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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.

Episode Date
Simone Davies and Junnifa Uzodike on Raising Montessori Babies

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.

Jun 17, 2021
Wow in the World’s Mindy Thomas on staying young at heart

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.

Jun 09, 2021
Dawn Fable educates us on CBD and the importance of laughter

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.

Jun 03, 2021
Jewel on breaking negative cycles and bringing out the best in our kids

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.

May 27, 2021
Bestselling author Katherine May on the power of rest and retreat in difficult times

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.

May 20, 2021
Emma Brown on Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys

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. 

May 13, 2021
Melissa Bernstein of Melissa & Doug wants you to know that you aren’t alone

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

May 06, 2021
Floral Designer Sarah Winward on the power of observation and bringing nature inside

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.

Apr 29, 2021
HGTV Design Star Next Gen Winner Carmeon Hamilton on making beautiful environments accessible to all

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.

Apr 22, 2021
Shea McGee on Recalibration, Balance, and the Beauty in Everyday

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.

Apr 15, 2021
DIY Queen Angela Rose Wants You to Stop Pinning and Start Doing

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.

Apr 08, 2021
Cortney Novogratz on designing the life that works for you

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.

Apr 01, 2021
The Lily’s Neema Roshania Patel on feminism and showing up for moms

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.

Mar 11, 2021
Celebrating Trailblazing Mothers: An Interview with Senator Tammy Duckworth

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.

Mar 04, 2021
Black Women's Health Imperative President & CEO Linda Goler Blount on the Black maternal mortality crisis

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 to learn more.

Feb 25, 2021
Refinery29’s Global Editor-in-Chief Simone Oliver on sisterhood, style as self-expression, and raising kind kids

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.

Feb 18, 2021
Raquel Roxanne Nowak on navigating the process of becoming a mother

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.

Feb 11, 2021
Black Mothers on working to change the narrative, hope, and allyship

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.

Feb 04, 2021
Woman's Day's Meaghan B. Murphy wants to put the “yay” back in your day

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.

Jan 28, 2021
Sexologist and author Kimberly Ann Johnson on helping mamas get the sex they want

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.

Jan 21, 2021
Personal finance expert Alexa von Tobel gives moms the financial advice they need

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.

Jan 14, 2021
Fresh ways to help your kids manage emotions with Generation Mindful founder Suzanne Tucker

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.

Jan 08, 2021
Unburdened and energized: reversing mom burn-out for 2021

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.

Jan 01, 2021
Dr. Laura Markham on sibling rivalry and positive parenting

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.

Dec 24, 2020
Emily Oster on pressure-free parenting and why data is our friend

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.

Dec 17, 2020
Hyperemesis Gravidarum researcher Dr. Marlena Fejzo is on a mission to understand women's health

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.

Dec 10, 2020
Bitsy’s Gabrielle Union, Maggie Patton, and Alex Buckley on healthy eating for all

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.

Dec 03, 2020
Bestselling author Nic Stone on motherhood as a form of storytelling

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.

Nov 19, 2020
Baby2Baby Co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein on the importance of mothers helping mothers

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.

Nov 12, 2020
Actress Candace Cameron Bure on raising kids with faith and kindness

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.

Nov 06, 2020
Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano on working mothers and modern activism

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.

Oct 29, 2020
Musician Amanda Sudano Ramirez on embracing adventure and chaos

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.

Oct 15, 2020
Comedian Gina Brillon on healing through laughter

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.

Oct 08, 2020
Rachel Hollis on the importance of maintaining an identity outside of motherhood

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.

Oct 01, 2020
YouTube star Dzung Lewis on cooking for kids

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.

Sep 24, 2020
Mutha Founder Hope Smith on Surrogacy and the Meaning of Unconditional Love

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.

Sep 17, 2020
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford on how mamas can preserve their mental health

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.”

Sep 10, 2020
Actress and author Danica McKellar on teaching kids math skills and confidence

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.

Sep 03, 2020
Vrbo’s Melanie Fish on the importance of mental health breaks

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.

