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Hosted by funny moms Margaret Ables (Nick Mom) and Amy Wilson (When Did I Get Like This?), “What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood” is a comedy podcast solving today’s parenting dilemmas so you don’t have to. We’re both moms of three, dealing with the same hassles as any parent, albeit with slightly differing styles. Margaret is laid-back to the max; Amy never met an expert or a list she didn't like. In each episode, we discuss a parenting issue from multiple perspectives and the accompanying expert advice that may or may not back us up. We talk about it, laugh about it, call out each other’s nonsense, and then we come up with concrete solutions. Join us as we laugh in the face of motherhood! Winner of the 2018 Mom 2.0 Iris Award for Best Podcast, the 2017 Podcast Awards People’s Choice for Best Family and Parenting Podcast, and finalist for the 2019 Romper's Parent's Choice Award. whatfreshhellpodcast.com

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

    • Parenting
    • 4.8, 401 Ratings

Hosted by funny moms Margaret Ables (Nick Mom) and Amy Wilson (When Did I Get Like This?), “What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood” is a comedy podcast solving today’s parenting dilemmas so you don’t have to. We’re both moms of three, dealing with the same hassles as any parent, albeit with slightly differing styles. Margaret is laid-back to the max; Amy never met an expert or a list she didn't like. In each episode, we discuss a parenting issue from multiple perspectives and the accompanying expert advice that may or may not back us up. We talk about it, laugh about it, call out each other’s nonsense, and then we come up with concrete solutions. Join us as we laugh in the face of motherhood! Winner of the 2018 Mom 2.0 Iris Award for Best Podcast, the 2017 Podcast Awards People’s Choice for Best Family and Parenting Podcast, and finalist for the 2019 Romper's Parent's Choice Award. whatfreshhellpodcast.com

    Uh-Oh, Here Comes Summer (with guests Ashley and Keri from the Momtourage Podcast)

    Uh-Oh, Here Comes Summer (with guests Ashley and Keri from the Momtourage Podcast)

    Here comes the summer of nothing! For older kids, camps and sports leagues and internships and jobs are canceled. For little kids, even "Camp Grandma" isn't a sure thing this year.
    We usually look forward to summer as a lazy-living, sleep in and lie around break from our usual hectic lives. But our kids have already *had* three months of lying around doing nothing, and the thought of three more months of cranky pajama time is not reassuring.
    How are we going to make July different from March this year?
    Our guests this week are Ashley Hearon-Smith and Keri Setaro from the Momtourage podcast.
    We talk with Ashley and Keri about the "special hard" of each age group when you're looking at a summer calendar with basically nothing on it.
    No matter how old your kids are, we think the answer is pretty much the same: give your kids the gift of free play, also known as the Land On The Other Side of Boredom.
    Here are links to writing on this topic that we discuss in this episode:
    Melissa Bernstein for Thrive Global: How Screen Time is Edging Out Play Time – and Why It Matters
    Esther Entin for The Atlantic: All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed
    Peter Gray: Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life 
    Michael E. Ruane for Washington Post: The coronavirus wrecked spring. Will it claim summer, too?
    Sydney Trent for Washington Post: Summer jobs for teens are scarce, but a little boredom has its benefits
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    • 54 min
    Ask Amy - My Toddler is Mean to Her Older Sibling

    Ask Amy - My Toddler is Mean to Her Older Sibling

    Each week Amy or Margaret answers one listener's most pressing question.
    Today Amy answers the question, "What can I do about my toddler who is giving a hard time to my older child?"
    Submit your question to: questions@whatfreshhellpodcast.com
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    • 6 min
    This One Thing Is Actually Going Well

    This One Thing Is Actually Going Well

    What’s the one thing that’s actually working right now? 
    Not grading on a curve, not a barely acceptable Band-Aid for these crazy times, but something you have found during these last months that you actually love and will totally keep doing? 
    Our listeners told us all the things, from walking the dog to Grateful Dad cover shows, that they’re doing by themselves, with a socially distanced friend, or with a loved one at home, that are really enjoyable right now. 
    The light-bulb moments for us in this episode were

    in order to have fun socially-distanced friend time, you need to have a shared secondary activity. Even if it’s a beer pong app. 

    in order to have renewing personal time, you need to have a fully engrossing, sensory-filling activity. Even if it’s mowing the lawn. 


    keep it bite-sized. We don’t have to talk to our friends for half an hour, or not at all. 


    What all these discoveries have in common is that it took what our listener Mollie calls “the leisure to dwell on little things” in order to find them. We love that. For that one thing, we are pretty grateful.

    Here are links to a few things mentioned in this episode:
    Nowhere Comedy Club
    Grateful Dead “Dead and Company” tribute shows
    TableTopics "Family Gathering" topic cards
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    • 50 min
    Ask Margaret - The Bedtime Routine is Out of Hand!

    Ask Margaret - The Bedtime Routine is Out of Hand!

    Each week Amy or Margaret answers one listener's most pressing question.
    This week Margaret answers the question, "What Do I Do With a Four Year Old Who is Making Bedtime Last Forever?"
    Send your questions to questions@whatfreshhellpodcast.com
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    • 8 min
    New to What Fresh Hell? Start Here...

    New to What Fresh Hell? Start Here...

    Welcome to What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood!
    We're Margaret and Amy, both moms of three kids, both comedians, both married to guys named David... and that's where our similarities end.
    In each episode of this podcast we discuss a parenting topic from our usually completely opposite perspectives. 
    We duke it out, discuss the expert advice that may or may not back us up, and then we come up with concrete solutions- while making each other laugh, cause that's always the best solution.
    We're happy you're here!

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    • 1 min
    The Great Regression: Why We're All Acting Like Babies Right Now

    The Great Regression: Why We're All Acting Like Babies Right Now

    Potty training back-sliding? Pacifiers showing up at breakfast? Preschoolers in your bed? Tweens suddenly engaging in baby talk? Welcome to The Great Regression.
    It's no surprise that regressive behavior shows up in times of stress. Sometimes it's not as easy to spot, but whether it's more clingy behavior or more temper tantrums, regression is our kids' way of communicating that they are feeling insecure. As child development specialist Claire Lerner explains, "When kids feel out of control on the inside, they lose control on the outside."
    In this episode, we discuss

    how regressive behavior can manifest, including for grownups

    when we should let it be

    what works to address it, and what definitely doesn't


    Does it matter if your kid is still sucking her thumb in first grade because she was involved in a global pandemic? It does not. But addressing the underlying need for reassurance is the best way forward, for your kid and for you.
    Here are links to research and other writing on the topic that we discuss in this episode:
    Caroline Bologna for HuffPost: 10 Mental Health Signs To Watch Out For In Kids In The Age Of COVID-19
    Claire Lerner for Psychology Today: Regression in the Time of Coronavirus
    Hermioni N. Lokko, MD, MPP and Theodore A. Stern, MD: Regression: Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management
    Heather Marcoux for Motherly: Why your big kid wants to be a 'baby' right now
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
401 Ratings

401 Ratings

pgsavage ,

Love this community!

This podcast and the corresponding Facebook community are so lovely!

TiredinMaine ,

A reprieve from the slog

Thank you ladies for your hard work on this show. I look forward to it every week!

fem80 ,

helpful and entertaining

late to the podcast (starting 3 yrs in) - but almost caught up :) this duo and the show format are awesome... humor, experience, interviews, and advice related to parenting - WFH hits the sweetspot for parenting podcast for me, having tried three other ones so far... and it's the only show where i like listenting to some of the commercials...

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