Does ‘podcasts for moms’ sound incongruous to you?
It always did to me. I thought podcasts were for techy nerds, entrepreneurs, and people with long commutes.
I am none of the above but I have this new mania…for podcasts. Here’s what I love about them…
Podcasts help me clean my house!
Podcasts are my new secret housecleaning tool. I’ve discovered that the best way for me to do mundane, mindless tasks is to put on a podcast and engage my mind while my hands work. It works for folding laundry, cleaning a huge mess in the kitchen, cleaning your bedroom, or organizing any cupboard.
Wanna see pictures of my mess?
Um, yeah. That’s my room. But this?
…is also my room, after a 40 min. podcast!!! It’s like magic!
Podcasts Help Me Grow as a Mom!
I’ve chosen motherhood as my career. Continued education and inspiration in my field is a must to face my day with joy and finish with satisfaction. I used to get a whole lot of great input from my favorite blogs. But with 4 kids, my leisure reading time is drastically reduced. Podcasts have been a way for me to build into myself while I do the work needed to keep my home running well.
So, want some of this awesome sauce? Here’s some of my favorites…
Podcasts for Moms
Here’s my top 4 favorite podcasts for moms so far–these are the ones I subscribe to, don’t miss an episode of, and am slowly working my through the archives of till I’ve heard them all!
God Centered Mom Podcast with Heather McFayden
Oh, my goodness. I adore Heather. And her podcast is so interesting, professional, and inspiring. I love the guests she invites, she’s awesome at asking interview questions that keep the conversation engaging, and her voice makes for great listening. I’ve listened to almost all the episodes to date, and every one of them has blessed me. And her reminder in the intro that God goes before me, comes behind me, and walks beside me in my motherhood–it brings me to tears almost ever time.
Inspired to Action Podcast with Kat Lee
I’ve been following Kat around the internet for years–her intentionality in her motherhood and blogging have inspired me time and again. I just can’t believe it took me so long to start tuning into her podcast! Kat is fun, down to earth, and her episodes are full of great takeaways and one-liners that are life changing.
Simple Mom Podcast with Tsh Oxenrieider
Casual and chatty, this podcast kinda feels like eavesdropping on some good girlfriend time. Tsh often has repeat guests, so if your a fan of a particular interviewee, you can hear more from them by searching the archives. Tsh covers a wide variety of topics and keeps it real and lighthearted.
Read Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie
This podcast is brand new, but already made it on my favorites list! Sarah has produced a very enjoyable and professional podcast with an awesome theme. I have to admit that I didn’t realize how important reading aloud was, and one episode was enough to start a revival in this house! If you’re an Andrew Pudewa fan (like me!) you’ll love her interview with him in the first episode.
These are a few more podcasts I’ve found to to help me grow in the blogger, wife, and teacher roles in my life. I’m always looking for more quality podcasts and will probably add to this list in the future–especially if you’d be so kind to share your favorite podcasts with me!
Podcasts For Bloggers…
- Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn–how did it take me so long to find this guy?! Awesome info.
- How They Blog Podcast with Kat Lee–I adore this peek behind the scenes with my favorite bloggers.
- Declare Conference Podcast–brand new, but since it’s hosted by Heather McFayden, it’ll be amazing.
Podcasts For Wives…
- Sexy Marriage Radio–I’m very cautious before sharing anything along these lines with my readers, but I’ll have you know I’ve done the research on this site–the hosts, though not blatantly Christian on the podcast, are indeed Christ followers and the show is very beneficial without being explicit. The first episode I listened to (SMR #28 Attachment Styles) blew my mind and I listened to it again with my husband and we had some great discussions on the content!
Podcasts For Homeschoolers…
- Christian Homeschool Moms–this is the best homeschooling-themed podcast I’ve found so far–I’m on the lookout for more in this genre!
How to Listen to Podcasts
Well, you can use your desktop, laptop, or smart phone. If you use your smart phone it’s really smart (haha) to use an app. I’m a dinosaur when it comes to technical stuff, so my friend, Gretchen, talked me through finding an app that I liked so I didn’t have to keep visiting the individual sites to find the latest episode. Yes, a podcast app is like a feed reader for podcasts! Check out her awesome podcast review post with reviews of a bunch of apps to find out which one is right for you.
So, I use my smart phone, and set it on the window sill above my counter when I’m washing dishes…or my dresser when I’m cleaning my room…or my hands free thingy when I’m driving in the car. I usually don’t try to listen to a podcast till later in the day, after I’ve already given the kids my undivided attention for a while, or they tend to get annoyed at mommy being focused on something else. 😉 So, we do our school time (which mostly consists of reading aloud on the couch together) and chores and lunch, and all that together time that fills their cups, then, when they’re engrossed in play in their bedrooms, or outside in the yard, I choose an area of the house to focus on and start an episode. 4pm is my most common podcast hour–while I reclaim the kitchen and fix dinner.
Another fun thing you can do with your new podcast habit is to talk your friends into listening to them, too, and then you can discuss the content together, which makes it an even deeper experience, enhancing fellowship and sinking the truths deeper into your spirit. Gretchen and I are always texting each other “have you listened to episode such and such yet?” It’s been fun to grow and learn together. (You can also read her post on 10 reasons she loves podcasts!)
So, do you have a messy closet (or room!) that needs attention? Do you need inspiration in a specific role in your life? Try a podcast and tell me how it goes!