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

Dropping the Rope

June 29, 2022

What ongoing fight might you be willing to reconsider? Is it making the bed every day? Your kids eating what you cook, wearing clothes that match? If you're in an endless tug-of-war over something– even if it really does mat…

Ask Margaret: Can I Stop the Flow of Cheap Plastic Toys Into My Home?

June 27, 2022

LEGOs. L.O.L. Dolls. Barbies. The plastic is coming from inside the house. Is it possible to ask family and friends to stop giving our children so many cheap plastic toys? Margaret, who is firmly anti-plastic herself, weighs…

Fresh Take: Amber Briggle on Supporting Trans Kids

June 24, 2022

Amber Briggle is an activist, speaker, and proud parent of her transgender son. In this episode, she discusses how to support trans kids in today’s political climate as well as her own journey parenting her son through his t…

We Caught Our Spouses Being Awesome

June 22, 2022

Supporting us in our careers. Building sandboxes. Flossing. We love it when our partners knock it out of the park. We asked our listeners about times they caught their spouses being awesome, from big favors to small gestures.

Ask Amy: The Top Tip for Yelling Less

June 20, 2022

Are you exhausted by how many times you have to repeat what you say to your kids before they listen? Usually only when you finally yell? In this “Ask Amy” Amy explains her top stop-yelling tip, which comes from the world of …

Fresh Take: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on Raising Antiracists

June 17, 2022

It can feel scary to discuss racism with our kids. But it’s the best way for us to protect them from its harms– and as Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of HOW TO RAISE AN ANTIRACIST, explains, kids can approach this work more easi…

The Smallest Hills We'd Die On

June 15, 2022

The book is always better than the movie. Brunch is dumb. And wind chimes are mean. We asked you about the smallest hills you have died on—the issues you just won’t wave the white flag for no matter what. And we came across …

Ask Margaret: Picky Eater Update!

June 13, 2022

Margaret gives an update on her famously picky eater. Does the kid who once rejected almost every food except pizza now eat a wider range of foods? Tune in to find out!

Fresh Take: Kate Swenson of "Finding Cooper's Voice" on Parenting Autism

June 10, 2022

Kate Swenson started “Finding Cooper’s Voice”while searching for answers after her son’s autism diagnosis. Her book FOREVER BOY is about Kate’s journey to acceptance, and how sharing her own family’s triumphs and challenges …

Brave Parenting in a Scary World

June 8, 2022

Brave parenting doesn’t mean acting like what’s happening in our world isn’t scary, or that we must present our kids with perfect solutions. It means meeting our kids where they are, discussing their feelings, then deciding …

Ask Amy: How Can I Get Out of My Mom Funk?

June 6, 2022

When we’re overwhelmed by the 24/7/365 nature of parenting, we tend to blame ourselves for being in a “mom funk,” and look to attitude adjustment as the best solution. In response to this listener question Amy suggests that …

Best Of: Dr. Lynyetta Willis on Breaking Out of "Stable Misery"

June 3, 2022

Ever felt like things are going pretty well but happiness is missing from your parenting and relationships? In this “Best Of” episode, Dr. Lynyetta Willis discusses "stable misery" and explains how we can create more joyful …