Podcast Episode 27: Lessons on Adversity from a Parent of a Deaf Child

Podcast Episode 27:
Lessons on Adversity from a Parent of a Deaf Child

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 27 of The New Family Podcast!

Dr. Kay MacPhee, a former principal and teacher, spent 25 years developing techniques that enable the hearing impaired to form language skills and learn how to read. You’ll recognize the name of her company, Ooka Island, as the inaugural sponsor and huge supporter of this podcast. But I asked Dr. Kay to come on the show today because her own personal journey as a parent is quite remarkable, starting with the discovery that her son was born profoundly deaf. It truly is an inspiring story of stopping at nothing to advocate for a child and in so doing, for the children of thousands of others (a journey that’s even taken her to the White House). But there’s also a really valuable message about raising our children to be able to face adversity and carry on stronger because of it.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Dr. Kay.

Dr. Kay’s story

The Ooka Island website

How to get 20% off a subscription to Ooka Island

Dr. Kay’s Favourite Parenting Advice:
“If we can teach our children to be kind it carries through all our activities—and in accepting and celebrating others. If we teach them to be kind that will carry them through and encourage them to help others through.”

Sponsor for this Episode:

Ooka Island

This episode is brought to you by Ooka Island, a reading app so fun your kids won’t even realize they’re learning. To get 20 percent off a subscription, just go to ookaisland.com/newfamily.

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by

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