Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 131 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to two women about legal co-parenting rights.
I am really delighted to welcome to the show Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins, two lawyers and friends co-parenting seven-year-old Elaan, who has complex disabilities and care needs. Elaan is Natasha’s biological child, but late last year the two won a legal victory to have both of them recognized as co-parents on their little boy’s birth certificate.
Here are some resources related to my discussion with Natasha and Lynda.
Lynda’s Parenting Advice
“For me, it was my mom saying early, early on in Elaan’s life ‘You need to get support as a parent.’ And what she said was, it’s not that you won’t survive if you don’t have support, but it’s the difference between loving your parenting experience and having it be difficult. And I really feel that she was absolutely right. I can think of eight or 10 adults who have very significant roles in Elaan’s life and I do think that’s part of the reason why we mostly have a very happy family experience even in the midst of some of the challenges. A big secret to our happiness is that we’re surrounded by a network of loving, joyful people who also adore Elaan and are really there for all of us.”
Natasha’s Parenting Advice
“My parents came to Canada as a young couple and really didn’t have any family here, but it didn’t mean that we didn’t have an incredibly close network of friends. And I think Lynda is right that they really teach me through example. We had such a large community of friends who really felt like family to us. They provided us with the support that I think we try to give to Elaan now through our own colleagues at work, our close friends and our professional support.”
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