Podcast Episode 127: Should we call Bullsh*t on Multi-level Marketing as a Career for Moms?

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 127 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to about starting your own business, and whether moms should give second thought to multi-level marketing.

We’re joined on this episode of the show by two entrepreneurial women, Bianca Sprague and Natasha Marchand. They’re the co-founders of bébo mia, a training organization for birth and parenting professionals. Bianca and Natasha were nominees for Ernst & Young 2016 Entrepreneur Of The Year, and remarkably managed to go from broke to earning six figures in their first year of business. We’re going to hear a little bit about that, but we’re also going to have a frank talk about the kind of career that is so often positioned to moms as the best way to make money while being present for their children, and that’s multi-level marketing.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Bianca and Natasha.

Bianca’s 1000 Families guest post

bebo mia’s website

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Related Episode: When Mom Owns Her Own Business With Tech Leader Amber Mac

Bianca’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“I would say my favorite gem, which I try to pass on to as many people as possible, is that there is no prescriptive parenting. And that’s something we build into all of our courses—that there isn’t something that you ‘just do this’ and you’re going to end up with this result. Each family, each parent-child diad, each situation requires its own assessment and its own tweaking. Whatever parenting things feel really good, and feel like they work to keep everybody’s mental wellness up in the household and it feels really good within their body to make those decisions.”

Natasha’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“For me, it would be that the mother should not be responsible for every single thing that happens. So they shouldn’t be the only one responsible for child care. And that should be something worked out before the birth of the baby, that we establish that these are going to be some people who help the mother with the many different things that happen with new parenting. The baby is able to attach and be loved by more than one care provider, and should be able to be put to sleep, and be fed, and all these things by more than one care provider. There’s so much pressure on the mom after the baby is born that we need to start really supporting her community and making sure that she’s not responsible for every little thing that the baby needs.”

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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