7 Amazing Podcasts For Moms Who Miss Learning
As moms, it can be easy to feel shut off from learning and personal enrichment. With repeating days of changing diapers, preparing meals, chauffeuring, and endless messes and laundry, sometimes we just crave adult interaction and mental stimulation. One friend just recently lamented “I just don’t feel smart anymore!” Well my friend, podcasts are the PERFECT way to remedy this without taking any time out of your already busy day. In fact, podcasts can even make you want to do things like fold laundry and deep clean your kitchen. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
You Can Learn About ANYTHING With Free Podcasts
Using your smartphone’s podcast app, you can access literally thousands and thousands of free podcasts about literally anything that you can think of. If you don’t already listen to them, I’m sure you’e heard people talking about them. I was playing with my iphone a few years ago, deleting unused apps when I decided to figure out what the podcast app was all about. In exploring, I found a bunch of podcasts that looked super interesting and I couldn’t believe that I could just subscribe and download whatever I wanted FOR FREE. It was better than Christmas, for this nerdy mama. Goodbye paying for audiobooks to listen to on runs! Instead, I can learn about, oh everything.
How to Listen
So where are you going to find time to listen to podcasts? While you are doing stuff you already have to do! It makes mundane tasks enriching and enjoyable. I listen in my car using bluetooth as I drop my kids at school or run to the grocery store. I plug in headphones and listen while running or at the gym every morning. At home, I use an inexpensive bluetooth speaker(affiliate link) and I listen while cleaning the kitchen, folding laundry, cleaning bathrooms–whatever. Here’s the miracle: with podcasts, I actually look forward to folding laundry. Folding laundry, one of the worst things in the world, is made pleasant by the sweet sounds of entertainment and learning emanating from your phone.
As I said, there literally thousands and thousands of podcasts. But here are some amazing ones to get started with if you are a mama who misses learning and wants to fir up the ol’ noggin to something more than contemplating the plot on Sofia the First (something I actually do fairly often).
7 Amazing Podcast to Listen to Now
This is one of my all-time favorite podcasts, hands down. This is a great podcast for moms. You learn about about basically everything in a super captivating and entertaining way. I especially like that many episodes are dedicated to personal growth and development. Listening to this actually improves my life and helps me be more efficient. You may have heard of or read the book Freakonomics written by economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner (if not, it’s fantastic). Dubner hosts this podcast and he is absolutely delightful. You will feel 10x smarter after listening to this podcast. This is one of my favorites.
As the title suggests, this podcast is about history. Before you say “But history is boring!” just remember that history isn’t boring– your history teacher was boring. History is super fascinating. This show highlights super interesting stories from the past and delivers it in short and engaging episodes. I burned through about a dozen painting a bathroom recently. This is one of my favorite stories they covered from the French Revolution.
Gretchen Rubin is a happiness guru, is a bestselling author, and like a cool breeze on a warm day. This podcast, as the name suggests, is full of practical and actionable steps to lead towards greater happiness. And it’s packages in short little episodes. I love it! Want to learn way to be happier and more productive? This one is for you. This recent episode really changed my perspective.
4) Hidden Brain
If you like psychology or understanding human behavior, this one is for you. This one always gives me a lots of food for thought. It basically helps you understand the world and human actions better. If you struggle to keep your house clean, you may like this one: Why Disorder May Be Good For Us.
I love Malcom Gladwell. Reading his books always makes me feel smarter. When I found out he was starting a podcast, my nerd heart almost burst. He sucks you in with very compelling stories and then leaves you thinking and ready to share your new knowledge with a friend. I recommend starting with season 1. It’s brilliant.
This is a classic. This radio show has been going for ages and now you can get any episode on the podcast. Delightful human stories, deeply engaging content all on a related theme–you’re going to love this if you haven’t listened already. Always different, and it always sucks me in and makes me se the world a little bit differently. Trying to pick a favorite episode is liking trying to pick a favorite pastry in a French bakery–it’s impossible. You can’t go wrong with any of the episodes here.
7) Radio Lab
I wouldn’t call myself a science buff, but this podcast weaves science and very human stories in a way that is both fascinating and totally engaging. Trust me, you don’t need to have an interest in science to find this totally interesting. The hosts are warm and are amazing at explaining complicated things in a way that makes total sense and leaves the listener feeling much smarter.
Okay, I love Supreme Court history, but before you roll your eyes and dismiss me as weird, you should realize that the US Supreme Court has had a massive impact on our country, for good and ill. This podcast explores the history of some of the most pivotal cases. Here’s one of my favorites.
So Pick a Podcast & Get listening!
So which podcast seems the most appealing? Pick one and give it a try while you are cleaning, exercising, driving or whatever. Comment below and let me know what you think!