5 Best Podcasts for Busy Moms

Know that recent movie everyone has been talking about? Fallen from Grace?

Yea…me neither.

That’s because I am too busy to watch shows. I subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

And you know how much I get to use them every month? Less than 2 hours…for the entire month. And definitely not in consecutive blocks of time.

The tighter my schedule became because of kids, work, and running a business, the less time I had to devote to watching shows.

And mehn…I miss binging on HBO and ABC shows.

But, remember where I talked about re-aligning your schedule to match your priorities? Well, after doing that, I had to sacrifice my television time…for now.

To fill that void, I have become a hard core Audible fan (which I mentioned in my favorite things for moms list). But most recently, I have fully subscribed to the world of podcasts.

Now, I hate talk radio. I’ve always hated talk radio. Interrupting my song and dance to chat was the most grating thing for me ever. And before, I really felt that I would hate podcasts just like I did talk radio.

But, I don’t. Suprisingly, I absolutely love them and can’t imagine how I survived without them before. The freedom of being both entertained and informed on-the-go is key to my peace of mind.

So if you’re a busy mom like me, missing your favorite types of shows, here is a list of podcasts for your listening enjoyment.

1. NPR Podcasts

Specifically, The NPR Politics Podcast.

Ok, disclaimer: I am actually not that much into politics. But, as a responsible adult and mother of future voters, I have to do a better job paying attention to that world.

I mean, come on. I blinked and ended up in the most…interesting…presidency in the history of America.

That’s where the NPR Politics Podcast comes in.

The daily podcast provides highlights in politics every day, with a good dose of humor mixed in with factual insights. I appreciate their ability to provide content mostly bias-free.

I especially appreciate that they do so in bite-size doses, with episodes ranging from 15 to 20 minutes on average.

This podcast keeps me abreast of US politics without eating up tons of time. It is a win-win in my book.

2. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition

Just saying the name of this podcast cracks me up. I absolutely adore Trevor Noah. Granted, The Daily Show is very biased in all things politics (not saying I disagree, but opinions are clearly, unapologetically made). But Trevor has the right dose of humor to make each news item pretty memorable.

The show presents the most interesting news in America at the time, and invites very influential guest speakers to discuss their latest projects or controversies. Just recently, Oprah Winfrey was a guest on this show.

The humor can be a bit crude, so be aware of that. But it definitely gets my seal of approval for busy mom listening, especially as the episodes also tend to be on the shorter side.

Subscribe if you can handle the raunchy flavor of the show, but make sure not to listen with little ears around. And it’s definitely NSFW (not safe for work).

3. The Double Shift

Recently I found myself needing a little outside perspective on motherhood. A quick search brought me to the podcast The Double Shift, and another one (Big Little Choices) that I’ll talk about in a bit.

The podcast focuses on this generation of working moms, and the unique challenges they face. The first episode starts of with rocker mom Louisa who is balancing her love of the band life with parenthood.

What I love about this podcast is that (so far) these women don’t necessarily just subscribe to what society expects of them as women and mothers. Instead, they are paving their own paths to best achieve the goals and vision of their new selves and their family life.

If you need some inspiration breaking through the parenting status quo, check this podcast out.

4. Big Little Choices

Big Little Choices is the other mom/parenting podcast that I enjoy listening to. The podcast’s creator Sri Bodanapu began this venture after realizing that, regardless of the abundance of parenting information and advice, only making the choices that felt authentic to herself brought her confidence and peace of mind about her decisions as a mom.

Along the same vein, this podcast takes a look at very diverse communities of parents all making big little choices of their own. They discuss their insecurities, the reason behind their choices, and how their hard decisions have impacted their lives.

Listening to this podcast reminds me that parenting is a series of decisions and imperfect actions, especially unique to each individual. And at the end of the day, most of us have no idea what we’re doing, but we are doing the absolute best we can anyway.

5. Online Marketing by Amy Porterfield

Number 5 on my list is Online Marketing by Amy Porterfield.

As a working mom-preneur with 1-year-old business, I am pretty much still learning the ropes of effective marketing. There are plenty of marketing podcasts out there–trust me, I have listened to quite a few. But I have found few as interesting as Amy Porterfield’s.

Amy provides easily digestible nuggets of marketing information in a friendly, easy-on-the-ears, and bubbly manner. Her podcasts usually seem to run 30 to 50 minutes, but I actually never really notice because it feels like I am listening to an old friend.

She seems pretty down-to-earth and provides actionable advice in a non-condescending way. This makes it pretty easy for beginners like me to get moving without feeling belittled or overwhelmed.

From lessons learned to key tips on digital marketing strategies to build your business, Amy’s podcast comes highly recommended. If you are a mom-preneur, be sure to check it out!

So that’s it, a quick round up of my current list of podcast favorites.

What about you? Do any of these fall on you list? Or do you have suggestions of your own.

Comment below and let’s discuss!

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