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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.
What is it like to raise a deaf child when you have no experience in sign language or deaf culture? Would you embrace your child's different ability, or would you find a way to bring them closer to your hearing world? Sarah Klenbort chats to us about her experience in this episode from the archives.
Children can be very self involved, which may be developmentally appropriate, but it also means they are completely oblivious to how annoying it is when they whine. "I'm hungry", "I'm bored", "Can I have..." So how can parents deal with their whining children in a way that is compassionate but still stops the whining? Early Learning Educator Denielle Jans gave us her tips in this previous gem from the archives.
Raising children can be challenging, particularly when you're not sleeping. Helpline is here to guide you through the rougher parts. Today sleep consultant Jo Ryan answers your questions about settling, waking, behaviour and more.On this episode that includes: Two-year-old waking for three hours overnight, how to stop a nineteen-month-old from hitting, seven-week-old only sleeping in mother's arms, when should a toddler stop their day naps (and how can you tell if they are ready?), when a three-and-a-half-month-old wakes herself to suck her hands, helping a four-month-old with bad eczema, a four-year-old having toilet training regression after UTI, getting a three-year-old co-sleeper into his own bed, how to teach a three-year-old to be more respectful and regulating a one-year-old's sleep between daycare and home.For help with more parenting challenges check out Babyology’s Parent School.
When it comes to living a good life, you can't ignore the role that money plays. But many couples don't talk about money, or if they do, it's to give one partner responsibility over the finances. Finance commentator Effie Zahos explains why couples need to start talking honestly about money.
Children today have a huge range of activities to choose from. Parents are often rushing from one extra curricular activity to the next. But are extra curricular activities a good thing for children? Anthony Semann is an educator for Early Learning teachers. He looks at extra curricular activities from the perspective of children.
When it comes to preparation for birth, it's fair to say that most of the information targets mums. But dads are expected to be more involved than ever before and the system is letting them down. That's according to new research conducted by the non-profit group Healthy Male. Their findings, outlined in their Plus Paternal report, show that we need to do more to help dads both before and after birth. CEO of Healthy Male Simon von Saldern and dad Adam Tardif talk about where the holes are in the system and what can be done to give dads a better start to parenting.
There are many different books telling parents how to raise their children well. There are different styles of parenting, ways of managing their behaviour. Now bestselling author Dr Dan Siegel says he has found the secret to raising children well. And it's as simple as just showing up. Dan talks about the research behind the power of showing up, and explains what it looks like in everyday life. Dan's book is called The Power of Showing up.
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Sep 15th, 2015
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Oct 20th, 2020
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