If you’re a parent, you’ll know that life is always too busy to fit everything in.

In the current climate, that’s an understatement.

Thanks to Covid-19, we’re all juggling home school, jobs, fitness and wellbeing alongside a global pandemic.

Then there are all of the clubs and hobbies, quizzes, and virtual birthday parties which have moved online.

So it’s fair to say that you might be neglecting your own self care time at the moment.

Of course, there’s not much we can do to take some time out.

One way to switch off or expand your mind is to listen to podcasts.

Why podcasts are a parenting win

There’s just not enough time in the day to sit and read the pile of books, but most parents still want to absorb knowledge.

It might be to try to understand an issue better, listen to an expert, or switch off from daily tasks.

This is where podcasts come into their own.

Podcasts are short audio episodes available to listen to, pause, repeat and subscribe to. They come in all shapes and sizes, with everything from comedy, sports, or current affairs, right through to a nostalgic look back to the 90s.

There are loads of educational and informative topics to listen to whilst carrying out other tasks.

So I thought it would be good to pull together some of the best podcasts that I’ve discovered to keep myself sane.

Comedy podcasts for parents

Lockdown Parenting Hell – Comedians Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe speak to well-known celebrities and experts about their lockdown parenting journey. Expect a bit of swearing and a lot of banter, but lots of stories to make you feel better!

Shagged married annoyed – Comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife, Rosie chat about life, relationships, arguments, annoyances, parenting, growing up and everything in between. It’s crammed with lots of natural conversation, and is very funny!

Parenting topics

Happy Mum, Happy Baby – Hosted by Queen of the Jungle, Giovanna Fletcher, has frank and warm conversations with other high-profile mums and dads. Gi discusses all aspects of parenthood – the highs, the lows, the challenges and rewards.

Not Another Mummy Podcast – Host Alison Perry chats to a different guest each episode about parenting and family issues.

Fitness and wellbeing podcasts

Power Hour – A weekly podcast to motivate you to pursue your passion and to achieve success. Adrienne Herbert speaks to coaches, creatives, change makers and innovators to find out about their morning routines, daily habits, and rules to live by.

Happy Place – Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.

Run Pod – Jenni Falconer welcomes special guests who share that passion for running. They discuss the challenge and reward that drives us to run. If running is your thing, you’ll hear top training tips, mistakes and inspirational stories.

Current affairs podcast episodes

Women’s hour – Recorded from BBC Radio 4’s show, this daily podcast serves up topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.

Newscast – Produced by BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC News, it takes a look at the week’s political events. Newscast is presented by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Europe editor Katya Adler, chief political correspondent Adam Fleming, and political correspondent Chris Mason.

Music podcasts

Popmaster – Something of legendary status, Ken Bruce presents the BBC Radio 2’s daily music quiz as a short podcast. Test your pop knowledge and play against the contestants to see how many points you can score.

Sounds of the 90s – Join Fearne Cotton for a nostalgia drenched celebration of the best music and pop culture from the 90s. This is the perfect listening companion for walks, runs, or background music for some major flashbacks.