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Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

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Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

    Construction and coronavirus and surviving a near-death experience

    Construction and coronavirus and surviving a near-death experience

    Amidst all the shutdowns, there is one industry, which the government is trying hard to support, and that's the construction industry. As well as the community needing public infrastructure to be maintained, many families have renovations and repairs that need to be continued, so they don't lose a fortune or put themselves at risk. How will this need be balanced against the need for virus containment? Also, how does it change you as a person when you survive a near-death experience?

    • 52 min
    Your calls on finding joy in trying times and Coronacast on death rates

    Your calls on finding joy in trying times and Coronacast on death rates

    We take your calls on how to stay optimistic, hopeful and socially connected during in difficult times, and the latest episode of Coronacast ponders if death rates from COVID-19 may be lower than first thought.

    • 52 min
    Weekend Life Matters: answering corona questions from your children, our first Kindness Hero, grandmothering in 2020, a song to cheer us all

    Weekend Life Matters: answering corona questions from your children, our first Kindness Hero, grandmothering in 2020, a song to cheer us all

    How to answer your children's questions about the pandemic, the Kindness Hero who didn't believe it, the changing role of grandmothers, and your song to lift our spirits.

    • 49 min
    The future of us, coronacast kids and managing your teenager's new friends

    The future of us, coronacast kids and managing your teenager's new friends

    We look at the future of Australia with demographer Liz Allen, hear the latest episode of Coronacast and ponder what to do when your teenager suddenly changes friendship groups with kids you don't know.

    • 50 min
    Co-parenting with your ex during coronavirus and the modern grandmother

    Co-parenting with your ex during coronavirus and the modern grandmother

    There's a lot that's unclear about dealing with coronavirus when it comes to going to school, visiting elderly relatives, or having friends over. But if you're living in a blended family or co-parenting with an ex, decisions about those things might involve your ex, your ex's new partner, and maybe even your ex's new partner's exes, and all their extended families too. What's the best way to handle this and keep your cool? Also, how has the role of grandmother changed over time and what kinds of choices are today's grandmothers making to define this role for themselves?

    • 50 min
    Combatting coronavirus complacency and Kindness Heroes

    Combatting coronavirus complacency and Kindness Heroes

    The thing about physical distancing is — it only works if everyone complies. So, what happens if not everyone is following the rules? And, if people are ignoring instructions, is it because they haven't been properly explained? We explore all of this on Life Matters today. We also meet the ABC's first Kindness Hero.

    • 50 min

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