What Fresh Hell


June 15, 2022

The Smallest Hills We'd Die On

The book is always better than the movie. Brunch is dumb. And wind chimes are mean. We asked you about the smallest hills you hav…

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June 13, 2022

Ask Margaret: Picky Eater Update!

Margaret gives an update on her famously picky eater. Does the kid who once rejected almost every food except pizza now eat a wid…

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June 10, 2022

Fresh Take: Kate Swenson of "Finding Cooper's Voice" on Parenting Aut…

Kate Swenson started “Finding Cooper’s Voice”while searching for answers after her son’s autism diagnosis. Her book FOREVER BOY i…

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June 8, 2022

Brave Parenting in a Scary World

Brave parenting doesn’t mean acting like what’s happening in our world isn’t scary, or that we must present our kids with perfect…

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June 6, 2022

Ask Amy: How Can I Get Out of My Mom Funk?

When we’re overwhelmed by the 24/7/365 nature of parenting, we tend to blame ourselves for being in a “mom funk,” and look to att…

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June 3, 2022

Best Of: Dr. Lynyetta Willis on Breaking Out of "Stable Misery"

Ever felt like things are going pretty well but happiness is missing from your parenting and relationships? In this “Best Of” epi…

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June 1, 2022

Mom Rage

Mom rage engenders debilitating shame. Where did it come from? Are we actually the worst parent who’s ever parented? But mom rage…

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May 30, 2022

Ask Margaret: Why Won't My Kid Eat Dinner?

Help! My kid will only eat the middle of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every other Thursday! If your kid refuses to eat most…

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May 27, 2022

BEST OF: Handling the News With Our Kids

When the unthinkable happens, how are we supposed to explain it to our children? What do we say, when are they old enough, how do…

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May 25, 2022

Introverts vs. Extroverts (and Making Room for Both in Your Family)

Are you an Amy or a Margaret? AKA: are you an introvert or an extrovert? Turns out, you can enjoy socializing but still be an int…

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May 23, 2022

Ask Amy: My Kid Is Screaming Like a Banshee All of a Sudden

What is with the turn-on-a-dime switch from the sweet, demure kid we had yesterday to the demon who woke up today? Is something r…

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May 20, 2022

Fresh Take: Matthew Fray on Strengthening Our Relationships

We’ve all left dishes by the sink. Either that, or we’ve yelled at our partner for doing so. In this episode, Matthew Fray explai…

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May 18, 2022

Unwelcome Surprises

What unwelcome surprises have you experienced on your parenting journey? We asked our listeners to tell us what they didn’t expec…

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May 16, 2022

Ask Margaret: Should I Force My Kids to Give Hugs?

We all have relatives who demand big bear hugs when saying goodbye. That may all be well and good for some kids, but what if our …

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May 13, 2022

Fresh Take: Lynn Lyons and Robin Hutson of "Flusterclux"

When anxiety is part of family systems, our well-meaning attempts to assuage kids can instead serve to further reinforce it. Psyc…

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May 11, 2022

Will We Ever Get Back to Normal?

When will things go “back to normal"? Is that even a question we should be asking ourselves anymore? How do we learn to live with…

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May 9, 2022

Ask Amy: Am I a Terrible Person for Being Jealous of My Mom Friends?

When others have easier experiences of parenting than we do, it's easy to get jealous. But is that wrong? Amy responds to a liste…

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May 6, 2022

Fresh Take: KC Davis and the Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizi…

KC Davis, author of the new book HOW TO KEEP HOUSE WHILE DROWNING, tells us how to move beyond stepping on LEGOs, confronting tow…

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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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