7 AMAZING PODCASTS FOR MOMS WHO MISS LEARNING
Mom brain is real.
Like the other day I had a moment I was changing my fourth child’s diaper. And I legitimately couldn’t remember her middle name.
Like at all.
I mean, we all call our kids by the wrong name. Sometimes, I have to run through all my kid’s names (and my sisters’ names) just to get to the right one. But I actually forgot her name.
It took about 10 seconds to confidently determine the middle name I gave my child 21 months ago.
Yep. Mom brain is real. And it’s okay.
But sometimes you just want to feel smart again. Like your brain is capable of doing something other than memorizing all the words to the movie your kids are currently obsessed with.
Sometimes mom life feels like an endless cycle of changing diapers, dealing with tantrums, preparing meals, and burning through gas as you chauffeur kids around town. Did I mention the endless messes and laundry?
It’s time for some enjoyable mental stimulation that fits right into your day.
It’s time for podcasts. And these 7 podcasts are the PERFECT way to get the old synapses firing while being entertained.
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(Bonus: laundry, cleaning, and chauffeuring are all more enjoyable while listening to podcasts.)
7 AMAZING PODCASTS TO FEEL SMART AGAIN
This is one of my all-time favs. You learn about about basically everything in a super captivating and entertaining way.
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 a fantastic read).
Dubner hosts this podcast and he is absolutely delightful. You will feel 10x smarter after listening to any given episode. 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 (of course I may be biased as a history teacher).
This show highlights super interesting (though often overlooked) 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, a bestselling author, and my spirit animal.
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’re interested in psychology and human behavior, this one is for you. It’s so fascinating.
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 from sheer happiness.
He sucks you in with very compelling stories and then leaves you thinking for days. I recommend starting with season 1, but I’ve never heard him more eloquent then when he waxes on about the McDonald’s french fry of his youth. It’s brilliant.
This American Life is a classic. This radio show has been going for ages and now you can get any episode you want on the podcast.
It’s full of entertaining and engaging stories all on a related theme. You’re going to love it. It always sucks me in and helps me see 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.
I wouldn’t call myself a science buff, but this podcast weaves science and stories about the human experience in a way that is fascinating. Trust me, you don’t need to love science to find this totally interesting.
The hosts are warm and are amazing at explaining complicated things in a way that makes total sense.
SO PICK A PODCAST & GET LISTENING!
Do your brain a favor and pick one of the podcasts and start listening. You can listen while you are cleaning (this bluetooth speaker makes it super easy), exercising, driving or whatever.
Any great podcasts that I missed? Just leave a comment below