13 episodes

Being a parent can be both the greatest and the hardest thing you’ll ever do. In Navigating Parenthood, brought to you by HCF, parents, experts and teens share their stories – the joys and stress, the advice and the insight. 

Season one is about the journey to becoming a parent and now, in season two, it’s all about teens. 

Ever wondered what your teen is thinking, feeling and experiencing? In season two of Navigating Parenthood – Talking to Teens, six switched-on teens and experts tell us what it means to grow up and get by in 2020: mates, dates, self-esteem, study stress, true grief and the grief we give them. Host Rebecca Sparrow takes us inside the heads of today’s teenagers, uncovering insights every parent needs to hear. 

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.4, 32 Ratings

Being a parent can be both the greatest and the hardest thing you’ll ever do. In Navigating Parenthood, brought to you by HCF, parents, experts and teens share their stories – the joys and stress, the advice and the insight. 

Season one is about the journey to becoming a parent and now, in season two, it’s all about teens. 

Ever wondered what your teen is thinking, feeling and experiencing? In season two of Navigating Parenthood – Talking to Teens, six switched-on teens and experts tell us what it means to grow up and get by in 2020: mates, dates, self-esteem, study stress, true grief and the grief we give them. Host Rebecca Sparrow takes us inside the heads of today’s teenagers, uncovering insights every parent needs to hear. 

    Welcome to Navigating Parenthood

    Welcome to Navigating Parenthood

    Welcome to Navigating Parenthood, the podcast for parents, not babies, brought to you by HCF, Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund. Whether you’re already parent or planning to become one, these are real people’s compelling stories of finding their way along unexpected pathways, sharing what they’ve learned. Side by side in conversation, about challenges and joys, is a line up of experts joining in to offer insight.

    • 1 min
    1. Embracing special needs parenthood

    1. Embracing special needs parenthood

    Even though Melanie’s son was born with brain damage, she wanted so badly to believe he’d be fine.

    But when he was diagnosed with a permanent disability, everything changed. Melanie talks about the unexpected joys and the day-to-day experience of parenting a child with special needs.

    Joan Bratel from Cerebral Palsy Alliance gives advice on coming to terms with a diagnosis like this and the support available.

    For more information on cerebral palsy, visit cerebralpalsy.org.au and for disability support groups visit Better Health Channel.

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    • 26 min
    2. A single mother’s path

    2. A single mother’s path

    Julia Hasche never thought she’d be a single mum, but her relationship broke down just months after having her baby.

    She shares her journey of single parenthood, from the vast emotional reward, to combatting loneliness and the work-family juggling act.

    Julia now runs the website and podcast Single Mother Survival Guide to help and empower other single mums.

    Elisabeth Shaw from Relationships Australia NSW talks about protecting your child from conflict and finding time to look after yourself.

    If you need help with your relationship or after a relationship has ended, visit Relationships Australia or call 1300 364 277 (Aus).

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    • 22 min
    3. Reshaping your identity

    3. Reshaping your identity

    Before having a baby Stephanie was a busy news reporter who loved her job.

    After giving birth she changed so much as a person she couldn’t look at work, or herself, in the same way. With psychologist Lisa Williams from the University of New South Wales we talk about how becoming a parent can fundamentally change your identity and your perspective on life and work.

    Need help? If you feel depressed or anxious, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 (Aus).

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    • 19 min
    4. Starting life in ICU

    4. Starting life in ICU

    What does it feel like to go home, after giving birth, without your babies?

    Mum Lee had her twins at 28 weeks and they landed up in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 102 days. We hear from Lee and NICU nurse Maddie O’Connor about the challenges of becoming a parent in this environment, the impact it has and what help you might need.

    For more information and support for parents of premature babies visit Miracle Babies at miraclebabies.org.au.

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    • 21 min
    5. Managing mental challenges

    5. Managing mental challenges

    Blogger Leah Williams from The Dearest Days and her partner had both experienced mental health problems before having their baby.

    When their daughter turned out to be a “textbook difficult baby”, Leah struggled and knew she had to seek help.

    Social worker and therapist Ray Medhora talks about how couples and families can support each other through postnatal depression and the major life changes of early parenthood.

    If you’re a parent who needs help, speak to a maternal child health nurse from Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436.

    If you feel depressed or anxious, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 (Aus).

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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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Really insightful, has made me think about the way I talk to my kids. Rebecca Sparrow is great!

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