Podcast Episode 180: Baby’s First Hashtag — Having Fun with Hipster Parents

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 180 of The New Family Podcast where we poke a little good-natured fun at the world of hipster parents.

Today’s episode is fun one because I get to speak with a dynamic husband-and-wife team who are not only award-winning journalists but smart and funny people. Sue Allen is a journalist, yoga teacher and hockey mom who now works for a non-profit. Her husband Scott Feschuk is the author of three previous books, including How Not to Completely Suck as a New Parent and has written for publications like Maclean’s, Sportsnet and The Globe and Mail.

Scott and Sue have two kids, but their latest collaboration is a parody board book called Baby’s First Hashtag, which introduces babies to the hip world of hashtags, memes, manbuns quinoa and organically sourced plaid into which they have arrived.

Scott and Sue join me to have a little fun with the painfully self-conscious world of hipster parenting, as well as to talk about the role that humour can play in how we raise our kids.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Baby’s First Hashtag

How Not to Completely Suck as a New Parent

Scott’s photography website

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Scott’s Parenting Advice

“I do recall a time when somebody, they really made a point of this, that ‘All phases come to an end’. And that was really helpful because, like any kids, our kids went through a couple of phases where you’re like, literally, ‘is this what they’re going to be like the rest of their lives?’ And when you’re raising a kid, three months literally feels like three years sometimes. But once you kind of do accept and once you experience it yourself that, the phases do end — I thought that’s really valuable advice because it gave me a longer term perspective and it made those awkward phases a little easier to take.”

Sue’s Parenting Advice

“If I had to distil it into anything useful, it might be ‘Kids are what they see.’ So no matter what you are telling them, they just are watching. I think our kids have been really lucky to have amazing role models, from teachers to coaches, from family to Scott. I think I’ve just always been super mindful of this in the way we live our lives. It’s sort of earnest but I think it’s true.”

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About Brandie Weikle

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


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