5 great podcasts to listen to with your kids

Podcasts are a great medium for exploring new topics and interests, relaxing together, and having a shared experience of learning.

5 great podcasts to listen to with your kids

Sometimes, I feel like my kids and I live in our car. Between drop-offs and pick-ups at two schools, shuttling to extracurricular activities, errands and Bay Area traffic, we log a lot of miles each week.

Keeping everyone happy and entertained is the priority, and my girls and I love to listen together to music, audiobooks, and podcasts.

Does your family listen to podcasts together? Podcasts are a great medium for exploring new topics and interests, relaxing together, and having a shared experience of learning.

There are so many high quality podcasts being produced for children right now—and you can find podcasts on almost any topic your kids are into!

Podcasts are essentially on-demand radio programs. They can range in length from a few minutes to an hour or more, and have multiple episodes organized around a topic or theme. Most podcasts are available for free via iTunes or GooglePlay, or via apps like My Podcasts or Stitcher.

We've pulled together a rich and varied list of some of the awesome podcasts that are out there for kids and families, and hope you'll listen, learn, and have fun together.

Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Sparkle Stories

Sparkle Stories is a subscription based storytelling website, with a huge archive of gentle, beautifully told stories with positive messages for kids. These are a mainstay at our house. If you want to try them out before subscribing, there are a few stories available weekly as part of the Sparkle Stories Podcast.

2. Story Pirates

Story Pirates is a group of actors, comedians, improvisers, and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.

3. Tumble

A science podcast for kids, with engaging episodes and special experts on a variety of topics.

4. But Why?

Why does popcorn pop? How do butterflies fly? A great show that answers these questions and more from Vermont Public Radio.

5. The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd

This family friendly new twist on "old time radio" features the adventures of the World's Most Brilliant Scientist, Dr. Floyd, and his nemesis, Dr. Steve.

Want more?

Check out our Great Podcasts list where you'll find more information and links to listen.

And check out these great Motherly curated playlists from Smartfeed:

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Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.

And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

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