Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 38 of The New Family Podcast!
Ever thought about what it would be like if Grandma’s visit never ended and you always had that extra set of hands? Emily Morgan—the first guest on the podcast the southern Hemisphere—is with us during this episode to talk about what prompted her to return to Tasmania, Australia to move in with her mother. Emily is a single mom by choice, and the host of a great podcast of her own called Parents in the Know. She has a three-year-old daughter, and a one-year-old son, and she made that move home after struggling both with her finances and with prenatal depression while living on the other side of the country from her family. Emily speaks candidly about the experience of struggling with her mental health, and the value in letting ourselves get cared for by loved ones when we’re struggling. She and the kids now live in a busy, multi-generational household surrounded by her extended family. And to her surprise and delight—given she’s always been very independent—Emily says she’s never been happier. Emily also runs a website for parents, the Parent Resource Centre—at parentresourcecentre.com. The focus of the website is Informed Parenting, and Emily’s passion is to help parents ask the right questions, look for the science behind the hype and make the best parenting decisions they can, based on sound knowledge.
Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Emily.
Emily’s Favourite Parenting Advice:
“Ever since I’ve come back here to Tasmania, people have come up to me and they’ve said, ‘You’re doing such a wonderful job. You’re really doing such a great job.’ The first time I heard it I thought, ‘Are you kidding me? Look at my child going insane over there.’ And then I heard it again and I heard it again. It occurs to me that although that wasn’t advice, specifically, it was a reminder that I’m doing better than I think I am. And I think every single parent out there is doing the same. I feel like maybe they’re saying it to me because I’ve gone through this mental health problem in the past and maybe I need that commendation, or whether it’s something they see and genuinely believe, But it’s reminded me, and I’ve given myself the advice, to take things more calmly and to give myself a break, and to remember that I’m doing my best and that my best is evidently good enough because my kids are happy, and they’re healthy. They’re really good kids and I love them and they love me. So take it easy on yourself, you’re doing better than you think you are. That would be the advice that I took from those compliments.”
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