What Fresh Hell


July 29, 2020

Advice We Totally Hate

As soon as you become a mother unsolicited advice-givers are everywhere, telling you to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” Or “it gets easier.” Or “enjoy every moment.” Out of all the advice that we and our listeners have received, here …

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July 27, 2020

Ask Amy - How Can a New Mom Make Friends Right Now?

Amy answers a question from a listener who is having trouble connecting with other moms during coronavirus.

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July 22, 2020

Two Kinds of People- Which Are You?

We asked our listeners to divide the world into two kinds of people. Summer or winter? Sleep cuddlers or stop-breathing-on-mes? Many of you responded with slightly judgmental “there’s me, and the crazy people” responses that we are totally here for.

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July 20, 2020

Ask Margaret - When Does This Get Easier?

This week Margaret answers a question from a listener who wants to know if life with her two young kids is ever going to get better!

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July 15, 2020

Hitting the Wall: Get Us Off This Coronacoaster!

We are so done with life on the coronacoaster, but we can’t get off this ride yet. We’ve moved past denial to bargaining, hung out in depression- and now we’re doubling back to anger, not feeling the acceptance part so …

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July 13, 2020

Ask Amy - My Kid's Friend Is Now Bullying Him. Should I Get Involved?

At what point should a parent get involved in a conflict between her 8-year-old son and his (former) friend?

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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 LEGO aisle. Spoiler alert– you’re not alone. Guest: Arianna Bradford, author of SHAME ON YOU: BIG TRUTHS …

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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 learned and will take forward as parents, both for kids who have weirdly thrived and for …

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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 just need to meet them where they are. Guest: Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, author of WHEN THE WORLD FEELS …

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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 can, or at least aren't fully convinced that you can’t. How are we going to do …

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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 complicating factors, is wrong. It always was. Here’s how to talk about race and racism, early and often. …

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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 lying around doing nothing. How do we make July different from March? Guests: Ashley and Keri from the podcast Momtourage.

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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 have discovered that you will totally keep doing? From mowing the lawn to a beer-pong app, here’s what’s working for …

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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 to seek the security of the past in times of stress.Here’s how to let regression be, and how to …

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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 limited bursts of kid-free time we might have? Guests: Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger, co-hosts …

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