Hit the books: 8 back-to-school podcasts for parents and kids

Kids & Family August 9, 2021

It’s almost that time again. The days are getting shorter, the air is cooling, and your kids are either dreading or welcoming the thought of going back to school. Especially during the ongoing pandemic, parents may have lots of questions about this back-to-school period. And you are not alone! These back-to-school podcasts will get even the most nervous parents prepared to send their children off.

How can I best equip my child for virtual learning? What do I do if my kid feels like they have no friends? How do I approach the new teacher? If any of these questions resonate with you, then check out these 8 back-to-school podcasts. Or, if you are looking for resources to give your children a leg up in the classroom, we have podcasts for that, too! Listen to them all right here:

Good Inside with Dr. Becky

Listen to ‘Good Inside with Dr. Becky’

Clinical psychologist and mother of three Dr. Becky Kennedy tackles tough parenting questions head on. Giving actionable advice, her approach has helped thousands of parents get comfortable in the uncomfortable and mend any mistakes. In this episode, “What can I do when my child says ‘I can’t do it’?” takes on the frustration that learning new things can inflict on a child.

Motherhood in Black & White

Listen to ‘Motherhood in Black & White’

“Motherhood in Black & White” discusses the difficulty of heading back to school both virtually and in person. Whether your kids are making friends over Zoom or meeting their virtual friends in person for the first time, hosts Kaanji and Tara are doling out insight for parents everywhere. On their episode “The Back to School Struggle is Real”, they chat with their guest La Toya, who has been homeschooling her children for over ten years. Can you really be friends with someone you’ve only met online? When is it time to meet up in person? Find out here.

Mom and Dad are Fighting

Listen to ‘Mom and Dad are Fighting’

“Mom and Dad are Fighting” is one of the best parenting resources in the pod-sphere. Their episode “Talk to the Teacher” is about the importance of developing a good, working relationship with their child’s new educator. How to approach them, how to communicate important information without overstepping, and how to replicate brief but important conversations with teachers in the hall or at pickup virtually.

Unexceptional Moms

Listen to ‘Unexceptional Moms’

“Unexceptional Moms” is offering advice, encouragement, and insights for parents of children with disabilities. Hosts Ellen Stumbo and Erin Loraine want you to join their journey navigating the joys and unique challenges that parenting a child with disabilities can take on. This episode, “Navigating Back-to-School Choices for Kids With Disabilities During the Pandemic”, is all about the options that parents and kids have when it comes to school during COVID-19, whether it be online, hybrid, or in-person schooling.

Dr. Justin Coulson’s Happy Families

Listen to ‘Dr. Justin Coulson’s Happy Families’

Every day, Dr. Justin Coulson and his wife Kylie are giving practical tips and advice to parents who are desperate for answers. With 6 kids of their own, the Coulson’s have seen a lot, and they are hoping that their experiences will help other parents with their own. On their episode “When You Don’t Belong at School with Dr Kelly Ann Allen,” they discuss what parents can do when their kids feel like they don’t have friends at school. Almost all of their episodes are under 20 minutes, so for parents who just want an answer now, “Dr. Justin Coulson’s Happy Families” is the perfect place to start.

Parenting for the Future

Listen to ‘Parenting for the Future’

“Parenting for the Future” is great for any parent: host Petal Modeste is helping parents teach their children the things they won’t learn in school. She wants parents to empower their children to find their own voice and learn about the tough subjects that the world presents. Her episode “Back to School in a COVID 19 World – Advice for Parents” is from last year, but it is still relevant for the coming school year. Whether you want to know how to best protect your child when they go back to school, or how to prepare for more virtual learning, “Parenting for the Future” has the answers.

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

Listen to ‘Tumble Science Podcast for Kids’

“Tumble Science Podcast for Kids” is a great way to introduce your children to science and technology. Hosted by Lindsay Patterson, a science journalist, and Marshall Escamilla, a teacher, they cover topics like space, animals, volcanoes and more. And who knows? You might learn something new while listening too.

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

Listen to ‘Buy Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids’

If your child is in the dreaded “why” stage, then turn this podcast on immediately. “But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids” is answering the questions asked by kids. They are tackling subjects big and small from all over the globe. Why are mammoths extinct? Why are whales so big? Why can’t kids vote? If this is giving you flashbacks, then it’s time to tune into “But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids” so your kids can get an educational boost and give you a break.

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