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How do you raise a boy well? We're living in a time when what is expected of men is very different to when we were growing up. How do we help our precious sons to become good men. Maggie Dent has raised four small boys to be good men, and she's been helping others do the same ever since.Maggie gives us her no nonsense advice about raising boys, with a healthy dash of humour and compassion.
Learning to read can be tough, for both kids and their parents. Literacy expert Brian Caswell from Mindchamps believes it takes patience and time, but the rewards are great for everyone. Brian explains how you can best support your child in their reading journey.
When your child is a toddler you learn that tantrums are a normal part of their development. As they grow older you may start to wonder why they are still happening. Child development expert Karen Young from Hey Sigmund says that the path to emotional intelligence is long, and that it's very normal for older kids to have tantrums. Karen explains what to do when your child is struggling to manage their anger.
As a rather strange year rolls slowly to a close, you may be looking forward to next year. For some parents, that means thinking about their children starting school. Within that group of parents, some will be confident that their child is ready to start school. Others will not be so certain. So how do you tell if it's the right time for your child to start school? Parenting educator, author and podcaster Maggie Dent has worked as a teacher and counsellor. Maggie explains how you can tell if your child is ready for school. Maggie's article on Fragile boy friendships and why they matter
There's nothing quite as satisfying as watching a child eat with a healthy appetite. The reverse is also true. When a child is fussy you can hover over them at the dinner table, hoping against hope that they will eat something you have cooked. Dr Jen Cohen is a nutritionist at the University of NSW who specialises in diets for children who are undergoing cancer treatment and fussy eaters. Jen has helped many parents understand the behaviour behind fussy eating. In this interview Jen explains why a child can be fussy, what you can do to try and prevent it, and if that doesn't work how to manage a picky eater.
For the last ten years people have been asking Turia Pitt how to be happy. She suspects this might really be a question about how she has managed to be happy. In 2011 she was competing in an ultra-marathon and was trapped by an out-of-control grass fire. That fire resulted in burns to 65% of her body and fears that she would not recover from her injuries. People wanted to know how Turia continued to be happy after facing so much physical and emotional pain. The result is Happy, and other ridiculous aspirations. Turia talks about the surprising things she's learnt writing the book, and the little things that help her turn her day around.
Australia is a country full of people who love to swim. As the weather heats up children will be leaping gleefully into pools, lakes, dams and the ocean. But how well do our kids need to be able to swim in order to be safe? Do we need to be taking our babies to swimming lessons? Or is it okay to wait until they are older?Penny Larsen is from Royal Lifesaving Australia. Penny explains the ways to keep your kids as safe as possible this summer.
Children and babies dance to the beat of their own drum. Sometimes you know the song, at others you've got no idea what's going on. When working out why your child is not sleeping, eating or listening it can help to get some expert help to give you a few pointers. On this episode of Helpline sleep consultant Jo Ryan helps parents with the following challenges: 15-month-old waking inconsolable at night, a two-and-a-half-year-old who will only snack, an eight-month-old who will not drink formula, how to avoid mastitis if your five-month-old is sleeping through the nights, whether it's possible to stop a thirteen-month-old from becoming a chronic early-riser, if it's okay to let your four-and-a-half-month-old sleep in their pram during the day, how long can you keep a baby in a sleep sack for? How to encourage a toddler to eat whole fruits (instead of squishy fruit packs), how to have a peaceful night with a two-and-a-half-year-old, how to stop breast feeding a co-sleeping two-year-old through the night and a six-year-old who lives off chicken nuggets and fries.For more help and to speak with a qualified expert check out Babyology’s Parent School. Helpline will be back with Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue next week. You can contact us by doing any of the following: Email us at helpline@theparentbrand.com.au, ask Chris during the Babyology Facebook live on Monday from 11:30am, leave your question in our Babyology Helpline Facebook group.
How do you define art? And how does that definition influence the role of art in your life? Chances are it's quite different to what your kids think, and how they create their own art every day. A new podcast made by Kinderling Kids Radio in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QUAGOMA) aims to expand kids' ideas about what art is and how it is made. Outside the Lines is a ten-part series where children interact with artists featured at QUAGOMA. Tamsin Cull, Head of Public Engagement at QUAGOMA, explains why this podcast is so important and how it will help change everyone's idea of what art is.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has not hit everyone equally. Those that live in Melbourne, who have underlying health conditions or are close to elderly family or family overseas and those who have lost their jobs will be living in a very different reality from those on the other side. There are many families who have retained work and have the freedom of movement others are denied. So what does all of this mean for our children? Is there any sense of the way this pandemic will shape their lives? Recently the Australian Childhood Foundation conducted research into the impact of the pandemic on families. CEO of the foundation and psychologist Joe Tucci outlines how families are faring, and what parents can do to support their kids.
When it comes to a life well lived you can't get much more impressive than Dr Catherine Hamlin. Catherine spent her life treating obstetric fistulas in Ethiopia, and in doing so both improved and saved countless lives. Now author Sue Williams has shed light on an incredible friendship Catherine shared with a former patient; Mamitu Gashe. Sue's book is called Healing Lives, and in this interview she talks about the obstacles both women overcame to make a huge impact on the lives of women in Ethopia.
Returning to work when you have a small baby can feel daunting. There are sleep schedules to consider (your own, as well as your baby's!!) and feeding routines to get your head around. Pinky McKay is a much-loved lactation consultant who understands how challenging it can be. Pinky gives us her top tips on how to make your transition back to work a smooth one.
