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: When Do You Start Letting Kids Have Sleepovers?

Aug. 15, 2022

This week Amy tackles the question, "When should I start letting my kids have sleepovers?"

JoAnn Crohn of "No Guilt Mom"

Aug. 12, 2022

JoAnn Crohn is the creator of “No Guilt Mom” and a former middle-school teacher. She believes that some of the behavioral control strategies she learned in teacher training can be counterproductive, and especially at home. H…

Why *ISN'T* This a Thing?

Aug. 10, 2022

Babysitters in all of the stores! Penumbras on our cars! One charger to rule them all! We asked our listeners what they wished WAS a thing, and they came up with some million-dollar ideas that Amy and Margaret definitely int…

Ask Margaret: My Daughter Says She Thinks She Looks Fat

Aug. 8, 2022

it is important for parents to model body acceptance and intuitive eating for our kids, which can mean changing our own scripts as well.

Fresh Take: Anya Kamenetz on Covid and What Kids Lost

Aug. 5, 2022

Anya Kamenetz, author of The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children's Lives, and Where We Go Now, says the US got pandemic schooling “more wrong” than other wealthy countries. Anya explains how and why decisions were made t…

Best Of: We Ask Each Other Burning Questions

Aug. 3, 2022

After several years of doing this podcast, we know a lot about each other. In this episode, we ask each other the burning questions that remain.

Ask Amy: How Do I Get Grandma to Limit Screen Time When She's Babysitting?

Aug. 1, 2022

Amy answers a question from a listener who wants her own mom to stop relying on screens when she's babysitting.

Fresh Take: Ericka Souter on How to Have a Kid and a Life

July 29, 2022

Do you have a social life outside of your kids? Are you nurturing your partnership? Are you overwhelmed just asking these questions? Journalist Ericka Souter discusses her new book, full of concrete solutions for creating a …

Pattern Breaking: When You Want to Do Things Differently Than Your Parents Did

July 27, 2022

How do we find the strength to break harmful patterns from our own childhood with our kids? Why is it so hard? Do we truly have the ability to change?

Ask Margaret: How Can I Keep My Kid Safe While He's Gaming?

July 25, 2022

A listener who has very little familiarity with gaming wonders how to keep kids safe while playing online.

Fresh Take: Jill Smokler on Starting Over

July 22, 2022

Jill Smokler, founder of Scary Mommy, is back with "She's Got Issues," a multimedia platform and now podcast for Gen X women. She talks with Amy and Margaret about her new space for women to come together and share their sto…

Would You Rather...Mom Edition

July 20, 2022

Poop or vomit? Kids' shows or kids' books forever? Long flight or long road trip with toddlers? The Hellions hit up our Facebook group with some pretty agonizing dilemmas - which will Amy and Margaret choose?