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Serial and This American Life may be commuter gold, but tackling the ups and downs of parenthood is a different beast entirely. Whether you’re looking for guidance, intellectual stimulation or a whole lot of laughs, one of these amazing podcasts is sure to fit the bill…or at least drown out the 24-hour Daniel Tiger marathon happening in your living room. 

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Slate

Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Each episode of this funny, quippy ’cast from the folks at Slate focuses on a tricky family situation, with hosts also opening up about their own parenting wins and fails. Previous episodes have included: Worrying about your kid’s weight, growing up biracial and asking if it’s OK to discipline another parent’s kids. Tune in for honest advice about real-world parenting. 

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Mom Hour

Mom Hour

This cheery podcast is hosted by two moms who have eight kids between them (from preschool to teenager), so chances are that whatever parenting issue you’re facing, they’ve tackled it. Full of practical advice, relatable moments and lots of chuckles, this is basically like sitting down for a glass of wine with one of your besties.

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One Bad Mother

One Bad Mother

Parenting is straight up bonkers 95 percent of the time, and hosts Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn aren’t afraid to tell it like it is (with swearing, humor and absolutely no judgement). This is the podcast you want to listen to when you feel like you’re the worst parent in the world (relax, you’re not) and need a little vindication.

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The Boob Group

The Boob Group

Lactation consultant and podcast host Sunny Gault knows that breastfeeding isn’t always as magical as it’s cracked (literally) up to be. Each week, experts and moms talk about their nursing struggles and successes, and offer practical advice for breastfeeding and pumping. The perfect listen for when you’re glued to the sofa with a sweaty baby attached to your nipple.

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Little Sprigs

Dubbed “the path to peace with your preschooler,” this reassuring podcast will give you the strength and chill you need to handle the most epic toddler tantrum. A little New Agey (for starters, they don’t condone punishments or bribes), but definitely worth a listen if you’re in need of some zen. 

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Spawned

Spawned

The founders of Cool Mom Picks have great chemistry, occasional celebrity guests and candid discussions about the perils of parenthood. Think: How to talk to your daughter about menstruation, why kids’ music doesn’t have to suck (with Lisa Loeb) and how to make friends after having kids.

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The Longest Shortest Time

The Longest Shortest Time

Fans of This American Life will recognize the voice of frequent contributor Hillary Frank, and this thought-provoking family podcast follows a similar tone, telling sometimes unusual but always interesting stories about raising kids in the 21st century. We love the episode about the egg freezing process as well as the one that explores what it’s like being a single mother in the military. Listen on a Monday, then think about it throughout week.

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