Podcast Episode 109: When Your Mom Comes Out

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.

Kelly’s 1,000 Families post

Kelly’s blog Motherhood Misfit

Postpartum Progress website

The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (In Plain Mama English)

Follow Kelly on Twitter

Related Episode: Parenting and Mental Health — How You and the Kids Can Thrive

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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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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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