Podcast Episode 220: Raising Children with Justice, Mercy and Kindness

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 220 of The New Family Podcast, where we talk to an author about raising kids with justice, mercy and kindness as guiding principles both for how we treat them and the traits will encourage them to develop.

My guest on today’s show has an interesting personal story to tell about differentiating her own parenting experience from the fundamentalist religion she was schooled in growing up. In fact, Cindy Wang Brandt has written a book on how to treat children with justice as well as how to encourage them to cultivate their own sense of what’s right and wrong. It’s called Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy and Kindness.

Cindy also hosts a podcast called Parenting Forward. She’s here to talk about her upbringing, her work and her mission to spread the word about raising children with racial justice, gender equality, gender affirmation and their own sense of what’s worth fighting for.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness

Cindy’s website

Parenting Forward Podcast

Raising Children Unfundamentalist – Facebook Group

Parenting Forward Facebook Page

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What Cindy Hopes People Get Out of Reading The Book

“I needed to have my core assumptions challenged before I was willing to explore other alternatives and that’s what I hope my book does for other parents — that it will challenge their assumptions so that they will make that shift from authoritarian parenting into more respectful forms of parenting. And from there, then they might be inspired to go explore, and try to experiment alternatives to this hierarchical and authoritarian types of parenting.”

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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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