Growing up in Trinidad until her late teens, Renee Sylvestre-Williams had a solid grounding and appreciation for family. She reveled 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. Extended family and a sense of community support was the exception, not the rule.
When Renee and her family moved to Toronto, Canada, she was surprised at the differences in parenting, familial relationships, expectations and more.
Parenting, the role of adults and the role of children in the home and in society was very different, meaning that Renee needed to revisit her expectations as both a child of the Carribean and as an auntie to her nieces and nephews. Looking through the lens of her childhood and forging ahead as an adult has been an interesting journey for Renee. On this episode of the Parenting Then and Now podcast, she reveals her experiences of family, growing up, expectations and the comparisons between her childhood and what she sees as an adult woman in Canada today.