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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!
Winner of Mom 2.0 Iris Awards for "Best Podcast" and "Most Entertaining Content," the Podcast Awards People’s Choice for "Best Family and Parenting Podcast," and finalist for the Romper's Parent's Choice Award.
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What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 667 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!
Winner of Mom 2.0 Iris Awards for "Best Podcast" and "Most Entertaining Content," the Podcast Awards People’s Choice for "Best Family and Parenting Podcast," and finalist for the Romper's Parent's Choice Award.
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    Does Having Kids Make Us Happy?

    Does Having Kids Make Us Happy?

    The world wants us to believe that having kids will bring us untold happiness. It's a love you've never known! Your life will never be the same! The reality is a little more complicated, and that can be quite confusing. As psychologist Jean Twenge points out, "Parents might believe that it's their fault when the transition to parenthood is difficult, rather than seeing it as something that everyone experiences."
    So: does having kids make us happy? Is that even the right question? Is it supposed to? Are the benefits that come from parenting different, and perhaps larger, than happiness?
    Here are links to some writing and studies on the topic that we discuss in this episode: 
    Paul Bloom for The Atlantic: What Becoming a Parent Really Does to Your Happiness
    Dan Kahneman et al: A survey method for characterizing daily life experience: the day reconstruction method
    Roudi Nazarina Roy et al: Effects of Expected and Perceived Division of Childcare and Household Labor on Mother’s Relationship Satisfaction during Their Transition to Parenthood
    E.E. LeMasters: Parenthood as Crisis
    M. Luhmann et al: Subjective well-being and adaptation to life events: A meta-analysis. 
    Jay Belsky et al: Patterns of Marital Change across the Transition to Parenthood: Pregnancy to Three Years Postpartum
    Jean M. Twenge et al: Parenthood and Marital Satisfaction: A Meta-Analytic Review
    Rainer Maria Rilke: “Go To The Limits of Your Longing”

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    • 45 min
    Ask Margaret - Will I Always Be This Tired?

    Ask Margaret - Will I Always Be This Tired?

    Each week Amy or Margaret answers a listener's most pressing parenting question. 
    Lindsey wrote in to ask: Do kids zap your energy forever? Or are toddlers just especially good at sapping your energy? Looking for hope!
    Two pieces of excellent news! Not only will you not always be this tired but it is likely you will actually not even clearly remember how tired you are now!
    When your kids are little being under-slept is kind of a constant - but there are some things that you can do to make small improvements. If you can, have a designated day where your partner wakes up with the baby and does everything they can to make sure you get maximum sleep.
    Margaret talks about her tradition of "sleep-in Saturdays" when her husband would run point and even try to get the kids out of the house. If you are feeling like you 'never sleep' consider tracking your sleep or your baby's sleep to help get a sense of when you are truly under slept and then try to make your own sleep a priority at those times - even if it means leaving the house a mess or bringing in some extra help.
    Some people will tell you that bigger kids mean bigger problems but for many of us bigger kids will mean more sleep! Margaret's tweens are great sleepers now and she offers hope in this episode - there is sleep out there folks! And it gets better.
    Special thanks to our "Question of the Week" sponsor:
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    • 5 min
    BEST OF: Dr. Edward Hallowell on the New Science and Essential Strategies for ADHD

    BEST OF: Dr. Edward Hallowell on the New Science and Essential Strategies for ADHD

    Dr. Edward M. Hallowell is one of the world's leading experts on ADHD. Dr. Hallowell's latest book, co-authored with Dr. John J. Ratey, is ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction--From Childhood Through Adulthood.
    In this interview, first recorded in January 2021, Dr. Hallowell gives us concrete strategies– and tons of optimism– for those lucky enough to possess (or parent) what Dr. Hallowell calls the "Variable Attention Stimulus Trait."
    Whether you have a child with ADHD, suspect you might, or even have had some lingering thoughts about your own ability to focus, Dr. Hallowell's cutting-edge research and surprising new strategies will fascinate you.
    Grab your copy of ADHD 2.0 from our Bookshop store: https://bookshop.org/a/12099/9780399178733
    and connect with Dr. Hallowell: https://drhallowell.com.
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    Green Chef’s expert chefs design flavorful recipes that go way beyond the ordinary. Go to greenchef.com/laughing125 and use code laughing125 to get $125 off including free shipping.
    Jane.com is a boutique marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion, accessories, home decor, children’s clothing, and more. By shopping at jane.com, you support small businesses, 1500 of which are women-owned. And you will not believe the prices! Visit jane.com/laughing.
    KiwiCo projects make science, technology, engineering, art, and math super fun– and best of all, kids of all ages can work on them independently! Get 50% off your first month at kiwico.com with the code MOTHERHOOD.
    MamaZen is an app that provides a revolutionary solution for motherhood burnout, anxiety, impatience, and more. Download MamaZen today from your app store, and use the code "FRESH" to unlock a free trial.
    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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    • 44 min
    Might Seem Crazy. Works for Me.

    Might Seem Crazy. Works for Me.

