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Born And Raised Podcast: Parenthood Is An Identity Shift For Children Of Immigrants

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The miracle of childbirth can change a lot for new parents: their life plans, priorities, and how they see themselves. For second-generation Canadians who are starting families, questioning identity and culture can take on a whole new meaning; the answers impact your little ones too.

When you’re a child of immigrants, parenthood can change your role in the family — and even how your family sees you.

In this episode of “Born And Raised: Love,” hosts Alisha Sawhney and Al Donato hear from a parent on the podcast’s team, a mom gives us an earful on bonding, the team digs deep into a forgotten Polish lullaby, and a baby heals family rifts.

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Meet the guests:

Gloria and Gabby are no strangers to the quiet rustling and storytelling that come with their beloved ear-cleaning sessions.
Gloria and Gabby are no strangers to the quiet rustling and storytelling that come with their beloved ear-cleaning sessions.

Since she was a little girl, Nigerian-Chinese artist Gloria Okoye has loved getting her ears cleaned. The tradition is an act of intimacy in East Asian countries, giving Gloria priceless bonding time with her mother and grandmother. As a mother herself, she’s passing it down to her children, too.

Briga's father didn't pass down any traditions from Poland on purpose; his nightly Polish lullabies inadvertently set Briga on the path to be a musician. Re-discovering one lullaby from her childhood gives someone on the podcast team something to pass on in his own family.
Briga's father didn't pass down any traditions from Poland on purpose; his nightly Polish lullabies inadvertently set Briga on the path to be a musician. Re-discovering one lullaby from her childhood gives someone on the podcast team something to pass on in his own family.

When Briga’s father immigrated from Poland, he cut himself and his family off from all parts of their culture—except for music. Now an award-winning musician, Briga can trace her career’s success to his bedtime lullabies. But there’s one in particular that’s shrouded in mystery. Can the podcast team solve it?

Nicknamed "Mayari Pyari' by Jasbina's grandfather, the youngest edition to the Justice family has already made a life-changing difference in how Jasbina relates to their loved ones.
Nicknamed "Mayari Pyari' by Jasbina's grandfather, the youngest edition to the Justice family has already made a life-changing difference in how Jasbina relates to their loved ones.

Jasbina Justice felt like an outsider to their roots and their South Asian and Guyanese family. That changed with the birth of their daughter; just by being herself, little Mayari has helped heal rifts between Jasbina and their loved ones.

Bonus

Our editor Nicholas Mizera hopes to sing the cuckoo lullaby to his little one, so Nora grows up with Polish.

While Polish is Nicholas Mizera's first language, but he says he doesn't use it as much as he'd like to. Through lullabies like "Kukułeczka," he hopes his daughter Nora learns about their family's mother tongue.
While Polish is Nicholas Mizera's first language, but he says he doesn't use it as much as he'd like to. Through lullabies like "Kukułeczka," he hopes his daughter Nora learns about their family's mother tongue.

If you and your family want to sing along too, the lyrics for Kukułeczka can be found here (along with an English translation.)

Listen to "Born And Raised: Love" on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever your podcasts live.
Listen to "Born And Raised: Love" on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever your podcasts live.

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