The Motherly Podcast features honest conversations about modern motherhood with inspiring leaders?who also happen to be mothers. These incredible women, like Kristen Bell, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and Gabrielle Union, are helping to redefine motherhood, using their voices to uplift women with practical ideas and expert insights. The Webby Award winning podcast is hosted each week by Liz Tenety, an award-winning journalist and co-founder of Motherly.
In this episode, Liz speaks to renowned psychotherapist, podcast host, and New York Times bestselling author, Esther Perel, about pandemic parenting, how we can build our own modern village to support both parents and kids, and how mothers can start to bring the erotic back into their daily lives. Esther also talks about her new game, ?Where Should We Begin: A Game of Stories? and how it uses storytelling to help elicit curiosity and reframe your perceptions.
Kristen Bell and Jackie Tohn have been best friends since they met as young singers and actors more than 15 years ago. Now, they are collaborating on a new Amazon Original animated kids series ? Do, Re, & Mi ? which premieres this week. Liz checked in with them to talk about the universal power of music, why they want to ?sneak teach? music to your kids, what their collective village looks like, and why close friendships are so important for both kids and parents.
NPR Global Health Desk Correspondent, Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff, traveled to three continents with her three-year-old daughter, Rosie, along as her sidekick. Together, they lived with Maya, Hadzabe, and Inuit families, and learned how to tame Rosie?s tantrums, motivate kids to be helpful, and build confidence and self-sufficiency. Michaeleen captured all that she learned in her New York Times bestselling book, Hunt, Gather, Parent. Liz checked in with her to talk more about her book, what makes modern Western parenting ?weird,? why the village is just ingrained in almost every culture except our own, and how we can incorporate what Michaeleen learned from these families into our own lives.
With our kids heading back to school, Liz checks back in with economist and bestselling author Emily Oster to find out what the latest data says about the COVID Delta variant. She also talks to Emily about her new book, The Family Firm, which helps parents navigate some of the really complicated choices we have to make as parents.
Elle Moxley is the Founder and Director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which advocates for Black Trans people, as well as the co-founding member and former strategic partner of the Black Lives Matter network. In this special episode, Elle shares her story with Liz, offers insight into how parents can help build a more inclusive society, and talks about the Marsha P. Johnson Institute?s new partnership with H&M.
In this episode, Liz talks to Jenné Claiborne, founder of the wildly popular vegan lifestyle platform and cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul, about how she went from being a picky chicken nugget eater kid to a plant-based chef, cooking instructor, and health coach. Jenné explains why ? at the end of the day ? modeling healthy eating habits is more important than your kids or family eating healthy. She also talked about why she?s raising her daughter to be vegan and offers health recipe suggestions.
In this episode, Liz speaks with Laura Chambers, the CEO of Willow Pump about Willow?s breakthrough, mobile breast pump and why we need to put mothers at the center of our conversation within our culture. Laura also talked about her struggles with burnout and discussed some of the innovative work programs she?s creating to help nourish her workers.
In this first episode of Season 8 of The Motherly Podcast, Liz speaks with Heng Ou, the author of the book The First 40 Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother and the founder of Motherbees, which is a food and lifestyle company that supports women through every stage of motherhood.
Liz talks to Heng about the important 40-day healing period after a mother gives birth, a practice which has been cultivated around the world since ancient times, but has been lost in our modern Western society. Heng explains why we need to support and nourish new moms and why it is so important to slow down.
In this episode, Liz talks to best friends, moms, and co-founders, Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard. Callie, a special education teacher, and Kelly, a former family therapist, started their wildly successful company, Slumberkins, which makes educational emotional learning tools for kids, when they were both new moms themselves. Callie and Kelly talk to Liz about what inspired them to create Slumberkins, how to talk to kids about difficult emotions, how their fun side project became their career.
In this episode, Liz speaks with Montessori educators and authors, Simone Davies and Junnifa Uzodike. They discuss their latest book, Montessori Baby and explain the Montessori philosophy and how to apply it to the youngest children (even before they are born). They also explain how the way they educate children differs from the way in which they were raised, and why it is so important to parent from a place of respect and love.
Mindy Thomas, co-host of the popular kids podcast Wow in the World, talks to Liz about her new book for kids, The Wow and How of the Human Body, why every day in her house is a ?yes? day, and how she keeps the spirit of fun and play alive even in the most stressful moments.