Aug 27, 2020
Meena Harris on what she learned from growing up in a family of Super Women

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

Aug 20, 2020
Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson of the Kind Campaign on bullying and mom shaming

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

Aug 13, 2020
Actress and activist Jurnee Smollett on mom guilt and changing the narrative

Liz speaks with actress and activist Jurnee Smollett -- star of Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Eve’s Bayou, the hotly anticipated HBO show Lovecraft Country -- about mom guilt, why she chooses stories that re-examine the legacy we’ve all inherited, and how growing up in a big and unconventional family influenced her approach to motherhood.This episode is sponsored by The Mothery Shop --curated must-haves for motherhood. Listen to the episode for a discount.

Aug 06, 2020
Peloton’s Jenn Sherman on Finding Time to Work Out and Second Beginnings

Host Liz Tenety speaks with Jenn Sherman — Peloton’s very first cycling instructor — about finding joy in her second career and taking care of her teenagers in quarantine. Jenn also shared motivating and encouraging tips for mama’s who struggle with finding time in their day to exercise.

Jul 30, 2020
Ai-Jen Poo on making the invisible work of mothers and caregivers visible

Host Liz Tenety checks in with Ai-jen Poo, the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a non-profit with the goal to bring quality work, dignity and fairness to the growing number of caregivers in America. Together they discuss Ai-jen’s work, her idea of care squads, and what we can all do, as mothers, to begin to correct a system that isn’t working well for anyone.

Jul 23, 2020
Glennon Doyle on imperfect motherhood and raising wild children

Host Liz Tenety kicks off Season 4 of the podcast with an interview with Glennon Doyle, New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and mother of two. Glennon talks about her latest book, Untamed, her relationship with her wife, soccer icon Abby Wambach, and why we need to reframe how we talk about step-parenting. Glennon also reads an excerpt from her book. This episode is sponsored by Highlights. For more information on all their great products please visit

Jul 16, 2020
Eliza Blank on why plants are an important part of nurturing yourself and your children

Eliza Blank is the founder and CEO of The Sill, a NYC-based indoor plant company focused on connecting people to plants and the outdoors. In this episode, Eliza talks to Liz about how growing plants and being a parent are not all that different, why teaching kids to connect to nature is absolutely vital, and she suggests fun gardening activities parents can do with their children.

May 07, 2020
Danielle DuBoise on the importance of empathy in motherhood and listening to your body

Danielle Duboise, Cofounder of Sakara Life, the organic, plant-based food delivery service and lifestyle brand, sat down with Liz to talk about Sakara Life’s mission to change how you think about food and nourishing yourself. She also shared easy healthy eating tips, talked about what motherhood has taught her about empathy and grace, and explained why being healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up the occasional pizza or onion bagel.

Apr 30, 2020
Harmonia Rosales on being a single mom, a working artist and finding her path in life

Artist Harmonia Rosales, talks to Liz about how her daughter inspired her paintings, pursuing a creative career path after having her children, and why she hopes her art reshapes the narrative of what power and beauty looks like, putting women—and particularly women of color—at the center. She also talks about the parallels between creating art and motherhood and encourages mothers to remember that it is never too late to pursue a dream.

Apr 23, 2020
Gabby Bernstein on her journey through postpartum depression and prioritizing her mental health

In this episode, Gabby Bernstein, bestselling author, a motivational speaker, and life coach opens to Liz up about her postpartum depression, why she advocates for mental health medication when it is necessary, and why motherhood has been an ongoing spiritual journey. She also shares one of the methods that helped her during some of her darkest moments. Following Gabby’s interview, we also hear from a listener about her own experience with postpartum depression. 

Warning: This episode mentions suicidal and self-harm ideation, which we know can be upsetting or triggering for some listeners. If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, please get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also call 911 or go to an emergency room. Please know that you are not alone.

1 in 7 mothers will experience postpartum depression. At we have more resources on the topic. You can visit, There you’ll find articles on the signs of postpartum depression, other helpful resources, and phone numbers to call for support. Please know you are not alone.

Apr 16, 2020
Jeannie Gaffigan on slowing down, savoring the present, and what she learned from tragedy

Jeannie Gaffigan, producer, comedy writer, brain tumor survivor, bestselling author, wife of Jim, and mother of five talks to Liz about what her brain tumor taught her, how she found humor and joy in tragedy, and why slowing down and enjoying the present has become so important to her. She also explains why mothers, who so often put their own care last, need to remember to take care of themselves—not just for their own health, but for their family’s health.

