Podcast Episode 108: It took a heart attack for this mom to slow down

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 108 of The New Family Podcast, where we hear a dramatic call to action from a mom who had a heart attack.

My guest on this episode has an absolutely critical message for all of us over-committed, super-stretched parents who are burning the candle at both ends. Kerrie Lee Brown is journalist, a motivational speaker and a mom of two. She’s also the author of a new book called, My Heart, My Self: Knowing When to Slow Down is Half the Battle. In it she shares about the traumatic events that resulted from keeping up a too-fast pace in her life as a working mom, the adjustments she’s made since, and how you too can make critical changes for your health and happiness.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Kerrie Lee.
It took a heart attack for this mom to slow down

Kerrie Lee’s book, My Heart, My Self: Knowing When to Slow Down is Half the Battle

Kerrie’s website

Kerrie’s Chatelaine article, “I can’t believe I had a heart attack at 39”

Kerrie’s author page on Facebook

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Kerrie Lee’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“It’s something that my mom said a long time ago. Unfortunately she has passed away now, and she passed away during the time of me writing this book. It advice really stays true to me, especially having two boys. I feel outnumbered in the house and there’s a lot of testosterone going on in here. She said to me once, ‘Keep it all in perspective.’ I never grew up with brothers. I had one sister and I wasn’t used to having so many boy things going on. She said, ‘Keep it all in perspective because even though you may not think that you’re not doing something right with the kids, or at home or even in life in general, down the road you will realize that it is what was right at the time, and it could also be right for you. Of course now that I look back at all those times I was trying to make it to the rink or trying to make it to a practice, I really trying my best, but for who? Will the kids really remember that I was there five nights a week versus three? That was one of the biggest pieces of advice that my mom gave me. Just to realize that you are the best mom, and woman and employee that you can possibly be and that’s got to be enough for you.”

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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. View all posts by