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Episode 48: What is a Family?

Season 5 - Life Before Kids
Season 5 - Life Before Kids
Episode 48: What is a Family?

Show Notes

Family is a complicated word that has so many meanings, but I think that at the end of the day it’s about creating a community. Over the years I have worked to create my chosen family, alongside my biological one and I encourage my children to do the same. In this episode, I explore the concept of family and how it can be whatever you want it to be.

Key Takeaways: 

[3:29] Feeling out of place in my family 

[5:46] My biological and extended family growing up 

[11:42] Redefining what family means with adoption and who we are as people

[15:20] My life falling apart with Molly dying 

[17:58] The definition of family and what it means  

[22:37] The meaning of the word “queer” has changed 

[25:03] Choosing what you think is right or your family 

[27:31] Family is community 

[30:08] Sharing a history of abuse with the women in my family 

[23:59] I always want to have a resolution with the people in my life

[34:52] Thinking about what everyone in a family needs to thrive 

[36:51] Feeling obligated to honor your family 

[38:34] I want Jack to have lots of chosen family 

[40:12] I was trying to create a white picket fence life which didn’t exist  

[41:19] Trying to find more balance in my life 

[42:55] What is your family like?


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