What Fresh Hell


Oct. 8, 2020

Fresh Take: Jessica Lahey on "The Gift of Failure"

We interview Jessica Lahey, author of the bestseller THE GIFT OF FAILURE: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Jess tells us how to apply the book’s ideas to pandemic life, at-home learning, and …

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Oct. 7, 2020

Why The Pandemic is So Hard On Moms

A recent study showed 80% of people who stopped working during this pandemic are women. There's so much more to do right now, and while the work is less invisible now that everyone’s home to see it, moms are still …

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Oct. 5, 2020

Ask Amy- How Can I Get My Kid To Take Her Medicine?

A listener wonders how to get a 4-year-old to take a truly disgusting medicine without spitting it out.

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Sept. 30, 2020

How Mad Should I Be About This?

Sometimes you’re bothered by a friend or loved one’s carelessness, but then think: is it me? In this episode we consider “crimes” committed by various spouses, children, and mothers-in-law against our listeners and decide just how mad they should be.

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Sept. 28, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Husband is a Bad Disciplinarian

Margaret answers a question from a listener frustrated that her husband has such a hard time disciplining their 5-year-old.

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Sept. 25, 2020

Fresh Take: Meredith Masony of "That's Inappropriate"

Amy and Margaret interview Meredith Masony, creator of That’s Inappropriate, an online community of 3 million strong-minded moms. Meredith’s new book (09/01/20) is ASK ME WHAT’S FOR DINNER ONE MORE TIME: Inappropriate Thoughts on Motherhood.

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Sept. 23, 2020

Things We Can't Live Without (Fall 2020)

Here are the snacks, shows, accessories, and blankets that get us through the days right now. Some for our kids; most are just for us. Have something you can’t live without? Tell us in the FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatfreshhellcast

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Sept. 21, 2020

Ask Amy: My Tween Has Suddenly Stopped Speaking To Me

A listener wonders how to deal with her own hurt feelings now that her 12-year-old daughter has suddenly stopped speaking to her. Should she say something to her daughter? Submit your parenting questions: questions@whatfreshhellpodcast.com.

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Sept. 16, 2020

The Back-To-School Hell (Pandemic Edition)

Back-to-school 2020 was not the finish line we imagined; it’s a reminder that a Return To Normal is nowhere in sight. But the anticipatory anxiety we have about what might happen could be worse than what does. Can we separate …

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Sept. 14, 2020

Ask Margaret -My Daughter Says She Thinks She Looks Fat

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is concerned about her daughter's self-image.

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Sept. 11, 2020

Fresh Take: Tina Payne Bryson on "The Bottom Line For Baby"

Amy and Margaret interview Tina Payne Bryson, author of THE BOTTOM LINE FOR BABY: From Sleep Training to Screens, Thumb Suck to Tummy Time—What the Science Says, an A-Z guide for childcare controversies– and the science (or lack thereof) behind …

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Sept. 9, 2020

The Constant Negativity Is Getting Old

Negativity is contagious (no duh). We can set limits on the whining and the “No!”, but maybe detaching our emotional states from those of our cranky children is the best place to start. A neutral response makes negativity less interesting …

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Sept. 7, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Two-Year-Old's Tantrums Are Breaking Me!

A listener is getting worn down by her toddler's frequent tantrums.

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Sept. 2, 2020

We Did Not Sign Up For Being With Our Spouses 24/7 (with guest Damona…

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Which may explain some of the domestic tension that’s coming from being with our spouses 24/7. We used to have to plan date nights to reconnect- should we now schedule time apart? …

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Aug. 31, 2020

Ask Amy- I Feel Guilty Not Playing With My Only Child Right Now

A listener dreads “playing pretend” with her 3-year-old. But her child is an only child, and right now she is that child’s only playmate. How can she put limits on it without disappointing her child? How can she enjoy the …

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Aug. 26, 2020

Okay, We Might Have Overthought That One

All mothers overthink sometimes. Isn’t that the exact assignment the world gives us? Only to then mock us relentlessly for having done so? But yes, we admit: here are a few of the parenting topics that, looking back, we just …

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Aug. 24, 2020

Ask Amy- Why Does My Kid Always Want To Pretend He's the Bad Guy?

A listener asks: “Does anyone else have a kid that always wants to play the “mean” guy? My almost 3-year-old son always wants to play the villain, and hardly ever the hero or “nice guy”. Is this normal? Or am …

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Aug. 19, 2020

Ditching What Doesn't Matter (With Guest "The Lazy Genius")

Momming is hard. Whether we’re stressed perfectionists or hot messes, our homes and relationships get happier when we do what matters, skip what doesn’t– and clarify what goes in what pile FOR US. Guest: Kendra Adachi, author of THE LAZY …

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Aug. 17, 2020

Ask Margaret - How Can I Get My Kid to Be Interested in More Activiti…

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is worried that her son does not have a wide range of interests.

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Aug. 14, 2020

Our Family Had Covid! Here's How It Went For Us (Bonus Episode)

Amy’s family of 5 had Covid-19 back in March– all “mild” cases, but even in a single household that has meant different things. Here’s how it went down, what Amy has learned, what recovery has looked like, and what to …

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Aug. 12, 2020

Should I Send My Kids Back To School?

Our kids’ schools have sent plans. And revised them. And reversed them. Now parents have to make our own decisions. Here are the factors driving our own plans– knowing this can’t be one-solution-fits-all, and that the ‘right’ answer does not …

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Aug. 10, 2020

Ask Amy - My Kid Is a Know-It-All!

A listener asks whether her daughter's know-it-all tendencies need to be nipped in the bud.

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Aug. 5, 2020

Asking For What We Want, And Teaching Our Daughters To Do The Same (w…

Our daughters need to be taught to ask and negotiate–because girls aren’t taught those things as well as boys, but also because the world doesn’t always reward women (including grownups) who speak out. Guest: Marisa Porges, author of WHAT GIRLS …

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Aug. 3, 2020

Ask Margaret - Is There Any Way to Get My Kid to Stop Throwing Stuff?

Margaret answers question from a mom who is scaring her by constantly throwing things.

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