One of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators Maggie Dent gives you tips and answers to your real-world parenting dilemmas — screen time, tantrums, building resilience, homework and more. Parental As Anything is a common sense, relatable, practical guide on raising kids of all ages today.
Teaching your kids body positivity
Do you hate your thighs? Your skin? Your post-baby body? Around 80 per cent of women within the normal body mass index range are dissatisfied with their bodies and those rates are increasing in men too.
So how can we make sure our kids don’t develop the same negative body image we have? Maggie talks to Natasha Devon, a Body Image Campaigner, about how you can help your child love themselves just the way they are.
Roosters or lambs — understanding your children's personality
Do you have a child who is, well, kind of obnoxious? A kid who always wants to be the centre of attention. Or is your child so sensitive they're missing out on opportunities to shine? These traits are part of a temperament spectrum that Maggie calls the Rooster and Lamb Continuum. She talks to parents about how to identify a rooster or a lamb, how to manage their most extreme traits like anxiousness or arrogance, and how to gently nudge them towards the middle of the continuum.
How to co-parent well
Sometimes the hardest part about raising a child is the disagreements you have with your partner, or ex, about how to do it. Whether you're sharing custody, navigating the politics of a blended family or simply co-parenting in a stable relationship with your child's other parent, getting on the same page can be HARD. Maggie chats to author and family therapist Susan Stiffelman about how to keep the peace with a co-parent.
Solo parents — raising kids on your own
Around 14 per cent of Australian families have a sole parent. Some parents planned it that way, while others never imagined they'd cope without a co-parent until they had to. Maggie chats with a solo mum with three children and a solo dad with one daughter, about their unexpected journeys to sole parenthood, their tips for survival and what they wish everyone else understood about raising kids alone.
BONUS — Money management for kids
Scary fact: kids learn their money habits at home. So how do you help them avoid the mistakes you made? What's the going rate for pocket money, and how do you bring in ideas about spending and saving?
Maggie dusts off a classic episode of The Pineapple Project money season, in which presenter Claire Hooper finds out how to use glass jars to send subliminal money messages to her kids, and learns the one thing every teenager needs to tick off their money education list.
How to get your kids to do chores
"How many times do I have to ask you to...?" Sound familiar? There are lots of reasons why parents don't make their kids do chores. Children can be bad at cleaning and the nagging to get them to do it is like torture. So why bother? Author of How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims, and Maggie Dent make the case for why you should persist and give you great tips on how to get them to do it (without the nagging!)
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This podcast is one of the best things I’ve found amongst all the podcasts, books, webinars, courses and conversation. Maggie cuts through with practical, common sense advice on how to nurture our kids and strengthen our relationships whilst facing the day to day challenges of life with kids. I just love her!
Maggie you have given me so many moments of ahhhhh your guest are so informative I’ve told everyone about this “new” way that I am educating myself I love how your guests are professionals yet Normal humans too ha ha ha ha ha
I love listening to you and look forward to more from you
You ask for thoughts how about childhood trauma emotional trauma not on the circle of security and what as an educator I can do to support them
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Very good and informative podcast!