Accidental Parenthood

The year Evan turned 19, his mother died, and he became a father. He put aside his college plans and chose to raise his son. 15 years and another kid later, Evan gets candid about his struggles as a young dad and how he’s now taking the time to discover who he is beyond the role of “parent”. Interviewed by LeNora, his sister, who is not a parent, by choice, Evan shares his journey with humor and some sibling banter.

Evan and LeNora discuss why Evan doesn't use his kids to get attention on social media. Evan acknowledges that he did sacrifice going to college at 19 to raise his son(s), but he doesn't go around asking for applause. He also admits to asking his kids for permission to go out. Sibling banter: LeNora misses the days when her younger brother was more docile instead of teasing her all the time.

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Do parents make more effort to remain friends with people who also have kids vs people without kids? Evan discusses his desire to have more childfree friendships and why it's important to him. LeNora offers her perspective as a childfree person. And yes, we know Evan sounds like he's recording from a bathroom. Podcasting in a pandemic makes you do strange things...

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On this episode, Evan talks about the emotional toll of kids' hospital visits, not having anyone to talk to, and how important it is to ask for help and support.  LeNora asks Evan what is missing in the parenting community that would offer better support for those who feel overwhelmed. 

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On this episode, Evan talks about moving into his own place and how personal space helped decrease his anxiety and depression. He also shares how his two kids moved in with him. LeNora and Evan recorded this episode (and subsequent episodes) in LeNora's home office instead of her walk-in closet. However, they realized in post-production that it sounds like they are in a giant bathroom. So, they are dubbing these the "bathroom episodes."  

 

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On this episode, Evan shares his lowest point and how he rebuilt his life after hitting rock bottom. 

 

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In this episode, Evan "sings" about men's mental health and how he got comfortable with bottling up his feelings about the loneliness in relationships and parenthood. LeNora asks Evan if he felt joy coming home at the end of the day. They also discuss how Evan kept his mental health struggles a secret. LeNora shares her experience going to therapy as a teen. 

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Oops 2.0

Evan shares his feelings about the news of kid #2 on the way and the decisions he had to make. LeNora and Evan also discuss their experiences working with children and how that can inspire the choice not to have kids. Also, in this episode, why it’s important to talk about things that make you feel uncomfortable. 

 

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On this episode, Evan and LeNora laugh a lot! Evan laughs when LeNora asks if having kids is the best thing he will do in his lifetime. LeNora laughs when Evan does an impression of adult kids asking parents for money. Evan talks about losing his identity after becoming a parent and how he's gaining it back. Sibling banter moment: Why does LeNora have to bake Evan a cake?

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On this episode, Evan talks about setting boundaries with extended family members as he raises his kids. LeNora shares how girls are groomed from a young age to "want" to become mothers. By comparison, Evan was only concerned about what colour Power Ranger he wanted to be. Other topics in this episode: Using photos of kids to get more "likes" on social media, and when does a parent have the time to get to know themselves? 

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Evan has a few choice words for people who say, "Have a kid! Even if you can't afford one!" He shares his financial experiences during those early years of parenthood. Also on this episode, Evan and LeNora discuss how friendships change once a baby arrives. 

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