The Motherly Podcast

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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 AnneMarie Slaughter, are helping to redefine motherhood, using their voices to uplift women with practical ideas and expert insights. Hosted each week by Liz Tenety, an award-winning journalist and co-founder of Motherly.

Episode Date
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 -- 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
#34 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
#33 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
#32 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
#31 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
#30 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
#29 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
#28 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
#27 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
#26 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
#25 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
#24 Chelsea Clinton on motherhood, public health, and how parents can support their kids during coronavirus
Mar 16, 2020
#23 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.

Mar 12, 2020
#22 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.

Mar 05, 2020
#21 Valerie Jarrett on how motherhood changed her sense of purpose
Aug 15, 2019
#20 Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit share tips on keeping a tidy home, even with kids
Aug 08, 2019
#19 Jessie James Decker shares how motherhood changed her life’s purpose + strengthened her marriage
Aug 01, 2019
#18 Christy Turlington Burns on how crucial it is to improve maternal health in the U.S. and abroad
Jul 25, 2019
#17 Psychologist Angela Duckworth on the art of teaching perseverance to your kids
Jul 18, 2019
#16 Hilary Duff on motherhood, loneliness and how it all goes by so fast
Jul 11, 2019
#15 Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp wants to change the way we talk about working moms
Jul 03, 2019
#14 LaTonya Yvette on why fashion can be a form of self-care for moms
Jun 27, 2019
#13 Goop’s Chief Content Officer Elise Loehnen on postpartum depletion, self-care and what moms really need
Jun 20, 2019
#12 Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code on replacing perfectionism with courage in motherhood
Jun 13, 2019
#11 BONUS EPISODE: Co-founders Liz Tenety and Jill Koziol talk modern motherhood and launching Motherly
Jun 06, 2019
#10 Melissa Hartwig Urban on being a single mom and why we should re-frame our thinking around self-care
Apr 04, 2019
#9 Caterina Scorsone on Down syndrome and why it’s all about difference, not disability
Mar 28, 2019
#8 Tiffany Dufu on what being a 'good mother' really means
Mar 21, 2019
#7 Anne-Marie Slaughter on the value of caregiving, co-parenting and why we need to do less
Mar 14, 2019
#6 Whitney Port talks breastfeeding, sleep deprivation and how she learned to tame her mom guilt
Mar 07, 2019
#5 Nora McInerny on how her blended family expanded her understanding of motherhood
Feb 28, 2019
#4 Senator Tammy Duckworth on breastfeeding, preschool drop off and the importance of your village
Feb 21, 2019
#3 Hillary Frank on trusting yourself—and your child—in parenthood
Feb 14, 2019
#2 Tone It Up co-founder Katrina Scott wants to change how we talk about postpartum bodies
Feb 07, 2019
#1 Joy Cho opens up on being creative in motherhood
Jan 31, 2019
Introducing The Motherly Podcast
Jan 16, 2019