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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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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 759 Ratings

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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.
whatfreshhellpodcast.com

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Ask Margaret: Should I Help My Kids with Things I Know They Can Do Themselves?

    Ask Margaret: Should I Help My Kids with Things I Know They Can Do Themselves?

    Does your kid ask you to make their breakfast or do their laundry despite the fact that they know how to do these things? Where's the line between lending them a hand and waiting on them hand and foot?
    Listener Lindsay asks:
    "Talk to me about how you field requests from your kids to “help them” with things they’re old enough to do themselves. Like my 12 year old’s constant requests to make her breakfast, or my 6 year old who will often ask me to go fetch things for her that she forgot elsewhere in the house. I will often decline and tell them that they can do these things themselves… but then I wonder — couldn’t they say the same thing to me when I ask them for help? They’re always very willing to help me when I ask, and I know they are probably looking at these requests of me in the same light. How do I reciprocate their willingness to help me without teaching them learned helplessness? "
    There's no hard-and-fast rule for how much your kids should be doing around the house. As long as you contextualize the scenarios where you help for your kids, there's no harm in sometimes doing things for them if they're bogged down with homework or having a rough day.
    Links!
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia blog: "Chores and Kids: How Much Should You Expect?"

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    • 7 min
    Fresh Take: Yael Schonbrun on "Work, Parent, Thrive"

    Fresh Take: Yael Schonbrun on "Work, Parent, Thrive"

    Why does it feel like our career and our family are pulling us in different directions and making it hard to be fully present in both arenas? In her new book Work, Parent, Thrive: 12 Science-Backed Strategies to Ditch Guilt, Manage Overwhelm, and Grow Connection (When Everything Feels Like too Much). Dr. Yael Schonbrun explains how we can move from a zero-sum mindset to a life in which our work life and our family life are enable to enrich each other.
    Yael Schonbrun is also the co-host of the "Psychologists Off the Clock" podcast, an assistant professor at Brown University, and a mother of three little comedians. In this episode Yael and Amy discuss:

    Why the guilt that often accompanies parenting is hard-wired into us

    What values clarification looks like

    Why starting a "stop doing" list can be surprisingly helpful


    Here's where you can find Yael:
    Twitter: @DrYaelSchonbrun
    #WorkParentThrive
    Buy Yael's book: https://bookshop.org/a/12099/9781611809657

    Links!
    Our Fresh Take with Dr. Jill Stoddard on how to manage anxiety

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    • 34 min
    When The World Moves Too Fast For Our Kids

    When The World Moves Too Fast For Our Kids

    Please take our listener survey at bit.ly/whatfreshhellsurvey! It helps us bring you sponsors you'll love– and it keeps this podcast going!
    When we look at our kids– and think of the responsibilities we had and risks we took at their ages– a lot of us think our kids are growing up more slowly. This is definitely not always a bad thing. But when our kid is playing Pokémon and their peers have moved on to Snapchat, should we be encouraging them to blossom? Or letting them stay young a little longer?
    Amy and Margaret discuss:

    why it's good to have "young" kids

    when to rescue, and when to leave them alone

    how to make our own homes safe havens for our kids to be exactly who they are


    Links!

    Camille Noe Pagán for WebMD: "Is It Immaturity or ADHD?"


    Alloprof Parents: "5 ways to support an immature first grader"


    PsychCentral: "The Effects of Trauma from Growing up Too Fast"


    Amy Norton for CBS News: "Why today's teens are growing up more slowly than they used to"


    Katie Bishop for BBC: "Kids getting older younger: Are children growing up too fast?"


    Steven Richfield for HealthyPlace: "Coaching The Emotionally Immature Middle Schooler"


    Julie Rawe for Understood: "Why some kids seem immature compared to other kids their age"


    Dr. Tori Cordiano for Your Teen Magazine: "My Daughter Is Immature and She’s Annoying Her Friends"


    Jessica Lahey for Your Teen Magazine: "Understanding Changing Middle School Friendships"



    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    For trusted protection, choose Pampers, the #1 Pediatrician Recommended Brand. Download the Pampers Club App today to start earning rewards with every diaper & wipes purchase.
    This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/fresh and get on your way to being your best self.”
    For gifts of all kinds, Etsy has it. Use code MERRY10 at checkout for 10% off your first purchase at etsy.com.
    Find a new fall favorite for your wardrobe with Faherty. Head to fahertybrand.com/fresh and use code FRESH at checkout for 20% off.
    Gladskin is clinically proven skincare for people of all ages with eczema, acne, and rosacea. Get 15% off plus free shipping at gladskin.com/FRESH.
    Honeylove shapewear is the secret sauce you need for your everyday wardrobe. Get 20% off at honeylove.com with the code FRESH.
    Give Awesome this holiday with KiwiCo! Get your first month FREE on ANY crate line at kiwico.com/fresh.
    Indeed is the only job site where you're guaranteed to find quality applicants that meet your must-have requirements--or else you don't pay! Visit indeed.com/LAUGHING to start hiring now.
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    • 40 min
    Ask Amy: My Kid Asks for Help - and Then Gets Mad at Me

