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.
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.
PRESENTS — Mindfulness and relationships
Your relationship with your children can be the source of life's greatest joys. And, greatest frustrations. In the latest series of Mindfully, host and former Sydney Swans captain Brett Kirk looks into the ways mindfulness can improve your relationships.
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!)
How to help kids deal with death and loss
Telling a child someone they love has died will be one of the toughest things you'll ever have to do. Grief counsellor Karen Ferry explains why talking to kids honestly about death and helping them navigate their feelings will mean way more to them than putting on a happy face and pretending everything is fine. And you'll meet Maddie Cross, a mum who had to support her children while coping with her own unimaginable grief after her youngest son died.
This episode includes a discussion about how to talk to children about suicide. For support contact Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or visit https://www.beyondblue.org.au/