What Fresh Hell

What Fresh Hell

“What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood” is a Top Ten comedy parenting podcast with over 5 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

Fresh Take: Rachel Nielson of "3 in 30" Podcast on Why Practicing Gratitude Is Worth It

Dec. 3, 2021

Rachel Nielson hosts 3 in 30 Takeaways, a podcast for moms who want to love motherhood as much as they love their kids. She tells us how noticing the "flecks of gold" in her life has actually changed her parenting– and how w…

Does Having Kids Make Us Happy?

Dec. 1, 2021

Studies show an uncertain connection between becoming a parent and increased pleasure, so asking whether having kids makes us happy is complicated– and might not be the point. What are parenting’s rewards? What can we do to …

Ask Margaret - Will I Always Be This Tired?

Nov. 29, 2021

When you have little kids feeling tired can start to feel like a permanent state. Kids are master energy-sappers and with, say, a baby and a toddler at home it's easy to feel like being rested is a thing of the past. But the…

BEST OF: Dr. Edward Hallowell on the New Science and Essential Strategies for ADHD

Nov. 26, 2021

In this “Best Of” interview Dr. Edward Hallowell, co-author of ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction--From Childhood Through Adulthood, explains the growing understanding of brains with…

Might Seem Crazy. Works for Me.

Nov. 24, 2021

We asked our listeners to tell us all the things that others might call crazy but which totally work for them . From packing the laundry to eating the same lunch every day for five years to toothbrushes in the kitchen, these…

Ask Amy - Can I Really Love My Second Child As Much As The First?

Nov. 22, 2021

When moms have a second baby it’s common for them to fear how it will change their relationship with their first child. And whether they’ll have enough love to give them both. Trust us: you will. And you’ll give that older k…

Fresh Take: Zibby Owens on What Moms Don't Have Time For

Nov. 19, 2021

Zibby Owens is a podcaster, writer, publisher, and mom who doesn’t have time to exercise, see friends, sleep– or even get sick. Her new anthology MOMS DON’T HAVE TIME TO HAVE KIDS offers 49 essays on what most moms don’t– an…

Taking Care Of Our Parents (And Our Kids)

Nov. 17, 2021

Half of adults in their 30s and 40s say they handle some of their parents’ caregiving, even if it’s mostly logistical or financial. When you’re also taking care of your kids, it’s a lot. We talk “sandwich generation” stress …

Ask Margaret - How Do I Get My Kid To Stop Running Away From Me?

Nov. 15, 2021

Preschoolers love to run. It helps them flex their new-found independence and gives them an exhilarating feeling of freedom. But this behavior can be frustrating – and frightening– for parents. So how do we get our kids to s…

Fresh Take: Tiffany Jenkins on Mom Anxiety and Keeping It Real

Nov. 12, 2021

Tiffany Jenkins is as hilarious as she is honest. She’s a comedian, blogger, author, podcaster, and mom who uses her platforms to help and inspire others struggling with motherhood, mental health, and addiction, and those wh…

Things We Hate

Nov. 10, 2021

From making doctors’ appointments, to “just a reminder” emails that are definitely first notices, to book fairs, to eternally elusive rain boots on a wet morning, here are a few of the things that we (and our listeners) real…

Ask Amy- All My Kids Do Is Fight!

Nov. 8, 2021

Constant sibling fighting doesn’t last forever. It just feels that way. Let go of feeling guilty your kids aren’t living in perfect harmony. Pretend you’re parent to a dog and a rooster– who expects them to share? Sometimes …