It’s hard enough to pick up a book in 2020—with a realm of distractions in the guise of social media and Netflix winning the fight for “so, what do you do in your free time?”
But for working moms—there is no free time.
Between raising screaming toddlers and rebellious teenagers, excelling at work, maintaining a strong and happy relationship with their partners, and working out—the time to kick back with an invigorating read or a movie —is no longer an option.
However, one thing most working mothers have mastered the art of is multitasking. They can cook for their kids while assimilating notes for an office meeting, without blinking an eye. And this is why so many working moms have turned to the world of podcasts—a perfect avenue to escape to and learn from: be it when they’re dropping their kids off at school, taking their lunch-breaks at work, or even while hitting the gym!
In India too, the trend of listening to podcasts has gained speed; a PwC report from July 2020 says that the country harbours the third-largest podcast-listening market in the world.
While the type of podcasts available on different platforms and apps—iOS, Android, Spotify and more—range from murder mysteries to breaking news and health—this article draws in a focus on a top-list of series and episodes that all working moms should check out. These podcasts help you not just be inspired, but also feel connected with each other—no matter which part of the world you are in.
The Mom Hour
Launched in 2015 by co-hosts Sarah Powers and Meagan Francis, The Mom Hour airs once a week and is highly favoured among mothers across the world. Based out of Southwest Michigan, Meagan is a published author, content marketer, and podcast personality with five kids. Sarah lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids; she is a writer, editor and social media manager. Through the course of their episodes, the duo discuss everything Mom related—from potty training and health scares to sex-ed and coping with sleep deprivation.
For working mothers, their episodes Productivity & Time Management Tips For Moms (Episode 169), How Do I Make Time For It All? (Episode 60) and Stay At Home, Work Full-Time, Or Something In Between? (Episode 105) are highly rated and offer some priceless pearls of wisdom for all.
As a working mom and psychiatrist, Dr. Tracey Marks noticed that many of her patients and friends who were trying to balance between raising their kids and excelling at their careers were looking for solutions that would help them in avoiding a burnout. This was the idea behind Beyond Burnout, a weekly podcast that aims to offer practical solutions to working moms that will help them achieve a thriving career and home life alike. Through episodes like Are You Getting Close To Burnout? and Coloring is the New Meditation, Marks speaks motherhood, professionalism, relationships, health and, most importantly, the need to maintain a positive mindset.
Call Your Girlfriend
As the name suggests, this podcast revolves around the importance of female friendships and strong women picking each other up. Every week, long-distance friends and co-hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman call each other up and discuss everything from the intricacies of pop culture to the latest in politics, menstrual cycles, body shaming, and workspace dramas.
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Through the course of the episodes like How We’re Coping and Use The Power You Have, the duo highlight “women who are agents, creators, movers, and shakers who have smart, interesting things to say.” But their broader aim is to just take into account the very real experiences of the everyday woman who’s just trying to get through the week.
The Broad Experience
New York-based journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte deep-dives into some hard truths in The Broad Experience - from important topics like facing harassment at the workspace to following your dreams to help strategize your career. Episodes like No Kids. Working Hard. and What is Happening to Women’s Careers Right Now reference experiences shared by women of all ages and backgrounds, centering their stories around the broad-based theme of struggle and empowerment.
Working Mother Radio
The podcast version of their print and online magazine, Working Mother Radio is a big hit among working moms striving to find the perfect work-life balance. Hosted each week by Bettina Bush, a mother of two herself, the episodes like Successful Thoughts and Answer Your Calling are divided into bite-sized conversations that are perfect for the ever busy working mother to pack into her daily schedule! The podcast delivers helpful advice and insight from leading professionals on child healthcare, career strategies, inspirational books and a whole lot more.
The Longest Shortest Time
Created by Hillary Frank, the executive producer, after a rough childbirth and hosted by Andrea Silenzi, The Longest Short Time, with its quirky episodes like I’m Pregnant and What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About is all about parenthood in its many forms—from the many surprises and absurdities that come with raising other humans—and also, being raised by them!
(Edited by Athira Nair)