Dawn Fable started her CBD brand, Press Pause, to help other mothers, like herself, find a more natural way to combat anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder. In this conversation with Liz, she educates us on CBD, explains what to look for when initially trying it out, and explains why laughter is always the best medicine.
Liz talks to musician and author, Jewel, about the importance of both nature and nurture, her difficult childhood, and why breaking negative patterns and cycles was so important to her before having her son. She also talks about how she taught herself to become more mindful and how others, even those without access to therapy or other mental health resources, have the opportunity to do the same.
Katherine May?s bestselling memoir, Wintering, which was released in January 2021, at the height of our pandemic winter, couldn?t have been more timely. The book chronicles her year of retreat from the world after a series of events left her in a dark place. The same year, she also decided to pull her six-year-old son from school, after he was bullied. In this episode, Liz talks to Katherine about her self-described ?radical? act to slow-down, why she thinks mothers don?t honor their most difficult moments enough, and what it feels like to finally come out of the cold.
After the birth of her son, Washington Post investigative reporter, Emma Brown, made the decision that she wanted to raise her boy to be different than many of the men she reported on in the wake of the #Metoo movement. So, she traveled across America, speaking to boys and men about what it means to be a boy today to learn what she could do differently. Her new book, To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood, is a chronicle of her experience. In this episode, she talks to Liz about what she learned and explains that just as we?ve been failing our young girls, we are also failing our young boys, both physically and mentally.
Melissa Bernstein is one-half of the incredibly successful global toy company Melissa & Doug. However, the mother of six and creator behind the joyful toys has also secretly battled depression for most of her life. In this candid interview, Melissa opens up about her struggles and how she?s learned to manage her depression over time. She also talks about how her depression has impacted her relationship with her children and explains why she wants others to know that they aren?t suffering alone. To learn more about Melissa?s new LifeLines community, visit Lifelines.com.
Celebrated floral designer Sarah Winward explains why we shouldn?t feel intimidated by flowers, how she learned to balance her career and kids, and why she wants us all to take a deeper look at the natural beauty that surrounds us. She also talked about how her decision to rent her own creative space was a game changer early in her career and shares simple ways to experiment with flowers in your own home.
Liz checks in with HGTV?s Design Star Next Gen Winner, Cameon Hamilton, to discuss her life-changing win, how her background in healthcare design shaped her unique interior design approach, why she believes everyone should have access to a beautiful home, and how she teaches her son to be a good plant parent.
Liz checks in with Shea McGee, one half of Studio McGee, author, star of the Netflix show ?Dream Home Makeover,? and co-creator of a sold-out Target Line. Shea talks about her upcoming pregnancy, how she plans to recalibrate following a busy year of career success, what she?s learned from her kids, and how we can all find the potential for beauty in our homes and lives.
DIY design queen Angela Rose has amassed a huge following for helping to make her home and others? look like the ones we all love to pin on Pinterest but think we can never pull off or afford. In this episode, Angela talked to Liz about how her experience of raising a son with autism inspired her DIY journey and why she thinks women should have the confidence to pick up power tools. She also talked about seeing the potential in every situation, whether it is your home or your personal life.
In this inspiring first episode of Season 7 of the podcast, Cortney Novogratz, one half the home design duo, The Novogratz, and mother to seven kids, talks about how starting her company with her husband was a way to bring her career and her priorities as a mother together, so she never had to choose between work and family. In this moment where work and home is blurred for so many moms, Cortney offers advice on how to make ?the new normal? work for you, regardless of your living situation.
Liz checks in with the editor and founding member of The Lily, The Washington Post?s publication that puts women at the center. Neema explains why we need publications like The Lily to tell these stories about women, why we need to show up for moms in the ways that matter, and why feminism isn?t a dirty word.
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating trailblazing mothers all month. First, with an interview with Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois), one of the most prominent mothers in American government today, that we aired in our very first season of the podcast. In 2018, for the first time in history, Senator Duckworth got the U.S. Senate to agree on a vote to allow babies onto the Senate floor, so that she?and others in the future?could breastfeed while partaking in important votes. And in October 2019, we have her to thank for successfully passing the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act. Senator Duckworth is also a purple heart recipient and veteran of the Iraq War.
