What Fresh Hell


June 15, 2020

Ask Amy - My Toddler Doesn't Listen When I Say "Stop!"

Amy answers a question from a listener whose “incredibly active” two-year-old doesn’t always hear the word “stop!”

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June 10, 2020

Talking With Our Kids About Race (with guest Deborah Porter)

The idea that kids are colorblind, that we should put off talking about race because kids are too young to understand its complic…

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June 8, 2020

Ask Margaret - Dealing With My Kids' Coping Mechanisms

Margaret answers a question from a listener whose twins are exhibiting some worrying coping mechanisms during the pandemic.

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June 3, 2020

Uh-Oh, Here Comes Summer (with guests Ashley and Keri from the Momtou…

It’s the summer of nothing. Everything is canceled, even Camp Grandma is questionable, and we’ve already *had* three months of ly…

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June 1, 2020

Ask Amy - My Toddler is Mean to Her Older Sibling

Amy answers a question from a mom whose 17-month-old is tough on her six-year-old.

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May 27, 2020

This One Thing Is Actually Going Well

What’s one thing that’s actually working right now? Not a barely acceptable Band-Aid for these crazy times, but something you hav…

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May 25, 2020

Ask Margaret - The Bedtime Routine is Out of Hand!

Margaret answers a question from a mom whose four year old is stretching bedtime to the max.

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May 23, 2020

New to What Fresh Hell? Start Here...

Welcome to What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood! Here's a quick intro to us and to our podcast.

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May 20, 2020

The Great Regression: Why We're All Acting Like Babies Right Now

Many kids are exhibiting regressive behavior right now. Lots of adults too: Zoom with your summer camp friends much? It’s normal …

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May 18, 2020

Ask Amy - How Can I Get Over My Disappointment at Not Having a Girl?

Amy answers a question from a listener who is feeling disappointed that her third child is also a boy.

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May 13, 2020

Getting Literally Anything Done (with guests Laura Vanderkam and Sara…

After 2 months of this new normal our to-do lists are running away from us. How do we get to what matters in the extremely limite…

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May 11, 2020

Ask Margaret - Should I Sleep-Train During the Pandemic?

Margaret answers a question from a mom who is trying to decide whether or not to sleep train her 7-month-old while quarantined.

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May 6, 2020

We'll Call It a Win! Microscopic Mom Victories

We asked all of you to tell us your “mom wins” since quarantine life began. Whether it’s synchronized napping, picky eaters tryin…

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May 4, 2020

Ask Amy - How Can I Help My Child Who is Having Nightmares?

Amy answers a question from a listener whose daughter is struggling with nightmares.

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April 29, 2020

Maintaining Momentum (Or Not)

A body in motion stays in motion; once at rest, it’s hard to regain momentum. But is continuous momentum possible during this ver…

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April 27, 2020

Ask Margaret - I'm Burnt Out on Trying to Get My Kids to FaceTime wit…

Margaret answers a questions who is struggling to get her toddler to perform when relatives call.

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April 22, 2020

What Kind of Monster? Quarantine Edition!

What kind of monster decides to go keto during a pandemic? Trades away toilet paper for sourdough starter? Finishes Mom’s chocola…

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April 20, 2020

Ask Amy - My Teenagers Are So Done With Quarantine Life!

Amy answers a question from a listener whose teenagers are really, really over being stuck at home.

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April 15, 2020

Stay-At-Home Revelations: Things We've Learned

As we round the curve into what’s been a full month of Uno, math worksheets, and never going anywhere, we’ve all learned a few th…

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April 13, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Kid Won't Play Alone

Margaret answers a question from a listener whose kid always wants mom to play with him.

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April 8, 2020

What's Working Right Now

Here’s what’s actually working right now- for our anxiety, our family chore buy-in, our kitchen ennui, and our senses of hope. (O…

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April 6, 2020

Ask Amy - How Do I Talk to My Kids About Missing Milestone Events?

This week Amy answers a question from a listener whose child is missing a big milestone event.

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April 1, 2020

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint!

Homeschooling feels doable when it’s a snow-day novelty. It feels different when you’re relearning middle-school math while also …

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March 30, 2020

Ask Margaret - How Seriously Should I Take This Homeschooling Thing?

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is trying to decide how much to homeschool her kids.

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