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

I love a good calendar milestone for providing us with the opportunity for a bit of a reset. Whether it’s the start of a new school year or the arrival of January 1st, these can be invaluable for giving us a little window for reflection on how we’d like

Splitting up: The kids will be alright Thursday, December 20, 2018

It’s rare to find a separated or divorced parent who hasn’t lost a good deal of sleep over the potential impact on their kids. I’ve yet to meet one who didn’t — to some degree, at least — torture themselves at the prospect of shaking the foundation of their

There’s something about the holidays that really puts a spotlight on anything about our family lives that doesn’t quite live up to the Hallmark-movie images we may have in our minds. If you’re separated or divorced — particularly quite recently — the festive season can feel especially fraught. But