The Longest Shortest Time Podcast Love

The Longest Shortest Time

There are many good things about the podcast, The Longest Shortest Time but I think the absolute best thing has to be the name. I don’t think there is a better way to describe parenting. How is it possible that time can pass so slowly and so quickly, simultaneously?  But it does. When my children were tiny and needed everything, the days seemed to stretch for eternity, but then I blinked and they were walking and talking and going to preschool and bringing home artwork and their own ideas and opinions. My oldest is about to graduate from high school and the same can be said for the teen years.  One day you’re lamenting the hours of driving in circles around town, always a few minutes late to the next activity and the next day you’re preparing them to venture out into the world without you.

Aside from the clever name, this podcast describes itself as a parenting podcast for everyone, with stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them. The show covers a wide variety of topics on parenting that range from funny to thought provoking to heartbreaking.  I listened to two episodes this week. Episode #158, Black Lives Matter for Middle Schoolers, was an interview with Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of the novel Ghost Boys.  The interview was beautiful and tragic and riveting, all at the same time and I can’t wait to read it with my middle schooler. Episode #156, titled The Scary, Beautiful Teenage Brain, gave some great insights for this mama of two teens, plus it introduced me to a whole new podcast about teenagers, called What Were You Thinking.  This is the best case scenario, one great podcast leading to another. Double win for everyone involved who love podcasts.

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