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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. Produced and presenter by mum of two and journalist, Shevonne Hunt.
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Parenting requires a varied skill set. We are interpreters of baby babble and toddler mumbles, psychologists determining the reasons for unexplained mood swings and medical professionals deciphering signs for when our children are ill. The last part of that skill set can be the trickiest. Sometimes there is a fine line between a cold and the flu. So how do we know when our child needs a doctor, and when some good old fashioned TLC will suffice? As an emergency paediatric nurse and mother of two, Sarah Hunstead from CPR Kids has seen all kinds of illnesses in children. Sarah breaks down the five key signs that your child is unwell.
Being pregnant during a Coronavirus pandemic isn't fun. The rapid changes mean the birth you may have planned could now be out of your reach. Nadine Richardson is the founder of She Births, a birth education program that empowers women. Nadine believes that expecting mothers are going through a process of grieving, but she says they still have what it takes to have a magical birth. Nadine talks through the most current changes in hospitals, and how women can be ready regardless of the current crisis.
When a baby arrives it can turn your world upside down. And while you're learning how to navigate this new environment, your relationship can slip further down your list of priorities. But loving your partner is what led you to this place to begin with, so it's important to keep it strong and healthy. Elisabeth Shaw is the CEO of Relationships Australia NSW. She gives us her advice on how you keep your connections strong.
Eloise Wellings is a two-time Olympic runner and a three-time Commonwealth Games athlete. She's also mum to a four-month-old son and a six-year-old daughter. While most of us would groan, feed our baby, then try to get back to sleep; Eloise wakes, feeds then goes for a very long run. She also works on her foundation Love Mercy Foundation helping women in Uganda. Eloise talks about what drives her to keep training, helping others and why running makes her a better mum.
Loss can come in different, unpredictable ways. It could be the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a relationship. Babyology writer Pip Lincolne understands what that's like. When she went through her own heartache she kept notes on what made her feel better. Those notes are now a beautiful book; When Life is not Peachy, Real-life lessons in recovery from heartache, loss and tough times. Pip talks about why loss can be a physical sensation, and how small steps can help you out of some of the deepest holes.
Raising small children is full of challenges. They may be waking through the night, refusing food or behaving in confusing ways. Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has been helping parents solve these dilemmas for over 30 years. Today she gives advice on: A two and a half-year-old trying to drop a needed nap, a twenty-two month old who sleeps well at night, but not-so-well during the day, managing challenging toddler behaviours, a twenty-two-month-old procrastinating at bedtime, a three-and-a-half year-old rejecting dad, a four-month-old having short naps and a 12-month-old waking several times at night for a breastfeed.
Becoming a parent can be very disorientating. Where once you completed the simplest tasks in moments, now it takes all day to get out of your pyjamas. Margie Warrell is the author of You've got this, the life-changing power of trusting yourself. She's also a mum of four. Margie talks about how to find your confidence as a new parent, and trust that you have everything you need to thrive.
This generation of parents and carers have never experienced anything like the Coronavirus pandemic. And while the virus spreads the messages on social media and in the news seem to be full of conflicting advice. It's no wonder people are feeling anxious about the state of the world. While we can't do anything about what's happening, psychologist and founder of Hey Sigmund! Karen Young says there's plenty we can do about what's happening in our own minds. Karen explains how we can respond to the current events and feel more calm and present for our children.
There is so much information circling around about the Coronavirus. We've been told that flu-like symptoms could be a sign you have the virus, but how do you know when to get tested? And if you do need to get tested, where do you go? Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko is a GP dealing with alot of these questions. She goes through everything you need to know about testing, and how we should be approaching contact with grandparents. The following is general information only. For more detailed information check the Government's Health website. Other good websites to check out include Raising Children Network's dedicated Coronavirus page and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists.
You'll find most of France Whiting's writing under the News Corp banner of mastheads. She writes funny and insightful pieces about parenting and life, as well as more in-depth stories about news and events, and interviews with celebrities. She also writes fiction, and her latest book is called The Best Kind of Beautiful. Frances talks about the line between public and private when writing about children, and why Robin Williams is her favourite interview to date.
