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From nurturing newborns to taming toddlers, we unravel the art and science of parenting with real-life stories and expert advice. The hilarious to the humbling and all the nitty gritty in between. Hosted by mum of two and journalist, Shevonne Hunt. Senior Producer and editor is Debby Ng.
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As far as much-loved Australian actors go, Samual Johnson is one of our favourites. From his work on Home and Away, The Secret Lives of Us and playing music icon Molly Meldrum in the miniseries Molly, he was already a familiar face before he started his campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer. His work with his sister Connie for Love Your Sister has seen him ride around Australia on a unicycle and raise almost ten million dollars. Now he's released a book in time for Father's Day called Dear Dad, with all profits going to research into cancer prevention. Sam talks about how a very personal story about his sister Connie and breast cancer became a nationwide movement with over 800,000 participants.
Evie Farrell was a single, full-time working mum when she decided to pack it all in and take off overseas with her six-year-old daughter Emmie. Without a deadline or a real plan, they travelled around Asia throwing routine and expectations out the door. Evie talks about how she made it happen (with insight on the trip from now nine-year-old Emmie), and why the two and a half years away was the best thing she ever did. You can find more of Evie and Emmie's stories in the book Backyard to Backpack, A solo mum, a six-year-old and a life-changing adventure.
Is there anything as awful as morning sickness? First up the title is misleading. We need to change the name to 'all-day-feeling-like-crap' sickness. Women can get morning sickness for the first three, four or the whole nine months. Dr David Addenbrooke is an obstetrician and co-author of 9 Months- The essential Australian guide to pregnancy. He explains why you might be experiencing morning sickness and what you can do about it.
When Bruce Pascoe was in primary school, Indigenous history was far from the truth. After the success of his book Dark Emu, he decided to release a version for children. Young Dark Emu, a Truer History has the same stories - observations from original colonists - of an advanced civilisation that cultivated and cared for the land they lived upon. Bruce talks about how a truer representation of our past will make for a better future, and why children are the perfect vessels to take in the knowledge.
Winter is a time of colds and coughs. But is there anything as frustrating as a small child with a cough? It can feel like there's nothing you can do, especially through the dark of night as their cough keeps them awake and uncomfortable. Sarah Hunstead is a former paediatric nurse and the founder of CPR Kids. She talks about when coughs are just a cold, when they're more worrying, and why children under six should not be given cough medicine.
Most parents have had a moment (or several) when everything goes to pieces. Which is why a book of other people's disasters is so therapeutic. Social researcher Rebecca Huntley and broadcaster Sarah MacDonald have compiled a list of stories in their book called The Full Catastrophe. There are heart breaking stories and ones that will make you feel better about your own experience of when things have come apart at the seams. And there are lots of laughs as well. Rebecca and Sarah share their own run-ins with life's more challenging moments, and why they're still laughing at the end of it all.
It's strangely satisfying to see your baby start solids. Watching them experience different flavours and textures for the first time, seeing them tuck into a meal of pureed pumpkin. But with rising rates of food allergies in children, how should we start solids?According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy 10% of infants and 4-8% of children have a food allergy. Heidi Young from The Nest is a specialist in childhood allergy. She tells us the most up-to-date information about how to safely introduce solids, and what you should do if your child has an allergic reaction. Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia's resource for parents, which Heidi refers to, is called Nip Allergies in the Bub.
Babies are curious creatures. How and why they do the things they do can baffle the most advanced mind (especially the ones that are sleep deprived). Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue is here to help, by looking at the big picture and giving you tips on how to find the way through. Author of Bringing Baby Home, Chris has over 30 years of experience helping families tweak patterns and behaviours so that everyone is more content. On this episode of Helpline: What to expect from a nine-day-old baby's sleep patterns, sleep routines for a 14-week-old baby, a two-year-old possibly experiencing night terrors (you can find the previous Feed Play Love interview on night terrors here), cutting down on night bottles for nine-month-old twins, the best way to wean a one-month-old, whether you can get a 20-month-old to sleep longer than one hour during the day, introducing a comforter to a five-month-old, a 19-month-old waking through the night.
When it comes to telling it how it is, Lauren Dubois is hilarious and spot on. A former political reporter, now a blogger with a hoard of followers, Lauren delights her audience with her witty insights into raising children. Now she's released a book You Will (Probably) Survive- and other things they don't tell you about motherhood. It's for every woman who just wanted a friend to tell her the truth, and make her laugh at the same time. Lauren talks about swapping the halls of power for changing nappies, and the crazy, crazy dreams you can have when you're pregnant.
If you live in a city, chances are the only time your kids get to see where their food comes from is when they visit a farm stay. Simone Kain and her business partner Ben Hood wanted children across Australia to understand more about farm life, regardless of where they live. Together they created George the Farmer, a character who is teaching children about the journey food takes from paddock to plate. Simone tells us where you can find George, and why it's important to connect the town and country this way.
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