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 8 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

Our 2/1 Back-to-Ones

Feb. 1, 2023

We don’t love New Year’s resolutions. We do love resets– or as we call them, “Back To Ones”– and February is our favorite time to put them in place. Here’s how to reframe goals as resets, and why that’s not only a kindler an…

Ask Amy: How Do I Prepare My Kids for Leaving Them for the Weekend?

Jan. 30, 2023

How do you explain to your kids that going away for the weekend doesn't mean you're leaving them forever? Amy explains how to "rebrand" your trip to minimize separation anxiety and toddler tears.

Fresh Take: Liz Gumbinner on Ditching the Hustle

Jan. 27, 2023

Do we have to monetize, publicize, and optimize all of our hobbies into a legit "side-hustle" that must also fulfill us? Guest Liz Gumbinner, co-host of the podcast "Spawned," talks with Margaret about the pressure to perfor…

Things We Weirdly Enjoy

Jan. 25, 2023

We asked our listeners about the things that make them unreasonably happy. From petrichor to butter cubes to sausage dogs in sweaters, the weirdness certainly abounded.

Ask Margaret: How Do I Choose Between Conflicting Kids' Events?

Jan. 23, 2023

What happens when you're faced with two conflicting performances, graduations, or other important events? Margaret shares her own experience juggling her three kids' different activities.

Fresh Take: Dr. Amber Thornton on Finding Real Balance

Jan. 20, 2023

How do we find "balance" in our lives as moms– and why does that sound like such hard work? Dr. Amber Thornton, host of the podcast "Balanced Working Mama," tells us where mom guilt really comes from - and how we can counter…

What Fresh Hell Is Winter?

Jan. 18, 2023

We still have three more weeks until we find out whether we have six more weeks of winter (spoiler alert: we will). Losing your mind a little bit? You're not alone.

Ask Amy: My Daughter Is Suddenly Being Ostracized

Jan. 16, 2023

Has your child ever been excluded from their friend group all of a sudden for no apparent reason? Middle-school ostracization is real, and it really hurts– and it's hard for a parent to know how much to become involved.

Fresh Take: Ophira Eisenberg on Why Parenting Is a Joke

Jan. 13, 2023

What are the magical tidbits that they should teach in parenting classes but don't? We talked with comedian and writer Ophira Eisenberg about what parenting classes would include, her new podcast "Parenting Is a Joke," and w…

Giving Help That Works - And Asking for the Help We Need

Jan. 11, 2023

Even when we moms DO have the courage to ask for help, we don't always know what to ask for. So we asked our listeners about the best help they've given - and received - as moms.

Ask Margaret: Help! I Have Mom FOMO

Jan. 9, 2023

Worried that your kids are missing out on magical experiences you've been neglecting to provide them with? Here's how to put your "Mom FOMO" at ease.

Fresh Take: Cindy Muchnick of Parent Compass

Jan. 6, 2023

Is there a happy medium between doing everything for our kids and letting them run feral? Cindy Muchnick, author of THE PARENT COMPASS, explains how setting our own intentional course as parents is the key.