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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?
67 Episodes
And not a microwave in sight...   Read this essay on Medium here: Memories of Low-Tech Popcorn Follow Sam on Medium HERE.
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 HERE. Follow Sam on Medium HERE.
In the 60's and 70's, men's facial hair saw its peak, and groovy dudes rocked sideburns like they were nobody's business. On this PTAN Retro Memory, we recall the days when Mutton Chops ruled and shaving was optional. For more Retro Memories and episodes, check out the PTAN Podcast website. --- Follow the Parenting Then and Now Podcast on Facebook here Follow the show on Twitter here Follow Sam on Twitter here  
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**
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.
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.
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.
For many years in earlier times, the transistor radio was the only way to go if you wanted to take your music with you. Before the days of FM radio stations that dedicated hours to playing full albums, the transistor radio provided music over AM radio, and that was fine. During its heyday, the transistor radio could be found everywhere, from beaches to bedrooms. Sadly, the Sony Walkman in the early 80's was a harbinger of the transistor's ultimate demise.  
  When Natalie Preddie-Zamojc was a child, her parents took her on many trips to far-reaching locales. Her early exposure to different countries and cultures led her to her career today that includes frequent travel, with family in tow. On this episode of the Parenting Then and Now podcast, we learn about how one woman’s childhood experiences of family travel impacted her adult life, and how she’s raising her children to be worldwide travelers as well.
Before women’s liberation and the feminist movement of the 70’s, women’s career opportunities were limited. If they were not satisfied being housewives or homemakers, societal norms disallowed them to pursue other avenues. It’s no wonder, then, that when Avon came calling, women answered. This sales method that was based on door-to-door sales became one of the most popular and successful avenues for both women and the company that provided the products.
A surgeon’s sense of order makes a lot of sense. Think about it: everything must have its place in the OR because if not, there could be grave consequences for the patient on the operating table. Clare Kumar learned this truth at a young age, while growing up in a household that was led by her father – a surgeon, and her mother, who had trained as a nurse. On this episode, we learn about how Clare's childhood informed her decision to pursue calm and order in her adult life, how she has become a Productivity Catalyst for both individuals and corporations, and how she helps those who need guidance in living their lives as productively and as stress-free as possible.  
They were big, bulky and the only way to go. Before caller display, the phone book, also known as the telephone directory, was how we found people. No Internet, no Google and certainly no GPS or location based services, this hands on approach - literally - allowed our fingers to do the walking while we perused the tens of thousands of names in the heavy but necessary tome. Found in every household, the telephone book was where we located names, addresses and phone numbers, though no corresponding selfies or social media handles accompanied them. In fact, in these times that predated social Media altogether, we kicked it old school with jut the printed information on the page and guess what ? We were fine.
Growing up in a secular household, Fariha Naqvi wasn't particularly interested in the Muslim religion. Though her parents had been raised in the faith, they no longer practiced and didn't insist that their children followed the religion either. It was only when Fariha was in her last year of high school that she became more intrigued with the faith after meeting a group of strong and inspiring Muslim women. Today, Fariha is an outspoken defender of her faith as well as a journalist who writes about politics, religion, culture and the intersection of all three. On this episode of the Parenting Then and Now podcast, Sam sits down with Fariha to discuss her childhood, how she's raising her son and daughter in comparison, and her thoughts on representation and religion in society today. Visit Fariha's blog here: Canadian Mom Eh
They were smelly. They were messy. They were cumbersome. And yet, they were the only way that kids in previous decades got their printouts in class. If you are a person of “a certain age,” that smell will bring you back to happier times and memories of messy ink that would cover your skin and clothing after picking up a mimeographed printout.
In the 1970's, the polyester Leisure Suit was THE fashion staple that every stylish man had to have.
  Growing up in Trinidad until the age of 18, Renee Sylvestre Williams had a solid grounding and appreciation for family. She reveled in the company of her various “aunties,” her uncles, her cousins and her neighbours, who lived in her community and who would keep an eye out on her and the other kids – whether they liked it or not. Fast-forward to her late teens, when her and her family moved from the islands to the colder regions of North America. Landing in Toronto, Canada, she was surprised at the differences in parenting, familial relationships, expectations and more.  
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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