    Ask Amy: My Kid Asks for Help - and Then Gets Mad at Me

    When our kids get overwhelmed with homework and tests and schedule-making, it can be pretty clear they need our help. Sometimes they come right out and ask for assistance– only to then angrily insist every suggestion we make is the dumbest thing ever. How can we support our stressed kids without being trash cans for all their frustration and bad feelings?
    A member of our Facebook group says:
    My family moved last spring to a new school district with higher standards than our previous one. Our teen is really having a hard time understanding how to manage his time. I know he has all the tools and support to be successful, so the only thing holding him back is his own effort/attitude. He procrastinates and bargains his way into doing the least possible effort and then when I check in with him to review or to help plan his assignments he snarls at me.
    He is in this cycle of not wanting to do the work or the task in the moment, and then getting pissed later that he essentially set himself up to struggle. We let him make his own study plans for the first six weeks with us just supporting his choices where we could, but that resulted in poor grades. Then we would force him to let us help him study, and he would be much more successful. He just fights the help.
    So I have 2 options: A- say “fine, go ahead and do it your way and fail your classes” which will result in many consequences I fear that he is not mature enough to think about, or B- keep taking the abuse and fighting him, knowing that it’s the only way he will stay on track which is definitely not the healthiest means to an end. 
    It's a tough situation a parent to be in, and hard not to become triggered by it. Amy says it's important to remember that our kids are struggling with two different things– their workloads, and their anxieties– and that their frustrations are about those things, not about how annoying Mom is. No matter what they might say.
    Books Amy mentions in the episode:
    THE EXPLOSIVE CHILD by Ross Greene
    SMART BUT SCATTERED TEENS by Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, and Colin Guare
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    • 7 min
    Fresh Take: Wendi Aarons on Growing Older, Wiser, and Louder

    Fresh Take: Wendi Aarons on Growing Older, Wiser, and Louder

    Self-declared late-bloomer Wendi Aarons is an award-winning humorist, writer, and author who's written for McSweeney’s, The New Yorker Daily Shouts, US Weekly, and BuzzFeed. Her new book, "I'm Wearing Tunics Now: On Growing Older, Better, and a Hell of a Lot Louder," is an exploration of self-acceptance, second acts, and unapologetically chasing the lives we deserve as women.
    In this episode we discuss:

    why we would– and wouldn't– go back to when we were younger

    the ability to reprioritize female friendships at midlife

    why every new mom feels like she's in a middle-school cafeteria


    Aging can bring unwelcome surprises along with it, says Wendi, but it can also bring some welcome ones.
    Here's where you can find Wendi:
    Social media: @WendiAarons
    www.wendiaarons.com
    Buy Wendi's book: https://bookshop.org/a/12099/9781524873738
    Wendi's open letter to Always

    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
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    This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp. BetterHelp is online therapy that is affordable, confidential, and effective! Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/fresh.
    For gifts of all kinds, Etsy has it. Use code MERRY10 at checkout for 10% off your first purchase at etsy.com.
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    Gladskin is clinically proven skincare for people of all ages with eczema, acne, and rosacea. Get 15% off plus free shipping at gladskin.com/FRESH.
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    • 39 min
    I Really Thought This Would Be a Bigger Part of My Life

    I Really Thought This Would Be a Bigger Part of My Life

    What did adulthood mean to you when you were growing up? Staying up late? Doing algebra every day? Stopping, dropping, and rolling at least once a week? We asked our listeners what they thought would come in handy or plague them daily when they grew up.
    Amy and Margaret discuss:

    "Oops! All Berries" Cap'n Crunch cereal

    Chunky statement pieces

    How to get the upper hand in "Jeopardy"


    Here's the original thread in our Facebook group where we asked this question
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    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
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    For gifts of all kinds, Etsy has it. Use code MERRY10 at checkout for 10% off your first purchase at etsy.com.
    Find a new fall favorite for your wardrobe with Faherty. Head to fahertybrand.com/fresh and use code FRESH at checkout for 20% off.
    Gladskin is clinically proven skincare for people of all ages with eczema, acne, and rosacea. Get 15% off plus free shipping at gladskin.com/FRESH.
    Honeylove shapewear is the secret sauce you need for your everyday wardrobe. Get 20% off at honeylove.com with the code FRESH.
    Give Awesome this holiday with KiwiCo! Get your first month FREE on ANY crate line at kiwico.com/fresh.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
759 Ratings

759 Ratings

CGN0246 ,

Funny, wise, and relatable!

Margaret and Amy are hilarious and wise and their podcast is what every parent needs right now. I feel like a better parent every time I listen to this - sometimes because of the excellent advice and ideas, sometimes because it just helps to laugh, and sometimes because I realize things aren’t as bad as I had thought. I highly recommend this podcast to every parent who needs to feel supported and encouraged!

smm2266 ,

Y’all da best

Your podcast helps me reflect on my internal struggle of am I doing a good job as a parent. It makes me feel seen and confirms I’m not alone in the struggle. I appreciate your lighthearted and fun conversations. I highly recommend.

kevin89754 ,

Always there

I love this podcast! Always gives me something to think about or laugh about.

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