In this episode I to talk to Natasha Chiam, a writer, speaker and activist from Edmonton, Alberta. She’s a mom of two and author of the blog The Stay At Home Feminist. Are “feminist” and “stay-at-home mother” contradictory terms? No way! Natasha and I have a candid chat about the complicated feelings parents wrestle with when making decisions about whether or not to work outside the home, and we talk about what it takes to bring up politically-aware kids who hold feminist ideals.
In this episode I chat with Julie Cole, who’s not only a mom of SIX children, but vice-president and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels, the market leader in durable personalized labels for all the stuff kids lose. Julie and I chat about how a busy household like hers works, the weird things people say when they find out you have six kids, and the stuff we can ALL learn from the way big families operate. Julie’s got great advice on cultivating self-sufficiency in our children, about tailoring parenting to kids’ individual needs, and about nurturing a community you can count on.
In this episode I talk to Kari Svenneby, a mom born and raised in Norway, who’s passionate about encouraging families to spend time together outdoors. She’s the founder and CEO of ActiveKidsClub.com, a grass roots community and website that helps connect children and adults to the outdoors. She’s also a classically-trained chef and library scientist! Kari brings a Nordic sensibility—and hardiness—to family life. On the weekends her family can be found hiking, biking or swimming in Lake Ontario. In the winter, they’re avid cross-country skiers. We talk about the different ways Scandinavian and North American cultures approach physical risk for children. And Kari shares her advice for keeping your family active all year round, even if you're not a huge fan of winter.
In this episode I talk to Joel Bower, host of the Self Employed Parent Podcast, about how changes in the way we work have impacted family life. Joel’s a serial entrepreneur who doesn’t buy into the old-school model of devoting endless hours to an employer all in pursuit of free time in retirement. We talk about the upsides of being able to design your own work hours, but we also confront the romantic notions people may hold about being able to work from home. In a world where so many of us now employ ourselves—and where our kids are more likely to become entrepreneurs, solo-preneurs and makers—we’re creating new career models for generations to come. Whether you’re employing yourself or just contemplating the future for you and your kids, this episode gets us thinking about having the best of both worlds.
This episode I chat with Dr. Shimi Kang, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author of “The Dolphin Parent: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy and Motivated Kids.” She suggests ways to resist our generation’s helicopter-parenting ways by considering the life skills and attributes that will REALLY make a difference to how our kids fare in life. (Hint: It’s not about getting the top mark in science class or a place on a rep hockey team.) Dr. Kang also shares the “ah ha” moment that led her to make changes to her own parenting style.
In this episode, Amanda Jette Knox shares what it was like to find out that the child she knew as a son was actually a daughter. In this candid discussion of a very important revelation that Amanda and her husband just couldn’t have been prepared for, we learn about the loving way these parents are embracing their child Alexis through transition, the way her siblings have reacted, how things have gone at school and more.
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.