Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 107 of The New Family Podcast, where we get to know a married couple who live in different cities, far apart from one another.
Jessalyn Coombe is my guest on this episode of the show. Jessalyn wrote a fascinating guest post for The New Family’s “1,000 Families Project” about being part of a long-distance blended family. That’s right. She and her husband live 3,400 kilometres apart from one another, but they have still managed to merge their families. We hear about how this came about and how they make it work!
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Jessalyn’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“This is one I’ve thought a little bit about because I know you ask this question on your podcast a lot. I can’t remember if this is advice that somebody gave me when I had a newborn or when I was first getting divorced. But they called it ‘the oxygen mask theory.’ When you get on the plane if there’s an emergency and you’re travelling with somebody smaller or somebody who is ill, you put your oxygen mask on first in order to help other people. As parents too often we try to take care of everyone without helping ourselves. And if you’re not okay you can’t help anybody else. If a lot of people are depending on you, you better start taking care of yourself so you can help everyone else. And that’s been helpful to me at times when I found it difficult to put myself first. I don’t know where that advice comes from but I do think it’s true.”
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