    There are some things you can try to break the ice: let your kid decide on the topic of conversation; vary the time of day when you try to talk to your kid; and use conversation cards like these Table Topics for Kids to get the conversation going. But forcing the issue is usually counterproductive. If your child is content overall, there's a chance that not sharing about their day isn't actually holding them back.

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    • 6 min
    Fresh Take: Donna Jackson Nakazawa on Helping Our Daughters Thrive

    Fresh Take: Donna Jackson Nakazawa on Helping Our Daughters Thrive

    Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and emotion. Her latest book, GIRLS ON THE BRINK: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media, unpacks the causes of the stress on American girls and its detrimental effects on their mental health.
    Donna, Margaret, and Amy discuss:

    Why girls tend to be more depressed and anxious than boys [2:07]

    How we've stolen girls' "safe in-between years" [17:30]

    "Antidote" strategies for helping girls through adolescence [26:30]


    Here's where you can find Donna:
    https://donnajacksonnakazawa.com
    @donnajacksonnakazawaauthor on Facebook
    Buy Donna's book!
    Sign up for the What Fresh Hell newsletter! Once a month you’ll get our favorite recent episodes, plus links to other things to read and watch and listen to, and upcoming special events: http://eepurl.com/h8ze3z
    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    Pampers are the #1 pediatrician-recommended diaper brand. Download the Pampers Club App today to start earning rewards with every diaper & wipes purchase!
    BetterHelp matches you with a qualified therapist in under 48 hours, then you choose among video, phone, or even live chat sessions. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/fresh.
    Dermawand is a non-surgical, non-invasive way to achieve dramatically younger-looking skin. Get 20% off your order with code LAUGH20 at dermawand.com.
    Indeed is the hiring platform where you can Attract, Interview, and Hire all in one place. Visit indeed.com/LAUGHING to start hiring now.
    KiwiCo projects make back-to-school more awesome! Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code MOTHERHOOD at kiwico.com.
    Little Spoon is a one-stop shop for healthy, easy mealtime for your baby, toddler and big kid. Enter code WHATFRESH at checkout to get 50% OFF your first Little Spoon delivery order. 
    Metabolic Reds are a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/fresh and receive a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your order.
    Misfits Market is an affordable online grocery service that makes grocery shopping fast and easy. Visit get.misfitsmarket.com/FRESH30 by Dec. 31st to get 30% off your first order. 
    Prose is the fully customized healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Get 15% off your first order at prose.com/laughing.
    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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    • 35 min
    What We're Reading, Watching, and Listening to This Fall

    What We're Reading, Watching, and Listening to This Fall

    We're back with another roundup of what we're reading, watching, and listening to. Some of it's educational. Some of it's spicy. Some of it's just for fun. And all of it is totally worth your time!
    What we're reading:

    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

    All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership by Darcy Lockman

    Evgenia Peretz for Vanity Fair: "Scene Stealer: The True Lies of Elisabeth Finch, Part 1"


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    What we're watching:


    Amy Winehouse documentary "Back to Black"

    The Rehearsal on HBO

    Napoleon Dynamite

    Jeopardy!


    Animal Facts @comedyfortheinternet #animalfacts

    Keep Sweet, Pray, and Obey


    Under the Banner of Heaven (book and TV show)

    KC Davis's TikTok @domesticblisters



    What we're listening to:

    The Seduction

    Dirty John

    Sweet Bobby

    A Normal Family: The JonBenet Ramsey Case Revisited

    Watch What Crappens

    our Fresh Take with Kate Mangino


    Beyoncé's new album "Renaissance"

    Lizzo's new album "Special"

    Our episode "Grudges Held, Grudges Kept"



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    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    Pampers are the #1 pediatrician-recommended diaper brand. Download the Pampers Club App today to start earning rewards with every diaper & wipes purchase!
    BetterHelp matches you with a qualified therapist in under 48 hours, then you choose among video, phone, or even live chat sessions. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/fresh.
    Dermawand is a non-surgical, non-invasive way to achieve dramatically younger-looking skin. Get 20% off your order with code LAUGH20 at dermawand.com.
    Indeed is the hiring platform where you can Attract, Interview, and Hire all in one place. Visit indeed.com/LAUGHING to start hiring now.
    KiwiCo projects make back-to-school more awesome! Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code MOTHERHOOD at kiwico.com.
    Little Spoon is a one-stop shop for healthy, easy mealtime for your baby, toddler and big kid. Enter code WHATFRESH at checkout to get 50% OFF your first Little Spoon delivery order. 
    Metabolic Reds are a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/fresh and receive a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your order.
    Misfits Market is an affordable online grocery service that makes grocery shopping fast and easy. Visit get.misfitsmarket.com/FRESH30 by Dec. 31st to get 30% off your first order. 
    Prose is the fully customized healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Get 15% off your first order at prose.com/laughing.
    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
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 43 min
    Ask Margaret: My Son Doesn't Have Any Close Friends. Is That a Problem?

