Remember when I cried (and not in a good way) because my husband surprised me with a smartphone? I have completely gotten over my frugal driven guilt from that purchase.
One of the reasons I love my smartphone is because I can easily listen to podcasts. Podcasts are an audio program that usually last between 30 to 60 minutes. Sometimes they are taken from radio programs and sometimes they are recorded to be used solely as a podcast. I subscribe (for free) to podcasts on my phone, but you can also listen to them on a regular computer.
Podcasts make me feel like my brain isn’t being turned to mush while I am a stay-at-home mom. I hope I don’t offend any SAHMs out there by saying that, but sometimes it feels like I’m not challenged much when I’m reading Goodnight Moon or singing Twinkle Twinkle.
Podcasts have become my outlet for mental stimulation while I’m folding laundry, making supper, or driving to the next play-date. I have become obsessed with listening to them.
4 Podcasts This Stay-At-Home Mom Loves
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! – This podcast is a combination of current events and comedy. It is set up as a game show where contestants try to guess facts from fiction. I like it because I don’t do a very good job of keeping up with the news. So this is a fun way for me to hear about current world events and some of the strangest news stories of the week. It is funny. Who doesn’t like funny?
The Dave Ramsey Show – Dave Ramsey is a financial expert who encourages people to become debt free. He has a series of baby steps that will eventually lead to you to financial peace. His podcast features questions from callers across the USA wanting to know Dave’s advice on their varies money issues. I like this podcast because it is educational (as we are still striving to become debt free) and it is interesting to hear real life people’s problems and life questions.
The Simple Mom Podcast – Tsh from the blog SimpleMom.net hosts a podcast along with a rotating list of guest hosts. During each podcast she sits down with a different online friend and chats about family, parenthood, intentional living, tv shows, blogging, book writing, and more. I like this podcast because it feels like I’m talking with friends (even though I’m not doing any of the talking). Plus they never make me feel like a bad mom. They are always very candid about not having it all figured out. I wouldn’t call this podcast brain food, but it can be inspiring and it always makes the laundry more fun.
This American Life – This might be my favorite podcast of all time. It is a combination of story telling, investigative reporting, and interviews. That might not sound very thrilling, but my brain craves it. Each week has a different theme. A particularly touching episode featured a man who was diagnosed with autism as an adult. He and his wife shared their journey and how he is struggling to transform himself in order to save their marriage. Another fascinating episode followed an Obama impersonator who stumbled upon this new career when his look-a-like “twin” ran for office. I like this podcast because I never know if it will make me laugh, cry, think, or all three. Either way I know it will be good.
Someday I hope to add my own podcast to this list. A number of the Your Green Resource hosts, along with a few other health-focused bloggers, hope to be starting a new podcast all about natural living.
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What are your favorite podcasts?