Aunts and Others: The Role and Importance of Extended Family in a Child’s Life
On this week’s Bespoke Parenting Hour, host Julie Gunlock talks to writer (and coolest aunt on the planet!) Melanie Notkin, an expert on the emerging demographic of childless, often single women, which she wrote about in her memoir, Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness.
Notkin and Julie discuss a wide range of issues—from David Brooks’ essay on the nuclear family, the important role non-parents have in children’s lives to the many myths and assumptions the public has about childless women, and why the more inclusive and understanding parents are of non-parents, the happier parents and children are overall! In addition, Notkin offers parents some good tips on how to honor the extended family members in their lives. Tune in!