Cat has called Montreal home for decades but was born in Saskatoon. He got his first job at the age of 17 in Fort Frances, Ontario. From there, it was on to the bright lights of Moose Jaw, Edmonton, Toronto and, of course, Montreal. Cat often brags that for the first 18 years of his career he never missed a day of work! Now that streak is over: he has two young kids who bring home germs from school so he calls in sick all the time!
Cat and Meghan Kelly (in for Claudia) got a text this week from a parent saying her 13-year-old daughter wants to dye her hair like Billie Eilish... How would you deal with this as a parent?
Beat listener Cathy had amazing advice to share that applies to ALL parents! She said her dad was a strict parent, but he "would let me do anything I wanted with my hair or my clothing." Later on in her 20s, she asked him why he was so lenient with her on this aspect, and he told her "You were discovering yourself in a way that wouldn't harm you or anyone else. Every teenager has to discover themselves in a certain way."
She went on to explain that "he always said to me anyways, even if I would have said no, you would have done worse."
It's excellent advice that applies to all parents! Let your children know that they are free to express and explore themselves! As long as it's safe and doesn't harm them or anyone around them, self-exploration is healthy and beneficial, and should be encouraged.