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Butter Torts: A Truly Canadian Legal Podcast


Jun 25, 2021

Brenda Agnew, your host, is joined by Kim McLeod, child and youth counselor. When working with Kim, parents find two opportunities in developing their parenting skills: the personal work, and the functional work, focusing on how they can show up to parent their child throughout their development. Her work is based on years of experience working through foster care with children and their biological families, adoptive families, and the blending that occurs in family makeup.

Kim’s work also has a specialty in supporting the mothers of children who have special needs and medically complex needs. With this group of parents, she works on advocacy: finding the voice and self-compassion.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:08] How Brenda met Kim.

[2:23] Kim talks about One More Thing Parents Group (OMT)

[8:38] Where are you going to find community?

[11:12] What supports?

[13:10] Homecare givers save the health system millions of dollars.

[15:05] Let’s talk about the mental health struggles.

[19:50] The difference between a typical parental duty and the real life of a caregiver.

[23:06] What are the costs for children that need different support in place to learn life skills and to become autonomous beings?

[24:45] Brenda and Kim talk about OMT’s mission of helping parents become the best advocates for their children’s health.

[26:13] Kim talks about an example of a woman that brought the issue of the lack of proper changing tables to the OMT community.

[31:50] OMT is a community where anyone can find people that will stand up for them and have their back.

[34:39] There are lots of benefits of having a united message.

[35:50] Kim talks about how OMT impacted her after the death of Kevin, her son.

[38:32] There is a compassion statement that everyone needs to sign before entering the group.

[41:05] There is great power in groups formed by parents for parents.

[50:40] Facebook groups can be the beginning of great friendships.

 

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To learn more about the work we do at Gluckstein Lawyers, please visit Gluckstein Lawyers.

 

Learn more about Parenting Connections and One More Thing Parents Group

Learn more about Kim McLeod at GrandmaK.ca

 

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