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I admit it – I’m addicted to podcasts. I’m not sure when it started, but I can’t stop listening!

There are so many benefits to listening to podcasts for moms, and I want to share them with you.

I’m going to give you the top 3 reasons for listening, and my favorite 9 podcasts to listen to, in case you’re not sure where to start.
PodcastsforMoms

What on earth are podcasts?

First of all, if you are not familiar with podcasts, they are basically a recorded program that you can listen to on your computer or download to a mobile device and listen on the go. It’s kind of like listening to the radio, except you get to listen to EXACTLY what you want, and theres minimal or no advertisements involved.

Some shows have “sponsors” which means the host will mention the business name and some benefits of the particular company or product, but it’s very different than typical ads you hear on the radio.

How do I access podcasts?

You can access podcasts in a number of ways. One way is to simply listen directly on a website. Another way is to go into iTunes and search podcasts, or if you have an Android, you can download the Stitcher App (and I’m sure there’s others) and you can access them that way. There are thousands of podcasts to choose from out there, so if you are looking for a particular topic, you could type into google “[topic I’m looking for] podcast”.

Why should I listen?

I’m sure you are saying, “But I’m a MOM! I’m busy – how in the world am I going to find time to listen to a podcast? And why should I add to my list of things to do?” Well, I’ve got some answers for you:

  1. Podcasts are perfect for making housework go by quickly.
  2. Dishes. Laundry. Vacuuming. These are typically part of my daily routine – or at least every few days. And I have to admit that I don’t really enjoy doing those things. However, what I have discovered is that if I can have something to listen to or watch while I’m doing them, they go by much faster. And while binge-watching Netflix is always an option, it’s not necessarily the best option.

    Enter podcasts. Grab your phone & earbuds, and you can listen to a podcast while you do any of those household tasks. Of course, if you are a stay-at-home mom like myself, you’ll likely be interrupted several times, but it still is more enjoyable for me than just listening to nothing or the random animal noises my daughter likes to make.

  3. Podcasts are a way to develop in any area you desire.
  4. I’m a big believer in life-long learning. I have NO desire to go back to college, but I do enjoy learning. Podcasts are a great way to learn without homework! Just choose a topic, or area you need to develop in, and I can almost guarantee there will be a podcast about it. Below you’ll see my list of favorites, but if those don’t interest you, I am sure you can find some that do!

    I have found that the more I have been listening to podcasts, the more it has stirred my own thoughts about various topics. They have given me things to think about, things to implement in my everyday life, and things I want to share with others.

  5. Podcasts are a way to hear an adult voice in the midst of your day.
  6. Let’s face it, as moms – especially stay-at-home and homescooling moms – we often long to have a conversation with a real person. That’s probably why Periscope is becoming quite popular among homeschooling moms – it gives us a chance to share our thoughts with the world and get feedback. Although podcasts are not quite the same, since you’re not interacting live with the host, they do still provide another adult to listen to during your day.

    If you are not a stay-at-home mom, or if you just find yourself in your vehicle a lot, shuttling kids to and from school, practices, and friends’ houses, then listening to podcasts during your drive is a great option as well. I have about a 25 minute drive every time I go to “town” do to groceries, etc, so I just connect my phone up with my bluetooth in my car, and then I have something to listen to the entire time.

Hopefully you can see the benefits of listening, so now you might be saying, “But where do I start? There are SO many choices.” Indeed, there are. And honestly, I much prefer to listen to podcasts that someone else has recommended than randomly scroll through the lists of ones available, listening to bits of them at a time until I decide if it’s worth it. So I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorites, with a little description of why I enjoy it.

What should I listen to? Here’s my top 9 podcast for moms:

{FOR MARRIAGE}

  1. ONE Extraordinary Marriage | Sex. Love. Commitment
    Yes, that’s right, this one talks about sex – quite a bit, actually. This was the first podcast I started listening to in the past year, and I honestly love it. Tony and Alisa are very open and honest about their marriage – about the struggles they’ve had, about the challenges they have overcome, and about how they make it work on a day to day basis. And sex – they discuss sex. I recommend starting way back at episode #1 and then moving forward from there, although you can certainly jump around based on the particular concerns you may have. However, their story will make the most sense if you listen to some of the initial episodes.
  2. The #staymarried Podcast
    I stumbled onto this podcast after posting something on Instagram with the hashtag “staymarried”. I discovered this couple who have a great blog as well as a newer podcast – all about helping couples stay married. I really like their down-to-earth style, and the podcasts are a bit on the shorter side (at least some of them). I’m excited to continue listening, and I think this one will provide some great tips for the marriage retreat that my husband and I are planning.
  3. {FOR MOTHERHOOD}

  4. God Centered Mom Podcast
    I just found this podcast, and I’m already in love with it. This is by a mom of boys, Heather MacFayden, and although she has 4 boys and I have one girl, I can relate to so much of what she says. I also discovered one episode that is super helpful for me at this exact moment in my parenting.

