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The Widowed Parent Podcast is your guide to the murky waters of “only-parenting” after the loss of a spouse. Host Jenny Lisk, who lost her own husband to brain cancer when her kids were 9 & 11, sets out each week in search of the best information, advice, and experts, and brings them straight to you. Whether you listen at the gym, on your commute, or walking the dog, we hope you’ll join us for inspiration, empowerment, and connection.

The Widowed Parent Podcas‪t‬ Jenny Lisk

    • Parenting
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

The Widowed Parent Podcast is your guide to the murky waters of “only-parenting” after the loss of a spouse. Host Jenny Lisk, who lost her own husband to brain cancer when her kids were 9 & 11, sets out each week in search of the best information, advice, and experts, and brings them straight to you. Whether you listen at the gym, on your commute, or walking the dog, we hope you’ll join us for inspiration, empowerment, and connection.

    Melissa Gould on her new book "Widowish" [WPP094]

    Melissa Gould on her new book "Widowish" [WPP094]

    I had such a great discussion with Melissa Gould for this episode. Melissa is the author of the brand-new memoir, Widowish, in which she shares with us her journey to becoming a young widow, and her life in the years since. It was so fun to talk with Melissa about her book, and discover the similarities – and differences – in our experiences. [...]

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Pamela Addison on losing her young husband to COVID-19 [WPP093]

    Pamela Addison on losing her young husband to COVID-19 [WPP093]

    I had such a great discussion with Pamela Addison for this episode. Pamela is a widowed mom of two young children whose healthcare-worker husband lost his life to COVID-19 in the early weeks of the pandemic. She has since started an active Facebook group for other younger women and men who have lost their spouses to COVID-19.

    • 35 min
    KJ Dell'Antonia on How to be a Happier Parent [WPP092]

    KJ Dell'Antonia on How to be a Happier Parent [WPP092]

    I had such a great discussion with KJ Dell’Antonia for this episode. KJ is the former editor of the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, and the author of “How to Be a Happier Parent.” I mean, who wouldn’t want to try to be happier in their role as a parent? And to my widowed parent listeners, especially: I figure we can use all the hints and tips we can get, now that we are doing this parenting job by ourselves.
    Some topics KJ and I discuss include:
    Why she decided to write this book; Some of her favorite mantras for parenting; Why family dinner is important, and what can be difficult about it; Why ‘discipline’ is one of the least-liked parenting jobs, and how to think differently about it; Chores, how to think about them, and tips for parents; Why you’ll be a happier parent if you embrace “fair doesn’t mean equal;” and Her new novel, “The Chicken Sisters,” in which one of the protagonists is a widowed parent of teens. I hope you enjoy my discussion with KJ Dell’Antonia.
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    • 59 min
    LIVE with Jaronika Dancy & Dr. Tracy Wells of Widowhood and We-Freshments [WPP-LIVE-015]

    LIVE with Jaronika Dancy & Dr. Tracy Wells of Widowhood and We-Freshments [WPP-LIVE-015]

    Widowed Parent Podcast LIVE with Widowhood & We-Freshments! Such a fun discussion. Be sure to check out their show!
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    Find all episodes of the Widowed Parent Podcast & widowed parenting resources:
    https://widowedparentpodcast.com
    Tips for widowed parents: https://jennylisk.com/top10
    Tips for allies of grieving people: https://www.jennylisk.com/allies

    • 42 min
    Exploring grief in schools in the era of COVID with Maria Collins and Chelsea Prax [WPP091]

    Exploring grief in schools in the era of COVID with Maria Collins and Chelsea Prax [WPP091]

    I had such a great discussion with Maria Collins of the New York Life Foundation and Chelsea Prax from the American Federation of Teachers for this episode. New York Life and the AFT recently teamed up to do a new survey about grief and grief support in schools in order to especially understand what the challenges are right now during this pandemic. [...]

    • 48 min
    Marny Williams-Balodis on developmental milestones and children’s grief [WPP090]

    Marny Williams-Balodis on developmental milestones and children’s grief [WPP090]

    I had such a great discussion with Marny Williams-Balodis for this episode. Marny is a widowed parent, and is the cofounder and executive director of Hummingbird Centre for Hope in the Toronto, Canada, area. [...]

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

McVolant ,

Very Helpful

I will often listen to Jenny after I put my daughter to bed. Listening to stories of how others have navigated their grief while being parents has been a comfort. Keep doing the wonderful work Jenny!

holyy! ,

Awesome podcast.

This is a very good podcast and Jenny has lots of actionable tips all the time. I absolutely love it.

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