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

June 15, 2016  

Birthday party planning has been the topic du jour for both Emma and Tess' kids recently, and in this episode we ask ourselves - who is this epic birthday event really for, anyway?  Alongside flipping through the pages of the Women's Weekly Birthday Cake Book, we've also been reading proper grown up books, and thinking about what we'll do with our careers now and in the future (which admittedly seems very, very far away some days). Find all the show notes and links at our website

June 1, 2016  

Every mum knows that along with your boobs, your handbag and your ladyparts, your wardrobe is one thing that will completely change once kids are on the scene. It's easy to spend days in ratty leggings and baggy cardigans, (or in our case, striped tops and skinny jeans!) but personal stylist Rebecca Jane is an expert on how to look - and feel - great with your post-baby body. 

We chat about her path to becoming a stylist, her top tips for mums and a sad story about a treasured wool coat. 

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May 18, 2016  

If parenthood itself isn't a creativity killer, then seemingly endless bouts of acute sickness can definitely throw a spanner in your work schedule, especially if you're self-employed. On this episode, we talk about our overwhelm-reduction strategies when the winter sniffles (or vom marathons) strike, as well as our usual stable of awesome content-consumption recommendations!

Show notes:

Is Parenthood the Enemy of Creative work?
Inside Annabel Crabb's handbag
Rebecca Sparrow and her books Find Your Tribe and Ask Me Anything 
Helen Garne's new book Everywhere I Look
The Moth
The Mama Mia podcast network
Book: How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Reply All: Milk Wanted episode
Debbie Millman's Design Matters interview with Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton
Shameless (the US version)
Web series' The Katering Show and High Maintenance

May 3, 2016  

Nicole Avery is one of those people who has a whole lot on her plate, but balances it all with finesse. She is a professional blogger at Planning with Kids, an author, speaker and marathon runner - on top of being mum to five kids aged seven to 17. 

Her blog is a goldmine of tips, advice and lessons on managing family life, from meal planning to ways to fit in me-time, all with Nic's trademark practical and approachable style. We chat about her path to professional blogging, just how she manages to cook for and feed seven people, and the steep learning curves of parenting. 

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April 19, 2016  

Do you ever feel like being a parent means having to be prepared to answer ANY question from your kids about ANY life thing at ANY given moment? In this episode, we talk about scrambling for age-appropriate answers to questions from our kids about their bodies, sex, and those strange noises they might have heard coming from the next room after bedtime. *Ahem*.

Other not-NSFW topics of conversation include our current reads online and off, whether motherhood makes you more creative, and even a recipe to try for dinner. 
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Podcast Dear Sugar (again!)
Books: Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things
Book: Elizabeth Gilbert's Committed
Book: Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project
Article: A millennial and a baby boomer trade places by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Michele Hanson
Blog/book: Adulting
Blog post: Why Do Teenagers Rebel? Thoughts from a 19-Year-Old Who Didn’t
Recipe: Jamie Oliver's Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Bake
Hot topic article: A list of behavioural things to expect from preschoolers when they are learning about their bodies
Book: Where Did I Come From?
Yay: Miranda July
Yay: You can still buy Gratton Design furniture!
April 6, 2016  

Joanna Francis from Miette Handmade has recently returned to Melbourne after spending six months living in France with her French husband and their two kids Anouk and Leo. We ask her definitively whether French children really do throw food (newsflash: they totally do!) and what its like to raise bilingual kids. 

With a background in international aid work, including a stint living in Afghanistan, we talk about how to talk to your kids about different cultures and teaching empathy, plus how to prepare for long plane flights with little kids.

March 22, 2016  

Whoa, we really cover a lot of ground on today's episode - our 40th! Off the back of a bunch of podcast recommendations, we talk about how introverted kids adapt to the online world, as well as touch on the topic of voluntary assisted dying which is the focus of Andrew Denton's new podcast series. Emma's trialling a new way to be productive in short bursts of work time, and at last, Tess has an update on her Paid Parental Leave saga as described in Episode 34. 

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Podcast: Andrew Denton’s Better Off Dead
Podcast: Parenting Rebels
Podcast: Edit your Life
Podcast: Quiet with Susan Cain
Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi on Cup Of Jo
Book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
Article/book: The Collapse of Parenting by Dr Leonard Sax
App: Touchnote
App: Snapfish
App/book: The Pomodoro Technique
Flashback: Tess’ Paid Parental Leave appeal letter and the original story explained in episode 34.

March 9, 2016  

Hannah Fox is a successful and talented mixed media artist and mother of three boys under five. She shares her journey to becoming a full-time artist after stints in events and graphic design, including what happens when your studio has to become a nursery.

In this episode, we cover the whole gamut of the parenting and business world, from having kids who aren't interested in arts and crafts, to how to put a monetary value on your creative work. 

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February 24, 2016  

In this episode, Tess is housesitting, Emma recounts a rather messy night-before-an-auction tale, and we discuss who we've decided will raise our kids if the unthinkable happens. And as usual, we have lots of great recommendations for your eyes, ears, and brains to keep you sane. Enjoy!

​Marie Kondo (The Konmari Method) author of Spark Joy and The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up
The Minimalists podcast
Simple Matters (book) and Reading My Tea Leaves (blog) by Erin Boyle
Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Stout
Practising Simplicity blog (and the 'How to take photos of your child without revealing their identity' post)
Lessons to Excel in your 30s by Mark Manson
I know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkamm
Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
Broad City
Cherry Healy
Sharon Horgan's Secrets of a Good Marriage and On The Verge Of A Midlife Crisis

February 9, 2016  

Annette Wagner is a lady of many talents: branding, marketing, demographics, product design, graphic design... truly multidisciplinary! On top of all that, she is mum to William and Charlotte, aged seven and four respectively. 

We chat about the angst of figuring out whether your kid is ready for school, parenting boys vs girls and coping with miscarriage and post-natal depression. 


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