Apr 09, 2020
Zahra Kassam on Montessori education and the benefits of freedom within limits

Zahra Kassam, internationally certified Montessori teacher and CEO and cofounder of Monti Kids, the only at home Montessori program for birth to age three, talks to Liz about the Montessori approach, how to facilitate independent play, her approach to temper tantrums and meltdowns⁠—and why kids are more self-sufficient than we often think. Zahra is also offering all our listeners $60 off Monti Kids boxes. New customers can go to and enter this code at checkout: MOTHERLY60.

Apr 02, 2020
Molly Sims on the trade-offs of taking care of your kids, your parents and yourself

Molly Sims, author, actress, advocate, lifestyle influencer and former model talks to Liz about how she’s learned to be less hard on herself after having three children, the positive impact her mother has on her, and why she prefers staying in with her family to nights out on the red carpet. She also opened up about pressures of caring for sick parents and small children at the same time.

Mar 26, 2020
Chelsea Clinton on motherhood, public health, and how parents can support their kids during coronavirus

Chelsea Clinton, the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, public health and international relations expert, and former first daughter opened up to Liz about her approach to motherhood, what she’s learned from her mother, why she was drawn to public health, and how she’s talking to her children about coronavirus. She also talked about how her organization, Too Small To Fail, is helping families get through this challenging—and often confusing—time.

You can access Chelsea’s family staycation toolkit and print-out, which features dozens of fun educational ideas for families stuck at home during the coronavirus at

Mar 16, 2020
Kara Richardson Whitely on why making peace with her body made her a better mom

Kara Richardson Whitely is an author, speaker, and three-time climber of Mount Kilimanjaro, who has spoken candidly about her struggles with binge eating. She opened up to Liz about motherhood, how she talks about body image with her children, the changing conversation around obesity, and her biggest adventure yet—a new movie about her life produced and starring This is Us star, Chrissy Metz.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Jennifer Bassett with support from Jordan Gass-Poore. Music by the Blue Dot sessions.

Mar 12, 2020
Kristen Bell gives us the motherhood advice we all need to hear

Host Liz Tenety kicks off Season 3 of the podcast with an interview with Kristen Bell—actress, singer, soon-to-be children’s author, mother of two, and Hello Bello founder. Kristen discusses co-parenting, self-care, and how there’s no such thing as other people’s kids. Kristen also talks about one of her most famous characters: Anna, from Frozen and Frozen II. Additionally, this season, we’ve invited our Motherly community to share their own stories—and following Liz’s discussion with Kristen, you’ll hear from a listener about how she co-parents with her partner.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Jennifer Bassett with support from Jordan Gass-Poore and Renata Sellitti. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our episode sponsor, Third Love.

Mar 05, 2020
Valerie Jarrett on how motherhood changed her sense of purpose

Valerie Jarrett is the former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and the longest-serving Senior Advisor to any U.S. President. Before coming to the White House, Valerie had hired a young Michelle Robinson to work with her in Chicago Mayor Richard Daly’s office back in 1991. Today, Valerie still works with the Obamas, serving as the Senior Advisor to the Obama Foundation, and works with Michelle on a nonprofit called "When We All Vote," whose aim is to spark conversation around our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. She also has a new memoir out called, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the White House and the Path Forward.

Beyond her life in public service, Valerie is first and foremost a mom to her only daughter, Laura. In this episode, Valerie chats with Liz about how becoming a mother changed the course of her career, raising Laura as a single working mom, as well as why she never wants any working mom to hide their motherhood identity.

After their conversation, hear Ella Davis read her essay, “To all the single moms who feel the intensity of being the only parent—I see you” from Motherly’s website.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Aug 15, 2019
Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit share tips on keeping a tidy home, even with kids

After meeting in 2015 through a mutual friend, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin decided almost immediately to start a home organization business together. Today, The Home Edits more than 1.2 million followers on Instagram regularly covet their rainbow-colored images of organized closets, drawers, and pantries, and they have also organized the homes of celebrity moms like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad, and Mindy Kaling. And this past March they published their first book, aptly called “The Home Edit”.

In addition to being entrepreneurial organizers, both Clea and Joanna are also moms to two kids each, and we were lucky enough to nab them during their busy book tour to talk about staying organized as a mama.