Watching your child try solid food for the first time is strangely satisfying. But working out how to wean can be confusing. What food do you start with? Should it be solid or mush? And how on earth do you deal with potential allergies? Annabel Karmel has been a much-loved food educator for over 25 years. In her new book Weaning made simple, your go-to guide for baby's first foods she has everything you need to know about starting your child's food journey well. Annabel's digital weaning course can be found on her website.
Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue returns after a short break to answer all your questions. On this episode of Helpline she helps to navigate: A six-month-old with erratic sleep patterns, a six-month-old waking at four and five am, toilet training an almost three-year-old, whether a queen sized bed is too big for a first bed, a two-and-a-half-year-old who still wants to be breastfed (though she has been weaned), weaning a two-year-old off thumb sucking, helping a 14-week-old join 45 minute day naps together and weaning a three-year-old off the bottle.
While COVID-19 is in the headlines, should we be considering the flu vaccination for our kids? The flu vaccination for 2020 does not protect against the COVID-19, but doctors and pharmacists are urging people to consider vaccinating against influenza. Amy Evans is a pharmacist with Terry White Chemmart at Rouse Hill. She explains how the flu vaccination works, and why we should be considering it for our families. NOTE: The Terry White chain of pharmacists are opening vaccinations for booking for March 23 and later now. Pharmacists cannot vaccinate children under ten although some Terry White pharmacies will have 'family clinic days' where children aged two and up can be vaccinated by a registered nurse. You will have to check with your local chemist before booking to see if they do these days.
Anger is a big, spontaneous emotion. Sometimes, when your kid has just kicked you in the stomach as you try to put them in the car seat, or they're having a tantrum and throwing books around the room, it can feel like you have no control over it. And so you yell. And then maybe, you feel terrible. Parenting educator and host of the Parental as Anything podcast Maggie Dent says that it's human to feel anger. But it's what we do with it as adults, and the carers of small children, that really counts. Maggie explains how we can be calmer at home, and ways of understanding why we feel angry in the first place.
When Rob Sturrock became a father he said it was like hearing church bells ringing. It's what came after that took grit and a bit of soul searching. Rob decided to stay home with his kids at a time when it's still unusual for men to take on a full-time role caring role for children. He looked for literature to tell him, as a dad, how to navigate this world. When he found none he wrote his own book Man Raises Boy - a love letter to his son and a contemplation on what it means to be a father and to raise a boy in today's world.
Growing a baby for the first time can be full of weird and wonderful experiences. Not all of them make sense, and sometimes it helps to get a run-down of what to expect. Hannah Dahlen is a Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She helps guide many women through pregnancy, and has studied what is happening with all the changes (and why). She tells us the changes that happen throughout your nine months of pregnancy.
Parenting coach and expert with Babyology's Sleep School Karina Lane filled in on this episode of Helpline. On this Helpline Karina helps with the following challenges: A six-month-old with a dummy dependency, getting a 14.5-month-old to self settle, getting a 13.5-month-old to have consistent day naps, helping one 13-month-old twin who is waking in the night, a ten-month-old baby hitting their head while asleep (and waking herself up), a 25-month-old who struggles with sleeping through the night, a ten-month-old that needs a lot of comfort to sleep through the night, how to ditch the dummy for a 20-month-old and a five-year-old who has trouble settling in at school.
Anywhere that children gather in groups germs will incubate. When they start day care or school, it is inevitable that they will end up with one thing or another. Sarah Hunstead is the Founding Director of CPR Kids. Sarah outlines the more common illnesses children get from day care, and whether it's possible to protect them from all of the lurgies flying about.
If your child has challenging behaviours - like aggression or problems sitting still - where would you go? Chances are you might ask your GP for a referral to an occupational therapist, or maybe ask about child psychologists. Olwen Forker is the Clinical Director at BackChat Speech Pathology. Olwen says that speech pathology can often be the first step parents take to help their children. She explains how understanding communication challenges can help with behavioural problems.
Mim Jenkinson was on the cusp of her happily ever after when she discovered she had breast cancer. What followed was a descent into alcohol addiction that she didn't see happening. And along her own path to recovery, she discovered many more stories about other mums and why they drink. Mim talks about her own experience with 'mummy wine time' and why life is so much better without it. Mim's book is called Less Wine More Time
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