What Fresh Hell


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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March 25, 2022

Bobbi Rebell on Raising Financially Aware Kids

Bobbi Rebell is the author of the new book LAUNCHING FINANCIAL GROWNUPS. In this interview, she explains how to discuss financial…

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March 23, 2022

Toxic Positivity

“Toxic positivity” has become a buzzword, but what does it actually mean and why is it that we feel a need to put a silver lining…

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March 21, 2022

Ask Margaret - My Kid Hates Getting Their Hair Washed!

Bath time can be a fun-time splash-o-rama or it can be a tantrum-fest. So what do we do when it's the latter and our kids absolut…

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March 18, 2022

Fresh Take: Abby Medcalf on Relationships That Work

Abby Medcalf, author of “Be Happily Married, Even if Your Partner Won’t Do a Thing,” and host of the “Relationships Made Easy” Po…

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March 16, 2022

Kid Crushes and Dating

When you find out about a little kid's crush it may be the first time you are learning something "secret" about them. We talk abo…

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March 14, 2022

Ask Amy: How Should I Deal With Comments About My Kid's Size?

People’s comments about how tiny our child is, or how chubby, can really get to us– even when it’s intended as a compliment, or a…

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