“Our stories are missing!”
“NPR would be great if it didn’t suck.”
“We know what we know!”
There are exceptional conversations about parenting happening on social media. If you’re reading this blog, you already know that. You’re a gutsy parent. You’re on the front lines of parenting. And you know that nothing in mainstream media captures the reality of parenting today. Not even close.
Imagine a show hosted by parents like you.
What if they held a microphone up to your conversations… to report back with honesty, humor, and respect?
What if they interviewed some of the smartest people they could find—authors, scientists, thought leaders… to connect the dots to the reality you see at home, in schools, and in our communities?
We are Fearless Parent Radio. www.fearlessparentradio.com. FPR. Radio for parents, by parents. Fearless parents.
We love writing for our Nurture Parenting blog. But we realized something. Information about the new parenting we’re covering is moving faster than we can capture with the printed word. While editing the “you can’t make this stuff up” conversations—raw, hilarious, rich with the support and pragmatic solutions taking place all around us—we wondered if we risked missing this change revolution as we fussed over our writing.
How could we highlight these vital conversations as they are happening? In one extraordinary week, Alison wished for a radio show and Louise was asked by Progressive Radio Network if she wanted to put one together.
Fearless Parent Radio was born!
TMR readers know that Alison has a vaccine injured son who is healing. Many of you also know Louise’s journey and the successful healing of her two boys from early over-vaccination. You’ve probably read her book, Vaccine Epidemic, and followed some of her committed advocacy for parental rights, and health and healing.
Here’s where we are asking for a leap of faith from the TMR readers we love. When you listen to FPR, you won’t hear us using the familiar words of autism and vaccine injury as often as you might like. And here’s why.
Everyone is maxed out with too much information. When we use the word autism, we lose big numbers of parents right off the bat. They don’t have children with autism and they don’t understand that our stories can help their kids. They tune us out. Just like we sometimes tune them out. The truth is that our children are just sicker versions of every kid in America right now.
For a time, when the diagnosis is new, it can be vitally important to insulate ourselves within the autism world, where we feel others ‘get us’ and what we are going through. It is tempting to continue holding on tight to autism, both the word and the community, because it gives us a sense of security and belonging… even as we wished more people better understood. Now, we see an opportunity to be more open, and to embrace Every Parent’s concerns about the health and well-being of all children who, after all, aren’t very different than our own.
To welcome the widest audience of receptive, thinking parents possible, we are going to use those words less frequently. We’re inviting people with fresh perspectives and new energy who are, like us, united in our common desire for healthy families.
We aim to stay right on top of the most relevant topics and dynamic experts. Don’t think for one minute we have left the cause. Not happening.
The information autism parents share so generously with each other is information every parent needs. Similarly, the information that parents in many likeminded communities so generously share with each other is information we need, in such areas as sustainability, health freedom, and the varied factors impacting the quality of our food, water, and air.
We’re all connecting around the knowledge that parents must go beyond what we’ve been told and:
– Question authority
– Leave the herd
– Make informed decisions
– Trust our instincts
Many of us are finding the heart and soul of parenting inside the conversations we’re having with each other online. Now we want to take those conversations ON THE AIR!
We hope you will tune in to Fearless Parent Radio on Wednesdays at 11am Eastern. Our first live show airs tomorrow with author Leah Hager Cohen discussing her wonderful new book, I Don’t Know, In Praise of Admitting Ignorance. She has pearls of wisdom for every single one of us. Listen and see!
If you miss us live, download our show on iTunes! Most of all, we hope you will help us shape our show by calling in, asking questions, and sharing your ideas.
Together We Are Fearless!
Alison and Louise
Alison MacNeil and Louise Kuo Habakus are nervous, excited, and awfully grateful to everyone for your good wishes. Let’s do this together!