Podcast Episode 201: These New Parents Bought a House with Their 2 Best Friends

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 201 of The New Family Podcast, where we talk to a dad about raising a family in a shared housing arrangement.

As you know, I love telling you the stories of people who are defining family in interesting ways. My guest for this episode has found a wonderful way to meet one of the challenges that’s reshaping the way we live. The cost of housing, especially in major cities — but increasingly in medium-sized ones as well — is making it incredibly difficult for people to put decent roofs over there heads. Austin Graff, who works for the Washington Post, where he contributes to On Parenting, is raising a toddler in a house with his wife and two roommates. We’ll hear about how that arrangement came about and how it’s working for them.

Here are some resources related to this episode:

Austin’s 1,000 Families guest post

Austin’s blog

Austin’s Washington Post article ‘Group-house living, with a baby’

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Austin’s Parenting Advice

“There really is no cookie cutter solution at all. Despite that, many of us, including myself, sometimes will give advice that may not work for that particular situation or parent or baby, but the best advice we were given was to hold things loosely. We’re trying to parent our child in a way where she’s her own person and our job is to steward that and to make sure her own person is maximized versus trying to control her. It makes things a lot less stressful. Both my wife and I, specially me, there are some situations that we can feel a high level of stress around. And that’s one thing that I’ve been surprised by, because of that advice. I think only once I felt stressed in the last 19 months of parenting and that has made all the difference.”

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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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