Podcast Episode 152: School Yard Cliques — The Parent Version

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 152 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about how both kids and parents try to fit into a new school year.

Almost every kid who heads back to school time of year — into a new classroom, or perhaps even to a whole new school — does so with some mix of anxiety and optimism about fitting in. Will any of my friends be in my class? Will the big kids on the playground be mean? Who will I sit with at lunch? But less talked about, perhaps, are the other dynamics on the schoolyard. The ones between the parents.

If you’re new to having a kid in school, you’re also likely new to the strange world of grown-up cliques in the playground. It can be a bit of a bizarre thing for those seeking a place in their school community, or even just trying to figure out what being a parent of a school-aged child entails. Canadian writer and broadcaster Laurie Gelman is our guest for this episode. Laurie is the former host of The Mom Show on Slice, but she’s now turned her hand to writing fiction. Her hilarious new novel, Class Mom, is about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom — a send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics. We’re getting all up in this cliquey business on today’s show.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Laurie Gelman’s book Class Mom: A Novel

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Laurie’s Favourite Parenting Advice

“I received it from an actress who is really well known in New York. Her name is Tovah Feldshuh. And when I was pregnant she said to me, ‘You’re going to be raising your kids in New York City. You must watch them very closely.’ And the second part applies to everybody, not just New York kids, but she said, ‘Your children will never survive bad friends. So make sure you know who they’re hanging out with.'”

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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. View all posts by