Black Women?s Health Imperative President & CEO, Linda Goler Blount, talks to Liz about her accomplished career, why the health of Black women is at a crisis-point, how her grandchild motivates her, and why scientific data matters when it comes to improving maternal mortality outcomes and other health disparities for Black women.
The Black Women's Health Imperative provides a number of health resources on their website, including a number of the studies mentioned in the interview. You can visit https://bwhi.org/ to learn more.
Liz speaks with Refinery29?s Global Editor-in-Chief, Simone Oliver, about her new role, why she always gives people the benefit of the doubt, and how going to an all-girls school and then attending Howard, a historically black college, shaped her approach to her career and motherhood. She also offers tips on maternity and postpartum style, talks about her postpartum body, and explains why it is so important to embrace the transformation of motherhood through fashion.
Liz speaks with Raquel Roxanne Nowak, the founder and creative director of Matrescence, the first clean skincare line developed especially for motherhood. Raquel tells Liz about the shock she experienced post-pregnancy and how her desire to help other women navigate the transition inspired her to become a certified holistic nutritionist and prenatal health coach. Raquel also talks about her relationship with her mother influenced her career and life choices.
In this special episode, Liz talks with Gabrielle Union, Valerie Jarrett, Nic Stone, Harmonia Rosales, Jurnee Smollett, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, Meena Harris, and LaTonya Yvette about the state of black motherhood in America. They tell her how they talk to their kids about racism, what makes them excited about the future, and how they are working to change the narrative for black mothers everywhere.
Liz speaks with Woman's Day Editor-in-Chief, Meaghan B. Murphy, about her new book, Your Fully Charged Life, which gives mamas concrete tips on how to inject more positivity and energy into their daily lives. Meaghan also talks about how the tragedy in her early years inspired her to take a more optimistic approach to life.
Liz speaks with certified sexological bodyworker, somatic experiencing practitioner, doula, and author, Kimberly Ann Johnson about postpartum sex, why our culture prioritizes productivity over pleasure, what makes female arousal special, and how mama?s can start asking for better sex from their partners.
Liz speaks with Alexa Von Tobel, former CEO and founder of personal finance website, LearnVest, current Founder and Managing Partner of Inspired Capital, and author of New York Times bestsellers Financially Fearless and Financially Forward about her mission to empower women to feel in control of their finances. Alexa also explains why it is so important for parents to model healthy behaviors for the kids when it comes to money.
Liz talks to Suzanne Tucker, positive parenting educator, physical therapist, and founder of Generation Mindful, which makes evidence-based toys and tools to help parents and educators teach kids emotional skills. Suzanne helps Liz understand her positive parenting approach and offers new ways to help kids manage tantrums and volatile emotions, as well as tips on staying present amidst parenting chaos.
There?s no doubt about it, 2020 was exhausting for moms everywhere. In Motherly?s State of Motherhood survey we even found that 97% of moms report feeling burnt out at least some of the time. To help moms reset for the New Year, Liz speaks with leading feminist, life coach, and author Bethany Webster, about her new book and how moms can unburden themselves, set better boundaries, and re-energize in 2021.
With families together stuck at home together during COVID-19, squabbling siblings are even more of an issue for most parents than ever before. In this episode, Liz speaks with clinical psychologist, positive parenting expert, and bestselling author Dr. Laura Markham on handling everything from fighting siblings to introducing a new child to your children.
In this episode, Liz speaks with professor, economist, and author Emily Oster about why the stress of early motherhood drove her to turn her economist lens on the conflicting ideas that come at us as new parents. Emily also talked about her COVID-19 School Response Dashboard and what it really tells us about kids and school during the pandemic.
Liz speaks with geneticist and hyperemesis gravidarum researcher Dr. Marlena Fejzo about her groundbreaking work on the condition that impacts six million women globally during pregnancy and is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, dehydration, and in severe cases, death. Dr. Fejzo also talks about her own tragic experience with HG and shares her thoughts on why she believes there is still so little research on women's health concerns.
In this episode, Liz speaks with Gabrielle Union, Maggie Patton, and Alex Buckley, who are all working together to grow Bitsy?s, their healthy food brand for kids, which was born out of a mission to address childhood obesity. We also happened to record the morning that Gabby and her husband were named two of Time Magazine's100 most influential people and Gabby shared how being a mother has inspired her to become a better global citizen and changemaker.
