Mommy podcasts are my jam. They are my new favorite way to spend a few spare minutes here and there. They have seriously transformed my commute from an impatient, one-sided argument against so many people who need to please just get the heck off their phones, to a happy, heart-warmed, and sometimes hilarious, “maybe I’ll take the long way home today” automotive saunter. I’m telling you, they are pretty rad. And I’m sure that a big part of my connection with them has to do with timing, with certain podcasts coming into my life at just the right moment. Isn’t it funny how that can happen?
This particular season of life has been one of major change. I recently moved. I left the place that was very much home in a small town, and moved to an unfamiliar, much larger city. Ormond Beach was the place where I met my husband, where we brought both kids home from the hospital, where I nested a place to live for my family, and where I felt a whole network of community and support all around me. That feeling of community isn’t something that automatically materializes in a new place. It takes time to build and grow. And for me, it just doesn’t seem to be happening fast enough. And that’s where podcasts have been surprisingly awesome.
The mommy podcasts I’ve found have a lot to offer: validation, support, encouragement, and even community. It might sound weird to find so much in a show, but the best podcasts are so much more than a show. They are a modern-day fireside cozy. They can be authentic, and comfortable, like having a cup of coffee with a long-time friend in her kitchen. And as soon as I started listening to them, I wondered “why did it take me so long to find these?” and “why didn’t anyone tell me how awesome podcasts are?’
So here I am to tell you. Friends, mommy podcasts are the bomb diggity. And if you’re out there on your own, spending most of your time in the seemingly thankless drudgery of cultivating character in the lives of your tiny humans, then mommy podcasts might be as magical for you as they have been for me. I highly encourage you to give them a try.
In almost no particular order, here are the Best Mommy Podcasts that I’ve found:
Emily Thomas is awesome. Her show is the mommy podcast equivalent of that great HGTV show, Fixer Upper, but for the soul. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but she’s from Texas and sounds a little like Joanna Gaines, and I could totally see myself hanging out with Emily and Joanna so it kind of makes sense in my head. Seriously though, her show is the best. It’s honest and accessible. It’s truth speaking.
She is a woman in the thick of momming with her eyes and her heart set on Jesus. And she shares it all with the kind of relaxed, comedic honesty that could set anyone at ease. She highlights spectacular guests with beautiful stories. She also does a great job of summarizing for tips on how to struggle well. Even while driving, I always listen to this podcast with a pen and pad in hand so that I can jot down good ideas along the way.
These ladies are fun, hilarious, and full of life. They chat about all things important to them, including their families, faith, and of course, football. I don’t know who their college football sources are, but they are legitimately informed and totally willing to share that wealth of knowledge with their listeners. If you take the time to check out their show, then you are in for a treat. I recently ordered Melanie Shankles’ book, Church of the Small Things, and am excited to dive into it in the new year.
I love this podcast. It’s honest and easy to listen to. Heather MacFadyen interviews her guests like she’s a friend on the phone, digging in to the spiritual roots under the surface of daily life. I love the insights she gleans from her guests. She makes it seem so easy which makes it really comfortable to listen to. If you’re a mom hoping to hear from other, Christian mothers about how they are doing their regular mom thing, I highly recommend checking out this podcast.
This podcast is the coffee table book of podcasts. It was born out of a well-developed blog. Rich with content, I love so much of what they have to share, including stories, recipes, and lists like favorite things or books they love. Just this year they actually published a book called The Magic of Motherhood that seems like something I’d really enjoy. Maybe I’ll put it on my Christmas wish list.
This is the Real Simple Magazine of podcasts. Quick and to the point, this podcast has a lot of great information to share. From stress-free holiday tips to ways to make bath time more fun, this show is full of really useful ideas that might be exactly what you didn’t even realize you needed. I like listening to this mommy podcast when I’m getting ready in the morning. Because it’s not a deeper, conversational interview, it’s easy to listen to in starts and stops or while multi-tasking.
Upbeat and fresh, these sisters-in-law want to encourage moms on their journey to raise children in Truth and Love. They have a great rapport with each other, making their show feel like a little circle of friends that I want to join. I like the content of their podcast, but I also really enjoy the perspective they share on their online blog. If you’re looking for consistent, spiritual encouragement then this might be the mommy podcast and blog for you.
So, there you have my list of the best mommy podcasts. I’d love to know if there are any mommy podcasts that you enjoy. Please share below in the comments so that I can be sure to check them out.
HOW TO LISTEN TO PODCASTS
If you’ve never listened to podcasts and are not sure where to start, let me share with you what I do. I downloaded the free application called Podcast App. Once on my phone, I used it to search for titles and then just stream shows through the app. This isn’t an endorsement of that app, I’ve just found that it works well for me.