28 episodes

Transform your everyday parenting challenge with connection & fun. Join Helena Mooney and guests to find out how simple, fun & quick games can turn difficult situations around AND how to best help your child when they're angry, upset or anxious.

Parenting with PLAY! Helena Mooney

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Transform your everyday parenting challenge with connection & fun. Join Helena Mooney and guests to find out how simple, fun & quick games can turn difficult situations around AND how to best help your child when they're angry, upset or anxious.

    Helping your Child when they Start or Return to School

    Helping your Child when they Start or Return to School

    When your child starts school, it's a really big & important time - for your child and for you!

    So how can you best prepare and support them during this significant transition?

    And how can you help your child if they're anxious about going back for a new school year?

    Shelley Clarke from Embodied Therapies joins me this week to share how she is supporting her daughter before she starts school in 2 weeks' time.

    Shelley is a Parenting by Connection Instructor, Aware Parenting Instructor, Physiotherapist and Sacral Cranial Therapist and loves to use play to help her kids.

    Unfortunately the sound quality isn't as good as usual, but it's worth persisting with because there's so many great tips and games you can use with your kids to help prepare them, whether they're starting school for the first time or have anxieties about returning to school.

    You can find out more about Shelley at:
    https://www.embodiedtherapies.com.au/

    Follow Helena Mooney from Parenting with Play! on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ParentingwithPlaywithHelenaMooney/
    www.parentingwithplay.com.au

    • 38 min
    What do you want this year for you & your kids? Here's the first step.

    What do you want this year for you & your kids? Here's the first step.

    January is obviously a really good time to think about what you really want. Because if you want to have more of what you want, you need to know what it is that you want.
    But are you clear about what you want?

    Spending 5 - 10 minutes reflecting and getting clear is so powerful.

    Listen this this episode to give yourself the nudge & inspiration to become intentional about your year ahead with your children. The time spent now is going to guide you in your interactions and choices.

    I'd love to hear what you choose. And I'd love to hear how it impacts your interactions with your children. So come & let me know at https://www.facebook.com/ParentingwithPlaywithHelenaMooney/

    • 18 min
    How to Help your Child's Anxieties around the Bush Fires or Terrifying Events

    How to Help your Child's Anxieties around the Bush Fires or Terrifying Events

    In the face of the terrifying fires in Australia, and other scary events around the world, it can be hard to know how to best help your child with their feelings of fear, sadness or anxiety. So this episode gives you practical ways to help build your child's resilience, confidence & optimism.

    • 23 min
    Reducing the Stress of Parenting with your Parents & Family Around

    Reducing the Stress of Parenting with your Parents & Family Around

    Christmas & the holidays are great times for catching up with family - which can be really lovely and/or really stressful! Particularly if you're parenting a different way to your siblings and how your were raised.

    There can be judgements, comments & unwanted suggestions, which can cause you to be more stressed and, frustratingly, your children's behaviour to become more challenging.

    So how can you enjoy being with your family, stay true to how you want to parent your children, and enjoy yourself in the process?! Listen in to find out how....

    • 20 min
    How to Make Christmas More Fun For Your Kids AND For You

    How to Make Christmas More Fun For Your Kids AND For You

    Christmas can be a wonderful time, but it can also be stressful, overwhelming and challenging too. Particularly when your kids bicker, complain, appear to be ungrateful and start to meltdown after you've created a fantastic day.

    So how can you make it more enjoyable for everyone, including you?

    • 20 min
    Why Babies & Children Resist Bedtimes & What You Can Do

    Why Babies & Children Resist Bedtimes & What You Can Do

    It can be so infuriating when you know that your baby or child is tired and yet they just won't go to sleep!

    Maybe they become hyper at bedtime, or maybe they keep asking for more & more things to delay going to sleep, or maybe they become really challenging and get annoyed or upset over minor things.

    This episode is about what's going on for your baby or child:

    • why they can find it hard to easily fall asleep
    • what they're really needing
    • what you can practically do to help.

    And if you'd like more help with bedtimes, sign up to 4 Days to Better Bedtimes here: http://parentingwithplay.com.au/betterbedtimes

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

meelsiek ,

Shouting podcast

Omg this couldn’t have come at a better time. I shouted at my 3 year old the other day then felt terrible about it. I’m glad I’m not the only one. U normalised it for me and I know what to do but I just get caught up in the moment rather than bringing lightness, play and laughter. Thx for this podcast it keeps reminding me to take the 5 mins to laugh rather than an hour of grumpiness from both of us and getting no where 💕😍💕 ur a gem Helena

amy-sin ,

Fab!

Wonderful- transformed our family!

StephBWFern ,

Fueling my playful parenting!

I have absolutely been loving this podcast. I love hearing Helena discussing this approach to parenting - after listening I feel so positive and energized to get in there and connect and play with my kids better. I particularly love Helena’s honest, loving, passionate, conversational way of talking - it’s almost as good as being able to have an IRL chat.

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