For several years now, we know the traditional, nuclear, two-parent, married hetero family is the minority. Instead, as many of us have suspected, the majority of kids in this country are being raised in households that are multigenerational, headed by gay parents, or — in the majority of these non-traditional families — single moms or dads.
We’re talking hundreds of millions of kids and their parents who struggle to feel normal, even if the census bureau tells us that families like yours and mine are actually the normal ones.
This trend is so long coming, and affects so many people, that it is nearly amazing that we didn’t already have a big website to document and celebrate it. Last year former top Canadian parenting magazine editor Brandie Weikle launched TheNewFamily.com, a website and podcast by the same name, that celebrates the myriad ways to define family.
Weikle, who lives next door to her ex-husband and his new wife, talks about the joys and challenges of navigating the no-man’s land of reinventing family — and how, in many ways, all the definitions and nuance don’t always matter as much as the ties that bind. Her site and podcast celebrate divorced families, parenting a transgendered child, kids raised by grandparents, families where the wife earns more, a father who made giant sacrifices to make a European trip with his disabled child, and so many more. Her 1,000 Family Project aims to document 1,000 family stories — celebrating and normalizing all of us.
Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post’s ‘Must Read” list.
Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.
A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Read more about Emma here.