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It Takes a Village To Raise a Parent

Parenting. It's fun. It's challenging. It crosses racial and ethnic and socioeconomic barriers. Oh, and once you have "it" figured out, everything changes. While it certainly takes a village to raise a child, this podcast focuses on the parent. We hope to learn from other parents while giving you, the listener, some actionable tips to help you become a better parent. Note: This podcast is sponsored by gDiapers. Learn more at gdiapers.com.
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Mar 28, 2017

Miscarriage and pregnancy loss is very common, but it’s not talked about very much. If you have been through a miscarriage, you might feel very alone. We’re going to talk about that today. 

Our guest is Krista Parry. She will be sharing her story of her loss, from early-stage to later-stage miscarriage. She talks about how sharing her feelings and her journey on social media has helped her and her family come to terms with the loss and the grief. She’s also impacted others who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy, as they now know that they’re not alone.  

Some of the highlights of the show include: 

  • Krista’s plans for her family, as well as medical issues that caused her to have difficulty conceiving. 
  • How Krista was surprised by her second and subsequent pregnancies after struggling with infertility. 
  • The differences between a very early loss and a later loss. 
  • Why Krista made the choice to share about her miscarriage on social media. 
  • How Krista grieved and coped after her second miscarriage while also mothering her two little boys. 
  • The difference between her grief and that of her husband. 
  • Why Krista urges women who have had miscarriages to share their stories with others. 
  • How Krista’s beliefs helped her and her children to find comfort after the loss. 
 
Mar 20, 2017

Artist. Massage Therapist. Mother of 3 “high energy” boys. Angie Smith is busy, yet somehow maintains calm — and balance — through it all. 

Angie first identified herself as an artist when she was 10 years old. She launched her career before having her first child; however, once she had her first son (now 10 years old) her art career “went on pause.” 

We discussed the balance between art and motherhood; between chaos and art. 

Notable Quotes by Angie: 

“I was fully-emerged in being a mother. I did not really create in the time he was born until he was 18 months.”

“I was so wrapped up in being the best mother I could be to him, that I put everything for me on hold for a bit … including art.”

“I felt it all come back to me. It made me happy. It made me calm. When he woke up, I felt like I was a better mother.”

“Easier to balance now that I have 3 children. They are their own little tribe now.”

“100%. Having children has made me a better artist.”

 

Links:

Angie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/AngieMae14/

Angie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngieSmithArt/

Mar 15, 2017

Guilt.

It’s something that we all experience, but it could be more prevalent once you become a parent. Mom guilt, dad guilt, working parent guilt -- there are more types of guilt than can be named, and most parents feel it at some point! Left unchecked, guilt can build upon itself. The good news is that while you might always experience it to some extent, guilt is a manageable feeling.

Kim Graham-Nye, one of the co-founders of GDiapers, talks to us today about the guilt she has as a parent. She still struggles with it, but she’s found ways to deal with it. If you experience guilt, and you probably do, be sure to tune in to learn some strategies for handling it.

Some of the highlights of the show include:

● How Kim ended up being a working parent, including her background and early career history and how she got into having her own company.
● When Kim’s mother-guilt took hold and why it became overwhelming. She talks about what she felt guilty about, but as a mom and as a business-owner.
● How leaving her company for a few months gave her needed perspective as far as guilt and family life was concerned.
● Why guilt is universal, particularly among moms and how it does not discriminate between working and stay-at-home parents.
● Kim’s thoughts on work-life balance and why it’s so elusive.
● Why unrealistic expectations can lead to guilt.
● Thoughts on the differences between mommy-guilt and daddy-guilt.

 

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Mar 7, 2017

Being a CEO is tough. Being a parent is even tougher. Today we are going to be talking to Rhea Drysdale, the CEO of Outspoken Media. Rhea is also the parent of a four-year-old and a one-year-old. As you can imagine, she has a lot on her plate! She is going to share her experiences of being pregnant, breastfeeding, recovering from a difficult delivery, finding her groove as a new mom, and then transitioning from one child to two, all while also remaining CEO of her company.

Some of the highlights of today’s show include:

  • How Rhea’s experience finding out that she couldn’t control everything changed her as a mom and as a CEO.
  • How the kindness of strangers helped Rhea survive the first year as a new mom and a CEO.
  • Some lessons that Rhea has learned about being a CEO while pregnant, a mom of one, and a mom of two.
  • Why Rhea found it easy to bond with moms who had been through traumatic experiences.
  • What she would do differently the third time around, if she decides to have another baby.
  • How Rhea handled communication with her team members while on maternity leave.
  • How parenting helped Rhea appreciate the wisdom of moms who have gone before her.
  • Questions Rhea has asked herself to help find balance between work and parenting.
  • How Rhea handles working-parent guilt and how she depends on her support system to help her keep it under control.
 
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