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

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…

Ask Amy: My Kid Is Really Hard on Himself

Nov. 7, 2022

Does your kid like to punish himself whenever he performs poorly at something and insist that he's the worst at it? A listener struggles with her son's constant negativity when it comes to his own abilities.

Fresh Take: Hunter Clarke-Fields - Mindful Mama Mentor

Nov. 4, 2022

Have you ever lost it with your kids and then felt really guilty about it? So has Hunter Clarke-Fields, so she started a mindfulness practice, and then the “Mindful Mama” podcast, too. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned wi…

Teaching Kids Patience

Nov. 2, 2022

If patience is a virtue, it’s not one often practiced by preschoolers. There are reasons why very small children have a hard time waiting. Sometimes very big kids as well. As in grownups. Here’s why being patient matters, an…

Ask Margaret: My Kid Loves to Push the Limits

Oct. 31, 2022

Is your kid great at finding loopholes in the rules you set? Like, "Law and Order" good? A listener wrote in to ask about her child's wise guy streak.