encourage the development of (something, especially something desirable)
bring up (a child that is not one's own by birth
"the teacher's task is to foster learning"
Episode 15 of The F Words: Difficult conversations with Dr Leandra Brady-Walker is Stepmother: Wicked Witch or Wonder Woman, you choose with Mandy.
So this one really is a chat with my girlfriend.
Mandy and I have known each other for just over a year. Our daughters are friends, our husbands are friends, we share a love of going out, good healthy food and looking pretty, We chat lots about what it is to be a mum and we have very similar ideas on how to raise children. One difference, while Mandy gave birth once, she has 3 children, two of them have a different mum and Mandy is a step-mum.
We've always talked candidly about what it is like to be a step-mum and these chats have helped me to understand and process more about people, the world around me as well as my own experiences growing up with a step-mum. I though that other people could benefit from these chats too. So I recorded one. ***Note: no wine was consumed during this recording, which is a shame really***
***UPDATE*** This podcast was taken down for a bit, because it was suggested to me that Mandy and I could be subject to legalish stuff if I left it up as is. I still think that this is an important conversation. It might be just one woman's experience and opinion, but it's a story and I think it's important to tell people's stories and gain perspective of what other people go through. And also, this is my town and ain't no one gonna tell me what to do. So names have been removed and this baby is back up.