What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood

What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood

“What Fresh Hell” is a Top Ten comedy parenting podcast with over 4 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 Kid Is Not Great At Apologizing

Oct. 25, 2021

Kids sometimes view saying “sorry” as a get-out-of-jail-free card. I said the magic word, Mom, why are you still mad? But sorry is only the first step in a proper apology. When we help kids get why their actions were hurtful…

Fresh Take: Dr. Stacy Haynes on the Best Method to Help Kids Who Struggle

Oct. 22, 2021

Dr. Stacy Haynes is a professional counselor who works with kids with behavioral challenges. She says when we identify kids’ underlying problems or lagging skills, we can work together on solutions, rather than focusing on c…

Solo Parenting Seasons and How To Get Through Them

Oct. 20, 2021

Even if our partners normally pull their weight, sooner or later most of us end up in a “solo parenting” season. Here’s how to deal with those extra-intense times, plus how to prevent the “non-integrated spouse” thing becomi…

Ask Margaret - Is It OK to Brag About My Kid to My Mom Friends?

Oct. 18, 2021

Feeling proud of our kids is completely normal. But just as we tell our kids which "spaces and places" are appropriate for their behavior, we need to remember that our mom friends may not always be the best audience for our…

Fresh Take: Shannon Carpenter on Being a Stay-At-Home Dad

Oct. 15, 2021

Shannon Carpenter is a stay-at-home dad and hilarious guy. His new book is THE ULTIMATE STAY-AT-HOME DAD: Your Essential Manual for Being an Awesome Full-Time Father, a manual on day-to-day parenting filled with actionable a…

How Motherhood Changes Us

Oct. 13, 2021

Studies show that mothers’ brain structures change during pregnancy, along with our shoe sizes. That most of us become more hypervigilant and more anxious isn't a personal failing– it's a biological imperative. We discuss ho…

Ask Amy- Should I Have My Holiday Shopping *Done* Already?

Oct. 11, 2021

Is holiday shopping worth starting early this year? Yes, there are Covid-related supply chain issues. On the other hand, “You must buy now!" sounds suspiciously like something a retailer might want you to believe. Either way…

Fresh Take: Kate Bowler on the Truths We Need To Hear

Oct. 8, 2021

Kate Bowler was blindsided by a Stage IV cancer diagnosis at the age of 35, forcing her to make peace with her limitations in a culture that wants to sell us exhausting positivity. Kate explains what she’s learned about livi…

It's The Little Things

Oct. 6, 2021

There are just those things that we will never, no matter how much we try, get right. Whether it’s remembering birthdays, going shopping and returning with everything we planned to buy, or keeping track of lefts and rights… …

Ask Margaret - My Kid Won't Stop Interrupting!

Oct. 4, 2021

Kids aren't the best at impulse control, and one rather annoying way this manifests is in constant interrupting. Yes - even when we are trying to answer a question they've asked! The key to curbing interruptions from our kid…

Fresh Take: Whitnee Hawthorne On Strategies For Working Moms

Oct. 1, 2021

Whitnee Hawthorne is a Fortune 500 executive. She's also a mom of two little ones, and the host of the SAVVY WORKING MOMS podcast. Whitnee explains how to delegate more effectively and why choosing joy every day is crucial t…

Getting Kids To Cooperate

Sept. 29, 2021

Getting kids to cooperate is a challenge at all ages and stages. Here’s how to know when little kids are old enough to kick in, how "connecting before directing" works for older kids, and whether "whistling while they work"…

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