In this episode, Liz talks to Nic Stone, the bestselling young adult author of Dear Martin and the recently released Dear Justyce about creating a new narrative, not just in her fiction, but also through motherhood. Nic also talks about the pressures she initially put on herself for not being the stereotypical mom and explains how she managed to write her first book in the chaos of early motherhood.
Baby2Baby Co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein talk to Liz about why they started their nonprofit that provides children who are living in poverty with basic necessities such as diapers, clothing, and school supplies. They also explain why COVID-19 has created a greater need than ever for supplies for families and offer guidance on what we can all do to help.
In this episode, Liz speaks with actress Candace Cameron Bure about her faith-based approach to raising her kids, why love and kindness are so core to her life philosophy, and what she learned from her "Full House" castmates. Candace also talked about the worthlessness she initially felt after she took a break from work to focus on raising her children and what she learned from that experience.
To kick-off Season 5 of the podcast, Liz speaks with actress, activist, and author Alyssa Milano about her #metoo tweet that helped to ignite a movement, how she learned to let things roll off her back, and why she?s so passionate about helping working mothers. Alyssa also talked about her COVID-19 diagnosis in March and shared how her children?s clear-eyed views of the world inspire her.
Amanda Sudano Ramirez, one half of the musical duo, JohnnySwim, and star of an upcoming reality show on Joanna and Chip Gaines? Magnolia Network, talks about what she?s learned about embracing chaos from life on the road touring with kids, how she and her husband juggle being both musical partners and parents, and why ?home? will always be her family.
Liz speaks with comedian Gina Brillon, just a few weeks before the birth of her son, to discuss her Amazon Original comedy special titled, The Floor is Lava, what pregnancy has been like during COVID-19, and why it has always been so important for her to find the humor in even the toughest moments.
Liz talks to Rachel Hollis, bestselling author, motivational speaker, blogger, podcast host, and mom of four about her new book Didn?t See That Coming, her recent divorce, and how she overcame her childhood trauma. Rachel also shares tips on how women can maintain an identity outside of motherhood and marriage.
Liz checks in with popular YouTube host, Dzung Lewis to discuss her new cookbook Honeysuckle. Dzung shares tips on how to cook for kids, talks about her eclectic food influences, and explains about how food has become a way for her to share her Vietnamese culture and her husband?s Korean culture with their children.
Mutha Founder and TV personality Hope Smith talks to Liz about IVF, her surrogacy pregnancy, the group of foster children she and her husband have taken under their wing, and what motherhood?in all its incarnations?has taught her about unconditional love and acceptance. She also explained why her pregnancies inspired her to become a certified doula.
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, licensed Psychologist, speaker, and host of the popular podcast, Therapy for Black Girls, offers Liz tips on how to cope with the parenting stress of COVID-19. She also explains why every mama should have their own ?coping kit.?
Liz speaks with actress and math writer Danica McKellar about how math helped her find her own identity after her time on Wonder Years and why being friends with your own kid isn?t so bad. She also talks about how to encourage math skill in young girls who may be discouraged at an early age.
Liz speaks with Vrbo?s Melanie Fish about her zig-zagging career path after kids, how she caught the travel bug at an early age, and why it is so important for mothers and families to take a break right now, whether it is renting a home on a lake or a solo drive around the block.
Liz speaks with Meena Harris, lawyer and founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign. Meena talked about what she learned from growing up in a family of strong, tight-knit women and why she wrote her children's book Kamala and Maya?s Big Idea, which is based on the story of her mother, Maya Harris and her aunt and Vice-Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris. This episode is sponsored by Highlights. For more information on all their great products please visit https://bit.ly/3j81sNM.
In this episode, Liz talks to Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, founders of the Kind campaign, an internationally recognized nonprofit that brings awareness and healing to the negative effects of girl-against-girl bullying. They talk about their mission, what they?ve learned from a decade of speaking to young kids on the topic, and the separate but related problem of mom-shaming. This episode is sponsored by Highlights. This episode is sponsored by Highlights. For more information on all their great products please visit https://bit.ly/3j81sNM.