The New Normal Podcast The podcast for multitasking parents - a casual discussion about everything and anything pertaining to life as working parents.

July 13, 2018  

For some, the path to parenthood is relatively straightforward. For others, it is more complicated, but no less joyful.

On this episode we talk to Jen Clark of Jen Clark Design and her partner Kirstie Innes-Will, managing editor at Black Inc. In  2014, Jen and Kirstie decided to help another local couple to complete their family, and ended up in their own modern-day fairytale.

Because life with a newborn isn't hard enough, their first year as parents was shadowed by the same-sex marriage survey, where the entire country passed judgement on the validity of their new family.

Jen and Kirstie generously share their story with us, but it's four women talking a mile a minute at a kitchen table, so apologies for our constant talking over one another!

 

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June 27, 2018  

In terms of shielding our pre-school and early primary school-age kids from the big bad world, we're kinda in a cosy bubble rn. But for how long? In this episode we talk about our own family rules for screen time and what we fear is awaiting us in the future; as well as the important conversations we're starting to have around consent and approaching strangers for help. Then - because it be freezing outside - we share some recent TV & film recommendations that you can curl up under a blanket to consume. Happy listening!

Reading:

Today’s masculinity is stifling from The Atlantic

My Underpants Rule (book for kids)

Watching:

Queer Eye (again) on Netflix

Consent for kids

A Cry in The Dark starring Meryl Streep (from the '80s)

Tully starring Charlize Theron (written by Diabolo Cody)

Creative Discipline talk on vimeo by Lou Harvey Zahra (Google her to find her books too!)

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June 13, 2018  

Laura Vickers is a lawyer and mum of two who has carved out a niche for herself in the legal world with her practice Nest Legal based in Melbourne. She explains to us why it’s important to have the difficult conversations around who will look after your kids if you die, who gets your assets and what songs you want played at your funeral.

Her practice focusses on families, wills, tax and property conveyancing, and strives to be a family-friendly little hamlet in the decidedly unfamily-friendly legal world.

We learn that pre-nups are not as big a deal as we thought, that the wills you buy at the post office probably aren’t comprehensive enough and a handy recipe for Sausage Slurry, which ticks all our boxes for easy, fast, healthy and good for little tummies.

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May 23, 2018  

While admittedly this episode starts with a requisite debrief on *the* Royal wedding, if you're in need of some high quality TV series' and podcasts to get hooked into while the weather is chilly, this episode has heaps of our recent (or ol' favourite) recommendations. Then we delve into how and why Tess is trying (and so far failing) to make some new local mum friends, and share our friendship origin story, a.k.a that time when we awkwardly met at a cafe having read eachother's blogs and stalked eachother online. Plus we offer some parenting hacks and a few chuckles. Enjoy! 

Reading:

Every Decision My Kids Made Me Make In One Day
Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi

Watching:

Supernanny (Youtube)
The Handmaid’s Tale (SBS) - no spoilers!
Safe Harbour (SBS)
Love My Way
Wildside
Seven Types of Ambiguity
The Beautiful Lie
 

Listening:

Ladies, We Need To Talk (new season)
The Habitat
Hillary Clinton on Conversations

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May 9, 2018  

If this bumper episode sounds like you’re eavesdropping on three friends who haven’t seen each other in a while, then that’s exactly what it is. 

We catch up with past guest Lorelei Vashti (author of How to Choose Your Baby’s Last Name: A Handbook for New Parents) who we first spoke to way back in episode 27. Lorelei generously shares all about her two very different home births, dealing with birth trauma and what help is out there for parents who may be struggling.

 

The birthing course that Lorelei mentioned is through Birthing Wisdom by Rhea Dempsey.

The anti-anxiety weighted blanket that Emma raves about it is from Calming Moments.

If you or another parent you know is struggling with emotional wellbeing, you can call PANDA on 1300 726 306.

 

 

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April 25, 2018  

A LOT of random ground in covered in this episode, featuring Emma & Tess chit chatting about recent reads and audiovisual consumption. Cults, cold case murder investigations, stars without makeup, wills, Beyonce... See? Plus, a discussion about asking for flexibility at your workplace before/after you've been offered a new job; and two parenting hacks that that will make you a whole lot less frustrated by the minutiae of daily parenting life! :D

Reading:

Ordinary People by Diana Evans
Zero Fucks Cookbook by Yumi Stynes
7 Damaging Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders
Guide to pre-death life admin

Watching (all on Netflix):

Love
The Keepers
Wild Wild Country 

Listening:

In The Loop podcast

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April 11, 2018  

It seems unbelievable that after 58 episodes, this is the first one where we have deep-dived into IVF. Fertility issues affect one in six couples, and more than 70,000 IVF cycles are performed in Australia each year.

But photographer Jess Reftel-Evans came to IVF for a different reason to most people: Jess has a genetic condition that she didn’t want to pass onto her offspring. She answers all our nosey questions about egg harvesting and HCF levels, and graciously puts up with us exclaiming, ‘Oh my God!’ every few seconds.

We also chat about celebrity pregnancies (Janet Jackson fell pregnant at 50!?!) giving false hope to regular women, maintaining a relationship through IVF and how much parenting is like having a dog: kids eat food off the floor, require a lot of walks and will poo anywhere. Some even require leashes!   

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March 27, 2018  

Only a privileged few have ever set eyes on Tess' weekly meal plan, but in this episode the origin and power of this document is revealed once and for all (and it's actually super easy for you to try for yourself!). Also, we talk about the books and podcasts we've been consuming, and offer a couple of parenting hacks including one that will make bathtime easier, and one that will make you a fancy free human adult who enjoys midday movies and long lunches with your lover.

READING

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

WATCHING

She-Ra (Netflix)

Better Things (Foxtel)

Becoming Warren Buffett (on YouTube)

LISTENING

Auspicious Plastic podcast by Megan Spencer

Where Should We Begin podcast with Esther Perel (Season 2)

 

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March 12, 2018  

Episode 57 is a special one. Instead of our usual mix of recommendations, updates and banter, we dedicate the entire episode to the stillbirth of Emma's daughter Edie in October last year. Her due date was last Saturday.

We discuss what happened, what helped and where to from here, including how you can help someone in similar circumstances.

You can find more of Emma's writing about her experience at her blog. 

 

This probably isn't an episode for little ears, or if you are feeling a little tender.

 

 

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February 21, 2018  

It’s another episode chock-full of recommendations to make your sleep-deprived mind at least a little stimulated with culture. But ah, who are we kidding, we also spend a fair bit of time talking about the Belle Gibson saga. Later, Emma shares her experience attending speech therapy with her 5-year-old for the last few years, and we trade some parenting hacks we’ve only recently devised since becoming mums what seems like 400 years ago. Enjoy!

Reading:
The Woman Who Fooled The World: Belle Gibson’s Cancer Con by Nick Toscano and Beau Donelly
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers
Ellen van Neervan’s Comfort Food

Listening:
Death Sex Money podcast miniseries ‘Opportunity Costs’
Bang On with Myf and Zan
The Pineapple Project

Watching (on Netflix):
Black Mirror non-scary episodes e.g. s3e1 and s4 eps 1 & 4
Joan Didion documentary The Centre Will Not Hold

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