Journalist Desa Philadelphia grew up in Guyana, in a multigenerational household. The set-up was common in her country, but being a teenager wasn’t fun for her with a meddlesome grandmother in the mix. Now living in Los Angeles, married and mother to a 5-year old, Desa seeks out opportunities for her daughter to interact with older people. In this episode: life lessons from multiple generations, managing parental health problems from afar and the upside of living in nip-tuck LA.

Check out Desa’s latest book: 111 Shops in Los Angeles That You Must Not Miss: Unique Finds and Local Treasures