I am extremely lucky to be doing the work that I am most passionate about – working with moms and their precious babies. My journey has been exciting and fulfilling – from Occupational Therapist to speaker then writer, my professional life has been stimulating! The launch of this podcast merges my work across all of my parenting brands and the work I am passionate about – moms and their babies.
Episode 86 - Understanding Single Parenting Challenges
Welcome Moms and Dads to our weekly podcast! In this episode we dive into Challenges of Single Parenting. This week am joined by Nadine Kuyper, a Mom and a psychologist, together we go through the challenges experienced in single parenting, the strength and joy that comes along . Solo Parenting Nadine shared that no parenting is easy and the most important thing for a single parent to do is to adjust, not to look at themselves as being Mom and Dad, instead acknowledge that you are one person doing so much more. Coping with Single Parenthood Nadine mention that the first thing to do is to leave the guilt out of the door, there are many scenarios, a lot of which we're not in control and as much as you want to play the role of mom and dad, embracing the situation will help you overcome the guilt that comes with the inclination to want to overcompensate. Practical ways to incorporate selfcare In single parenting you may be overwhelmed trying to balance life to an extent that you forget to take care of your self. Nadine highlighted the need of self care and how important it is for a single mom or a single dad . It should be actually be non negotiable, plan on having some Me’ time and write it down on a diary so that you can actually commit to do it on a regular. Managing Finances as Single Parent Nadine mentioned that apart from having emotional load, you also have financial load and therefore it is important to have a financial planner, work with what is available. Sometimes our kids want a lot of things and it’s okay to say no especially if it’s not necessary. We have to look at our financial capacity to manage it well and not be stressful about the financial load. Raising kids after separation After separation/ divorce ‘’How the parents get along, is the single biggest predictor of what those children like their psychological and emotional health is going to look like’’ A very strong point that Nadine put across, Parents should handle co-parenting as a business where they are both committed to bringing up the the child without creating a psychological split, because this child is made up of both of you.
Episode 85 - What Every New Parent Should Know with Destiny
Dive into this special episode; "What Every New Parent Should Know with Destiny" of Podcast Sense by Meg Faure, where I'm delighted to host Destiny. As a notable social media influencer based in South Africa and a loving mother to her precious one-year-old, Destiny's experiences resonate with many moms. In our conversation, we traverse the demanding but incredibly rewarding journey of motherhood, shedding light onto the common challenges and shared joys. What Every New Parent Should Know about Breastfeeding- Struggles, Successes, and Building a Support System: We begin by delving deep into the intricate experiences of breastfeeding. Destiny openly reflects upon her struggles, wins, and the crucial support and tools that eased her breastfeeding journey. This intimate exploration carries profound significance for all mothers, especially new and expecting ones. It serves as a beacon of support and a wealth of firsthand advice. What Every New Parent Should Know about Sleep Training Next, we embark on the crucial topic of sleep training. We address the myths and misunderstandings that often surround it, highlighting its true impact on parents and their babies. We provide actionable strategies aimed at defeating sleep deprivation and improving family dynamics. If you find those restless nights challenging, you'd find our take on this subject immensely helpful. Also check out my sleep course. What Every New Parent Should Know about the Journey of Developmental Milestones: Drawing attention to the exhilarating yet sometimes nerve-wracking world of developmental milestones, I assure parents that each child's milestone journey can vary widely. Destiny expresses her concerns, and I provide reassurances, coupled with insights on the right way to respond. For anxious parents, this segment should offer some relief and guidance. What Every New Parent Should Know about Fostering Early Language Skills in Multilingual Households: Our conversation moves forward as we investigate language development in households that juggle multiple languages. We offer an enriching discussion on nourishing language abilities in toddlers. This eye-opening segment is a must-listen, particularly for proud multilingual families seeking to foster language development in their young ones. Final Thoughts and Encouragement to Tune-in: By tuning in to this episode "What Every New Parent Should Know with Destiny", you'll be rewarded with an amalgamation of inspiring insights, shared experiences and practical advice on breastfeeding, sleep training, navigating developmental milestones, and childhood language development. This episode is not only about sharing Destiny's journey and my guidance as a professional, but it's an empowering platform for all parents striving to make their parenthood journey a little bit easier. Come along, and immerse yourself in these enriching conversations. Tune in now!