    We asked our listeners to tell us all the things that others might call crazy but which totally work for them.
    From packing the laundry to eating the same lunch every day for five years to toothbrushes in the kitchen, these are the ideas that don't sound so crazy, come to think of it.
    Following us on Instagram? Join the fun! http://instagram.com/whatfreshhellcast
    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
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    Betterhelp Start taking charge of your mental health– no matter where you live. Go to betterhelp.com/fresh to get 10% off your first month of counseling. 
    Brooklinen's luxurious, high-quality sheets are the ultimate bedding upgrade! Go to brooklinen.com and use the promo code FRESH for $20 off your minimum purchase of $100.
    Dermafacs cream rejuvenates your skin's texture and fades the appearance of damage or scars in just a few weeks. Go to dermafacs.com/whatfreshhell and use the code whatfreshhell for 15% off.
    Green Chef’s expert chefs design flavorful recipes that go way beyond the ordinary. Go to greenchef.com/laughing125 and use code laughing125 to get $125 off including free shipping.
    Jane.com is a boutique marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion, accessories, home decor, children’s clothing, and more. By shopping at jane.com, you support small businesses, 1500 of which are women-owned. And you will not believe the prices! Visit jane.com/laughing.
    KiwiCo projects make science, technology, engineering, art, and math super fun– and best of all, kids of all ages can work on them independently! Get 50% off your first month at kiwico.com with the code MOTHERHOOD.
    MamaZen is an app that provides a revolutionary solution for motherhood burnout, anxiety, impatience, and more. Download MamaZen today from your app store, and use the code "FRESH" to unlock a free trial.
    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. 
    Somfy powered motorized window coverings are a great way to keep your home cool- and they connect to your smart home systems! Get a customized quote for your home by visiting http://somfysystems.com/podcast. 
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    • 50 min
    Ask Amy - Can I Really Love My Second Child As Much As The First?

    Ask Amy - Can I Really Love My Second Child As Much As The First?

    It's a common fear for mothers expecting their second child: How can I possibly love this new baby as much as I loved my first? Here's how a listener in our Facebook group put it:
    I have a two-year-old and I'm pregnant with my second. I'm having extreme feelings of guilt on how this new baby will disrupt my two-year-old's life. And I'm really worried about how I could possibly love them both equally. From what I have heard feeling this way is normal, but I can't help but feel a little sense of dread when I think about adding a second kid to our family.
    Will it lower my standards of parenting?
    Will I lose my patience more easily?
    Will I love one more than the other?
    Will this second baby ruin my relationship with my son?
    In this Question of the Week episode, Amy answers these questions: it won't lower your parenting standards, but it will almost certainly change them. And rather than ruining your son's bond with his primary caregiver, it will create an entirely new and separate bond, one that is likely to be among the most long-lasting of his life. There's much to celebrate and look forward to, and even if you can't see it yet, the new baby will bring untold delight to your family's lives. Even your toddler's. Trust us.
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    • 6 min
    Fresh Take: Zibby Owens on What Moms Don't Have Time For

    Fresh Take: Zibby Owens on What Moms Don't Have Time For

    Zibby Owens is the creator and host of the podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, in which Zibby gets her guests to open up about what’s important to them while discussing their favorite books.
    Zibby's new anthology of essays, written by 49 past guests on her podcast, is Moms Don’t Have Time to Have Kids: A Timeless Anthology.
    In this interview we discuss all the things moms really don't have time for– and how to figure out what's worth *making* time for. Zibby also tells us all about Zibby Books, her new publishing company attempting to reimagine the business of books as a collaborative partnership.

    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    Once Upon a Farm fruit and vegetable blends are made with whole, organic, farm-fresh ingredients and packaged in grab-and-go pouches. Go to onceuponafarmorganics.com and use the code FRESH25 for 25% off your first order.
    Betterhelp Start taking charge of your mental health– no matter where you live. Go to betterhelp.com/fresh to get 10% off your first month of counseling. 
    Brooklinen's luxurious, high-quality sheets are the ultimate bedding upgrade! Go to brooklinen.com and use the promo code FRESH for $20 off your minimum purchase of $100.
    Dermafacs cream rejuvenates your skin's texture and fades the appearance of damage or scars in just a few weeks. Go to dermafacs.com/whatfreshhell and use the code whatfreshhell for 15% off.
    Green Chef’s expert chefs design flavorful recipes that go way beyond the ordinary. Go to greenchef.com/laughing125 and use code laughing125 to get $125 off including free shipping.
    Jane.com is a boutique marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion, accessories, home decor, children’s clothing, and more. By shopping at jane.com, you support small businesses, 1500 of which are women-owned. And you will not believe the prices! Visit jane.com/laughing.
    KiwiCo projects make science, technology, engineering, art, and math super fun– and best of all, kids of all ages can work on them independently! Get 50% off your first month at kiwico.com with the code MOTHERHOOD.
    MamaZen is an app that provides a revolutionary solution for motherhood burnout, anxiety, impatience, and more. Download MamaZen today from your app store, and use the code "FRESH" to unlock a free trial.
    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. 
    Somfy powered motorized window coverings are a great way to keep your home cool- and they connect to your smart home systems! Get a customized quote for your home by visiting http://somfysystems.com/podcast. 
    SuperBeets heart chews are a tasty treat that give you caffeine-free, heart-healthy energy. Get a free 30-day supply and free shipping and returns with your first purchase at superbeets.com/fresh.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
667 Ratings

667 Ratings

Roxy10191019 ,

Excellent podcast for parenting advice

Amy and Margaret do an incredible job making each topic relatable and throwing in just the right amount of humor. They are wonderful to listen to and commiserate with whenever your children are driving you crazy! I love that they research each topic thoroughly and invite guests who are leading researchers in their prospective fields.

Captmorrgain ,

Amazing!!

This show is my favorite! It's amazing along with toddler perguatory. Thank you for making something so relatable that makes me feel heard as a sahm with two boys.

Fun app for toddlers! ,

Humor, Advice & Solidarity

Perfect balance of humor, practical advice and stories that give solidarity in the ups and downs of parenting. Been listening for years and love Amy & Margaret! Highly recommend!

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