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Birds In A Tree features stories about parenting. Topics include family, birth, adoption, fostering, autism, military, stepchildren, loss, addiction, ADHD, politics and everything in between. We focus on the good, the bad, the hard and the glorious. Through each story, we hope to find the bond and similarities that we all share.

Birds In A Tree features stories about parenting. Topics include family, birth, adoption, fostering, autism, military, stepchildren, loss, addiction, ADHD, politics and everything in between. We focus on the good, the bad, the hard and the glorious. Through each story, we hope to find the bond and similarities that we all share.
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Birds In A Tree features stories about parenting. Topics include family, birth, adoption, fostering, autism, military, stepchildren, loss, addiction, ADHD, politics and everything in between. We focus on the good, the bad, the hard and the glorious. Through each story, we hope to find the bond and similarities that we all share.








Katie - "You Just Go Where The Work Is...We Call It The Freeway Philharmonic"

Katie and her husband are raising two children, and have spent their careers are professional classical working musicians. Meeting in college, they both knew that they would be moving and traveling as part of their work. Now that they are raising children, she feels fortunate to surround the kids with classical music and talented musicians but knows that it also means long hours traveling to gigs and lots of hotels. Fortunately, her kids love staying in hotels. We talk all about the pros and...

Duration: 00:34:37

Mia - "I Was Nervous As A First Time Parent And I Work Here...But My Advice Is To Get Involved And Stay involved"

Mia is an employee of her communities school system and the mother of a six-year-old daughter. Mia has spent her career working with schools and seeing what they can offer children - but when it was time to enroll her own daughter, she admits the process was daunting. Her daughter was academically ahead during preschool, and although she has a late birthday, tested up to kindergarten when she was only four years old. Mia admits that a lot of thought and conversation with her husband and...

Duration: 00:28:01

Jan - "Foster Independence At A Very Young Age...They Can Do A Lot More Than You Give Them Credit For"

Jan is the ultimate "Mother of Boys" - she raised six of them. With six boys spread ten years apart, she says life was as full of joy as it was rambunctious. Now a grandmother, she says she is proud of the men they have become and of the friendships and bond they share between them. She offers her advice for raising independent men and living in a large family.

Duration: 00:28:22

Catherine - "He Was A Prime Example Of That Dad That Is Not Connected Until That Child Is Tangible To Them, But Once It Happens It's The Best Thing That Ever Happened"

Catherine and her husband are currently raising their one-year-old son Jack. Catherine is American and her husband is British, and the couple has lived on "both sides of the pond." After agreeing through most of their relationship that they did not want children, a pregnancy scare forced Catherine to rethink her decision. After a lot of thought and discussion, they decided to get pregnant. However, for most of her pregnancy Catherines husband was still apprehensive. It wasn't until the...

Duration: 00:21:55

Leah - "We Explain Emotions To Girls And We Dismiss Emotions With Boys...I Think That's Completely Wrong"

Leah is a mother of two boys living on a farm in West Virginia. She and her husband are "theater people" and have had to carve out professions piecing together jobs in their rural community. They spend their days hiking and being boys, but she has always been aware of the need to have her children understand and express their emotions. We talk about life a mother of all boys, resources for unlimited amounts of energy and raising empathetic boys in a hypermasculine world.

Duration: 00:28:19

Mark - "Husbands Are Fully Capable. You Can Leave The Kids With Us For Days On End, They Will Still Get Bathed, Fed, Go To Bed At A Reasonable Hour"

Mark is the other half of the parenting/business/success team of our last guest, Kendall. When Kendall brought Mark the idea of moving back to his rural hometown, it took a minute to believe she was serious. He had a full-time job in the city, they had friends and social obligations, but he had always longed for his daughters to have a connection to his hometown the way he did. There was one small catch - Mark needed to convince his job that it was feasible. He did, and he spent the first...

Duration: 00:33:39

Kendall - "When I Started My Company I Thought 'Well, It'll Work Or It'll Be A Colossal Failure, And That Wouldn't Be The End Of The World'"

Kendall is the mother of two girls, and is one of the bravest boss women I know. Before becoming a mother, Kendall decided that instead of working for a company, she wanted to start her own graphic design business. So she took business classes, got mentors, networked, and taught herself how to become an entrepreneur. Ten years later, she and her husband run an incredibly successful graphic design company. Kendall admits that after the birth of her second daughter, she had a lot of mommy...

Duration: 00:39:17

April - "It's A Lot Of Missing Each Other And Struggle And Stress, But Then Enjoying The Moments We Can Together And Finding Those Moments When The Time Allows"

April and her husband have two children, ages 11 and 8, and they are a military family. April spends much of the year away from her husband while he is off with the special forces, and she navigates her way through parenting solo. Even though they talk nearly every day, the family still faces parenting challenges when he does come home, and they work through each challenge as it comes. April has not put her dreams on the shelf, however, and she is currently working on her doctorate and...

Duration: 00:31:08

Alex - "I Knew In My Heart That They Were Going To Come Together, However, I Didn't Think It Would Be So Soon"

Alex is the mother of two children and a step-mother of three children. Alex and her husband met while serving their country in Iraq, and with both parents being in active military service the family is always thinking about what they will do if both parents are called up to duty. Alex came into the relationship knowing about her husband's children but admits to naively believing that they would all get along well. It has been a hard journey for the entire family. Alex also reveals another...

Duration: 00:24:26

Amanda - "I Don't Want Them To Feel Like They Have To Choose - Do I Sit With Mom Or Do I Sit With Dad?"

