Podcast Episode 148: Leaving Her Religion

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 148 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a mom about her journey of personal reinvention.

My guest for this episode has a remarkable story to tell. You see Natasha Clark became a mom at a young age, and was part of a strict religious community in small town Alberta. Today she’s in a happy same-sex relationship and lives in Victoria, B.C. on the west coast, a transformation in her life that involved a whole lot of soul searching, bravery and bumps along the way. She also runs a small digital creative agency called Risk Creative, and she’s here to share what it took to re-imagine her life so entirely.

Here are some resources related to my discussion with Natasha.

Risk Creative’s website

Natasha’s blog

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Natasha’s Favourite Parenting Advice

“I think the best piece of parenting advice I received was more about a general philosophy of attachment parenting. I think all of the research that I did when I was young, and the relationship I built up with my doula, who was an attachment parent, allowed me to foster this attachment with my kids when they were young and this intense closeness that I think will keep them close to me forever even if we maybe are apart physically or even if other people intervene in our relationship. Those years are very precious, you will miss them so much. They really do create a bond that is hard to break and you never know what might happen later on. You never know if your children will go through a teenage rebellion period or if divorce might make things difficult or what may come. Using that time that you have with them when they worship you and think that you are absolutely perfect, and want to spend all that time with you, using that time wisely to make the most of it that you can according to your circumstances and to really be present during those moments, I think will help you in the future when any number of things can intervene in your life that you may not expect.”

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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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