Welcome to The Kind Parenting Company Podcast. Our mission is to provide a resource for parents and carers to turn to for reliable, evidence based and most importantly truly kind parenting techniques. We are the Kind Parenting Company, not the perfect parenting company. We are all just doing our best and we can’t wait to explore a variety of topics with you right here!
5 Tips For Returning To School Post Lockdown
As restrictions slowly begin to ease in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are now navigating a return to school or preschool for their children. Heading back to in-person learning can bring up a range of emotions for kids; anything from relief, excitement and anticipation to anxiety and resistance.
In this episode, Jacquie talks through five important suggestions that will make your child’s return to school, however they are feeling about it, smoother and more successful. This is a must-listen for anyone parenting a child who’s been impacted by social contact restrictions, or who is concerned about how to best handle this next transition in their child's life.
Podcast listeners can receive 20% off all programs from The Kind Parenting Company! Simply enter the code KPCPODCAST20 at checkout https://www.thekindparentingcompany.com/
Anger and Rage in Motherhood with Dr. Sophie Brock
Anger and rage in Motherhood is a taboo topic that’s rarely discussed. Perhaps that’s due to the guilt and shame mothers feel about those moments that they ‘flip their lid’. Many will question why they feel so angry, perhaps they’ll even ask what is wrong with them. This version of themselves is so foreign to that they knew pre-kids, it can be like they barely recognise themselves.
If these thoughts are familiar, take heart in knowing there are(likely many!) reasons underlying them, and understanding is the first step to change.
This week, Jacquie is joined by Dr. Sophie Brock, a sociologist and motherhood researcher, with a particular interest in anger and rage in motherhood. Dr. Sophie offers an important perspective on the experience; one that has catalysed ‘lightbulb moments’ for mothers across the globe. During the conversation Dr. Sophie explains ’the perfect mother myth’ and details how you might be falling into the anger-guilt trap.
Connect with Dr Sophie Brock via:
Dr. Sophie’s course BLOOM: Growing Through Maternal Anger is available at https://drsophiebrock.com/maternalanger
*IMPORTANT* Anger and rage can be signs of perinatal mood disorder, or other disorders such as postnatal anxiety and depression, which require professional treatment. If you are struggling with either, or are unsure if you need additional support, please reach out to your GP, health care professional or PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) https://www.panda.org.au Normalising the range of emotions experienced does not equate with condoning aggression towards children.
Sick Happens - A Chat With Paediatric Nurse Penny Blunden
Between daycare bugs, recurrent ear infections and dreaded gastro, navigating the illnesses that come along with babies and young children with calm confidence can be a tall order. One person who’s dealt with all of these (& so much more!) is Paediatric Registered Nurse and Mother of two, Penny Blunden. Penny is the Founder of Sick Happens, an online platform designed to deliver evidence-based, practical information about children’s health, with empathy.
In this week’s episode, Penny joins Jacquie to talk about some of the most common questions she gets asked. During their chat, Penny also shares some brilliant advice that you will no doubt use next time you’re facing up to head bumps, barking coughs, or random rashes in your little one.
This episode is for anyone who’s ever gone deep into a google-search of their child’s symptoms, or wondered ‘Is this normal?’ - which basically means, it’s for EVERY parent.
Penny's Book Recommendation: Building A Story Brand by Donald Miller
Connect with Penny:
Instagram - @sick.happens
Website - www.sickhappens.com.au
A Ritual That Will Change Your Life
This week’s episode is a solo chat with Jacquie, who is sharing the one ritual she’s adopted that helps her to be the best Mum, and happiest version of herself, that she can possibly be. The good news is, it’s something that is accessible to everyone, costs absolutely nothing and has the potential to change the way your days unfold. Perhaps most powerful is the fact that, when you choose to integrate this in your own life, the benefits flow onto your children and family too.
This week’s episode is a gentle nudge for anyone who feels lost, lacking connection to themselves, or is just seeking a simple way to supercharge their happiness.
Book - The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Meditation App - Insight Timer (free)
Meditation App - Expectful (Meditations on Motherhood)
Healthy Emotions & BIG Feelings with Clinical Psychologist Emily Hanlon
Parents everywhere will be familiar with the challenges of young children and emotional regulation. As they are still developing the skills of self-regulation, it's typical for our children to experience bouts of frustration, anger, overwhelm, meltdown and to have the odd day when things are just a little fragile! Add in a global pandemic, some chronic uncertainty and changes in daily lifestyle and you've got yourself a perfect storm.
It can be difficult to know how best to support our children through their struggles with emotion regulation. Is what you're saying helpful? Why do things seem to click some days, but not others? Are there things you can be doing to better support them (& minimise those big outburts!?).
We are thrilled to welcome Clinical Psychologist Emily Hanlon, a.k.a The Playful Psychologist, to chat about supporting our children with healthy emotion regulation. Emily shares some brilliant insights and fun tips for things you can be doing at home with your child that don't require expensive resources or a training manual. This is valuable information for all parents, but especially those who's little ones might be having a tricky time during the current climate.
Resources Emily mentions:
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
The Whole Brain Child Child by Daniel J. Siegel
The Yes Brain by Daniel J. Siegel
Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking by Tamar Chansky
My Big Moments personalised children's book - www.mybigmoments.com
The Gottman Institute - www.gottman.com
The Playful Psychologist - www.theplayfulpsychologist.com
CONNECT WITH EMILY
Parenting Sensitive Children
Did you know that research suggests 31% of the population is ‘highly sensitive’?
If your little one;
is highly intuitive
struggles with big changes
has big empathy for others
is very sensitive to pain
asks lots of deep, reflective questions
doesn’t seem to enjoy surprises, or
finds it very hard to wind down at the end of the day
they might fall into the ‘highly sensitive’ group.
High sensitivity can present some unique challenges for our children, but equally, with the help of some specific parenting and support strategies, high sensitivity can be a superpower!
Join Jacquie for this solo chat about Highly Sensitive Children to learn more about this incredible, but often misunderstood, trait.
I feel so seen and understood when I listen to Jacquie share such helpful information about parenting. This podcast is a real game changer for parents wanting to be the best they can for their kids, it feels like support and guidance without any judgement and I am so grateful 🥰
I’ve been obsessed with The KPC for years, and have learnt so much from Kylie throughout that time. Her knowledge, kind parenting techniques, and real-talk is everything Mums and Dads need when parenting their little ones! Can’t wait to listen in to more episodes with these ladies. Xo
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