Amanda is a single mother to two pre-teen girls, and the journey through divorce and co-parenting have not been easy. During the separation and divorce, Amanda had to work through lawyers and even spoke only through email as the communication of last resort. Things have gotten easier for her, but only because of her willingness to put her children before her own needs and feelings, and is hoping that she can teach her daughters to make good choices as they blossom into adulthood.

Duration: 00:23:57

Alyse - "They Remember The First Overdose...They Remember Details That I Don't Even Remember From That Day"

Alyse is a mother with a lot on her plate. With four children under the age of six, Alyse and her husband spent the first part of their marriage as a military family. She knew when her first child was six months old that something was not "normal" and spent five years working with a host of doctors and specialists to finally get a proper diagnosis. Alyse and her husband are also dealing with an issue that many families in America are dealing with and that many try to hide - addiction....

Duration: 00:41:48

Aki - "I Try To Help People To Make Decisions That Make Sense But Also Allow Themselves To Be Human And Also Model That For Their Children"

Aki is the mother of a twelve-year-old daughter and is also a life coach for parents. Aki got into this particular line of work after having her own daughter and quickly realizing that she didn't have all the answers. She works with parents to help them find confidence and connection so that they can enjoy their families. She admits, however, that being human means makes some mistakes, and feels that every child should see that as part of a healthy parenting dynamic. You can find Aki at...

Duration: 00:30:11

James - "I've Had People Give Me Weird Stares, But When I'm With My Daughter People Think I'm The Cool Dad"

James and his wife Stacy are the parents of one-year-old Ozzy, and are about ready to give birth to another child any day. James is true punk rock - eight-inch purple mohawk, ear stretchers, he has played in a band, and his career is working at a high-end guitar factory. We talk all about peoples perceptions of him - with and without his daughter - and how people go from scared to infatuated when he's out playing with his kid. We also talk about work/life balance, and what it's like to be...

Duration: 00:22:19

Staci - "We Want Her To Grow Up To Be Polite And Care About Other People And Be Empathetic, And All Of Those Values Exist Without Religion"

Staci and her husband have a beautiful rambunctious daughter and are preparing to welcome their second child in the next few weeks. When we recorded the interview, the couple hadn't told anyone but family that they were expecting their second child, and we talked about the craziness that is the second pregnancy. Staci and her husband decided when they were engaged that they were atheists, and are raising their daughter as both an atheist and as a feminist. We talk about letting children -...

Duration: 00:21:53

Pat and Cristina - "We Might Disagree On Tactics, But We Have The Same Vision. The Big Picture Is The Same"

Today's episode features our very first couple - Pat and Cristina! The couple are parenting two beautiful daughters, live on the West Coast, and try to foster a love of the outdoors in both girls. Pat is from the east coast and Cristina is from the west coast - and after living in coastal California and New York City, the two decided to settle on the west coast to be close to her family. That means, however, that they have to make the time to see his family as much as possible. We talk all...

Duration: 00:26:35

Laura - "I Was Open To Feeding Him However He Needed To Be Fed. I Didn't Have Any Guilt; For Me It Wasn't An Issue"

Laura is the mother of one beautiful toddler and her story is not unlike many of ours. Laura and her husband were not even sure for many years that they wanted children, so when they decided to get pregnant they knew early on that they would only have one child. What they did not bargain for was a difficult labor and delivery that took many hours and various tools that most expecting mothers do not think will be used. Laura also tried very early on to breastfeed, however, when it wasn't...

Duration: 00:18:06

Brandi - "We Had Just Gone From Telling Our Families And It Being One Of The Best Days Of Our Lives...To Three Days Later And Now There's Nothing"

Brandi is the mother of a beautiful toddler, Asher, and has always been very frank and open about her struggles with motherhood. After thinking that she did not want to breastfeed, Brandi decided during her pregnancy that she would try it and it all started perfectly. However, after her son developed a bout of colic, Brandi started to feel like a slave to the breast. We also talk about the worry of a possible speech delay, and when it is the right time to look for therapy and help when...

Duration: 00:31:08

Jen - "I Was The Pinterest Perfect Mom - But If I Were At The End Of My Life And Asked My Kids 'What Do You Remember About Me?' They Would Say 'You Were Grumpy, Tired And Exhausted'

Jen is a mother to six children and a Women's Happiness Expert. After earning a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies in 2003, spent time as a stay-at-home mom. However, after trying to be the perfect mother, wife, and bread baker, Jen took a good look at her life and decided she was going to work every day at being happy. So that's just what she did. Along her journey, she decided that working with other women to get them to find their own happiness was another source of joy for...

Duration: 00:24:10

Dana - "Being A Blended Family, Having Gone Through Divorce, Seeing What That Does To Kids...Knowing That We Have Similar Parenting Skills, We Knew It Was Going To Be Okay"

Dana is the mother of two boys from a previous marriage and is now the step-mother to two more sons with her husband. Dana and her husband knew when they began their relationship that they needed to make sure everyone was comfortable as they progressed, and they understood that they needed to be on the same page about parenting before making it official. In this episode, Dana talks openly and candidly about the joys and challenges blending a family, what it's like living in a home with...

Duration: 00:21:07

Chaz - "It's Gonna Be Intense, Because All Of A Sudden You're Responsible For This Whole New Human"

Chaz is the mother of a very precocious four-year-old, and a labor and delivery nurse. She has witnessed so many of us become parents, and she says it is the greatest job in the world. As the mother of a child, she knows how hard the transition is from regular old human to parent, and she tells her new parents that this huge life change takes more time to fully accept. We talk all about her job, the highs and lows of being in the room when life comes roaring out, and what she wants parents...

Duration: 00:22:07

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