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The best and brightest podcasts for parents

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What podcasts are you listening to these days?

Whether your answer is, ‘What’s a podcast?’ or ‘I’m looking for a new podcast to listen to’, then check out our recommendations for podcasts as recommended by some of our wonderful readers especially for parents.

Both entertaining and informative, these are great for busy parents who want some tips and advice, or information to help us to be better in raising our families, when we don’t have time to sit down with a book.

Parenting

Parental as Anything

Author and educator Maggie Dent shares tips and answers to real-world parenting dilemmas in this fortnightly podcast published by the ABC.

Maggie talks to parenting experts from around the world to find practical solutions to the challenges every parent is facing today.

She’ll help you be the parent you really want to be and give you ideas on how you can raise healthy boys and girls who thrive.

Happy Families 

The Happy Families podcast with parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson is for parents who want all the answers but don’t have any time!

In each short, easily digestible episode Dr Justin addresses a specific topic, offer his expert advice and provide simple strategies that will lead to positive results fast. Dr Justin’s podcast is the quickest way to gain the knowledge and information you need to make your family happier today.

Finance

You Need a Budget

This long-running weekly personal finance podcast is hosted by Jesse Macham, the creator of the budgeting app with the same name. It promises a “weekly dose of just the right medicine to help you get out of debt, save more money and beat the paycheck-to- paycheck cycle”.

Time management

Before Breakfast


In each bite-sized, daily episode of Before Breakfast, time management expert and mother of four Laura Vanderkam shares a time management strategy or an answer to a listener’s question.

Pick up some practical tools to feel less busy and get more done.

 

Catholic life and faith

This Catholic Life

This weekly podcast broadcast by the Sydney Archdiocese is about ordinary Catholics having a relaxed, informal, and genuinely searching conversation about current issues, the challenges and hardships of life and what light ‘This Catholic Life’ brings to these things. Hosts Peter Holmes and Dr Renee Kohler-Ryan, from The University of Notre Dame Australia, bring their immense knowledge, insight and a touch of humour to topics big and small.

The Journey Catholic Radio

This weekly radio program and podcast developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong is all about faith, hope, love and life. It includes music, a weekly Gospel reflection, interviews and a variety of weekly inputs from Catholics around Australia.

It is hosted by the director of the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation Jude Hennessy and produced by Ms Julia Goonan and produced in partnership with Pulse 94.1FM Wollongong.

The Messy Family Project


US-based Mike and Alicia Hernon are parents of 10 children ranging from 6 to 23 and in this popular podcast discuss the ups and downs of marriage, parenting, and Catholic family life.

They say they know from hard experience that parenting is not a clean-cut, simple process even for those who like to follow rules. “Family life is messy and unpredictable, but it is the greatest adventure you will ever have.”

Universal Sisterhood
Blue Mountains mum Jessica Doherty’s fortnightly podcast is aimed at conversations with women about good things. It’s a space that Christian, mostly Australian Catholic women can tell their story. Fans say The Universal Sisterhood is about “beautiful women being very vulnerable and honest”.

Food

Eat Real Unwrapped
From the good people at Taste.com.au this podcast gives you the inspiration and tools you need to keep you and your family eating their way to improved well-being. It includes interviews and the latest research on healthy living plus recipes, meals plans and easy guides.

Kid-friendly podcasts

These are good for parents and kids to listen to together. Pop these on during the school drive or while the kids are doing chores to make the experience more palatable!

Short and Curly
Another ABC podcast, this time for kids about philosophy and ethics. It’s perfect for
long car trips and should promote lots of chats about what is authentic friendship, is it ever ok to lie, what is fairness and lots more. Good for ages seven and up.

Wow in the World
This sciency-podcast will answer your questions like “Where does chocolate come from?” in an interesting and approachable way. Good for ages six and up.

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
Featuring songs and music that will have you and your kids dancing around the house together. Use it during chore times to make the work more palatable. Good for all ages.