We started this podcast before we’d actually met each other. We knew each other on Facebook, but that was it.
Stefanie reached out to Shelley about a friend who had a tough situation with a local school district, and while we were helping her, we both shared our frustrations about how often we each heard from parents dealing with tricky kids – children with neurodiversity, disabilities, trauma, or walking through the world as a black kid or LGBTQ – who were afraid to say anything publicly about their situation and were desperate for help and a village.
Since we know there are many more parents and caregivers out there suffering alone, we launched this podcast. We are going to be frighteningly real about our struggles and how we have dealt with them. We will tell you about the nights we’ve cried ourselves to sleep, or cried in an IEP meeting, or cried while tracking down a runaway kid or on our way to the psych hospital.
And since we’ve become a sort of armchair expert in our kids, maybe something we say will help you and your family.
Oh, and lastly, we will be laughing a lot and, if you’re not clutching your pearls, you will be laughing too. (Pearl clutchers this may not be the parenting podcast for you. You’ve been warned.)
We hope you’ll listen.