Friday, April 6, 2018

F is For What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood

Welcome to day 6 of the A-Z challenge. This year I am reviewing podcasts. Day 6 is the letter F, and the podcast I will be reviewing is What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood.

Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson are both comedians and mothers of 3, and each week they tackle a different parenting topic. Their children are a wide range of ages so they talk about parenting teenagers sometimes--its harder than you'd think to find people willing to tackle that tough topic with humor.

A bit of trivia: They named What Fresh Hell in honor of their mothers because it was Margaret's mother's mantra for raising 4 kids under the age of 6. 

Category: Kids and Family

What's the time commitment here?
Once a week, usually somewhere shy of an hour.

My Review:
In spite of the edgy title, the episodes I've listened to by these ladies are anything but edgy. They give solid advice and tell stories from their own families and from their listeners. It's amusing, but so far it isn't hilariously funny. Sometimes they disagree with each other, or approach problems from different perspectives. 

I think that with some strong editing they could shave at least 10 minutes from their time. You've got to have a solid reason to keep me listening for a whole hour. That said, I listened to a bunch of parenting podcasts, and this was the only one that made the cut. It's a great program. You can listen to it here, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. 


  1. Thank goodness I no longer have teenagers - my kids are 29 and 31 so I can safely give this one a miss :)

    Leanne |
    F for Family and Friends

  2. Interesting to note what people come up to do in the course of their lives with their experiences!

    Harry Potter by JK Rowling #atozchallenge

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. An interesting project to review different podcasts. When do you find time to listen to all these? Is it while driving, exercising , or ... ?

    1. I started listening to podcasts on my drives to and from work, but I must admit I've gone a little crazy getting ready for this challenge! I now listen while walking from the car to the house...while making dinner...while getting ready in the morning...during my lunch break...I'm looking forward to things going back to normal soon!

  4. Returning your visit on my post "F is for Florence". I am at the office, so I can't listen to podcasts, but I'm sure those ladies provide good fun!
    Happy Weekend!

  5. It's nice that they cover parenting for a range of ages. It's interesting that it's only mildly funny. You'd think with that title it would be more of a straight comedy podcast. Weekends In Maine

  6. Im glad the A to Z gives the incentive to spend some time finding some good podcasts to enjoy.

  7. I can only imagine with bigger kids comes bigger problems. What fresh hell sounds about right. Oyvey

  8. You have picked a great theme! There weren't podcasts (or blogs) when I was raising my 4. The problem for all moms is finding time to listen to podcasts.
    I'll be back to see more of your suggestions.

  9. Another interesting podcast. Thank you for sharing!! :)

  10. Well I'm past the children stage with a 37 and 35 year old. I probably could have used podcasts like this back in the day. SO much information available now isn't there.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    G is for Generosity

  11. I've outgrown my teenagers... but the granddaughters will be around now, but I can send them home at night... I do love my quiet house just with hubby at night.