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Jan. 27, 2023

Fresh Take: Liz Gumbinner on Ditching the Hustle

Do we have to monetize, publicize, and optimize all of our hobbies into a legit "side-hustle" that must also fulfill us? Guest Liz Gumbinner, co-host of the podcast "Spawned," talks with Margaret about the pressure to perform in every aspect …

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Jan. 25, 2023

Things We Weirdly Enjoy

We asked our listeners about the things that make them unreasonably happy. From petrichor to butter cubes to sausage dogs in sweaters, the weirdness certainly abounded.

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Jan. 23, 2023

Ask Margaret: How Do I Choose Between Conflicting Kids' Events?

What happens when you're faced with two conflicting performances, graduations, or other important events? Margaret shares her own experience juggling her three kids' different activities.

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Jan. 20, 2023

Fresh Take: Dr. Amber Thornton on Finding Real Balance

How do we find "balance" in our lives as moms– and why does that sound like such hard work? Dr. Amber Thornton, host of the podcast "Balanced Working Mama," tells us where mom guilt really comes from - and how …

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Jan. 18, 2023

What Fresh Hell Is Winter?

We still have three more weeks until we find out whether we have six more weeks of winter (spoiler alert: we will). Losing your mind a little bit? You're not alone.

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Jan. 16, 2023

Ask Amy: My Daughter Is Suddenly Being Ostracized

Has your child ever been excluded from their friend group all of a sudden for no apparent reason? Middle-school ostracization is real, and it really hurts– and it's hard for a parent to know how much to become involved.

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Jan. 13, 2023

Fresh Take: Ophira Eisenberg on Why Parenting Is a Joke

What are the magical tidbits that they should teach in parenting classes but don't? We talked with comedian and writer Ophira Eisenberg about what parenting classes would include, her new podcast "Parenting Is a Joke," and why kids put their …

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Jan. 11, 2023

Giving Help That Works - And Asking for the Help We Need

Even when we moms DO have the courage to ask for help, we don't always know what to ask for. So we asked our listeners about the best help they've given - and received - as moms.

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Jan. 9, 2023

Ask Margaret: Help! I Have Mom FOMO

Worried that your kids are missing out on magical experiences you've been neglecting to provide them with? Here's how to put your "Mom FOMO" at ease.

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Jan. 6, 2023

Fresh Take: Cindy Muchnick of Parent Compass

Is there a happy medium between doing everything for our kids and letting them run feral? Cindy Muchnick, author of THE PARENT COMPASS, explains how setting our own intentional course as parents is the key.

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Jan. 4, 2023

Is Comparing Our Kids Ever Useful?

It’s hard not to compare kids to their siblings, particularly when their personalities can seem so diametrically opposed. If we notice those differences as parents– and compare our kids, implicitly or explicitly– is that a good thing or a bad …

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Jan. 2, 2023

Ask Amy: How Do I Get Over My Disappointment at Not Having a Girl?

Have you ever felt disappointed, rather than excited, at learning your baby's sex? Amy answers a question from a listener who is feeling disappointed that her third child is also a boy.

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Dec. 30, 2022

Best of: Michaeleen Doucleff on What's Missing in Western Parenting

Turns out Western parenting isn’t the way things need to be–the key to happy kids is doing less. Michaeleen Doucleff, author of "Hunt, Gather, Parent," explains what ancient cultures can teach us about helping kids thrive by being hands-off.

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Dec. 28, 2022

Best of: Pattern Breaking - When You Want to Do Things Differently

How do we find the strength to break harmful patterns from our own childhood with our kids? Why is it so hard? Do we truly have the ability to change?

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Dec. 26, 2022

Ask Margaret: Dealing with Losing a Parent While You're Raising Kids

Processing our own parent’s terminal illness– while helping our own kids feel better about the approaching loss of a grandparent– can feel overwhelming. Drawing from personal experience, Margaret explains how to get through this difficult time.

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Dec. 23, 2022

Best Of: KC Davis of "Struggle Care"

In this “Best Of” interview KC Davis, author of HOW TO KEEP HOUSE WHILE DROWNING and host of the podcast STRUGGLE CARE, tells us how to move beyond houses full of dirty dishes, LEGOs, and overwhelm with a gentler method …

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Dec. 21, 2022

Our Favorite Episodes of 2022

It's time for a debrief on the best interviews, comedic moments, and long-held grudges in our favorite What Fresh Hell episodes of 2022!

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Dec. 19, 2022

Ask Amy: My Kid Doesn't Hide "Gift Disappointment" Well

Do you have an in-law who tends to give your child presents that they don't necessarily love? It's not easy dealing with unwanted gifts from relatives, but with some patience and guidance, we can help our kids navigate these situations.

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Dec. 16, 2022

Fresh Take: Natalie Mayslich and Blessing Adesiyan on the Future of R…

Remote work is here to stay. So how do we integrate it into our lives in a healthy way? Natalie Mayslich and Blessing Adesiyan, authors of the The Modern Workplace Report, share what they've learned about the effects of remote …

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Dec. 14, 2022

The Holiday Creep

Why does it seem like the holiday season starts earlier and earlier every year? And how do we navigate the many obligations and traditions thereof without crying into our creamed white onions?

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Dec. 12, 2022

Ask Margaret: Splitting Time at the Holidays

Having trouble giving all sides of your family equal air-time at the holidays? Margaret explains how to plan ahead so that the season is one of peace and joy, rather than tears and guilt.

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Dec. 9, 2022

Fresh Take: Heather Chauvin of "Emotionally Uncomfortable"

Are you always putting your children and spouse first - to the detriment of your own health? Heather Chauvin, host of the "Emotionally Uncomfortable" podcast, explains how it took a stage-four cancer diagnosis for her to start prioritizing her own …

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Dec. 7, 2022

Weird Things That Freak Us Out

Kneecaps? Tiny holes? Freeform jazz? We've all got something that gives us the heebie jeebies, even if no one else understands. We asked our listeners to send us their most oddly specific fears - here's what they said.

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Dec. 5, 2022

Ask Amy: My Child Is Slow to Warm Up With Adults

Does your child clam up when other adults try to have a conversation with them or even say hello? That's perfectly normal for young kids, but there are also ways you can help break the ice, as Amy explains.

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