Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic.
We all know that prayer, Diet Coke, and Daniel Tiger are the things that get me through the day. But podcasts help a lot. They give me the semblance of adult conversation, even if it’s just me muttering to myself in response to what podcast hosts are saying. (Totally kidding, I don’t ever practice my responses to Jonathan Van Ness’ podcast EVER.) I digress.
Anyway, I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts, and it turns out I’m pretty picky. These are some mom friendly, and kid-approved favorites! (Sorry JVN, but I’m not quite ready to broach some of the topics you discuss with my 4-year-old!)
Sleep hygiene is a big deal in our house. Nothing too exciting happens within an hour of bedtime at our house. So how do you keep an easily excited four-year-old in bed when she’s not having it? Peace Out is a guided meditation podcast that has been amazing for our bedtime routine! Chanel takes kids on adventures in their minds while keeping their bodies calm and still. Don’t worry, there’s no New Agey-ness in here. Just imagination! Our favorite is the episode where she guides us through a walk in the forest.
I know you’re like me, and you’ve heard “Mama, why?” about a thousand times. But Why? is a podcast by Vermont Public Radio, and they take interesting questions from kids all over the country and answer them on their level! It’s very fun, and I’ve even learned some things! Did you know that the popcorn kernels left after you’ve popped the batch are called spinsters?
We LOVE Stories podcast! Amanda tells a new story pretty frequently, and it’s hard to believe this one is free! (It’s $1 per month if you want an ad free version.) She does original stories, as well as modernized myths and folk tales.
Those are my favorites for kids, but everyone knows that Mom needs some entertainment too! Here are some that I personally love.
If you aren’t a Christian, this one won’t be for you. But I’ve received so much encouragement from this podcast! It’s one of my favorites. Emily and Laura speak so much truth, and I always close out of my podcast app feeling a little bit uplifted.
I could listen to Hidden Brain ALL DAY. Shankar Vedantam’s voice is incredibly soothing, and his topics are engaging. Hidden Brain is an NPR podcast, and delves into why we do the things we do. Why we like the things we like, and why we struggle with what we struggle with. I can’t recommend this one enough!
My honorable mentions:
Apparently this is the history podcast for everyone – even those who don’t like history. Each episode runs around 4 hours, so I’m searching for a low-key block of time when I can binge 30-60 minute segments. Hopefully soon!
Comedy podcasts aren’t really my thing, but this one is pretty great! I’ll give it a listen on occasion, and always giggle at least a little bit!