After their conversation, hear Raschael Ash read her essay, “True life: I'm going to stop apologizing for my messy house now” from Motherly’s website.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Aug 08, 2019
Jessie James Decker shares how motherhood changed her life’s purpose + strengthened her marriage

Country singer Jessie James Decker first came onto the scene in 2009 when she released her debut album, Jessie James. Since then, Jessie has released several more albums, had a hit reality TV series, “Eric & Jessie: Game On” co-starring her husband, NFL star Eric Decker, launched a clothing line called Kittenish, published a book, and is also at work on her very first cookbook. 

Amid all of this, Jessie is also the mother to three kids under 7 and has been very open with her fans about the joys and challenges of motherhood. We managed to catch her on-the-go to talk about how becoming a mom shifted her life’s focus, deepened her relationship with her husband, and how she keeps her head above water through it all.

After their conversation, hear Colleen Temple read her essay, “True Life: Marriage is feeling lucky + annoyed all in the same day,” from Motherly’s website.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential.

Aug 01, 2019
Christy Turlington Burns on how crucial it is to improve maternal health in the U.S. and abroad

Many people remember Christy as the supermodel who dominated the fashion world in the 80s and 90s. But these days, Christy is becoming better known for her work on improving maternal health around the world. Her nonprofit, Every Mother Counts, which she founded in 2010, has been a leader in raising awareness of the issues with maternal health both in the U.S. and abroad. By partnering with grassroots organizations, providing grants and medical training, and pushing critical policies and legislation in the U.S., Every Mother Counts has had a profound impact on the lives of millions of women and their babies. 

In this episode, Christy talks with Liz about the story behind starting her organization, the state of maternal health both in the U.S. and abroad, and her own personal motherhood experience.

Following their conversation is an essay from Jacqui Smith called, “I finally have the strength to talk about my traumatic birth,” from Motherly’s website.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential.

Jul 25, 2019
Psychologist Angela Duckworth on the art of teaching perseverance to your kids

Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and founder and CEO of the Character Lab, a nonprofit advancing the science and practice of character development in children.

She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” which talks about how the combination of passion and persistence is more important than talent when it comes to succeeding in life. 

Angela’s research and ideas have been groundbreaking in the areas of education and parenting, and in this episode, she and Liz talk about how we can instill our kids with grit, how she personally approaches this with her own daughters, and why even though she’s a psychology expert she herself is far from a perfect parent. 

Following their conversation is an essay from Katie Walsh called, “Raising hard-working children: How swim lessons taught us to persevere,” from Motherly’s website.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Jul 18, 2019
Hilary Duff on motherhood, loneliness and how it all goes by so fast

If you were young in the early aughts, you probably remember Hilary from her role as the title character of the iconic Disney series, Lizzie McGuire. Today Hilary is better known for starring in another hit series, TV Land’s Younger, in which she plays ambitious young book editor Kelsey Peters. 

In addition to Hilary’s extensive acting and music career, in recent years she’s become well known for being outspoken about the joys and challenges of modern motherhood. She’s spoken publicly about her decision to have a home birth and to give up breastfeeding and has shared the admiration she holds for all the fellow moms to her 12.5 million Instagram followers.

In this episode, Hilary chats with Liz about being a mom in the spotlight, why she wants to be a part of the larger conversation around motherhood, and how she manages to be the best mom she can be to her 7-year old son Luca, as well as her 8-month-old daughter Banks.

After their conversation, hear Emily Glover read her essay, “A Mama’s Job Is Never Done,” — a selection from Motherly's first book, This Is Motherhood, available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Jul 11, 2019
Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp wants to change the way we talk about working moms

In 2010, Katia Beauchamp and her Harvard Business School classmate Hayley Barna started Birchbox without ever having even managed another person before. Today, Birchbox is an enormous enterprise and a true, recognizable leader in the beauty business. 

In addition to running her beauty empire, Katia is also the mother of four kids. And recently, Katia’s sharing more about how she uses meditation and mindfulness as a way to put work and family life challenges in perspective. 

She also has been vocal about changing the way that we talk about working motherhood, in her case, sharing why she thinks that becoming a mother has made her a much better CEO. 

In this episode, Liz and Katia talk about why she passionately believes that moms—and all parents—are an asset to a company (rather than a liability), and how she stays centered as a CEO and mom of four.

