About The Author


Long-time journalist and parenting writer Brandie Weikle is the main woman behind the keyboard here at Brighter Side. She’s been exploring and celebrating the changing shape of family on her website since 2014 and on her show The New Family Podcast since 2015. 

A former editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been a parenting editor at The Toronto Star, where today she writes a column called Modern Family. She leads a dynamic online support group called Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce, and is a sought after speaker on co-parenting and other aspects of modern family life. 

Latest blog posts

Top 5 Worries of Divorcing Parents

Few people who go through the end of a long-term relationship are able to do so without a good measure of fear and anxiety. It’s a major life event that comes with a lot of grief and anxiety. Plus, there are a lot of unknowns to face, particularly when

Major life events often show us that we’re made of tougher stuff than we thought. Sustain an injury and find your determination over countless physiotherapy sessions. Have a baby and learn that you can function on torturously little sleep. Lose a loved one and discover that, in time, you’re

Many have famously paraphrased Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana who said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” While you probably heard this little nugget of wisdom in history class, most of us can think of at least one person in our peer group who seems