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Get Through the Summer Homestretch With These 5 Podcasts

Podcasts are like fun radio shows we are too you to know could ever exist. They are great to listen to while in the car, they drown out noisy co-workers, the give us something for our ears while we keep our eyes on the kids.

Problem is, there are thousands, literally thousands to choose from. Here are a few featuring super cool moms who range from funny to very funny to really dramatic. These podcasts can also, surprisingly, provide support, encourage you to be the best version of yourself and, dare I say, even make you a better parent.

1. Super Mamas

Bricia and Paulina are taking the blogging world by storm in their new hilarious and honest look at motherhood. They are also sisters, and they understand that a supportive group of women is the only way to get through the kid years. Their podcast, which launched just a few weeks ago, gives a raw look at parenting throughout the various stage—from birth to childhood. They have helpful tips on the best baby gear and what to pack in your hospital bag. Their candid conversations about everything from dealing with family members, who may not agree with your childrearing, to how they balance their time between running a successful business and being Super Moms will resonate with any mother no matter where she's at in terms of work-life balance. The episode "Paulina's Birth Story" will take you back to your own labor and delivery, and you will laugh and cry along with them. We can't wait to see what topics they tackle next.

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2. Dear Sugar

If you loved Cheryl Strayed's books, "Dear Sugar" and "Wild," you will love Dear Sugar Radio. This podcast is based on the popular column of the same name and features Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. In the podcast, they tackle various topics that pertain to family, life and everything in between. This podcast will tug at your heartstrings every time and give a fresh perspective on how to handle the relationships that matter most. Episodes like "The Wounded Child Within," "The Land of the In-Laws," and "Should We Share Our Past With Our Children?" made me feel like a more empathetic parent, partner and human just by virtue of listening.

3. The Lively Show

Jess Lively gives people from all walks of life the ability to "add a little intention to their everyday." Each week, she interviews a noteworthy guest who has found personal and professional success. Guests share the obstacles they had to overcome to reach their goals. Many of her guests are successful mom entrepreneurs you may have heard of like, Katie Richardson the founder of the popular Puj infant bath tub. There's a section on her site dedicated to podcasts that pertain to motherhood and which tackle topics such as how to balance work and motherhood and advice for female breadwinners. But don't fret: there are nuggets of wisdom in every episode from how to manage your time better to great book recommendations. This podcast has transformed my life.

4. Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of, "The Happiness Project," a book that helped millions become happier through helpful advice on how to improve in every area of our lives. In her podcast, Rubin and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, talk about self, sometimes home improvement and how, by constantly examining their own habits, they are better mothers, partners and individuals. They also tackle parenting topics like how to teach kids table manners, even when they refuse to learn.

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5. Strangers

This show is phenomenal. Every episode tells the story of how strangers become friends, lovers and family, and the complexities of love and human interaction. It forces us to examine what we would do in the face of tragedy, loss and heartbreak. This show will boost your ability to see the world through the eyes of others. I'm just warning you: keep the tissues handy. Stories like "Two Men and a Baby" make us question what makes a parent. While "A Father's Story Then and Now" will make you hug your babies a little tighter, and appreciate the uncertainty of life and the power of parental love.

Or, you can create your own podcast.

Happy listening!

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