Podcast Episode 101: Best Friends on Friendship

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 101 where I chat with my best friend about friendship and why it’s so important to thriving as a family.

You are tuning in for Nepotism Week at The New Family Podcast! I’m marking the occasion of this show hitting triplet digit episodes by having on some very important people in my life. Today I’m so pleased to be joined my best friend, Mary Vallis Cowan. Mary is an editor at the Toronto Star, a national newspaper award-winning journalist and she’s the mother of two lovely kids, Maddy and Henry. She and I talk about the critical role that friendship plays in our quality of life, in our mental well being and in our ability to parent.

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

Mary’s contribution to the 1,000 Families Project

One of Mary’s investigations, “Searching for Spain’s stolen babies”

One of Mary’s Today’s Parent features, “How to get the job you want after maternity leave”

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Mary’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“You know, I’ve been thinking about this since you asked me to be on the podcast and I have drawn a blank. It’s not that I don’t care, and I do listen to people, but I think that ignoring all that advice is the best thing you can do. It’ll come from people without children, it’ll come from people who think they know better than you, but you know your own kids better than anyone and I think that listening to your gut in this crazy, crazy world is probably the best thing you could do. You know those kids better than anyone else, you know what they need and that’s not always easy. Sometimes it’s going to feel pretty awful to turn your back and say ‘Figure it out,’ but you know what? Your kids are going to be stronger for it and you’re going to be a better parent and more confident for it. I turn my back on those strangers, too, and I say, ‘Thank you for that unsolicited advice,’ and I walk away. And the parts that need to stay with me probably do and I’m just not willing to admit it. But I think the best thing you can do is be your own person.”

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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.


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