Podcast Episode 146:
Raising Kids in Condos

Photo credit: Vince Talotta/Toronto Star

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 146 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about raising kids in condos.

We’re joined by writer and mom Jackie Burns for this episode of the show. Jackie and her husband are bring up their kids in a condo, as more and more families do these days. She and I dig into the mythology in our culture about how being successful in providing for a family means having your own backyard.

And we dive into all the benefits of condo living that we don’t hear about as much as we should. With population density in urban areas increasing, along with the cost of real estate, this is an important, pragmatic discussion about building liveable cities as well.

Because it’s so rare to see family condo or apartment living reflected in children’s literature, Jackie has launched her own picture book series, starting with The Condo Kids: Adventures with Bob the Barbary Sheep.

Here are some resources related to my discussion with Jackie.

Jackie Burns’ The Condo Kids: Adventures with Bob the Barbary Sheep

The Condo Kids website

Related Episode: Why Parents Fear the Wrong Things

Jackie’s Toronto Star Article on condo life: Why we’re raising our kids in a condo

Jackie’s 1000 Families guest post Family Life in a Condo

Jackie’s Favourite Parenting Advice

“The one piece [of advice] that has really stuck with me, it came from a friend of mine who has kids who are older. One of them just turned 14, so she’s ahead of me by a few years, and she always has these little nuggets that I take from her that are great. One piece of advice she gave me which I really took to heart and I feel was super valuable, was the fact that no matter how busy you get, because everybody gets super busy and there’s always these distractions specially in our digital age, but she said no matter how busy you get, make sure you take, even if it’s just five minutes every day, to just sit down and really connect. Like look into your kids eyes and have a real conversation with them and really connect with them. Whether it’s just hugging them, or just looking into their eyes and telling them how important they are to you, or asking them what the worst and best part of their day is…just having that emotional connection with them and making them feel that they’re special and showing them how much you care about them.”

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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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Raising Kids in Condos' has no comments

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