Where do you turn when your baby won't sleep, your toddler is biting you or your threenager is refusing to use the toilet? Helpline has the experts to help guide you through the trickier parts of parenting. Today sleep consultant Jo Ryan helps with the following challenges: A three-year-old with special needs not sleeping well, whether a sleep over at grandma's undo a six-month-old's great sleep habits, the ideal sleep schedule for a 16-week-old, whether a five-year-old will be ready for school next year, how to get a four-year-old to brush their teeth without a fight, a two-year-old who will not self settle, how to help a five-year-old feel better about making friends at school, how to stop a 21-month-old biting and hitting, getting a four-month-old with bad reflux back into a good sleep pattern and a six-year-old struggling to sleep at night. For more help and to speak with a qualified expert check out Babyology’s Parent School.Helpline will be back with sleep consultant Jo Ryan next week. You can contact us by doing any of the following: Email us at helpline@theparentbrand.com.au, ask Jo during the Babyology Facebook live on Monday from 11:30am or leave your question in our Babyology Helpline Facebook group.
There are many different ways to tell if your child is ready for school. Most of them involve social skills like paying attention, making friends or being able to sit still. But one thing your child will definitely do in their first year at school is learn how to read. So how do you know that they are ready to do that? Sonia Bestulic is the Founding Director of Talking Heads Speech Pathology and hosts the podcast Chatabout Children with Sonia Bestulic. Sonia outlines the signs that your child is ready to read.
Food allergies for children have been on the rise in Australia over the last decade. After a frightening experience with his own daughter, Paediatric Gastroenterologist Dr Vincent Ho took a closer look at the impact of gut health on allergy prevention. His book The Healthy Baby Gut Guide looks at all the ways parents can help their children develop a healthy gut, which in turn can help prevent food allergies. Vincent explains the latest research on allergy prevention through pregnancy, breastfeeding and starting solids.
Beck Feiner and her husband Robin Feiner have teamed up again for a new picture book The Polar Bear in Sydney Harbour. It's a lighthearted tale that still manages to highlight the impact of climate change. Beck talks about being inspired by activist school children and how one picks a suitable name for a polar bear.
When you have a baby or a small child to care for chances are you put their needs before your own. If you review your 'to do' list, chances are 'time for myself' isn't up the top. Psychologist Heather Irvine-Rundle wants to change the way we order our priorities. In her book Hello Baby! she outlines how mums need to take better care of themselves. Heather talks about why putting yourself first is the best thing for your whole family.
With Helpline on a long weekend we are bringing in an expert from Babyology's Parent School, lactation consultant Natasha Lunn. Natasha talks about the most common challenges with breastfeeding, including attachment, mastitis and breast engorgement, and offers practical solutions for all mums. If you'd like to book a one-on-one online consultation with Natasha you can do so via The Parent School. In this interview Natasha also recommends the Australian Breastfeeding Association, the International Board of Lactation Consultants and the Raising Children Network.
How would you describe your child's behaviour? If words like competitive, manipulative, dramatic or demanding pop up, chances are you have a child with tricky behaviour. While these descriptions sound like bad traits psychologist Andrew Fuller argues that they can be seen as strengths. In his book Tricky Behaviours Andrew addresses some of the challenging behaviours he has seen in his years as a psychologist. Andrew explains how we can manage tricky behaviours to get the best out of our kids.
With childhood allergies on the rise, there are more children walking around with Epipens. But if your child isn't allergic, do you know what to do with one? Heidi Young is a nurse specialist in allergy and founder of The Nest. Heidi says there's nothing to be afraid of when it comes to Epipens. She explains how they work and how to use them.
Simon Gillard was a police officer for sixteen years. In that time he saw the worst and most vulnerable side of humanity. It took its toll. Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) he had to find a new job, having loved policing and defining himself by his career. Simon outlines the impact of PTSD in his book Life Sentence.In this interview Simon talks about what attracted him to the police force, why it was so hard to leave, and the ongoing impact of PTSD.
When mums get together we're generally pretty open about our parenting experiences. But how often have you talked to a dad about how he feels about parenthood. In the new Babyology podcast The Dad Kit host Sean Szeps chats to a number of prominent Australian dads about their innermost thoughts when it comes to being a dad. Sean talks about the most insightful things he discovered and why it's time we listened more to fathers.
Babies and small children can be little mysteries at times. Why do they start waking in the middle of the night? Or start throwing food on the floor? Helpline gives you the chance to discover what could be going on for your little one. Our qualified experts will decipher what it could all mean, and give you tips to get them back on track.This week Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue helps parents with the following challenges: A ten-month-old with daytime nap regression, an eleven-month-old who can wake up to six times a night, a three-year-old who will only poo in their nappy, an almost three-year-old who is refusing to be toilet trained, a six-month-old who is not settling for her day naps, a two-and-a-half-year-old who is very fussy with their food, a three-year-old waking up at night, a one-year-old who wakes at midnight (and stays awake for three hours), a five-year-old having bad tantrums, a twenty-three-month-old who will only eat pureed food and a five-month-old waking every hour through the night.For more help and to speak with a qualified expert check out Babyology's Parent School.
Unless you've been living under a rock you will have heard about the benefits of living mindfully. Part of the process can include meditation. But what busy parent has time for that? Shannon Harvey is a health journalist and author of My Year of Living Mindfully. She is also a mum with two young children. Shannon talks about the science behind the benefits of meditation, and how you might find a way to practice the skill.
Deborah Abela is a children's author and teacher who wants kids to feel comfortable in their own skin. Her latest picture book A Bear in Space is a light-hearted tale about being different and finding your own tribe. Deb talks about what inspired her to write the book, and how parents can use it to help their own kids feel less alone.
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Oct 26th, 2020
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