After their conversation, hear another mom and CEO, Sarah Wells of Sarah Wells Bags, read her essay, “What ‘having it all’ means to me,” from Motherly’s website

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Jul 03, 2019
LaTonya Yvette on why fashion can be a form of self-care for moms

LaTonya Yvette is a stylist, writer, and mother of two. In the spring of 2019 she published her first book, Woman of Color, which features essays about the trials and triumphs of her life—from racism, to motherhood and growing up as a woman of color in Brooklyn. She also writes about her life as a single mom on her blog,

In this episode, LaTonya chats with Liz about being a person of color in the predominantly white world of bloggers, finding beauty in the every day and how fashion should be viewed as a form of self-care—especially for moms.

After their conversation, hear Jessica Wimer read her essay, “Birth is Just the Beginning,” — a selection from Motherly's first book, This Is Motherhood, now available for pre-order on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Jun 27, 2019
Goop’s Chief Content Officer Elise Loehnen on postpartum depletion, self-care and what moms really need

Elise Loehnen is the Chief Content Officer at Goop, and the well-known right-hand woman of Gwenyth Paltrow. Before coming to Goop, Elise also had a high-powered career in magazines, having worked at Conde Nast Traveler and Lucky. Today, Elise serves as a frequent go-to spokesperson for Goop, co-hosts the Goop podcast, and is a mother to her two sons, Max and Sam. 

In this episode, Liz chats with Elise about postpartum depletion, and what our healthcare system can do to better serve women before, during, and after pregnancy. 

Keep listening to hear Diana Spalding read her essay, “I Vow To Take Care Of Myself,” from Motherly's book, This Is Motherhood, now available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Jun 20, 2019
Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code on replacing perfectionism with courage in motherhood

Reshma Saujani is the Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in tech. She has been named on Fortune’s "World’s Greatest Leaders" list and Forbes’s "Most Powerful Women Changing the World" list and is nationally recognized as someone who is truly changing the technology landscape. 

In 2010 Reshma became the first Indian American woman to run for Congress but lost to the incumbent Democrat in her district. While the loss was devastating, she learned a lot through the experience of campaigning about the socialization of women and girls, which she writes about in her new book, Brave, Not Perfect. 

In this episode, Reshma chats with Liz about her own experience of being a mom to her son Shaan, how we can raise our girls to be risk-takers, and how we as mothers can unlearn the deeply ingrained perfectionism within so many of us.

Then, keep listening to hear Haley Campbell, the owner and developer of Beluga Baby, read her essay, “To my daughter—I wish you confidence, courage + kindness” from Motherly’s website.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Jun 13, 2019
BONUS EPISODE: Co-founders Liz Tenety and Jill Koziol talk modern motherhood and launching Motherly

Surprise! We’re bringing you a special bonus episode in anticipation of the launch of season 2, featuring Motherly co-founders Liz Tenety and Jill Koziol. Listen as they describe their ambitious journey of starting Motherly as new moms themselves, and the struggles of launching a startup in the motherhood space.

In this episode, Liz and Jill talk about advice for other women looking to launch their own startup, chat with their respective husbands on what they observed during the birth of Motherly, and Liz reveals the list of business names that Motherly could have been.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions.

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential.

Jun 06, 2019
Melissa Hartwig Urban on being a single mom and why we should re-frame our thinking around self-care

Melissa Hartwig Urban is the co-founder and CEO of the Whole30—an intensive 30-day dietary program designed to heal your digestive tract and end unhealthy cravings through whole, unprocessed foods. Today, the Whole30 has over 2 million followers across social media platforms and has impacted the lives of people around the world. 

In addition to being a busy CEO, Melissa is also a proud mom to her 5-year-old son. And last year, Melissa launched Whole Mamas, a community-inspired online roadmap to help women navigate the entire journey of motherhood, from a Whole30 perspective. 

In this episode, Liz and Melissa chat about becoming a single mom early into motherhood, expanding what we think about “self-care,” and rising kids with a healthy attitude towards food. 

