Podcast Episode 50: The Ex Next Door

Podcast Episode 50: The Ex Next Door

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 50 of The New Family Podcast where I share the story of my own unique family structure following separation and divorce.

For this milestone episode—number 50!—I’m telling the story of my own unique family structure. My guest is the father of my kids, Derek DeCloet, who lives across the driveway from me with his new wife. The kids alternate nights between our places in a very fluid ways, usually seeing us both of us at some point in any 24 hour period. It’s our unconventional lifestyle that inspired me to start thenewfamily.com and this podcast. Please join us in the first conversation we’ve had publicly about our next-door-neighbours co-parenting relationship.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Derek.

Our story, “Conscious Uncoupling Before it Was Cool”

Our Site’s Divorce Help Page

Our Facebook Community “Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce”

Podcast Episode 9: Conscious Uncoupling with Katherine Woodward Thomas

Best Books to Read When You’re Going Through Separation or Divorce

Blending Families: The Tricky Parts of Making Two Families into One

What to Do When You Want a Positive Co-Parenting Relationship But Your Ex is Making it Impossible

Derek’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“I think the stuff that I’ve tended to find appealing as advice goes is the idea of following your own instincts, trusting your gut. Nobody knows your kids better than you do. Nobody loves them the way you do. And parenting is about a million little judgement calls in life and it’s not always clear exactly what the right call is. Sometimes you’re choosing between a couple of bad options. You have to check your instincts against your peers, your friends your co-parents and say, ‘Am I thinking of this right?’ But you kind of have to believe in yourself as a parent, I think. Because we can all do this. We can all do this in the best way we know how if we trust what’s inside us.”

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About Brandie Weikle

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

'Podcast Episode 50: The Ex Next Door' have 4 comments

  1. March 3, 2016 @ 7:24 pm diego

    nice job guys. good analogy on divorce and war derek. also owning up to being a bit lazy hahaha


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