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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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Repeat: Children can get so much from having a sibling. Another child to play with, to talk to and grow up with. But siblings can also fight. A lot. Which isn't great for parents who are trying to teach them to share and respect one another. In one of Feed Play Love's favourite episodes, parenting educator Maggie Dent brings her legendary common sense and compassion to the issue of sibling rivalry.
No one starts a family thinking that one day they will live apart. But for many couples, separation happens. Most parents want the best for their children. When a family separates mediation is there to get them to a safe place, and to avoid lengthy and expensive court proceedings. Danielle Jaku-Greenfield is a mediator who has helped many families. She explains how the mediation process works, and the different ways families can come to a satisfactory arrangement. For more information on how to navigate separation, check out Relationships Australia.
Repeat: Toddlers can be mercurial, joyful and therefore both a delight and frustration to their parents. But did you know that there are things you could be doing with your toddler now, that will help them be successful adults? Dr Laura Jana is the author of The Toddler Brain: Nurture the skills today that will shape your child's tomorrow. She explains what we can all do to tap into our child's potential.
These days every kind of parent is labelled with a style: helicopter, free range, lawnmower.None of these so-called styles are helpful, but there is one style of parenting that has been found to be beneficial to kids. Chances are you already apply some of its techniques. It's called attachment parenting, and it's not what the media has led many to believe. Psychologist and mum Rachel Bridge explains the history of attachment parenting, and why it's so good for kids. Rachel is also working on a book to help parents and carers connect with their children. It's called The Puzzle of Us and it's being supported by a Kickstarter campaign. For more information about the book visit their Facebook page @thepuzzleofus
Repeat: In one of our most popular Helpline episodes this year, mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue tackles:A one-year-old (and youngest of four children) throwing almighty tantrums when mum tries to get chores done around the home, Whether it's normal for three-and-a-half-year-old and 14-month-old siblings to not get along, and will there be a time when they stop fighting? Is an attachment to mum (over dad every time) healthy for a 16-month-old and will they grow out of it? Is it possible for a young baby to self settle or do you need to wait until they are three-months-old? How much sleep does a two-and-a-half-year-old need? What is the recommended 'up' time for 10-week-old (four-week corrected) premmie twins? Can you teach a nine-month-old to stop pinching when being put down to sleep (as is settled with physical touch and cuddles)?
You could talk to a dozen women about childbirth and they will all have different experiences of labour pain. Physiotherapist Dr Laura Whitburn from La Trobe University was fascinated in the variety of experiences when it came to childbirth, and so she conducted research with new mums in Melbourne in an effort to determine why women experience labour pain differently. What she discovered is that there's often a number of factors that contribute to the way a woman perceives pain.Laura explains why it has nothing to do with the baby in your belly, and everything to do with what's going on in your head.
Repeat: One thing we all want is for our children to be able to bounce back. We want to know that they have the emotional skills to deal with the times that life doesn't go their way. Parenting educator Justin Coulson from Raising Happy Families gives his tips on how to raise a resilient child.
Extracurricular activities can be a challenge for some parents. There is research that says learning a musical instrument will help your child's brain grow. Other parents may tell you that learning a team sport will help your child socialise and develop resilience. And then someone will go ahead and say our kids are overscheduled. You can't win! Anthony Semann is an Early Learning Educator at Semann and Slattery. He explains how you can judge whether your child is overscheduled, and the best way to choose what activities they do.
Kaz Cooke's enormously popular Up the Duff, the real guide to pregnancy has turned 20 years old!And while in that time some things have stayed the same, there are many aspects of modern birth that have changed. Kaz talks about the modern aspects of birth that can be confusing, and she explains why Up the Duff remains relevant and unbiased for expecting parents.
All children are different, so even if you've had a baby before, it doesn't always mean you'll know what to do when your second (third or fourth) will only catnap during the day. Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has seen thousands of baby over her 30 years of helping families navigate raising children. In this episode of Helpline, she tackles: Juggling three children under four, early rising ten-month-old twins, a 22-month-old who is very attached to their dummy, a two-year-old who has started sleeping badly at night, weaning a two-year-old co-sleeper, how to transition a seven-month-old to day sleeps in her cot, improving the sleep patterns of a 16-month-old, a fussy-eating five-year-old and how to transition a 14-month-old to one day nap.
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