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

October 4, 2018  

So we've decided to change the focus of the podcast to be the Leigh Sales Appreciation Society. Just jokes, but seriously we do spend a fair bit of time this episode talking about Australia's leading current affairs anchor and the new book she's written about overcoming trauma. Other cheery topics include breast self-examinations and whether or not our kids should play with toy guns. Happy listening! 

Reading:

The Nowhere Child by Christian White

Leigh Sales’ interview in Fairfax papers

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

Practising Simplicity (blog)

The Mental Load by Emma (not our Emma, a french Emma)

Watching:

Brooklyn 99

The Americans 

Touch Your Tits 

Listening:

ABC Kids News Time

Parent hack notes:

BioCeuticals Ultra Potent-C powder is the one Tess' kids like more than other brands

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September 19, 2018  

Finding a way to turn a creative passion into a profitable business can be tricky, especially when you throw a family into the mix. Enter Maryanne Moodie, Insta-famous weaver and teacher, a magical unicorn who has managed to develop her creative expression into a thriving business and community. 

If you’re a crafty type who enjoys a bit of interiors porn, there’s a strong chance you’ve seen Maryanne’s work. Her gorgeous textured weavings have inspired thousands of people to pick up some yarn and a loom, through her online and in-person weaving classes and her book On the Loom.

 We explore Maryanne’s story from schoolteacher to entrepreneurial weaver, including how she managed moving to New York City for her husband’s dream job with their one-year-old son in tow.

 Maryanne also shares a couple of great parenting hacks, including the toothbrushing podcast Chompers, the bedtime meditation for kid’s Bedtime Explorers.

 

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September 6, 2018  

It's Emma and Tess in your ears again with our recent book, pod and teev recommendations (for you AND your kids!). Yep, this episode we talk about a few kid-friendly podcasts on high rotation at home, plus revel in the wonder that is nature (documentaries). Then, thanks to a great listener suggestion, we discuss our policies on sleepovers and babysitting while our kids are still little. Enjoy!

Reading:

Teacher by Gabbie Stroud

Ache by Eliza Henry Jones

Lunchlady Magazine*

Listening:

Wowee Podcast

Married to a Maker

Future Women

Kids podcasts: Wow in the world; But Why; Pants on Fire; Brains On; Smash, boom, best; Story Pirates

Watching:

Planet Earth I & II

Glow (Netflix)

Sharp objects

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*Tess' book Conversations with Creative Women (Vol 3), feat. an interview with Lunchlady's founders Louise Bannister and Lara Burke, can be found at creativemindshq.com, or your local bookshop :)

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August 21, 2018  

Beci Orpin needs no introduction: her work has been seen on everything from billboards and snowboards to food trucks and books. Beci and her partner Raph (of Beatbox Kitchen and All Day Donuts fame!) have built a creative empire, all while raising their two sons.

Many of our guests are still in the trenches with toddlers or preschoolers, so hearing Beci’s view on the tween and teen years is a balm for our exhausted souls. She describes how it does get easier (hurrah!) and the joy of seeing your kids grow up.

Beci also takes us behind the scenes into how she and Raph manage running their own businesses (tip: keep everything local!); how she designs, tests, produces and writes her books; and why she encourages independence in her kids.

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July 25, 2018  

We kick off this episode discussing what's been in our podcast feeds and TV queues, and you'd be right in thinking that recently we haven't been consuming them as an escape tactic from the realities of the big bad world. From The Handmaids Tale (no spoilers, promise) to Nanette; You Can't Ask That to Teacher's Pet; there is definitely a 'theme' to our recommendations this episode (so consider this a content warning!).

But it's not all dark... We talk about our approaches to introducing extra-curricular activities into our kids lives and what we've tried; and share some trusty parenting hacks as well. Enjoy!

Reading:

Mothermorphosis by Monica Dux

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

Watching:

Nanette - Hannah Gadsby's special (Netflix)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt  (Netflix)

Making Child Prodigies (ABC iView)

You Can’t Ask That (ABC iView)

Hidden Figures (film)

Listening:

Eyes on Gilead and Blessed Be The Fruit Salad (Handmaid's Tale S2 podcasts)

Teacher's Pet

Start Up S7 - Church Planters

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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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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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