One of my goals for September was to find some parenting podcasts. I aimed to find 10 quality podcasts and I actually found it harder than I thought it would be. There are many parenting/mummy/family podcasts out there, but many are not my style, or were outdated or poor quality.
I am relatively inexperienced at this podcast business, so if you subscribe to any parenting podcasts that I haven’t listed here, I would love it if you could list it in the comments so I can check them out as well.
Here are the parenting podcasts that I have subscribed to and am enjoying:
1. Family Anatomy
Family Anatomy is a current weekly podcast that runs for approximately 45 minutes. It is presented by two psychologists who discuss both the theory and practical side of a range of family issues from grandparents to brain health to children’s literacy.
Website: Family Anatomy
2. Evolving Parent
Evolving Parent is a current tele-series style podcast. Lorraine Pursell presents these podcasts and is a parenting coach / mentor. You can pay and join in the program or listen into the podcast for free. Episodes range from 30 – 90 minutes. In one episode Lorraine asks some very pertinent questions with regard to looking at the example you present as a parent:
- Do you complain?
- Do you blame?
Website: Parenting Evolution
3. Progressive Parenting
Progressive Parenting starts their podcasts with the following introduction:
The aim of the show is to bring to listeners parenting issues that they will not find in the mainstream media. It is there to inform not preach; share not advise and connect not alienate.
It is a current radio based show that has experts on each week to discuss issues ranging from attachment parenting to raw milk. The episodes run for approximately an hour, with the first half being an interview with the expert then turning into talk back radio.
4. Positive Discipline
Positive Discipline is an old series (2007) by Dr Jane Nelson. I really enjoyed this series. Episodes range from 10 – 30 minutes and cover topics like Addiction Proof Your Child, Boredom, Family Meetings. I like the philosophy of Positive Discipline:
Non-punitive tools that help children develop self- discipline, responsibility, and problem-solving skills.
Website: Positive Discipline
EdPod is the first of the two Australian podcasts in this list. It is a one hour summary of education issues from preschool to secondary school. It is a current fortnightly podcast that has interviews and news style pieces examining issues like League Tables, Teaching Children To Be Happy and Parent Involvement In Education.
6. Parenting Unplugged
Parenting Unplugged is a current weekly podcast presented by a married couple. The start of each show a bit chatty, but it is however worth sticking with it as they interview some fantastic people like Lenore Skenazy and Robyn O’brien.
Website: Parenting Unplugged Radio
7. Raise your kids not your voice
Raise your kids is a current fortnightly podcast by Sarah Chana Radcliffe. I really appreciated the respectful attitude that Radcliffe has for children. This is clear in the episode on Helping Your Child Succeed in School. She states the school is one venue to success in life and not the only one as it taps only into a small proportion of our intelligence. Very professional and thoughtful podcasts.
Website: Sarah Chana Radcliffe
8. Uncommon Parenting
Uncommon Parenting are short podcasts all under 5 minutes. But in that short time Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman make you reflect on your parenting skills. For example in the episode on Test Your Parenting they ask you to answer the following questions:
- Does it work?
- Is it respectful to the child?
- Does it help me become the parent I want to be?
- What does it teach my child?
Website: Uncommon Parenting
9. Triple P Parenting
Triple P Parenting is the second Australian Podcast. It is a regular and current podcast from ABC Local Radio. Episodes run from about 8 – 12 minutes. Madonna King talks with Professor Matt Sanders from the Parent and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland about common parenting issues like tantrums, homework, technology, manners etc. Madonna puts forward scenarios about likely child behaviour and Sanders presents options for parents to try.
Website: Triple P Parenting
10. Family Confidential
Family Confidential is a current guest format podcast that run for approximately an hour. The episodes are aimed at parents who have older children entering and in their teens. Recent guests have been Joe Bruzzese, author of A Parents Guide to the Middle School Years and Mike Robbins, author of Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken.
Website: Annie Fox