Advertisement

Kim Smith: Our top 10 most popular stories for families

WATCH ABOVE: Kim Smith shares one man's unconventional story to parenthood.

The past ten months filing in on Family Matters have been a change of pace from covering daily news, but hosting the segment for TV and radio has been a welcoming and rewarding experience.

Before heading on maternity leave with baby number two, I wanted share what stories resonated most with our viewers and reveal some of my own takeaways.

READ MORE: New Canadian pregnancy guideline shows exercise cuts odds of major complications by 40%,

While we’ve covered stories from pregnancy and parenting, to divorce, aging, and even genetic testing, of all the stories we’ve covered since September, our two most popular stories, according to the number of online page views, both relate to surrogacy.

Our most popular story was about an Alberta man who became a single dad by choice after an eight-year surrogacy journey. Our second most popular story was about a surrogacy delivery that left an Alberta family feeling like they weren’t parents.

Story continues below advertisement

Stories about pregnancy, infertility and babies dominated our top views, including new Canadian pregnancy guidelines, highly sensitive children, and an Alberta mom frustrated that her breastfeeding baby needed a paid ticket for a show.

READ MORE: What does it mean if your child is considered ‘highly sensitive’?

One of my own biggest takeaways is that so many of our friends, colleagues, and people in the community are struggling to conceive a baby. The lengths that some people endure to have a child is heartbreaking, but sometimes inspiring.

One story that stands out was about an Edmonton woman who pumped and donated her breast milk for three months following the loss of her baby at 20.5 weeks. She and her husband had been trying for five years to conceive. At the time of the interview, I was early into my own pregnancy and speaking to Stephanie Murphy reinforced how fortunate I am.

Another story I found inspiring was about an Alberta woman with five kids who transitioned to a man. The way the kids reacted to their parents telling them ‘mom feels more like a dad’ shows the acceptance of children.

WATCH BELOW: So far, the 18-month parental leave program is proving popular with tens of thousands of people. But as Kim Smith explains, there are pros and cons to the extra time off.

The pros and cons of 18-month parental leave
The pros and cons of 18-month parental leave

I’ve also realized that most parents are struggling privately with some sort of an issue.

Story continues below advertisement

For example, we asked people on Facebook whether any parent had a child who was considered ‘highly sensitive’ and the response was overwhelming.

READ MORE: Alberta mom frustrated her breastfeeding infant needed paid ticket for show.

Many parents reached out privately to say our coverage of the topic helped them realize they weren’t alone. We had a similar response to a story about kids stumbling onto pornography online. 

Since taking over in September, I’ve been fortunate to help share some incredibly raw and heartbreaking stories. Thank you to everyone for your support.

Global News Morning anchor Erin Chalmers will be taking over Family Matters for the summer before Laurel Gregory returns in September. Keep in touch!

Top 10 Family Matters stories based on page views

  1. Alberta man becomes single dad by choice after 8-year surrogacy journey
  2. Surrogacy delivery leaves Alberta family feeling like they weren’t parents
  3. New Canadian pregnancy guideline shows exercise cuts odds of major complications by 40%
  4. What does it mean if your child is considered ‘highly sensitive’?
  5. Alberta mom frustrated her breastfeeding infant needed paid ticket for show
  6. Tens of thousands of Canadian parents opting for 18-month parental leave
  7. Is it OK to swear around kids?
  8. 6 misconceptions about having twins
  9. Alberta mom disappointed with Ottawa’s ‘no’ vote on infant loss leave
  10. Why don’t some teens dress for the cold?
Story continues below advertisement

Want more ways to keep up to date? Check out the “Family Matters” podcast! If you haven’t subscribed yet — what are you waiting for?

Subscribing’s easy! Here’s how…

On your iPad or iPhone:

  • Open the Apple Podcasts app, search for Family Matters and select it from the list of results.
  • Once on the Family Matters page, click the “Subscribe” button to have new episodes sent to your mobile device for free.
  • Click the name of an episode from the list below to listen.

On your Android Phone or Tablet:

  • Open the Google Podcasts app, search for Family Matters and select it from the list of results.
  • Once on the Family Matters page, click the “Subscribe” button to have new episodes sent to your mobile device for free.
  • Click the name of an episode from the list below to listen.
Story continues below advertisement