46 episodes

Does everyone you know give you different parenting advice? Are you overwhelmed trying to find the most credible sources for innovative parenting tips? Let us do that! StrollerCoaster is a podcast for parents that allows you to sit down with childhood development experts and parents from around the world who are answering your biggest parenting questions and providing solutions you can actually use. Created by Munchkin Inc. (The Most Loved Baby Lifestyle Brand in the World) and hosted by CNN and NBC news anchor Lynn Smith, we cover topics from social emotional learning, to feeding your kids, to understanding your own parenting experiences, and so much more. 
Plus, we even have a podcast for kids! StrollerCoaster StoryTime is a short-form podcast with a modern take on your favorite children's stories. It's full of surprises, cool sound effects and unexpected twists and turns, and you can find these episodes right here in the StrollerCoaster feed.
So, whether you’re a parent to be, or a parent of three, hop on board the StrollerCoaster, because raising little humans can be quite a ride.

StrollerCoaster: A Parenting Podcast Munchkin Inc.

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 172 Ratings

Does everyone you know give you different parenting advice? Are you overwhelmed trying to find the most credible sources for innovative parenting tips? Let us do that! StrollerCoaster is a podcast for parents that allows you to sit down with childhood development experts and parents from around the world who are answering your biggest parenting questions and providing solutions you can actually use. Created by Munchkin Inc. (The Most Loved Baby Lifestyle Brand in the World) and hosted by CNN and NBC news anchor Lynn Smith, we cover topics from social emotional learning, to feeding your kids, to understanding your own parenting experiences, and so much more. 
Plus, we even have a podcast for kids! StrollerCoaster StoryTime is a short-form podcast with a modern take on your favorite children's stories. It's full of surprises, cool sound effects and unexpected twists and turns, and you can find these episodes right here in the StrollerCoaster feed.
So, whether you’re a parent to be, or a parent of three, hop on board the StrollerCoaster, because raising little humans can be quite a ride.

    How I Changed As A Parent: Season 3

    How I Changed As A Parent: Season 3

    What a season!
    True to our name StrollerCoaster has ridden the ups and downs of parenting with laughter, candor, and always—with our best face forward. Enjoy this season finale as we look back at the mind-blowing science of playing outside, handling big emotions gracefully, the physiological experience of kindness, reading to learn as opposed to just learning to read, how-to raise confident kids, how to navigate what’s “not fair!” and how each of these empowering themes played out in real life. 
    We share what we’ve learned, what’s worked and what we are planning to try next... 
    Enjoy this unfiltered look at How We Have Changed as Parents (and how we are greasing the tracks for a smoother ride.)

    • 24 min
    BONUS For Kids! The Wolf Who Cried Ice Cream

    BONUS For Kids! The Wolf Who Cried Ice Cream

    Once upon a time there was a parrot, a snail, a duck, and a wolf! They were all great friends, but the wolf really liked to play tricks on the rest of the gang. Tricks can be funny, but they can also be misleading. Find out what happens when this wolf cries "ice cream!" and ends up learning a very valuable lesson on the importance of honesty. Grab YOUR ice cream, sit back, and relax, as our 9-year old director leads a cast of amazing improv actors in our one-of-a-kind version of the classic children's story 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf'.

    • 6 min
    Turning the Page: The New Way to Raise a Reader

    Turning the Page: The New Way to Raise a Reader

    We know reading is so important to a child’s life, from the stories we tell them as infants to teaching them how to read themselves. But how does reading work inside a child's brain and what effect does it have on brain development? We talk to Dr. David Pearson, a reading expert with 40 years of experience, and take a science-driven deep dive into reading to demystify how it works. Then we hear a story from Emily Varod about the power that books had to help her kids overcome the challenges they face from day to day.

    • 23 min
    Physical Activity Is Even More Important than You Think!

    Physical Activity Is Even More Important than You Think!

     “Time to go out and play!” It’s something we as parents tell our children when we need a break and they need some exercise. But as we learn in this episode, the benefits go MUCH deeper than that. We’ll sit down with Angela Hanscom, an occupational therapist who noticed a startling trend in her young patients and came up with some solutions that can make a huge difference in every child’s life. Then we hear a story from Ramsey Hootman about how her son’s connection with the outdoors actually transformed him for the better. This one gives physical activity an entire new level of importance!

    • 21 min
    BONUS For Kids! Rock Soup

    BONUS For Kids! Rock Soup

    Olivia loves to cook with her grandma, especially her delicious mac and cheese. But, today Grandma is making Rock Soup! What ingredients do you need for this rockin' dish? Well you'll just have to listen to find out! Our 9-year old director leads his cast of amazing improv actors as they perform a one-of-a-kind version of the classic children's story 'Stone Soup'. It's full of musical surprises, cool sound effects and unexpected twists and turns! It's "story time" like you've never heard it before! Perfect for kids! And parents too!

    • 5 min
    Let’s Make it Easier to Travel with Kids!

    Let’s Make it Easier to Travel with Kids!

    The Travel Episode! From going to the grocery store to flying with your toddler, we get into what it’s like to take your kids from point A to Point B. Traveling with your family can be a beautiful and enriching experience… or an absolute disaster. To help us make the best choices, we talk to Jessica Averett, a world traveler and creator of Bring the Kids, a website dedicated to family travel. Jessica has journeyed to over 40 countries with her family of 5 and has a ton of great tips and tricks for packing the family up and heading out on an adventure. Then we hear a feel-good story from Dustin Moore about how he and his wife got an unexpected surprise on their first flight with their newly adopted baby. This one is going to get you excited for new adventures with your kids!

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

Zluds ,

Parenting Masterclass

Whether you’re knee-deep in diapers or just enjoy understanding the parental perspective, "Strollercoaster" is a must-listen. The podcast brilliantly balances professional insights with personal stories, creating a rich tapestry of experiences that resonate with anyone interested in the world of parenting. The host's engaging style makes each episode feel like a conversation with a wise friend.

EGE2022 ,

Every parent needs this podcast

I’m a new parent and this is one of my go-to podcasts. Lynn Smith is a great host. I have an upcoming trip with my toddler and it will be their first flight. I just listened to the traveling with kids episode and have a laundry list of new tips. Thanks!

glovessong ,

Amazing resource for parents and kids!

Love this podcast series so much, esp after finishing the Screentime episode and thought the information was well-rounded as it hit on every corner of the spectrum: from too much screen time and the consequences / remedies, to thoughtful “co-viewing” moments - I thoroughly enjoyed all the parenting tips throughout! And because the episode taught me to be intentional with my own phone time when I’m with my kids, I also played 2 story time Bonus episodes for them to hear: the Wolf who cried ice cream & Jack and the beanstalk, and found the latter extremely cute! I think it’s nice for kids to hear other kids their age storytell their own clever way and to know what it’s like to narrate & voice over the story. Totally recommend both versions of these podcasts!

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