Podcast Episode 125: Dad, Paraplegic, Ironman

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 125 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a dad with a very powerful story.

This is one of our most inspiring episodes yet. We’re joined on the show today by dad and adventurer Robert Buren. Although he became paraplegic after an accident a little more than eight years ago, he and his wife decided that they were not going to let the fact that Robert would now be confined to a wheelchair keep them from having everything that they wanted out of life—as individuals and as a family. They’ve met increasingly ambitious endurance sports goals in the years since, and in fact, Robert just became Canada’s first paraplegic to race in, and earn second place at, the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. The strength both he and his wife have demonstrated for their two girls is remarkable, and serves as an important lesson in the power of resilience. Don’t miss their moving personal story and the message behind Robert’s blog and philosophy, Rock the Chair.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Robert.

Robert’s 1000 Families guest post

Rock The Chair website

Robert’s blog

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Robert’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“I don’t think it’s parenting advice per se, but I once heard a speaker that said that if someone is giving you a hard time, that’s a good thing. Because when they stop giving you a hard time, they’ve given up and they don’t care anymore. I think some of my bigger challenges in parenting are some of those things that I think are really important – maybe it’s manners, maybe it’s practicing the piano. And I have to go back to that piece of advice where it would be easier to give up and just let things slide but no, because I care about my kids, because I love them and because I truly believe in particular things being of importance and value. I stay on them.”

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About Brandie Weikle

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