Podcast Episode 200: Special 200th Episode! A Week in Our House

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 200 of The New Family Podcast, where we celebrate a milestone for the podcast with a very personal episode.

For this special milestone episode of the podcast, we’re getting a little personal. For the first time, the whole family joins in as we share the first week of school in our house.

Join host Brandie, the boys’ dad, Derek, stepmom, Amy, 15-year-old basketball enthusiast Cameron, skateboarding fiend Alister, 11, and some other very important people in our lives as we share the everyday experience of the return to school, the juggle between work and family, the quest to get the right mix of extra-curricular activities and the never-ending mystery of the unmatched sock.

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Left to right: The boys’ dad, Derek, stepmom, Amy, Cameron, Alister and Brandie out for pizza on the night before school started.

Alister enjoying some chocolate-chip pancakes on the first day of school.

Alister, left, and Cameron, right, on the first day of school.

Of course, not every week is the first week of school. But overall the events we’ve share over the seven days captured by this podcast feel like a pretty accurate reflection of how we spend our time and of the predictably unpredictable nature of family life with its moments of laughter and of frustration, its long evenings spent juggling work and family commitments, and the usual array of problems to solve. I hope you heard some of your own lived experience as you listened in our week.

Sponsor Thanks!

Special thanks to our sponsor, Wise Bites, makers of allergy-safe snacks that check all the right boxes for back to school, for helping us make the show is entirely free to you.

The kids are back to school, and that means parents are back on duty with packing school lunches and snacks. Not only does this mean making time for preparing lunches on busy school mornings (or, if you can get it together, the night before) but it also means shopping for all the right supplies.

That’s why we like to stock up on cookie bars and other low-sugar baked treats from Canadian-company Wise Bites. These delicious treats are sweetened almost entirely with date paste, and they’re a good source of protein, iron and fibre. Plus, they’re free of the top 11 allergens—including peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, eggs, dairy, soy and more—making them perfectly compliant with school allergy policies. You can order online at wise-bites.com.

Or, if you prefer to taste them before you stock up, for a limited time, Wise Bites is offering a free sample cookie to our listeners. Just cover the $1.95 shipping to get it to your door.

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Brandie Weikle

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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