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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 • 733 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

    Ask Amy: Tips for Flying with Little Ones

    Ask Amy: Tips for Flying with Little Ones

    Flying with little ones this summer? It's always a little extra complicated. Listener Diane asked:
    "My husband and I are flying from Philadelphia to Texas. My kids have never flown before. Any advice for air travel with little kids?"
    Amy says the two keys to successful flights with little ones are preparation and options, and in this episode she explains:

    how to know for sure what your kid will watch before you get on the plane

    why you might actually want to be the LAST ones on the plane (not the first)

    and why you can never have too many Ziploc bags.


    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    From Common Sense Media: "Best Kids' Apps to Download Before a Flight"
    Wiki Stix
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    • 5 min
    Fresh Take: Kate Casey on Big Families and "Reality Life"

    Fresh Take: Kate Casey on Big Families and "Reality Life"

    Kate Casey is the host of Reality Life with Kate Casey, one of the highest-rated podcasts devoted to unscripted television. Three times a week she interviews talent, directors, producers, and hosts of television’s most popular reality shows, docuseries, and documentaries.
    Kate talks with Margaret about raising five kids, her favorite reality shows, and why true crime is the thing that makes us tick. 
    Here's where you can find Kate:
    Facebook group: Reality Life with Kate Casey
    IG: @katecaseyc
    Tik Tok: Itskatecasey
    Twitter: @katecasey
    Patreon: Patreon.com/katecasey
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    • 39 min
    Dropping the Rope

    Dropping the Rope

    When you're locked in a battle of tug-o-war it can be extremely exhausting to keep up the fight. But there is a solution: dropping the rope. It may seem counterintuitive, but when you're in the middle of a conflict you've had many times before– when you're fighting for something that seems very important, or at least obvious– and then suddenly drop the rope, you're allowing the space for something different to occur.
    Here are the links to the resources we mentioned in the episode:
    Jen Lumanlan for Your Parenting Mojo: "Want to stop playing Tug of War with your child?"
    Our Fresh Take with Dr. Jill Stoddard on How to Manage Our Anxiety
    Our bookshop!
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    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.
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    • 41 min
    Ask Margaret: Can I Stop the Flow of Cheap Plastic Toys Into My Home?

    Ask Margaret: Can I Stop the Flow of Cheap Plastic Toys Into My Home?

    Our listener Jenny says: "My husband and I love your podcast, and I listen to every episode while I make dinner. He hates clutter and especially the annoying plastic toys that family always seems to be giving our 15-month-old. How do we get family members to stop giving us cheap plastic annoying toys every time they see our kid? We'd love to instill a present policy that involves them putting the money they would have spent into a savings fund for him... but just aren't sure how to stop the random, every-time-we-see-them gifts."
    While the idea of letting more plastic into your home may seem like a nightmare, it's not necessarily a good idea to insert your values into other people's gift giving philosophies, as Margaret explains. It's certainly within your right to express a preference for your child. Here's how to do it nicely.
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    Faherty is a family-run brand making high-quality, timeless clothing with modern design and functionality. Head to fahertybrand.com/FRESH and use the code FRESH to snag 20% off.
    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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    • 5 min
    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

    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    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.
    Credit Karma helps you find low-interest personal loans that may well have lower interest rates than your credit cards do now! Head to creditkarma.com/loanoffers to see your personalized offers.
    Faherty is a family-run brand making high-quality, timeless clothing with modern design and functionality. Head to fahertybrand.com/FRESH and use the code FRESH to snag 20% off.
    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. 
    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 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

    Check out our merch!
    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    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.
    Credit Karma helps you find low-interest personal loans that may well have lower interest rates than your credit cards do now! Head to creditkarma.com/loanoffers to see your personalized offers.
    Faherty is a family-run brand making high-quality, timeless clothing with modern design and functionality. Head to fahertybrand.com/FRESH and use the code FRESH to snag 20% off.
    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.
    Pinhook Kentucky bourbon is the perfect gift for the guy who has everything! Each year's vintage is a little different and features an up-and-coming thoroughbred on its label. Text "laughing" to (859) 800-7848 to get connected with a personal shopper- or visit pinhookbourbon.com/laughing to chat with a one right on their website!
    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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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
733 Ratings

733 Ratings

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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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Mom Rage

The episode on montage was spot on. I appreciate the transparency of Margaret and the conversation and info was enlightening. As a mom who has definitely experienced mom rage and major guilt behind it, it’s comforting to know I’m not alone. Keep up the awesome conversations, great content and episodes ladies!

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