Following their conversation, hear Sydney Hutt read her essay, “The Strength of a Single Mom,” — a selection from Motherly's first book, This Is Motherhood, now available for pre-order on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Apr 04, 2019
Caterina Scorsone on Down syndrome and why it’s all about difference, not disability

Actress Caterina Scorsone is best-known for her role as the passionate and rebellious Dr. Amelia Shepherd on the iconic series, Grey’s Anatomy. Beyond her life on set, Caterina is also the mother to two girls, 6-year old Eliza and 2-year old Paloma. 

Paloma was born with Down syndrome—a chromosomal condition associated with intellectual and developmental delays. And since Paloma’s birth in 2016, Caterina has become a prominent voice on social media for raising awareness about the condition.

In this episode, Caterina shares how she processed her daughter’s condition, and learned to embrace her daughter’s differences rather than view them as “disabilities”. 

After their conversation, hear Maria Rohan read her essay, “Parental Coping: A Child with a Disability in a Cold World,” from Motherly’s website.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Mar 28, 2019
Tiffany Dufu on what being a 'good mother' really means

Tiffany Dufu frequently states that her life’s work is advancing women and girls, and her resume is certainly good proof of that. She has worked to increase women’s representation in government by serving as president of The White House Project, was a founding member of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In initiative, and most recently founded The Cru—a peer coaching service for women looking to jumpstart their careers.

In 2017, Tiffany wrote “Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less” which is an inspiring part-memoir, part-manual about how after she became a mother, she learned to let go of outside expectations in order to achieve what was most important to her. The book has received high praise from numerous outlets including The New York Times Book Review, as well as from prominent feminists like Anne-Marie Slaughter and Gloria Steinem. 

In this episode, Liz and Tiffany talk about how Tiffany learned to “drop the ball” and define for herself what makes her a good mother, daughter, wife, and career woman.

After their conversation, hear Denaye Barahona read her essay, “Less really is more: How to parent like a minimalist,” from her blog, Simple Families.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Mar 21, 2019
Anne-Marie Slaughter on the value of caregiving, co-parenting and why we need to do less

In 2009 Anne-Marie Slaughter landed what she has called her dream job—director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State. But during that time, her two sons were experiencing a rough period of adolescence, and she found herself wanting to be home in New Jersey with them. So she left her dream job in government after just two years, and then wrote a powerful article for The Atlantic called “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” That article went on to become one of the most read articles in the history of the magazine and helped to reignite the conversation around gender equality.

Today, Anne-Marie is still one of the most prominent political scientists out there, and in 2015 she published a widely-read book based on the response to her Atlantic article, titled, “Unfinished Business: Women, men, work and family.” In addition to being President and CEO of New America, she is also the mother of two sons.

In this episode, Liz and Anne-Marie talk about the value of caregiving, the reasons why it has been so undervalued in our society, and what we can do to start changing these norms and push us towards equality.

After their conversation, hear Jacqueline Monro Tapp read her essay, “Our Caregivers Are Lovegivers,” — a selection from Motherly's first book, This Is Motherhood, now available for pre-order on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Mar 14, 2019
Whitney Port talks breastfeeding, sleep deprivation and how she learned to tame her mom guilt

Whitney Port rose to fame in 2006, co-starring on the hit reality TV series, “The Hills.” Since then, she’s had her own TV show, a fashion line, and most recently has become the Chief Brand Director of Bundle Organics—a company that makes snacks and drinks that help with fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

In 2016, Whitney became pregnant with her first child, and shortly thereafter she and her husband began documenting their journey through parenthood through a YouTube series called “I Love My Baby, But…” The videos are candid, and Whitney is courageously open about sharing her parenting fumbles with her followers. 

In this episode, Whitney chats with Liz about learning to deal with mom guilt, and the surprising support she’s found from being an open book online. 

After their conversation, hear Juli Williams read her essay, “My Virtual Village is Real,” — a selection from Motherly's first book, This Is Motherhood, now available for pre-order on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Mar 07, 2019
Nora McInerny on how her blended family expanded her understanding of motherhood

Nora McInerny is an author, podcaster, mother, and something of an expert at talking about both love and loss. In 2014, Nora suffered a miscarriage, lost her father, and then lost her husband to cancer, all in the span of six weeks. Since experiencing such incredible losses, Nora has done a ton to help encourage conversation about the difficult things things that people are often too afraid to talk about.

