How much screen time should you let your kids have? How do you talk to your tweens and teens about sex and consent? How do you keep your cool when your child throws a tantrum? Maggie Dent, one of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators gives you practical tips and answers to your real-world parenting dilemmas. Maggie talks to parenting experts from around the world to find practical solutions to the challenges every parent is facing today. She'll help you be the parent you really want to be and give you ideas on how you can raise healthy kids who thrive.
Parenting children with ADHD
Is your child fidgety, impulsive or finds it hard to stay focused? Have you ever found yourself asking 'do they have ADHD?' or 'what exactly is ADHD?' Special education teacher Christina Keeble works with children who have ADHD — and she's a neurodivergent mother to two kids with ADHD. She talks to Maggie Dent about how we can turn their symptoms into superpowers. To hear Maggie's top tips on parenting children with ADHD, scroll to 17:14.
Parenting autistic kids
One in 70 people in Australia is autistic, so chances are you've had an experience with Autism. As a spectrum, it's not a straight line — and no two children with Autism have the same characteristics. Autistic music therapist Allison Davies tells Maggie Dent the world can be challenging for autistic kids, but better understanding their panorama of strengths and aspirations will allow them to flourish.
To hear Maggie's top tips on parenting children with Autism, scroll to 16:44.
How to talk to kids about miscarriage
Miscarriage remains a taboo topic, with many women delaying the announcement of their pregnancy. So what impact does this so-called '12-week rule' have on parents and their kids if a pregnancy does end? Maggie Dent wants to get you comfortable with discussing miscarriage with your child. She talks to Amanda Bowles — CEO of pregnancy loss support organisation Bears of Hope — about how to do it in an open and honest way.
To hear Maggie's top tips on how to talk to kids about miscarriage, scroll to 20:05.
For miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support, contact bearsofhope.org.au or sands.org.au.
PRESENTS – Parental As Anything Book: Toddlers to Tweens
Maggie Dent is the queen of common-sense parenting — and her podcast is essential listening for all parents. She's now turned Parental As Anything into a book, a no-nonsense guide to raising happy, healthy kids — and it's as indispensable as the podcast.
The news sucks. Here’s how to help kids deal with it
With bad news available 24/7, if it's hard for adults to stay optimistic, how are kids meant to do it? Is there ever a good time to watch the news with your children? And if you've got teenagers, how do you stop them getting down and stressed about the world? Maggie Dent talks to psychologist and stress reduction practitioner (yes, that's a thing!) Sean Panambalana about the dangers of 'doom scrolling' and how to help your child engage meaningfully in the news cycle.
To hear Maggie's top tips on how to talk to kids about news, scroll to 14:30.
How to talk about suicide with children
Warning: this episode discusses suicide. Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australian young people — and there is no simple solution to this heartbreaking reality.
As a problem that thrives in silence, Maggie Dent wants to get you okay with discussing suicide and suicidal tendencies. She talks to Celina, a woman from her community whose son died by suicide, adolescent psychiatrist Mat Coleman, and Dr Claire Kelly from Mental Health First Aid Australia.
If you or your child needs help, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
For youth mental health support contact headspace.org.au or reachout.com.
I found Maggie Dent through a book recommendation for From Boys to Men. I’m working my way through episodes now to catch up but am so grateful to hear the episode on engaging your kids on the connect of miscarriage. It’s so abstract and yet affects everyone is such a big way, so thank you.
Maggie, host of the Parental As Anything podcast, highlight all aspects of parenting teens and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
I am a young clinical psychologist with two young children in the states and this podcast is truly on point!!! I listen to these podcast over and over for my own source of informed parenting and now I’m starting to share the podcast with colleagues and clients. Keep it up!’ Looking forward to the 2020 season :)