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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.
516 Episodes
Lily Isobella is better known as a roving sex educator in the One a Day Project. She's also a mother of three who lives in Bellingen, halfway between Brisbane and Sydney. Her community is surrounded by bushfires. Lily gives some insight into what it's like living through the current bushfire conditions, and how they are all getting by.
Hugh Van Cuylenberg was a teacher in Australia before he travelled to Northern India with his then-girlfriend and volunteered in a school in the foothills of the Himalayas. What he learnt from the children in that village inspired him to research resilience, and to found The Resilience Project. Now he's released a book: The Resilience Project, Finding happiness through gratitude, empathy and mindfulness and he's keen to share the three straightforward steps he learnt from the kids he taught many years ago.
Mothercraft Chris Minogue is the baby-whisperer that you need when you can't figure out what is going on. With over 30 years of experience, Chris knows how to tweak your routine so that life gets a little bit easier. If you need help right now, check out Babyology's new Sleep School.On this episode of Helpline, she helps with the following challenges: A three-and-a-half-year-old who won't stay in his bed at night, a five-month-old waking multiple times at night, a seven-month-old needing to be held to sleep, helping a two-year-old cope when mum and dad are away, what an eight-week-old sleep cycle looks like, a toddler who stays awake late into the night, weaning a 13-month-old off night feeds, a six month old screaming every time she wakes and an early waking 15-month-old.
What was the techy-est toy you received as a kid? You may have had a Speak and Spell or a handheld Donkey Kong game. There was no internet or "smart" technology. These days many of the toys we buy are connected. eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant takes us through what toys we need to look out for this Christmas, and how to make sure we're keeping our kids safe. The Office of eSafety has a full Christmas gift guide on their website as well as details on how to keep kids safe on tablets.
Nutritionists will tell you that eating as a family is a fundamental building block for good eating habits in your family. It's a time and place for connection at the end of a busy day. But Professor of Sociology at Monash University Jo Lindsay says that getting together for dinner isn't realistic for most families. She also argues that the messages being sent around dinner are not always backed up with evidence. Jo talks about her findings, and why she thinks parents and carers should relax more around dinner time.
Right now in Australia, there are discussions about the future of reproductive technology. In particular, whether or not we should start using three strands of DNA for fertility treatments. The debate is balanced between the benefits, such as potentially eradicating mitochondrial disease, and the physical and ethical risks of tinkering with DNA. Ainsley Newson, Associate Professor of Bioethics at Sydney University, and Sean Murray, CEO of the Mito Foundation, break down the pros and cons of the debate. They point out why this isn't Gattaca territory, and how the technology could change lives for the better. For more information on this new technology you can read this article at The Conversation and this article in Australasian Science.
The world has changed a lot since parents today were children. There is more technology, more families have both parents working and there seems to be less time for children to play. Brendon Hyndman is a child development expert and Senior Lecturer in Personal Development, Health & Physical Education at Charles Sturt University. Together with IKEA, he researched how much children are playing today and the ideal amount of time they should be playing. Brendon explains why children aren't playing as much as they could be, and he shares some ways we can integrate more play into their day.
Parenting a small child can be challenging, particularly when you can't work out why they aren't feeding or sleeping properly. Then there are the behavioural hurdles (toddlers not getting in car seats, throwing food on the floor etc).Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue is here to help you navigate the early years. She has over thirty years experience and knows how to help you make a few tweaks to set you back on the right path.On this episode of Helpline her advice covers: A six-month-old early riser, night feeds for a six-and-a-half-week-old, a 13-month-old night waking, almost six-month-old waking after rolling in the cot, a four-year-old not getting enough sleep, an early-rising two-year-old, how to manage breastfeeding a six-month-old starting day care, an 11-month-old waking in the night and night weaning and day naps for a four-month-old.
The best way to get ready for pregnancy is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.But what are the things that will help couples fall pregnant? And where are we at with alcohol consumption and different vitamins? Dianne Zalitis is a Midwife and Clinical Lead of Pregnancy, Birth and Baby, a national Australian Government service providing support for expecting parents. She breaks down everything you need to know about giving pregnancy your best shot.
Critics of modern parents will have you believe that we are raising a generation of self-entitled prats. But positive affirmation, or praise, is a really important part of parenting our children to be healthy, well-adjusted adults. Associate Professor Julie Green, Executive Director of Raising Children Network, explains what positive affirmation looks like for different ages, and why we need to give it to our kids.
Ellice Mol was born with cystic fibrosis. In her mid-20s, newly in love, she went through a double lung transplant. Two years later one lung was rejected, which meant she had lost almost half of what she had gained through the transplant. All of this meant that Ellice would not be able to carry her own baby to term. And so she and Rhys started looking into surrogacy. Ellice talks about her path to motherhood (amid gurgles and coos from her baby Franklin).
As the end of the year approaches, some children will be attending their last weeks of pre-school care. Many will be looking forward to "big school" and some (including their parents), will not. Anthony Semann is an Early Learning Educator with Semann and Slattery. He gives some practical tips on how we can help our children be school-ready by early next year.
Mothercraft Nurse Chris Minogue is back after a short break and has answered a stack of questions that were waiting for her return. Chris is a mothercraft nurse with over 30 years of experience helping families with their small children.In this episode of Helpline, she tackles: Three-month-old sleeping patterns, day sleeps for a seven-month-old, a three-month-old losing their appetite, how to drop breastfeeds for a 14-month-old, a three-and-a-half-year-old struggling with jet lag, a two-year-old who has changed his sleep patterns (for the worse!) An eight-week-old who finds it's difficult to re-settle, getting a 15-month-old to transition to one day nap, how to settle a six-week-old baby without holding them, a five-month-old who wakes frequently at night, how to drop the day nap for a two-and-a-half-year-old and a 13-month-old who wakes very early in the morning.
When you plan a holiday overseas, chances are you're consumed with thoughts about what clothes the kids will need and how you will all survive the flight. Sarah Hunstead from CPR Kids has thought about what you need to pack in terms of first aid so that you don't need to. Sarah gives us the rundown on what we need organise before we leave Australia and what to bring in our carry-on luggage.
Parenting and work life don't often coexist comfortably. Especially not when parents are locked into inflexible hours and days. Stephanie Reuss and Victoria Stuart founded BeamAustralia after finding that having children stunted their own career opportunities. Stephanie and Victoria explain the different ways that employees can work flexibly, and how those options can work for employers as well.
Emotion coaching 101

Emotion coaching 101


Repeat: Emotion coaching for children helps them learn how to self regulate, which is what any parent wants (especially when children can be prone to tantrums). Lyn O' Grady is a psychologist and an expert in children's mental well being. Lyn explains the basics of emotion coaching, so that you can help your child learn how to self regulate.
When you fall pregnant you become very conscious of what you're putting in your body. There are all kinds of warnings about what you can and can't eat. But what are the guidelines when it comes to vitamins and medications? Dr David Addenbrooke is an obstetrician and co-author of 9 Months, The essential Australian guide to pregnancy. He breaks down the most recent advice about what you can and can't take.
Repeat: While Chris Minogue is away (she'll be back next week), we've pulled out one of our most popular Helpline episodes. In this episode, Chris helps parents with day sleeps for a 14-month-old who goes to daycare and dropped from two day sleeps to one, helping a three-year-old who will hold onto their poos and not go to the toilet, stopping a 13-month-old from hitting their baby cousin, finding the reason a four-year-old wets the bed overnight and doesn't wake to use the toilet, troubleshooting sleep for a five-month-old, and weaning a 15-month-old who is very resistant to dropping their overnight feed.
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.
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