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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

What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 739 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?

    Why *ISN'T* This a Thing?

    Following our wildly popular "Why Is This a Thing?" episode, we asked our listeners what ISN'T a thing, but should be. From sunblock sprayer tubes to wider checkout lines to all-in-one laundry machines, the Hellions delivered some million-dollar ideas that Amy and Margaret are very tempted to retire on.
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    Metabolic Reds are a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/fresh and receive a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your order.
    Outschool helps kids discover new interests! For a limited time, you’ll save $15 on your child’s first class when you go to outschool.com/laughing and use code LAUGHING.
    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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    • 45 min
    Ask Margaret: My Daughter Says She Thinks She Looks Fat

    Ask Margaret: My Daughter Says She Thinks She Looks Fat

    Margaret answers this week's listener question:
    "My daughter (5 years old next month) has started saying “I look fat in this sweater”. My daughter is a healthy weight and she is VERY active. I am unsure of how to manage/navigate these comments. I really don’t want her to have body image issues or to be dealing with this at such a young age. I have been very conscious since her birth not to comment on her appearance, and instead to reinforce the things her body does. I rarely say “you look so pretty"; instead I say “that’s a great outfit you picked”. I didn’t think I would have to deal with this so soon. Help!"
    Almost all of us have struggled with eating and body issues at some point in our lives, and it is important for us as parents to reframe the way we talk about food and our bodies and to model body acceptance (put on that swimsuit and get in the picture!)
    It's also important to honestly answer the questions that are asked. Don't shy away from responding to kids who ask if they look fat. Talk honestly about how bodies come in all different shapes and sizes, and why and how our bodies change.
    In this episode, Margaret references this article from A Mighty Girl: When Your Daughter Says 'I'm Fat'
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    • 6 min
    Fresh Take: Anya Kamenetz on Covid and What Kids Lost

    Fresh Take: Anya Kamenetz on Covid and What Kids Lost

    We've spent a lot of time over the past couple of years reassuring ourselves that our kids would be okay, that we were doing our best, that we'd get them through this, that there could even be silver linings. But it's important to take stock of the costs to our children, as well, because they were considerable.
    Today's guest, Anya Kamenetz is the author of several acclaimed books on learning and the future, including The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life, and The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing, But You Don’t Have To Be. Her latest book is The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children's Lives, and Where We Go Now.
    In this episode, Anya, Amy, and Margaret discuss:

    Why Anya says the United States got pandemic schooling "more wrong" than other wealthy countries

    How "years of neglect and bad faith" in public education contributed to what happened after our abrupt shift to remote schooling

    How we can create something better for the future


    Here's where you can find Anya:
    http://www.anyakamenetz.net/
    Instagram: @anyakamenetz
    Twitter: @anya1anya 
    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.
    AprilAire is Healthy Air, with professional-grade solutions filling millions of homes. To find out more about the AprilAire Healthy Air System®, visit www.aprilaire.com/fresh.
    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.
    Green Chef is the #1 meal kit for eating well. Use code fresh135 to get $135 off across five boxes, plus free shipping on your first box, at GreenChef.com/fresh135.
    KiwiCo projects make summer more awesome! Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code MOTHERHOOD at kiwico.com.
    Metabolic Reds are a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/fresh and receive a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your order.
    Outschool helps kids discover new interests! For a limited time, you’ll save $15 on your child’s first class when you go to outschool.com/laughing and use code LAUGHING.
    Prose is the fully customized healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Get 15% off your first order at prose.com/laughing.
    Renzo’s Vitamins “melty tabs” taste great and give your kids the vitamins they need- without the sugar of gummies! Get $5 off with the code FRESH at renzosmagic.com.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 33 min
    Best Of: We Ask Each Other Burning Questions

    Best Of: We Ask Each Other Burning Questions

    After several years of doing this podcast, we know a lot about each other. In this "Best Of" episode, we ask the burning questions that remain, like:

    If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    Who is your celebrity crush? (warning: #oldilocksalert)

    What was your worst job ever?

    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    What would you grab in a fire?


    We also mention a few of our favorite books, all of which are available in our Bookshop store.
    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.
    AprilAire is Healthy Air, with professional-grade solutions filling millions of homes. To find out more about the AprilAire Healthy Air System®, visit www.aprilaire.com/fresh.
    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.
    Green Chef is the #1 meal kit for eating well. Use code fresh135 to get $135 off across five boxes, plus free shipping on your first box, at GreenChef.com/fresh135.
    KiwiCo projects make summer more awesome! Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code MOTHERHOOD at kiwico.com.
    Metabolic Reds are a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/fresh and receive a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your order.
    Outschool helps kids discover new interests! For a limited time, you’ll save $15 on your child’s first class when you go to outschool.com/laughing and use code LAUGHING.
    Prose is the fully customized healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Get 15% off your first order at prose.com/laughing.
    Renzo’s Vitamins “melty tabs” taste great and give your kids the vitamins they need- without the sugar of gummies! Get $5 off with the code FRESH at renzosmagic.com.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 49 min
    Ask Amy: How Do I Get Grandma to Limit Screen Time When She's Babysitting?

    Ask Amy: How Do I Get Grandma to Limit Screen Time When She's Babysitting?

    This week Amy answers: "How do I get Grandma to stop plopping the kids in front of screens?"
    Amy discusses how to give kids limits without seeming like the bad guy, suggests alternative engaging (and contained) activities for kids, and gives tips for discussing discipline tactics with other caregivers in your family.
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    • 6 min
    Fresh Take: Ericka Souter on How to Have a Kid and a Life

    Fresh Take: Ericka Souter on How to Have a Kid and a Life

    Ericka Sóuter has over 20 years of journalism experience and is a regular contributor on Good Morning America and other national broadcast outlets. Ericka speaks to parents across the country about the issues, controversies, and trends most affecting families today. She's also the author of How to Have a Kid and Life: a Survival Guide.
    In this episode, Ericka and Margaret discuss:

    the greatest predictor of kids' socioemotional wellbeing [10:00]

    the six questions you should ask yourself every year [16:00]

    the "mom gene" [35:30]


    Here's where to find Ericka:
    @erickasouter on IG
    @erickasouter on Twitter
    @soundstrue on IG
    Order Erica's book here.
    Special thanks to this month's sponsors:
    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. 
    AprilAire is Healthy Air, with professional-grade solutions filling millions of homes. To find out more about the AprilAire Healthy Air System®, visit www.aprilaire.com/fresh.
    Betterhelp online therapy is affordable, confidential, and effective! Give it a try and see if online therapy can help lower your stress. 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.
    Green Chef is the #1 Meal Kit for Eating Well. Go to greenchef.com/fresh135 and use code fresh135 to get $135 off across five boxes, plus free shipping on your first box!
    Make summer more awesome with KiwiCo! Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code MOTHERHOOD.
    Metabolic Reds are a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/fresh and receive a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your order.
    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.
    Prose is the healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Take your FREE in-depth hair consultation and get 15% off your first order today! Go to prose.com/laughing.
    Renzo’s Vitamins “melty tabs” taste great and give your kids the vitamins they need- without all the sugar of gummies! Go to renzosmagic.com and use the code FRESH to get $5 off.
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    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
739 Ratings

739 Ratings

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Hilarious

This podcast honestly makes me laugh hard and smile! Thank you for such great conversations

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Tons of great content

It’s been a joy to just dig into the vast archive of great content. I’m often surprised by how much I learn about topics that don’t initially feel like they are for me. I find great resources here and love to go read further work by their guests.

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