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Parenting is a whole different ball game and, with it, there’s a whole lot of pressure.
Inspiration on parenting techniques can come in many forms and from many places, and while there’s no shortage of podcasts out there aimed squarely at the self-help parenting market, some of the best insights and conversations on the subject pop up in unexpected places.
We’ve rounded some of the best non-parenting podcasts that might just shift the way you think about, well … parenting.
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#COUPLEGOALS?: #COUPLEGOALS? is a great new podcast from ex-Thinkergirl Stacey June and her husband Ben Jenkins. With the incredible honesty we’ve come to love and expect from Stacey, they share their current fertility treatment whirlwind, what marriage really looks like in the early stages and insights into how to cope with the heartache of miscarriage.
The Melissa Ambrosini Show: Melissa Ambrosini is the bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl and Open Wide and her podcast is a key part of her mission to inspire people to create the most healthy, exciting and meaningful life possible. Episodes regularly touch on themes like conscious parenting, pregnancy and overcoming fear. In particular, Melissa’s episode on How To Have An Ecstatic Childbirth with Dr Sarah Buckley has been a word of mouth sensation amongst Calm Birth practitioners.
The Art of Decluttering: From the minute your little bundle of joy arrives, nothing is ever the same and for those who need a calm environment to be at their best, parenting can be a particularly challenging journey. Thankfully, The Art of Decluttering can help! Professional Organisers, Amy Revell and Kirsty Farrugia, provide weekly tips and tricks to help you reclaim your space from the chaos. In the episode Our Kids, the hosts talk to their own kids about what it’s like to live in an organised and decluttered home, asking them for advice for other kids and parents.
The Millennial Divide: This uplifting podcast is a guide to navigating the millennial decade, with sisters Amy, Ellen and Dimity Kirkwood. Helping us get to grips with some of the key themes impacting our generation, parenting is naturally a common theme and the episode How to find flexibility, a raise and return to work includes an interview with Natalie Firth from Think Talent on how to make your return to work after being on maternity leave work for you.
Human/Ordinary: Human/Ordinary is a cult storytelling podcast from down in Melbourne, in which producer Sam Loy celebrates the great unifying ordinariness of people. Beautifully scripted, and lovingly produced, the podcast often touches on themes close to parents’ hearts. The Daddy Bear episode is a frank and personal exploration of the role anger plays in parenting, while Going Around Again tells how Sam started the podcast as something to leave behind for his kids and includes his partner’s birth story with some amazing audio from the delivery room woven lovingly into the episode.
Loose Units: You can’t have a podcast list without True Crime, and Loose Units by Paul Verhoeven is a lovely spin on the genre. Part father-son story, part true crime, each week Paul sits down with his dad John, a retired cop, to explore stories from his time in the force and get to understand him, them, and their differences a little better.