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Why fold laundry in silence? 5 podcasts we love

5. Serial (and its off-shoots Undisclosed and Truth & Justice)

Why fold laundry in silence? 5 podcasts we love

As a stay-at-home mom, sometimes it really helps to hear another adult's voice


during the day. And while we typically prefer real life friends, the virtual kind are pretty good, too. Check out our list of podcasts we love and stay current on the latest news, discoveries in science, and human

interest stories.

Exclusively for mom.

1. PediaCast

Let's face it, Millennial new moms are notorious for

excessive Googling, especially regarding their little ones various medical anomalies

(which, after Googling, are typically determined to be perfectly normal). Dr.

Mike Patrick, host of PediaCast, is a pleasant Midwest

pediatrician who answers listener questions and presents info on practically

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every pertinent kid-centric topic from infants passing gas to having “the talk"

with your pre-teen.

Where to start: Episodes 241 – “Baby

Basics" and 323 – “Baby Problems."

Love storytelling?

2. The Memory Place

A quick listen with episodes ranging from just under two

minutes to 20 minutes in length, the memory palace couples fascinating

historical narratives with a perfectly calibrated soundtrack. The smooth,

calming voice of host Nate DiMeo could easily lull you to sleep when given the

chance, so this is best listened to while on your feet.

Where to start: Episode 76 – “Mary Walker Would Wear What

She Wanted." Girl power!

3. The Mortified Podcast

You'll find yourself literally LOLing at these, well,

mortifying glimpses into teenagers' deepest, darkest thoughts. Contributors

read diary entries, school papers, and even love letters in front of a live

audience. Mortified will leave you partially sentimental for this

simpler, drama-filled time in your life, as well as rushing to find your own

horribly embarrassing writings. And burning them.

Where to start: Every story is epic, but Episode 33 “Erin:

My Dad Read My Diary!" will leave you in tears from laughter. Note: there is

some very strong language and sexual content in this episode. But it's

ridiculously hilarious.


Just the classics, please.

4. Wait Wait… Don't

Tell Me!

NPR's weekly news quiz brings together breaking news

stories, guest panelists, delightfully brief celebrity interviews, and making

those same celebrities play silly guessing games, all in less than an hour.

Host Peter Sagal keeps it moving along at a dizzying but enjoyable pace. This

is one show that, when you see a new ep has been uploaded to your podcast

player of choice, makes you emit an audible “yay!"

Where to start: Jump right in with the most recent episode and bounce

around from there.

5. Serial (and its

off-shoots Undisclosed and Truth & Justice)

No podcast discussion would be complete without mention of Serial,

the most talked-about podcast in the history of the medium. If you haven't listened,

Serial chronicles This American Life reporter Sarah Koenig's

exploration into the murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of Lee's

ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. While Serial sparked the flame of this

long-dormant case, Undisclosed and Truth & Justice have

ignited a raging bonfire of not only interest, but tangible legal action in the

consistent claims of innocence by Syed. These are a must-listen.

Where to start: Square one. Serial, Episodes 1-12,

and then move on to Undisclosed and Truth & Justice.

What are your faves? Comment below and tell us what podcasts we should download next.

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.


Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin


Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

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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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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