Episode 26 - Have Kids, Will Travel

Episode 26 - Have Kids, Will Travel

Natalie Preddie-Zamojc regularly travels with her family as a result of growing up with adventurous parents. It was the norm for her to visit many countries and locales as a child, and her love of exploring new cultures has carried over to her career as a travel writer and journalist.

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Episode 23 - The Culture of Community Parenting

Episode 23 - The Culture of Community Parenting

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.

 

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Episode 21 - The Hot Young Widow's Club

Episode 21 - The Hot Young Widow's Club

Nora McInerny is not afraid of loss. After all, she’s experienced it - and then some. The creator and host of the Terrible, Thanks For Asking podcast and the Hot Young Widow’s club sits down with Sam for an intimate and revealing discussion about love, life, death, loss and parenting.

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Episode 20 - Family Ties

Episode 20 - Family Ties

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.

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Episode 19 - Technology is Optional

Episode 19 - Technology is Optional

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.

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Episode 18 - You CAN Choose Your Family

Episode 18 - You CAN Choose Your Family

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.

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Episode 17 - Love Thyself, New Mom

Episode 17 - Love Thyself, New Mom

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.

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Episode 16 - Women's Work and Other Myths

Episode 16 - Women's Work and Other Myths

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.

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Episode 15 - Milennial Parenting 101

Episode 15 - Milennial Parenting 101

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.

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Episode 14 - Don't be a Dope! Talk to Your Kids About Drugs

Episode 14 - Don't be a Dope! Talk to Your Kids About Drugs

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.

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Episode 13 - Food, Family and Fagioli

Episode 13 - Food, Family and Fagioli

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."

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Episode 12 - Life Hacks For Single Dads

Episode 12 - Life Hacks For Single Dads

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.

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