Podcast Episode 136: Mother’s Day Special

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 136 of The New Family Podcast where we explore and celebrate motherhood.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner at the time this episode goes live, we’ve got a special edition of the podcast reflecting on the experience of mothering in 2017. I’m joined by my friend and colleague, Beth-Anne Jones, who also writes about parenting and other lifestyle topics on Plenty the Magazine, the lifestyle site she runs with two other moms.

Here are some resources related to my discussion with Beth-Anne.

Beth Anne’s 1,000 Families guest post

Plenty the Magazine website

Beth Anne’s Q&A with Brandie

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Beth-Anne’s Favourite Parenting Advice

“I would say that the key is being open to receiving the messages and really, truly hearing what’s being said to you. Just not being defensive and just really listening and taking the time to appreciate where the words are coming from and thinking about their story. When they give you their words of advice, don’t be so quick to brush it off but really think about ‘where is this coming from?’, ‘what’s their story?’, ‘why are they saying these things to me?’. And then think about whether you want to apply it in your own life. For me that’s been helpful, right now I’m really working on expectations and realizing what I’ve dreamed, wanted and believed my children would be, and how they would behave, what they’re interested in, isn’t necessarily coming to fruition. My dreams when I held them as babies isn’t happening and that’s okay.”

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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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