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

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. 

January 26, 2016  

This episode of The New Normal is teleported to you via the Internet tubes in more ways than one (which explains why it sounds like Tess is inside a cupboard, which she is not). We talk about our summer holiday reads and podcast recommendations, our yays and nays (which include meditating in the carpark of Coles and lamenting the natural weaning process), and ask each other if there are things we do/would do differently in raising our kids that our parents did to us (pre-apologies to any of our parents listening to this!).

The Minimalists
Dear Sugar
Chat 10 Looks 3
Real Simple

Clutter Free With Kids by Joel Becker
Better Than Before by Gretchin Rubin
The Eye of the Sheep by Sophie Laguna
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
Why Not Me/Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
Bossypants by Tina Fey
I Know I Am But What Are You by Samantha Bee

Smiling Mind meditation app

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January 13, 2016  

Picture this: your husband comes home and says he has a great job offer overseas. Not in New York, not London, but in... Detroit? If you are Michelle Francis, you grab hold of the opportunity with both hands, pack up your three daughters and all your possessions and move!

Local creatives may know Michelle from Frankie and Swiss, the boutique digital printing business that Michelle founded with her sister Jacqui Swies. Michelle still plays a big part in Frankie and Swiss, albeit remotely. She discusses what it really like to live in the US of A, (big portions! community spirit! guns!) and shares a story of her run-in with the cops.

December 22, 2015  

For the lucky last episode of 2015, we discuss our highs, lows and in-betweens of 2015, which includes Emma randomly purchasing a new house (!), Tess giving birth to TWO babies only months apart (NB: One is a book baby!), and our personal, professional and parenting goals for 2016.

Lena Dunham's Women of the Hour podcast and her Lenny newsletter

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) podcast

Zadie Smith's novel N-W

Novel Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Non-fiction book Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

TV show Tyrant

Hitting Home doco on domestic violence 

Netflix's latest show Master of None

Owning It by Sharon Givoni and published by Tess McCabe!

Emma's business Gratton Design

December 9, 2015  

Designer Lara Cameron is co-founder of Ink & Spindle, a Melbourne textile printing company with focusses on ethical and enviro-friendly materials and business practices. 

Lara is also mum to 19 month old Adelaide, a gorgeous and very awake toddler! Lara has been through a tumultuous sleep journey, from sleep schools and home consultants to long walks in the Ergo and 5.00am starts - on a good day. We commiserate and share battle stories of the horrors of sleep deprivation, learning to let go and what actually happens in the hallowed halls of sleep school.

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