What Fresh Hell


May 18, 2022

Unwelcome Surprises

What unwelcome surprises have you experienced on your parenting journey? We asked our listeners to tell us what they didn’t expec…

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May 16, 2022

Ask Margaret: Should I Force My Kids to Give Hugs?

We all have relatives who demand big bear hugs when saying goodbye. That may all be well and good for some kids, but what if our …

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May 13, 2022

Fresh Take: Lynn Lyons and Robin Hutson of "Flusterclux"

When anxiety is part of family systems, our well-meaning attempts to assuage kids can instead serve to further reinforce it. Psyc…

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May 11, 2022

Will We Ever Get Back to Normal?

When will things go “back to normal"? Is that even a question we should be asking ourselves anymore? How do we learn to live with…

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May 9, 2022

Ask Amy: Am I a Terrible Person for Being Jealous of My Mom Friends?

When others have easier experiences of parenting than we do, it's easy to get jealous. But is that wrong? Amy responds to a liste…

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May 6, 2022

Fresh Take: KC Davis and the Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizi…

KC Davis, author of the new book HOW TO KEEP HOUSE WHILE DROWNING, tells us how to move beyond stepping on LEGOs, confronting tow…

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May 4, 2022

BEST OF: Let It Go? Or No?

Still mad about that thing from that time? In this "Best Of" re-release, we review listener grudges large and small, deciding onc…

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May 2, 2022

Ask Margaret: What Rules Can I Set for Family Visits?

Having kids means having visitors who can't wait to see them– which means that in addition to being a mom, you are now a part-tim…

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April 29, 2022

Fresh Take: Iris Chen on "Untigering"

Iris Chen is a recovering tiger mother and founder of the Untigering movement, which emphasizes shifting away from parenting that…

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April 28, 2022

BONUS: What We're Watching, Reading, and Listening To

From “Bridgerton” to “Invisible Kingdom” to “Maintenance Phase,” Amy and Margaret are keeping busy between What Fresh Hell episod…

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April 27, 2022

Which Parenting Rules Can We Break?

Pacifiers in the crib. Juice in the sippy cup. Popsicles in the bathtub. We all have exceptions that we make to the so-called par…

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April 25, 2022

Ask Amy: My Kid Has Serious Separation Anxiety

Many of us have had the drop-off experience where our kid cries and just won't let go of us. How do we help our kids through sepa…

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April 22, 2022

Fresh Take: Mary Laura Philpott on "Bomb Shelter"

You can think you’ve accounted for every variable as a parent, but then something happens that turns everything upside down. This…

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April 20, 2022

When Our Partners Just Don't Get it

It was my husband. In the kitchen. With the dirty cup. AGAIN. Our partners do things that drive us mad. And sometimes it affects …

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April 18, 2022

Ask Margaret: How Do I Talk To My Kids About My Cancer Diagnosis?

Getting a cancer diagnosis turns everything upside down. And helping your kids understand the situation is a daunting prospect. T…

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April 15, 2022

Best Of: Dr. Lisa Damour on Helping Kids Manage Anxiety

Anxious kids don’t always behave like anxious adults. What works to help anxious kids also differs. In this “Best Of” episode Dr…

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April 13, 2022

Peer Pressure

Peer pressure affects everyone in the human species, and even some self-conscious monkeys. What is it about sitting with the cool…

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April 11, 2022

Ask Amy: Helping Kids Deal With Comparison and Envy

When kids reach school age they become aware of what others might think. Social comparison with peers comes into play– and when a…

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April 8, 2022

Fresh Take: Britt Hawthorne on Antiracist Parenting

Starting the conversation about racism with kids is tricky. But there is a way to instill curiosity, engagement, and excitement i…

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April 6, 2022

Why Is This a Thing?

From bikinis for six-year-olds to leprechaun traps to over-the-top holiday traditions, there are so many trends and traditions th…

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April 4, 2022

Ask Margaret - How Should I Enforce Bedtime?

When your child’s 8 p.m. bedtime becomes their 9 p.m. bedtime and then (uh-oh) 10 p.m., that’s what we call “bedtime creep? bedti…

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April 1, 2022

Fresh Take: Cat and Nat on Being Mom BFFs

Cat and Nat’s hilarious #momtruths videos have garnered millions of views. They’re also best friends in real life. They tell us a…

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March 30, 2022

Spoiled Kids (And How Not To Have Them)

We might think “kids today” get away with more than we did, but people have complained about “spoiled” children since the 1600s. …

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March 28, 2022

Ask Amy: My Kid Is Dealing With a Bully

When our kid is being bullied, how do we intervene without making things worse? And what if the bully is a former friend? The key…

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