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

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

‘Who will I be if I’m no longer with my partner?’ The tricky business of marriage and identity

Over the course of a long relationship, it’s normal for our self-perception to get shaped by being part of a couple. Here’s some context that will help you work through this complicated aspect of uncoupling. By Brandie Weikle We don’t talk about it much, but a big part of

Welcome to the Brighter Side!
Welcome to the Brighter Side! Wednesday, November 21, 2018

You’ve landed on a different kind of blog about the changes that so many of us go through in our relationships. Here’s what we’re all about. This is a blog that supports and uplifts people who find themselves facing the possibility of a breakdown in their long-term relationship, whether