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.
Postpartum depression was very real for her, and though difficult at the outset, she got the help she needed and was able to thrive as a parent.
Maria's book - "Oh, Baby - A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide For the First Year" provides information and advice to new moms about the importance of self-care, getting support and 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."
In this episode of the Parenting Then and Now Podcast, John sits down with Sam and tells her all about his life growing up and learning about food and cooking, his views on Kraft dinner and Nutella and how he feels about dining out with, or without kids.
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.
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
Dr. Sean Hayes joins Sam to discuss the changes in society and culture related to parenting over the past 30+years. How did we go from latchkey kids to helicopter parenting? Dr Hayes breaks it down in this episode.Read More
Karen Finocchio, aka "One Tough Muther" has seen a lot, lived through a lot and now helps a lot of women around the world to find their inner strength and to make their best life happen. This supermom and super advisor to many has gone through tough times and come through the other side and now provides guidance and support to others in need.Read More
How has family life changed in the recent past? A lot, that's for sure.
It's safe to say that the simple and uncomplicated family life exemplified by such 1950's classics such as Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best is now just a distant memory.Read More
With more than 20 years of industry experience, Marc Saltzman is one of the most recognized and trusted technology evangelists in North America. Marc is a freelance columnist for more than 40 publications (including a syndicated column with USA TODAY), a prolific (16-time) author, radio and television personality, public speaker, and host of “Gear Guide,” which runs on Cineplex movie theatre screens across the country.Read More