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

Women in Valentine's day coloured pajamas enjoying pizza together

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is in your face with its focus on romantic love and many reminders to shower your sweetie with chocolate or trinkets. If you’re newly single after a long relationship, it can feel like an unwanted reminder of what didn’t unfold exactly as

Mother and adult daughter

When a relationship comes to an end, we expect to have to have a lot of work to do to cope with our own grief and heartache — even if we know the separation is the right decision. We may also expect our newly ex-spouse to have his or

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