Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 106 of The New Family Podcast, an eye-opening conversation about what it means to be polyamorous, what that’s like in the context of family and parenting, and the legal and rights issues that may stand in the way.
My guest on this episode is Jacki Yovanoff. Jacki is a mom to four spectacular humans—two she gave birth to and two who came as part of a package deal with her partner. She’s a sexuality educator and sex and relationship coach, and today she’s agreed to come on the show to talk to us about being polyamorous and what that means for life with kids.
Jackie shares her personal experiences thoughtfully and candidly, and enlightens us on the terms polyamorous and pansexual, and touches on some of the legal and rights issues that surround the individuals and families who identify as poly.
Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Jacki.
Designer Relationships: A Guide to Happy Monogamy, Positive Polyamory, and Optimistic Open Relationships by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson
More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory by Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert
More Than Two website
“5 Radical Ways People Do Non-Monogamy That You Need to Know About” from everydayfeminism.com
Jacki’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“I think the biggest one is just to trust my gut and do what I feel is best or what my partner and I feel is best. But I think the best piece of advice that’s more specific is just to answer kids questions when they come up, trusting that they can handle certain things. And not hiding life from them until they get older, including topics like death or sex or sexuality. I think kids can handle more than we give them credit for. By omitting topics of conversation, that puts an automatic tick in the ‘that’s a shameful thing’ column. And being honest and saying, ‘I don’t actually know the answer to that question that you’re asking me, but I’ll find out and we’ll talk about it later.'”
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