What Fresh Hell


Oct. 5, 2022

Is It Sometimes Easier When Our Spouses Aren't Around?

Is it easier to run the house when our spouses are out of town? A good number of our listeners said yes. Can we embrace that feel…

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Oct. 3, 2022

Ask Margaret: My Kid Won't Stop Spitting

A listener struggles with her three-year-old's endless spitting. Margaret explains how to counter the instinct to react like a ja…

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Sept. 30, 2022

Fresh Take: Penelope Leach on "Your Baby and Child"

Penelope Leach has been guiding and reassuring parents for more than 40 years. Her classic childcare guide YOUR BABY AND CHILD is…

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Sept. 28, 2022

Why Isn't This a Thing? (Part Two)

We’re back with things that don’t exist but definitely should, from dishwasher-safe waffle makers to uninterrupted showers. This …

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Sept. 26, 2022

Ask Amy: How Do I Get My Little Guy to Open Up?

How do we get our kids to open up to us about their days at school? When our kids say “nothing” happened, are we supposed to push…

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Sept. 23, 2022

Fresh Take: Donna Jackson Nakazawa on Helping Our Daughters Thrive

Stress affects the female brain very differently from the male brain, especially at puberty. Donna Jackson Nakazawa tells us abou…

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Sept. 21, 2022

What We're Reading, Watching, and Listening to This Fall

What do lustful elves, Lizzo, and Jeopardy all have in common? They're on Amy and Margaret's reading/watching/listening list this…

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Sept. 19, 2022

Ask Margaret: My Son Doesn't Have Any Close Friends. Is That a Proble…

If your kid has lots of acquaintances but no close friends, is something amiss? Is it time to pull out the conversation cue cards…

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Sept. 16, 2022

Fresh Take: Dr. Becky Kennedy on Being "Good Inside"

Dr. Becky Kennedy, host of the "Good Inside with Dr. Becky" podcast and @drbeckyatgoodinside on Instagram, tells us how the “Good…

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Sept. 14, 2022

Should We Pay Our Kids to Clean Their Rooms?

Do your kids have chore charts? Do they help out anyhow, if not? Do they get paid an allowance? And does that allowance have anyt…

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Sept. 12, 2022

Ask Amy: My Spouse Goes Out with Friends...and I Don't

Does your parenting partner have a social life while you stay home? Has it been ages since you’ve seen your pals? Does it feel ea…

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Sept. 9, 2022

Fresh Take: Linda Flanagan on Taking Back Kids' Sports

Is your 6th grader’s travel lacrosse schedule taking over your life? Are you spending $20K a year on youth hockey? Linda Flanagan…

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Sept. 7, 2022

What Fresh Hell Is Back to School?

School supplies. Pre-season sports. Parent portals. Uniform pants that don’t fit the night before the first day. Back to school m…

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Sept. 5, 2022

Ask Margaret: What Should Kids DO After School?

Bring out your whiteboards! A listener asks for advice about afterschool routines for her two boys, and Margaret recommends writi…

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Sept. 2, 2022

Best Of: Tiffany Jenkins on Mom Anxiety and Keeping It Real

Tiffany Jenkins is as hilarious as she is honest. She’s a comedian, blogger, author, podcaster, and mom who uses her platforms to…

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Aug. 31, 2022

Best Of: What's Your Mom Superpower?

Everyone needs an ‘Attaboy!’ every once in a while. When you’re a mom, you usually have to give it to yourself. Whether it’s supe…

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Aug. 29, 2022

Ask Amy: What's It Like To Have a Kid Away At College?

What’s it really like to have a kid away at college? Sure, drop-off day is hard, but there are also real benefits to this shift i…

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Aug. 26, 2022

Fresh Take: Ron Lieber on "The Price You Pay for College"

The college financial aid process can make parents feel overwhelmed and frustrated. Ron Lieber, author of THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR C…

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Aug. 24, 2022

What Kind of Monster? Family Vacation Edition

Forgotten luggage. Strollers that won’t fold. The best-laid family vacation plans quickly sour when there's a monster who forgot …

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Aug. 22, 2022

Ask Margaret: How Do I Get My Kids to Help Keep the House Clean?

Margaret answers a question from a listener who wants to know how to encourage her kids to keep their rooms and the playroom clea…

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Aug. 19, 2022

Fresh Take: Catherine Pearlman on Kids and Phones

When should we get our kids phones? And is “delay as long as possible” an option? Catherine Pearlman, author of the book First Ph…

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Aug. 17, 2022

Changing the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Our brains are wired for story. That doesn’t mean that the stories we tell ourselves are always accurate–or that the alternative …

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Aug. 15, 2022

Ask Amy: When Do You Start Letting Kids Have Sleepovers?

This week Amy tackles the question, "When should I start letting my kids have sleepovers?"

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Aug. 12, 2022

JoAnn Crohn of "No Guilt Mom"

JoAnn Crohn is the creator of “No Guilt Mom” and a former middle-school teacher. She believes that some of the behavioral control…

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