In this episode I talk with journalist and dad Mike Wallberg about his experience taking a year off work to look after his daughter, and his research on the barriers dads face as primary caregivers. Mike delves into the weird reactions dads get when they try to join playgroups, the pioneering they’ve got to do in the workplace, and what it would take to level the playing field so more men can be the dads they want to be.
In this episode I talk to gay dad Frank Emanuele and dear friend Angela Pickering-Peeters, who not only acted as the gestational carrier for Luca, Frank’s two-year-old son with husband Norm, but who’s now expecting Frank and Norm’s second baby. We talk about their unique relationship, how Angela’s four kids have reacted to all this “baby growing” business, and the nosy questions people ask when you’re carrying someone else’s child.
In this short introductory episode, I explain what you can expect from The New Family Podcast, the show that explores what families like yours and mine really look like and the issues that matter to us most. I also share a little about how my own unique family situation inspired me to launch thenewfamily.com and now a year later, The New Family Podcast.