Parenting is the hardest job in the world. This is not just a cute quote for a coffee mug or IG post to validate us needy parents. It is the truth. And although we are desperate for help with this impossible task, don’t you dare tell us how to parent! Because for some reason being criticized about our parenting skills hurts more than any other feedback.
I’m Johan le Roux, clinical psychologist and radio presenter, and this show is my quest to find answers from leading experts on all things pre-school child-related. From people who won’t tell me what to do, but will share their knowledge to empower me to be a better parent, and raise happy, unique children
So, if like me, you are looking for answers to one of the million difficult questions about raising children, join our community! Or if you are just looking for a (good) excuse to put your earphones in for 30 minutes for a moment of peace, this show should do the trick too!
New Year’s Resolutions for Children
A new year is always a unique opportunity to set goals and introduce new habits. But we also know that most people don’t stick to their new year’s resolutions.
For our children, new goals for the new year can be really beneficial if they are implemented in the right way.
In this episode Dr Jennifer Katzenstein, Director of Psychology, Neuropsychology and Social Work at Johns Hopkins All Children Hospital helps us understand:
Should we encourage our children to set goals/New Year’s resolutions?
What type of goals work best for New Year’s resolutions for children?
What are some suggestions for New Year’s resolutions we can encourage our children to pursue?
Looking after our children’s teeth
This week the show shifts focus from mental health to dental health as we learn how we can best look after our children’s teeth.
Ajit Tanday is associate professor in paediatric dentistry at the School of Dentistry at the University of Birmingham.
In this episode she helps us understand:
Why it’s important to look after our children’s teeth from a young age
When and how we should brush our children’s teeth
When and how often our children should visit the dentist?
Vist this website for some really useful videos https://www.bspd.co.uk/kidsvids and be sure to follow Ajit on Twitter @TandayAjit
”Is Santa Claus Really Real?”
Christmas is a magical time for many families all over the world. During this time many people are on holiday, families get together and, of course, Santa Claus delivers some presents to our homes.
In this episode Dr Gili Adler Nevo helps us to think about how we should talk to our children about Santa Claus.
In this episode we discuss:
Is it okay to lie to our children about Santa Claus?
Can children still enjoy the Santa experience when they know the truth?
What should I do when my children find out I have lied to them?
Dr Gili Adler Nevo is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Canada and she is also a climate activist. She co-chairs the Ontario Medical Association climate change medical interest group (MIG). Be sure to follow them on Twitter: @greenishealthmd and Instagram: @greenishealth.md
Activities for the holidays! With Lisa Forsythe
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Many of us will be on holiday soon which means we might have some more time than usual to spend with our children.
This provides us with a unique opportunity to connect with our kids in a rich and meaningful way and at the same time, teach them valuable skills.
In this conversation Lisa Forsythe, teacher and author of Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents, inspires us with some wonderful activities for the holidays
In this episode she shares:
Why it’s important for kids to have access to fun and educational activities at home.
What type of activities are the best for young children.
Some of her favourite activities.
Visit lisaforsythe.com for a range of fun, affordable and educational activities you can do with your children at home.
You can also find out more about her book and be sure to follow her on Instagram @simpletoddleractivities where she regularly shares inspirational posts.
Positive Parenting Solutions with Amy McCready
Nagging, yelling, complaining, times outs… These techniques and tactics have been tried over and over again by parents, but they don’t seem to work.
Parenting expert Amy McCready, spent years studying positive discipline and Adlerian psychology and came up with parenting tools that didn’t just change her own parenting, but is helping tens of thousands of parents transform their parenting styles.
In this episode Amy helps us understand:
Why parenting came sometimes make us feel hopeless and desperate
What we can do when we don’t want to yell and nag
How we can cure the bedtime blues
Visit Amy’s website https://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com to find out how to sign up for her parenting course
Stronger bonds through incredible conversations
Quality conversations can strengthen the relationship between parents and their children. And a stronger relationship is incredibly beneficial for children and their parents.
In this conversation Jane Gilmour shares how we can have these incredible conversations with our children. She also helps us understand:
Why having real conversations with our children is sometimes difficult
Why it’s important to have deep conversations with our children from a young age
What the benefits of having these conversations are for our families
Jane Gilmour is a consultant clinical psychologist who has been working with young people, families and school staff for over 20 years.
She’s also a University London College course coordinator and teaches post graduate mental health students and professionals.
She co-authored, with Bettina Hohnen, How to have incredible conversations with your child. Their book is available on Amazon.
You can follow Jane on Twitter on @thechildpsych. Also follow their page on Twitter @incredibleconvo and on Instagram @incredibleconversation. And be sure to listen to their podcast called Incredible Conversations.