From nurturing newborns to taming toddlers, we unravel the art and science of parenting with real-life stories and expert advice. The hilarious to the humbling and all the nitty gritty in between. Produced and presenter by mum of two and journalist, Shevonne Hunt.
A family of story tellers and one timeless mystery
We all want to know where we have come from. For sister-authors Belinda Murrell and Kate Forsyth they knew their family's history from tales handed down from one story-telling generation to another. But then one day they decided to document the full history of their great great great great grandmother; the woman who wrote Australia's first children's book.
Searching for Charlotte is a book that the sisters wrote together, including one research trip to England accompanied by their daughters. Belinda and Kate talk about the experience of working together, and the story of their extraordinary family.
Feed Play Love Highlight: Can you teach resilience?
If there's one thing most parents want for their children, it's an ability to bounce back. But is this something you can teach? Karen Young writes at Hey Sigmund. A parenting educator and former psychologist Karen has a unique insight into how the brain works, and the key elements that go in to creating a resilient child. Karen talks about how we can all help our children be more resilient.
Helpline: Day sleepers/ night wakers, night time party animals and more
When a new baby comes into your life you might find you have a few questions. Is it normal for them to be awake all night? How do I get them to sleep in their cot (and not in my arms)? But who do you ask? How do you find the right answers for you and your family?
Helpline is the show that helps you navigate through the many challenges of parent. Each week an expert joins the show to answer your questions and find the right solution for you. This week Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue is on the show helping with the following questions:
•How do you get a three-week-old to sleep as well at night as they do during the day?
•How do you help an 11-month-old to sleep through the night?
•How do you get a four-year-old to poo on the loo when they're scared to poo at all?
•Is the above advice any different for a five-year-old?
•How do you help a 19-month-old to sleep at night?
•How to help a co-sleeping toddler transition to their own bed
•What to do about a 22-month-old who wakes in the night and wants to play?
•The best way to move a seven-month-old from a bassinet to a cot when they hate the cot?
•How to get a fussy fourteen-month-old to eat a wider variety of food
•Is there any way to get toddler and pre-schooler siblings to stop fighting?
For more help and to speak with a qualified expert check out Babyology's Parent School.
Helpline will be back with sleep consultant Jo Ryan next week. You can contact us by doing any of the following:
•Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
•Ask Jo during the Babyology Facebook live on Monday from AEDT 11:30am
•Leave your question in our Babyology Helpline Facebook group.
How covid has been hurting our relationships
Raising children can make relationships more challenging. Add in a pandemic and you might find your partner no longer feels like your best friend. Elisabeth Shaw is the CEO of Relationships Australia NSW. She has found that their services have been in high demand since the start of the pandemic. Elisabeth describes some of the added pressure couples have experienced under covid, and why she thinks we'll see the impact of this pandemic for years to come.
Jess Rowe says that if she can cook meat, anyone can!
We're not all Masterchef wannabes. Some of us find cooking tedious or a challenge. Jesse Rowe, former Studio 10 presenter and current Crap Housewife will definitely admit to her substandard skills in the kitchen. But, she still has a family to feed. So with the help of some crazy hats and a partnership with local butchers Jess has taken up cooking meat. Jess talks about how we all need to take the pressure off when it comes to our expertise in the kitchen, and just how easy it really is to cook a non-desert-dry rissole.
New erotic podcast turns the tables on desire for women
When mums get together it's highly unlikely that they'll talk about sex. Chances are they are most concerned about sleep, and how to get more of it. But podcast co-founder Siobhan Fitzgerald wants to shift the focus to women's desire, and how we might regain our sexual self after parenthood.
Along with co-founder Carol Battle she set up a website, and now a podcast called The Good Bits. It's a collection of the "good bits" from great books by bestselling authors. Siobhan explains how an advertising girl got in to porn, and the ultimate goal behind bringing back female desire.