What Fresh Hell

What Fresh Hell

“What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood” is a Webby-honored, Top 10 Apple Podcasts parenting podcast with over 6 million lifetime downloads! If you're looking for laughs, advice, and community, you've come to the right place.

We're Amy and Margaret, and we're each moms of three. We deal 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" on Mondays
Regular weekly episodes on Wednesdays
"Fresh Take" interview with experts on Fridays

Join us as we laugh in the face of motherhood!

Recent episodes

Ask Amy: My Child Is Slow to Warm Up With Adults

Dec. 5, 2022

Does your child clam up when other adults try to have a conversation with them or even say hello? That's perfectly normal for young kids, but there are also ways you can help break the ice, as Amy explains.

Fresh Take: Leslie Forde of Mom's Hierarchy of Needs

Dec. 2, 2022

Do you feel like your health, well-being, and sanity as a mom always come after your family’s needs– which means there’s no room left to consider such things? Guest Leslie Forde, CEO of Mom's Hierarchy of Needs, explains how…

Is This Supposed to Be More Fun?

Nov. 30, 2022

Pinterest promised us picturesque family photos at golden hour and meaningful conversations around the dinner table every night. No one told us parenting would be easy, but is it supposed to be this hard? Here’s how to injec…

Ask Margaret: Should I Help My Kids with Things I Know They Can Do Themselves?

Nov. 28, 2022

Do you worry that your kids are headed towards learned helplessness if you do too many things for them on the regular? Margaret explains you can reciprocate the help your kids give you around the house without letting them o…

Fresh Take: Yael Schonbrun on "Work, Parent, Thrive"

Nov. 25, 2022

Do you feel guilty that you're not at work when you're parenting and not parenting when you're at work? Dr. Yael Schonbrun, author of the new book WORK, PARENT, THRIVE, tells us how we can view work and family as connected r…

When The World Moves Too Fast For Our Kids

Nov. 23, 2022

Are our kids growing up more slowly than we did? Is that necessarily a bad thing? Can we encourage our late bloomers to pick up the pace?

Ask Amy: My Kid Asks for Help - and Then Gets Mad at Me

Nov. 21, 2022

Does your kid ask for your help with homework, then snarl at you? Does your kid procrastinate and then panic, blaming you while he spirals? Is there a middle ground between letting a kid like this fail, or continuing the fig…

Fresh Take: Wendi Aarons on Growing Older, Wiser, and Louder

Nov. 18, 2022

Think there’s an expiration date on dream-chasing? Think you’re too old to make bold choices? Wendi Aarons, author of I’M WEARING TUNICS NOW, tells us about second acts, self-acceptance, and celebrating what happens when we …

I Really Thought This Would Be a Bigger Part of My Life

Nov. 16, 2022

What did you grow up believing would be a consistent presence in your adult life? Quicksand? Dinner parties? The Bermuda Triangle? Movies, TV, and certain bubble bath ads definitely led us astray when it came to the realitie…

Ask Margaret: My 8-year-old Has Some Spicy Language

Nov. 14, 2022

Does your child have a mouth you wouldn't want him to kiss you with? If your child is on a swearing streak at home, here are some tips for handling it.

Fresh Take: Chelsea Conaboy on "Mother Brain"

Nov. 11, 2022

Society has held that maternal instinct kicks in as soon as a baby is born, and that women are wired to be superior caretakers. Chelsea Conaboy, author of MOTHER BRAIN, tells us that the parental brain is real- but far more …

Pivoting To What's Next

Nov. 9, 2022

When it’s time to pivot, it’s easy to focus on what doors are closed. That’s when it’s important to remember that with one foot planted firmly in place, we still have 360 degrees of choice on where to head next. Here’s how w…