Growing up in Trinidad until the age of 18, Renee-Sylvestre Williams had a solid grounding and appreciation for family. She revelled in the company of her various “aunties,” her uncles, her cousins and her neighbours, who lived in her community and who would keep an eye out on her and the other kids – whether they liked it or not.
Raised in the 70's and 80's, this mother of six who has taken the wise words and advice of her Irish Catholic grandmother and used this knowledge to become the amazing parent that she is today.
Julie's childhood was largely influenced by not only her grandmother, but her parents, her siblings and her close-knit family structure that informed how she would one day become Superwoman extraordinaire.Read More
When Amber Mac was growing up in PEI in the 80’s, life was very different for her than it is for her son today. Technology was not a huge factor as part of her daily play; rather, a lot of free time to roam and explore shaped her world and her choices in how her son uses technology as part of his daily life.Read More
Jacki Yovanoff grew up in the most conventional of conventional families. She went to Catholic school, her father worked outside the home and her mother stayed home with Jacki and her younger brother while the kids were young. Jackie completed high school, went to university, got married and had kids, "just like she was supposed to do."
It wasn't until a point in her marriage that she realized that the life she was living was not for her.Read More
When Maria Lianos-Carbone was growing up, things were different, at least in her household. The child of Greek immigrant parents, Maria's perspective on motherhood was largely shaped by what she saw in her home - a seemingly effortless ability for her mother to take care of kids, the household and more. Stress and anxiety was not part of the picture, so when Maria had her own kids, she was not prepared for the feelings that engulfed her as a new mother.Read More
Vicky Sanderson came of age in the 60's, admired strong female role models in the 70's and 80's, and became a Lifestyle, Home and Decor expert in the 90's and beyond. This was done all while raising four kids and making sure that each of them learned the importance of gender equality and activism.
Learning from her first role model - her own mother - Vicky learned that a woman's place was not just in the home, but wherever she wanted it to be, and that in spite of societal dictates of the time that relegated many women to narrow career possibilities, one could still make a difference in the world.
In this episode of the podcast, Vicky and Sam discuss these topics and more, including the rise of gender reveal parties, open concept design and smart home technology.Read More
Millennial dad Casey Palmer has a few ideas about how to prepare his kids for the digital world in which they’ll reside. His insights are the result of not only his experiences growing up, but his current success as an Influencer who understands that as the ways in which we communicate rapidly changes, so should we prepare our kids with the tools to adapt.Read More
Precious Chong knows all about how to talk to kids about drugs. After all, her dad - famous cannabis-culture hero Tommy Chong - was a leader and supporter of legalization and use of marijuana before it became cool to do so.
With pot becoming legal in Canada in 2018, and many U.S. states considering the prospect of doing so as well, many parents are stressed about how to broach this sensitive subject with their kids. Precious breaks it down and speaks to Sam about her own experiences growing up with her dad, and what it taught her about being open to discussions about this and other topics.Read More
John Catucci grew up in an Italian household where food was an important part of family life. As a first-generation Italian-Canadian, John's love of food started in the kitchen, with his father, who taught him the ins and outs of a good home-cooked, Italian meal.
It's no surprise that John went on to become a food connoisseur of sorts, through his love of dining out and via stint as the host of The Food Network's "You Gotta Eat Here."Read More
Parenting is a challenge when you're doing it solo. Just ask Joe and Doug, two single dads who are have figured out some efficient and effective ways of navigating single fatherhood. In this episode of the Parenting Then and Now podcast, these dads provide some tips, advice and discussion around solo parenting, kids and life.Read More
Raising kids in a rapidly changing world has always been a challenge, but perhaps not as much as it is today. At least that's what comedian Charlie Demers is finding as he navigates fatherhood with his four-year-old daughter.Read More
School and parenting seem to be at odds these days. Why is it that parents are increasingly told that they must follow what appear to be arbitrary and often unnecessary rules in order for their kids to participate in school, or life in general?Read More
In 2008, she was labelled "The World's Worst Mom" after she let her nine-year-old son ride the New York subway alone. But the public outcry and anger at Lenore Skenazy wasn't enough to stop this determined mom from raising her kids the way she felt was best.Read More
What's the future of social media use among teens and tweens? The Internet's Favourite Dad, Brittlestar, aka Stewart Reynolds breaks it down for us on this episode of the Parenting Then and Now Podcast.Read More