Podcast Episode 83: An Earthquake Survivor's Parenting Story

Podcast Episode 83: An Earthquake Survivor’s Parenting Story

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 83 of The New Family Podcast where we hear an incredible story of survival and resilience.

In this very moving episode, parenting educator Anna Sewald of AuthenticParenting.com shares a story she’s never told before. You see, when she was just 13 years old, Anna survived a devastating earthquake that killed many in her family. This traumatic early life event led her to become a therapist and later a parent educator. Today she helps parents build strong relationships with their kids, in part by working through formative experiences from their pasts. You’ll need a hankie to get through Anna’s story about how she connected the dots between one of her frustrations as parent and something that happened in the aftermath of the quake. We learn that there’s incredible value in examining the things that trigger us with our children–that push our buttons, that make us lose our patience–because they just might point to important events from our past that we need to work through. Doing so will help us have the strong relationships with our children that we need to weather the storms.

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

Anna’s Website, “Authentic Parenting”

Anna’s Parenting Podcast, Authentic Moments

Anna’s Inspiration, “On Children,” by Khalil Gibran

Related Episode: Rethinking Self-Care for Parents

Anna’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“Continue on.”

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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