What Fresh Hell


July 8, 2020

Bad Mom Moments (with guest Arianna Bradford)

We tend to hold our Bad Mom Moments close, deeply certain no other mother has ever temporarily forgotten her baby in the Target L…

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July 6, 2020

Ask Margaret - I'm So Worried About Being Away From my Kid

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is worried about leaving her three year old for a few nights.

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July 1, 2020

What This Has Taught Us About Our Kids

This extended pause has been really hard for some of our kids, and actually sort of good for others. We discuss the things we’ve …

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June 29, 2020

Ask Amy - How Do I Get My 8-Year-Old to Read a Real Book?

Amy answers a question from a reader who wonders how she can encourage reading in her child.

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June 24, 2020

Helping Kids Feel Secure In a Scary World (With Guest Dr. Abigail Gew…

We’re in an anxiety-provoking moment. But parents don’t need to present our kids with solutions to the things that scare them. We…

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June 22, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Husband is a Terrible Gift Giver!

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is frustrated by her husband's extremely poor gift-giving skills.

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June 17, 2020

How Do We Handle This When Everyone Is Doing It Differently?

Shutting it all down was hard, but the assignment was extremely clear. Reopening is more like: do what you want when we think you…

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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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