Thank you for visiting The New Family, a blog site and podcast that examines and celebrates modern family life.
Our aim is to inform and inspire while reflecting the wide variety of people and partnerships heading up today’s families. You’ll find musings on the everyday, both the good stuff and bad, as well as thought-provoking posts on the issues parents are talking about most.
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The New Family’s 1,000 Families Project
Our award-winning blog project, “I bet we can find 1,000 ways to be a family” does just that. We share the first-person stories of your unique families. Click here to email us with a photo of your crew and 750+ words about what life with kids is like for you. Whether you parent with a partner, extended family member, friends you can’t live without or on your own—or define your family without children—we want to hear from you.
The New Family Podcast
Each week we produce a show that explores what family life really looks like today and the issues that matter to parents most. We share compelling interviews with people whose stories represent the changing face of family. And we talk to top parenting experts with great insights to share on raising kids.
About the editor
The New Family is run by long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson, Brandie Weikle. She’s a former 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.
She writes a column called Modern Family for the Toronto Star, and is working on a book called The Ex Next Door: How a New Generation of Parents is Redefining Life After Divorce.
Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. She also does speaking engagements on the topic of positive co-parenting. She provides one-on-one divorce coaching and is the leader of a lively international Facebook Community called Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce. You can contact her here.
The idea for The New Family stems from Brandie’s own experience as part of a non-traditional family. She is amicably divorced and for eight years lived next door to the father of her children, even well after his remarriage to her boys’ stepmom.
Inspired to help people who are going through separation and/or divorce to find their way to healthy co-parenting, Brandie started the a private Facebook community Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce. The group now has members on six continents. You’re welcome to join at any stage of relationship transition (whether you were ever officially married or not). Here members share stories and support aimed at improving co-parenting relationships both for the benefits of their kids and themselves. Join the group here!.
The New Family has been humbled to receive a Gold at the Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best Blog in 2015, as well as a Silver for Independent Publisher of the Year. In 2016 we snagged three nominations and a Silver for Best Podcast, and we also took home the Silver for Best Podcast in 2017. The New Family has been featured in the Toronto Star, on CBC Radio, The Huffington Post and others, as well as on numerous podcasts.
Work with The New Family
The New Family partners with top-notch organizations and brands on content initiatives ranging from sponsored posts and giveaways to fully integrated custom sponsorship packages including ad rolls on The New Family Podcast, sponsored social, newsletters and more. Brandie also works as a brand ambassador and event host. Click here to request a rate card.