Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in life; whether you have a little one yourself or you're coping with an adult child welcoming their first small human into the world. So we're putting together two mums who'll talk about all things parenting with the wisdom born from being at different stages of the child rearing process. Presenter Suzy Cato - storyteller, friend and musical muse to countless New Zealand children - is keen to share the lessons she's learned on her parent journey so far as her own two children become teenagers. She's teaming up with parent blogger and yoga teacher Tui Fleming, who's right in the thick of bringing up her littlies and looking to soak up any good advice about how to live her best parenting life. Together they'll be talking to some of New Zealand's well known mums and dads (Clarke Gayford, Jessie and Victoria Mulligan, Michele A'Court) and comparing notes with the experts (parenting guru Emily Writes and neuroscientist Nathan Wallis). This is about parenting with love, humour and plenty of reassurance, with other parents who're doing the hard yards!
EPISODE 18 - Mother love
When your children are little it's impossible to imagine what life will be like when you might be taking care of their children. Parenting 102 or grandparenting is the next great phase in the journey, with a real emphasis on the 'great'. Suzy talks to comedian Michele A'Court, the proud grandparent to two small people as well as being the talented author of a book dedicated to her own daughter.
Tui's final Mindful Moment is on finding the greatest and deepest well of support in your own body.
EPISODE 17 - Screening Screen Time
The rise of screen technology has changed the world we live in, both at work and at home. For our children, the first ever generations of digital natives in human history, what level of screen use is really safe? Julie Cullen, founder of the Sensible Screen Use website talks to Suzy about the research being done to assess the effects of prolonged screen time on young children. And she gives advice on setting limits with your children when it comes to playing and learning on a device.
Tui's Mindful Moment explores the need for connection and reaching out to others.
EPISODE 16 - Making a song and dance
A love of music and rhythm seems to come naturally for little kids but for some parents, it's hard to let go and sing and dance with their children. Suzy interviews composer and music educator Julie Wylie who knows all about the benefits of musical play for kids. For many years she's been teaching parents and children about how making a song and dance can be the spark for all sorts of rich experiences.
And Tui's mindful moment featuring vibration and sound therapy works in perfect harmony with what Julie has to say.
EPISODE 15 - Keep Smiling
The health of Kiwi kids teeth and how to create healthy mouths is the topic for discussion when dentist turned comedian Sam Smith joins Suzy. They talk about all aspects of dental health and Sam offers some friendly advice to parents on brushing kids teeth. The key to helping kids brush well is to approach the whole thing with a bit of humour.
Tui gets mindful by exploring the 'ha-ha' mantra and how laughter decreases stress hormones.
EPISODE 14 - The moments of modern motherhood
Keep calm and carry on - it's what we all set out to do as parents but sometimes life can really get in the way! Suzy talks to authors Michele Powles and Renee Liang who made a pledge to each other to write to one another about all the things that motherhood brings. The result was a book that captures the wonder, the laughs and cries of what it is to be a modern mum and a friendship that has endured well into their kids growing up.
Tui's Mindful Moment pays tribute to friendship and support.
EPISODE 13 - Dads raising daughters
As parents, we all want to bring our kids up to be well rounded and successful. There's growing evidence to suggest that girls who have a close and loving relationship with their dads have an increased chance of achieving more positive life outcomes. For modern dad's this can be a new responsibility so in this episode Suzy sits down with comedian and TV presenter Dai Henwood on his approach to parenting a son and a daughter.
Also in this episode Tui's Mindful Moment explores practising the 'infinity breath', a chance to fill your cup with infinite love.