In this episode, KJ Dell’Antonia — journalist and author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute — joins our parenting editor Michelle Woo to discuss how to make your family life less stressful and even — dare we say it? — fun.
But first, Alice gives staff writer and soon-to-be new parent Nick Douglas an important (note: Not really important) parenting quiz. And finally, we have a playlist of non-kid songs that your kids will love as much as you do — because nothing is happier than a parent who doesn’t have to spend all day listening to the Wiggles.
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In This Episode
Intro and Quiz Show (0:00 – 9:02)
Alice tests Nick on his knowledge of infants — and on how well he was listening all those times she told him stories from her child’s own infancy. (Spoiler: Not very well.)
The Interview: K.J. Dell’Antonia (10:22 – 28:20)
Parenting editor Michelle Woo speaks with K.J. about how to lower your expectations, lighten up, and have more of a sense of humour about the misadventures of parenting.
The Playlist: Grown-Up Music That Kids Will Love (29:39 – 25:58)
The Upgrade audience submitted their favourite non-kid songs to listen to with their kids. In this segment, we listen to a few highlights.
Get the whole playlist here.
Upgrade of the Week and Credits (37:28 – 44:00)
Here are the tiny things that have been making a big difference in our lives:
Nick: This baby socialist was going to read Marx’s Capital but decided it was too long, so instead he bought Marx’s Capital Illustrated. So far, so good.
Alice: She highly recommends starting a dream journal, especially if you’re feeling creatively stuck, which she was, until she started… a dream journal. (Note: This also saves other people from having to hear about your dreams.)