Were the "good old days" really so good? Was parenting easier back in the day or is that just an illusion? What about being a kid? Was it better then...or now? That's what I'm on a mission to find out in my new podcast, Parenting Then and Now. Join me on this strange trip, won't you?
ESSAY: How the Internet Ruined Kids' Fun
Back in the day, anticipation was the name of the game. Kids had to wait - and that was a good thing.
Now, in the age of instant gratification, the waiting game is a distant memory.
ESSAY - I Wish it Were 1978 Just For One Day
There was a time when the day ended. Those times themselves ended with the advent of digital technology and 24/7 communication.
This essay recalls life before constant notifications and information overload were regular occurrences.
To read this essay online, go to I Wish it Were 1978 Just For One Day
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PTAN #34 - When Daughter Becomes Mother
Jann Arden had experienced much in her life, but nothing prepared her for the experience of becoming the primary caregiver for her elderly mother. As Alzheimer’s disease took hold, Arden did her best to deal with the changes to the mother-daughter relationship that she had cherished for so long. While her mom’s health declined, Jann realized that she had to shift gears: no longer was she the child; now she had become the parent.
In “Feeding My Mother,” her bestselling book, the award-winning singer, actor and broadcaster recounted her journey to acceptance of her role, and the inevitability that dementia presents to loved ones.
On this episode of the Parenting Then and Now Podcast, Jann reveals the lessons learned from her care-giving journey and how it changed her life forever.
PTAN #33 - OMG, Women Have Choices!
Natasha Solovieff was a child of the 50s and a woman who came of age in the 60s, giving her a unique perspective on parenting. She lived through major societal shifts including feminism and the redefinition of women’s roles in the 70’s. As a result, she had many more choices than her mother and previous generations of women.
Her own decision to become a parent at a later age came after actively choosing her profession as a nurse.
On this episode of the Parenting Then and Now Podcast, Natasha discusses societal shifts and changes in expectations for women, men, mothers and more.
Visit Natasha's website here.
Buy Natasha's book here.
Essay - Memories of Low Tech Popcorn
Once upon a time, popcorn-making included oil or butter, a stove and, perhaps, some burnt kernels.
Introducing PTAN Essays
It's all about the "then and now" around here.
Introducing the Parenting Then and Now Podcast Essays. This is where more memories of times gone by are recalled by Sam, the PTAN Podcast host.
Check out the PTAN Podcast Essays page on the show's website and follow Sam on Medium: https://medium.com/@skempjackson
Customer ReviewsSee All
Fantastic podcast! Great, kind host too!
Great topics. Fascinating guests.
I enjoy listening to the Parenting Then and Now podcast. The interviews are always insightful, humorous and thought provoking. Samantha asks intelligent questions and I always wind up having learned something new.
Parenting Then and Now
Listening to these podcasts, I always come away with a great feeling on connection as a parent, able to share in the experience with others. Samantha’s openness and warmth brings great chemistry to her discussions and I love her reflections on her childhood and how parenting has changed. Great discussions and advice!