    Something that Kirk Martin shared in this episode was “I’m a big fan, especially of moms, taking care of themselves… Moms, if you don’t care enough about yourself, to take care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually, why would anybody else care?”

    This is completely in line with my philosophy here at WellnessMomLife. I absolutely believe that we moms MUST take care of our own needs in order to continue to be good moms. It’s just not possible for us to constantly give without every taking time to be filled up (again, I feel listening to podcasts are actually a way for me to do self-care).

  5. InspiredToAction.Com Podcast
    Kat Lee is a blogger, and I actually found her first by listening to her blogging podcast, and then I came across her motherhood podcast. I really enjoy listening to her, because she is very down to earth, and also gives very practical and helpful tips for motherhood.
  6. {FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT}

  7. This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt
    If you haven’t heard of Michael Hyatt, he is a former CEO turned full-time blogger. He also has this great podcast where he shares some really incredible wisdom about life. He touches on a variety of topics, ranging from marriage to business to dealing with suffering. He is a Christian, but his podcasts are not overly “preachy”, and I believe anyone can benefit from hearing this podcast.

    One episode that was particularly moving that I just listened to was this one: “The Transformative Power of Suffering”. Michael actually interviews his cohost, Michele Cushatt, about her personal story of dealing with suffering, and it is very powerful.

  8. The Productive Woman
    This podcast is great for any mom who wants to be more productive. While it’s not geared specifically to moms, I think we can all gain something from it. The host, Laura McClellan, is great at providing valuable information about organizing, developing healthy work habits, and task management. This is perfect for a mom who also works from home or works outside of the home.
  9. The Chalene Show | Movitation| Leadership | Confidence | Family | Fitness and Life coaching with Chalene Johnson
    No list of podcasts would be complete, in my opinion, without including Chalene Johnson. She has 2 podcasts, but I’m only including this one in my list since her other podcast is more geared towards business. I absolutely love listening to Chalene, because she is matter of fact, honest, and provides great value.

    She is always sharing practical tips that you can implement in your daily routine to improve various aspects of your life. Whether it’s fitness tips, weight loss, building confidence, or goal setting, she covers it all. If you are ever in a funk, just not feeling energy or enthusiasm for life, take a listen to Chalene, and your outlook will probably change.

  10. {FOR MINISTRY}

  11. IF: Gathering Podcast
    {Note: the link is to the IF: Gathering website, as I couldn’t find a specific page for the podcasts. However you should be able to find this podcast in iTunes no problem}

    It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Jennie Allen, founder of IF: Gathering, and this podcast is hosted by her. Jennie interviews various people who are involved in ministry on some level. Some of the people she talks to are Christine Caine, Lysa TerKeurst, and Bob Goff. The podcasts give encouragement, inspiration, and guidance for women in particular. As a pastor’s wife and leader of a women’s small group, I find these podcasts very beneficial.

    In particular, I really enjoyed the most recent episodes of “Presence Series”, which is from the Catalyst conference. My favorite was Quieting the Voices: Shutting out the Noisy World. It was incredibly powerful to hear the stories of women who are actively serving in their church communities as well as facing very difficult challenges.

  12. [MARKED] Podcast
    This is a fairly new podcast put on by Lifeway Women. Mary Margaret Collingsworth interviews various women who are marked by a hunger for God. They discuss various aspects of living out your God-given calling in your life. I really enjoyed this episode with Angie Smith. After having done the Seamless Bible study by Angie Smith, it was really encouraging to hear her share about some of the situations she has faced as a mom, author, and follower of Jesus.

Developing the habit of listening to podcasts can have many benefits for your personal wellness as a mom. I have found this habit to be inspiring and motivating to me, and I’m always learning something new. You can start new habits anytime, and I hope you will consider creating a habit of listening to podcasts.

Please comment below and let me know
  1. If you listen to podcasts already, what are some of your favorites
  2. OR

  3. If you haven’t listened but are going to try it out, tell me which one you’re going to check out first and why!

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