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

A Room Of Our Own: Claiming the Space We Need

Sept. 22, 2021

Virginia Woolf said that a woman needed "a room of her own" to do important work. 18 months into a pandemic, with some kids still learning remotely and with spouses noticing they kind of like working at home, we are feeling …

Ask Margaret - My Spouse and I Disagree About House Rules

Sept. 20, 2021

When we disagree with our spouses about what our parenting rules should be, it can get fraught quickly. Rather than thinking we have to constantly agree, it's probably a better idea to find a middle ground where each person…

Fresh Take: Dr. Danielle Dick on "The Child Code"

Sept. 17, 2021

Danielle Dick is an expert on genetics and environmental influences and the author of THE CHILD CODE: Understanding Your Child's Unique Nature for Happier, More Effective Parenting,a science-based approach to parenting based…

Yep, That Was So Me

Sept. 15, 2021

What's your "wow, that was so me” story? What is something you did as a kid (or your little one did ) that exemplifies exactly who you/they are now? We discuss some of our listeners’ favorite memories, plus a few of our own.

Ask Amy - How Can I Tell When My Kid Is Overtired?

Sept. 13, 2021

There's a fine line between tired and overtired. Sometimes the right bedtime exit becomes clear only once you've blown right past it. Overtiredness can look like hyperactivity, irritability or clinginess–and it’s caused by a…

Fresh Take: Kate Anthony on Doing Divorce Right

Sept. 10, 2021

Divorce can be amicable, even if your breakup (or marriage) was not. Guest Kate Anthony explains how to make the decision to stay or to go, how to move past the anger, and how to put kids at the center of your co-parenting, …

Let's Rethink Birthday Parties

Sept. 8, 2021

Have we utterly lost the script when it comes to kids' birthday parties? Is there anything to be gained by simplifying the expectations, the gift-giving, and the goodie bags? We’ve got ideas for parties that are super-fun wi…

Ask Margaret - My Kid Doesn't Want to Spend Time With Friends

Sept. 6, 2021

When a kid is spending a lot of time alone and seems disconnected from peers, it is tempting for us to swoop in and try to solve the problem. But the better approach is to offer perspective and support to your teen, and be a…

BEST OF: Husband Crimes- Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Sept. 3, 2021

We asked you to tell us your spouses’ most unacceptable- and also extremely minor- infractions. Whether it’s turning off the AC, creating a Sock Mountain, or pausing Netflix to point out plot holes, these husband (and wife) …

Rule Breaker Or Rule Follower: Which Are You?

Sept. 1, 2021

Are you a rule breaker or a rule follower? Are you married to your opposite? In this episode we discuss how these two kinds of people bump up against each other– especially in our own families– and how we try to find a littl…

Ask Amy- Is My Kid *Trying* To Be This Difficult?

Aug. 30, 2021

Is your kid *trying* to make you hate her? More likely, she’s in a developmentally appropriate “disequilibrium” phase. Knowing your formerly calm, happy, loving child will come back soon can really help.

Fresh Take: Christina Hillsberg on How Being a Spy Prepared Her For Parenting

Aug. 27, 2021

Christina Hillsberg is a former CIA spy. She’s also a mom of five. Her book LICENSE TO PARENT: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids is a practical guide for using key spy tactics to teach …

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