    Ask Margaret: My Son Doesn't Have Any Close Friends. Is That a Problem?

    This week, a listener asks:
    My 10-year-old son is friendly, outgoing, and very accepting. He is also really interested in sports. He has a lot of acquaintances in both school and on his teams, but has no one I would call a best friend. He doesn’t get invited to a lot of birthday parties and rarely is asked for a play date, although the neighborhood kids will knock on the door and ask for him to come play a fair amount.
    He has ADHD and can get a little overly silly and/or annoy kids (I suspect). But he has not expressed any dissatisfaction with his social life and does not appear lonely, so I don’t want to project my thoughts and feelings on him, but is his lack of close friendships a concern? Is it something we should work on, perhaps social skills?
    I have never had a lot of acquaintances but have always had a few close friends. My friends changed throughout school but I always had a small group of close friends. Again, I know he is a different person than I am, but I don’t want to miss a sign of something that is amiss. Thoughts?
    Margaret suggests that if your child isn't expressing dissatisfaction with their social life, it's perfectly alright to leave the matter alone for the time being. There are things that can get in the way of a child forming close friendships, as discussed in the Huffington Post article linked below, and approaching the situation by modeling appropriate behavior yourself is the best course of action.
    This could look like a social skills class for your child, which Margaret found helpful with hers, or it could simply be practicing polite conversation, reading social cues, and asking others about their interests at the dinner table. Social skills are something you can get better at over time, so don't sweat it if your kid doesn't seem to have it down pat yet.
    Here is the link to the article Margaret mentions in the episode:
    Samantha Kemp-Jackson for the Huffington Post: When Your Child Doesn't Have Friends, Here's What To Do
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    • 6 min
    Fresh Take: Dr. Becky Kennedy on Being "Good Inside"

    Fresh Take: Dr. Becky Kennedy on Being "Good Inside"

    Dr. Becky Kennedy is a clinical psychologist and mom of three who’s rethinking the way we raise our children. She's the host of "Good Inside With Dr. Becky," named by Apple Podcasts as one of the best podcasts of 2021. She also empowers more than a million parents following her on Instagram @drbeckyatgoodinside. 
    Dr. Becky specializes in thinking deeply about what’s happening for kids and translating these ideas into simple, actionable strategies for parents. Her new book is GOOD INSIDE: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be. 
    In this episode, Becky, Amy, and Margaret discuss:

    How kids communicate through their behaviors

    How to navigate behavior regulation when you're short on time

    Why "Good Inside" is a slightly different parenting approach


    Here's where you can find Dr. Becky:
    www.goodinside.com
     @drbeckyatgoodinside on IG and FB
    Buy Dr. Becky's book

    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    Pampers are the #1 pediatrician-recommended diaper brand. Download the Pampers Club App today to start earning rewards with every diaper & wipes purchase!
    BetterHelp matches you with a qualified therapist in under 48 hours, then you choose among video, phone, or even live chat sessions. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/fresh.
    Dermawand is a non-surgical, non-invasive way to achieve dramatically younger-looking skin. Get 20% off your order with code LAUGH20 at dermawand.com.
    Indeed is the hiring platform where you can Attract, Interview, and Hire all in one place. Visit indeed.com/LAUGHING to start hiring now.
    KiwiCo projects make back-to-school more awesome! Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code MOTHERHOOD at kiwico.com.
    Little Spoon is a one-stop shop for healthy, easy mealtime for your baby, toddler and big kid. Enter code WHATFRESH at checkout to get 50% OFF your first Little Spoon delivery order. 
    Metabolic Reds are a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/fresh and receive a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your order.
    Misfits Market is an affordable online grocery service that makes grocery shopping fast and easy. Visit get.misfitsmarket.com/FRESH30 by Dec. 31st to get 30% off your first order. 
    Prose is the fully customized healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Get 15% off your first order at prose.com/laughing.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
750 Ratings

750 Ratings

kaybray17 ,

New fave!

Just happened across this randomly a few months ago and started from episode 1. I’m now somewhere in May of 2018 (and it’s September of 2022) but I’m HOOKED. It’s a combination of witty, thoughtful and charming and as a mom of 2 in my 30’s their ideas and insight is insanely helpful! Love, love, love and will definitely try to catch them live if they come my way (Massachusetts).

LoveLP11880 ,

Moms Rock!

Amy and Margaret (autocorrect wanted me to write Margarita btw) so cheers to that! Anyway, thank you for this fun podcast that I love dearly. Keep doing what you do! Go Moms!!

Helen H Lee ,

The podcast has brought zen into my life

I came across this podcast by accident, and what a fortuitous accident it was! I’ve listened to every episode and had takeaways from each. Thank you Amy and Margaret for decreasing my anxiety and bringing awareness that my kids respond better when I’m “calmer”. I laugh more at challenges. I am not alone in this world of parenthood trials, and am so thankful for this podcast.

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