Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 109 of The New Family Podcast, where we hear a moving story of resilience and of the evolving family that starts when my guest’s mom came out of the closet.
My guest on this episode really moved me with the resilience, openheartedness and vulnerability she shared in her guest post for the New Family’s 1,000 Families Project. You see, writer Kelly Bauer was initially raised in an ultra-conservative Christian sect. But her childhood changed considerably when her parents divorced and her mom came out. It was a bumpy road to overcome the dogma of her early upbringing, but today she’s super grateful for her two moms. As a young woman she had a zero-to-60 journey to motherhood as a step-mom, and later had a child of her own. Her life experiences seem to have taught her to roll with the punches, as you’ll come to appreciate when you hear about how her little family has recently overcome some other pretty tough stuff.
Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Kelly.
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Kelly’s advice to other parents coping with grief and loss
“Be gentle with yourself. I think that’s probably the best advice I could give to anyone who is going through any time of grief of maternal mental illness. Find a good therapist and be gentle with yourself, because everything takes time.”
Kelly’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“You are enough. I think it’s as simple as that. It can be applied to parenting, or just being—life, parenting, relationships. You are enough just as you are. You have unique value, you have unique contributions to give to this world, to your parents, to your family, to your friends, to your children. You are enough. I think that would be it.”
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