In addition to hosting the podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking running the non-profit Still Kickin’, and co-leading the group The Hot Young Widows Club, Nora has also written two books: It’s Okay To Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) and most recently, No Happy Endings.

In this episode, Nora chats with Liz about meeting her second husband, blending their families, and learning just how expansive love really is.

Following their conversation, listen in as Motherly Brand Editor, Sara Goldstein reads her essay "Raising our kids together, separately" — a selection from Motherly's first book, This Is Motherhood, now available for pre-order on Amazon and wherever books are sold.  

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Feb 28, 2019
Senator Tammy Duckworth on breastfeeding, preschool drop off and the importance of your village

Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) is one of the most prominent mothers in American government today. In 2014, at the age of 46, she gave birth to her first child, Abigail, and became one of only 10 women in history to give birth while serving in Congress. In 2018, she once again made headlines after giving birth to her second child, Maile, this time becoming the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office. 

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 this past October, she successfully passed the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act.

In addition to being a groundbreaking politician, a purple heart recipient and veteran of the Iraq War, Senator Duckworth is a powerful advocate for veterans and working families. 

Senator Duckworth spoke with Liz from the Senate offices in Washington DC, and chatted about how motherhood opened her eyes to the important policy changes needed to better serve working families, as well as her own difficult journey to motherhood. 

Stay tuned to hear the essay, "We still show up" from Motherly's first book, This is Motherhood—now available for pre-order on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions. 

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential. 

Feb 21, 2019
Hillary Frank on trusting yourself—and your child—in parenthood

Hillary Frank is a veteran podcaster and renowned journalist, and her podcast, called “The Longest Shortest Time” is one of the most recognized parenting podcasts out there. It started as a way for Hillary to cope with her loneliness and struggles in her early weeks of motherhood, and has since grown into an immense collection of stories from parents in all sorts of circumstances. Since its debut in 2010, it has won numerous awards, and tons of critical acclaim, including being on the 50 Best Podcasts lists in both Time Magazine and The Atlantic.

In this episode, Hillary and Liz chat about Hillary’s new book, “Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches,” as well as everything else she’s learned in her near-decade of listening to parents tell their stories.

We'll also hear form Motherly contributor and Clinical Psychologist, Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco, as she reads from her essay, "Turns out, there are some things we can control as parents." Read more of her work here.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions.

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential.

Feb 14, 2019
Tone It Up co-founder Katrina Scott wants to change how we talk about postpartum bodies

Katrina Scott, co-founder of the fitness empire Tone It Up, is a health inspiration to millions of women around the world. Since 2009, she has been teaching women how to get strong and feel their best through workout classes, videos, books, and social media posts to Tone It Up’s +1 million followers. In October of 2018, Katrina gave birth to her first child, and it gave her a completely new perspective on what a strong body looks like.

Continuing to empower and inspire, Katrina talks to Liz in this episode about staying healthy throughout the motherhood journey and changing the way we talk about women’s postpartum bodies.

Listen in as Motherly Stories Editor, Colleen Temple shares her personal essay, "The Day I Stopped Hiding My Postpartum Body From My Husband." Read her essay and more of Colleen's work on Motherly here.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions.

Thanks to our sponsor, Prudential.

Feb 07, 2019
Joy Cho opens up on being creative in motherhood

Joy Cho was jobless and looking for work in a new city when she started her blog, Oh Joy! Today, that blog is the home base of her wildly successful design business, which partners with companies like Target, Banana Republic, and Anthropologie. Joy also holds the record for having the most followers on Pinterest and has twice been listed as one the “30 Most Influential People on the Internet” in Time Magazine.

For our first episode of The Motherly Podcast, Joy chatted with Liz about growing her business while raising her two young girls, infusing her personal life with the creativity we know from her brand, and learning to stop comparing herself to other mothers.

Then continue listening as one of Motherly’s editors, Rachel Gorton shares what she learned from watching her own mother juggle kids and career. Read her full essay on Motherly here.

The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Micaela Heck and Samantha Gattsek. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions.

Thank you to our sponsor, Prudential

Jan 31, 2019
Introducing The Motherly Podcast

Honest conversations with some of the world’s most interesting mothers—entrepreneurs, actresses, politicians and authors. Get ready to feel inspired, energized, understood and seen like never before. Season 1 premiers on January 31st.

Jan 16, 2019