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Author: Samantha Kemp-Jackson

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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?
62 Episodes
Amanda Muse didn't plan to become an ex-pat. She was busy living her life when she met her pilot husband, fell in love, got married and packed up and moved to Malaysia.  Her experience living on the other side of the world, giving birth and raising kids there, and her return to Canada is the basis of this episode of the Parenting Then and Now Podcast. Amanda discusses how her childhood prepared her for this life-changing decision, and how she credits her grandparents for giving her the love of travel. Check out Amanda on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and via her podcast, The Sandwich.
Broadcast personality Taylor Kaye learned early on that "the hustle" was what would lead to success. As a child, she watched her mother work full-time and seamlessly perfect her side hustle that helped to put her three kids into extra-curricular lessons. As an adult, Taylor took those lessons and applied them to her life, resulting in her current success. Broadcaster, speaker, host and more - including the mom of "The Special Kayes'" Taylor sits down with Sam to discuss parenting, life and everything else, then and now.
In the 1960's life was free and hair was big. Just take a look at some of the icons of the era: Jackie Kennedy, Priscilla Presley, Bridget Bardot. "The higher the better" was the battle cry as women tangle and teased their locs into gravity-defying styles. Those were the days. --- Join the Parenting Then and Now Facebook Page HERE Become a member of the Parenting Then and Now Patreon group HERE
When Robert Adhoot was growing up in Maryland, he knew early on about the importance of studying and doing well in school. His immigrant parents, who had moved to the United States from Iran, had instilled the work ethic common to new citizens who wanted to make sure that their kids thrived in their new home. Robert had a particular interest in math and numbers, and went on to study and eventually teach the discipline. Early on, however, he realized that he needed to impart his knowledge in an unconventional way in order to get the maximum engagement and interest from his students. On a whim, he decided to mix it up in class, and quickly learned that his unconventional teaching style resonated with his students. Shortly after that, he founded Yay Math, and hasn’t looked back since. On this episode of the podcast, Robert joins Sam to discuss his childhood, growing up, kids today and their views of studying and education, technology, distraction and so much more.  **Become a PTAN Podcast Patreon Member for exclusive content and more. Visit to join**
The test pattern was once the image that you didn’t want to see on your television screen. Often indicating the end of the programming day or the beginning of problems - “Please stand by” - the Test pattern was recognizable to television lovers everywhere. As times changed, analogue changed to digital and 24/7 news cycles and cable news channels took over, the test pattern was relegated to the annals of our minds as a distant memory of a simpler time.
Tai Poole is a curious 11-year-old boy who has lots of questions. So many, as a matter of fact, that he needed a podcast in order to get some answers. The star of the “Tai Asks Why” podcast on CBC Radio sits down with Sam on this episode of the Parenting Then and Now podcast. Listen to the episode and find out what makes him tick.
Once upon a time, the cash register was manually operated. No UPC codes, scanning options or debit transactions, no - the cashier punched in the amounts and rang up the sale. Simple. *For more Parenting Then and Now Retro Memories, visit the website at* *Join the PTAN Podcast Patreon Page for exclusive, behind-the-scenes content and more:*
As the only child of famous feminist writer Erica Jong, Molly-Jong Fast grew up quickly. Life in New York as a kid in the 80’s was interesting, to say the least. Today, she’s a mother of three and her parenting style is drastically different from that of her mother’s. Molly’s perspective and views on parenting, kids and family life have been influenced by her own childhood experience of growing up quickly and being surrounded by adults much of the time. On this episode of the Parenting Then and Now podcast, Molly reveals her thoughts on childhood, motherhood, fame, values and – yes – politics.  --- **For more Parenting Then and Now Podcast episodes, visit the PTAN Podcast website. **Become a PTAN Podcast patron and get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content and more at the Parenting Then and Now Patreon Page.
Retro Memory #26 - Maps

Retro Memory #26 - Maps


In an age of GPS and asking Siri or Alexa for directions, it's hard to believe that at one time, we relied on paper maps. Cartography and modern-day mapping still exists, however in our day-to-day lives, most of us rely on digital means to find our way. On this episode of the Parenting Then and Now podcast, we remember maps the way they used to be, and the function that they served so well to those of us who got lost along the way.
Once upon a time, children were children. Kids played, they explored and they imagined worlds and adventures that existed within their minds without the help of digital tools or technology. In a day and age where the concept of “childhood” has forever changed, a nostalgic look at simpler times can perhaps provide us a brief respite from the hurried lifestyle that most of us are living today. On this episode of the Parenting Then and Now Podcast, we recall a time when being a kid was uncomplicated and largely unstructured. When toys were physical, when play was outdoors and the limits to one’s imagination were non-existent.
Comments (2)

Natasha Solovieff

so wonderful! great listening about math, family life, teaching, and life. Love the passion!

Aug 17th

Vicky Sanderson

Samantha is my favourite parenting expert. I love how she balances common sense with a sense of humour, and her insights are so interesting and well-informed. Love this podcast.

Sep 6th
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