Episode 84 - Understanding Toddler Behavior
In our latest episode of the parenting podcast, "Understanding Toddler Behavior", my co-host Tove and I delve into the intriguing world of toddler behavior. We understand that tantrums, biting, and various unpredictable actions can often leave you, as parents, feeling somewhat lost and bemused. The Intricate Interplay of Factors Influencing Behavior Drawing from our extensive experience and expertise, we explore the intricate interplay of physiological, sensory, and emotional factors that contribute to your toddler's behavior. There's a particular emphasis on understanding the unique sensory personalities of each child, which can provide a more empathetic and effective approach to parenting. Balancing Boundaries and Choices: Fostering Autonomy and Control Our discussion also steers towards the critical balance in parenting that navigates between setting firm boundaries and providing a sensible range of choices to your toddler. We believe in the importance of fostering a sense of autonomy within the boundaries of balanced control. Our aim is not merely to manage behavior but to understand it in order to guide our little ones through these challenging years. Embracing the Role of the ‘Good Enough’ Parent Above all, one of the key messages we wish to convey is that it's okay to be a 'good enough' parent. Yes, we may sometimes stumble and make mistakes in the winding path of parenthood, and that's perfectly natural. The focus is on repairing the connection and continuing the journey with love and understanding. Tune in to our latest episode, "Understanding Toddler Behavior" for more valuable insights and reassurances that will support you in the rollercoaster ride of parenting.
Episode 83 - Everything you need to know about C-Sections
Welcome to "Sense by Meg Faure." In this episode, "Everything you need to know about C-Sections," we delve into a topic that holds a special place in my heart - cesarean sections. I have the pleasure of welcoming a highly knowledgeable guest, Tina Otte, a specialist midwife, who not only shares her professional experience in maternal care but also her personal journey that led her into the world of motherhood and infant care. Why C-Sections: In this segment, we kick things off by discussing why women might choose or require cesarean sections. We explore various reasons, including health conditions, complicated pregnancies, and personal choices influenced by anxiety or a desire for predictability. The C-Section Process: Moving forward, we demystify the surgical procedure itself. We delve into the three types of anesthesia that physicians may use, ranging from a spinal block to general anesthesia. We examine the operating room setup, the number of medical staff present, and the steps from the initial incision to the baby's birth. This segment provides valuable insights for new moms, helping them know what to expect during a C-section. Post-Operation Process: After the birth, we discuss the invaluable skin-to-skin contact between the mother and the newborn, which remains possible even after a C-section. We emphasize the crucial role it plays in initiating the breastfeeding process and transferring immunity-conferring microbes to the baby. Recovery Tips: Finally, we share practical recovery tips post-operation. We cover the importance of managing pain, breastfeeding, and the support that loved ones can provide during this phase. We also address how premature movement may impede the recovery process. Join us for this enlightening conversation "Everything you need to know about C-Sections," as we demystify C-sections and provide valuable insights to moms considering or planning to have one. This podcast is proudly sponsored by Parent Sense App, your go-to parenting companion. Don't forget to listen, subscribe, and check in weekly.
Episode 82 - The Juggle is Real - Part 2
Welcome Moms and Dads to our weekly podcast! In this episode, 'The Juggle is Real - Part 2' we delve into the intricate world of parenting three kids, each with their unique challenges. I'm joined by Tove, a mother of three, as we navigate the joys and complexities of parenting together. (The Juggle is Real - Part 1)
Solo Parenting Challenges: Tove shares a moment that deepened her understanding of the struggles faced by solo parents. We explore the intense and demanding nature of managing three children, especially when her husband is frequently away. Our discussion delves into the intricacies of catering to children with varying meal preferences and emotional needs.
Baby Nova's Sleep Disruptions: Tove opens up about baby Nova's sleep disruptions after her hospitalization due to RSV. We'll explore Nova's nighttime wake-ups and the challenges of getting her back to sleep. I provide insights on addressing these sleep issues and offer suggestions for gradual changes to encourage longer stretches of sleep.
Bedtime Routines and Transitioning Toddler to a Bed: Tove and I tackle the bedtime challenges of managing three children with limited hands. We discuss strategies like using TV as a babysitter and rotating bedtime routines. Our conversation shifts to the idea of transitioning Jagger from a cot to a bed, highlighting the importance of considering his readiness and comfort level.
Transitioning from a Cot to a Bed: Our discussion continues with insights into transitioning from a cot to a bed, with a focus on Jagger's situation. I stress the importance of recognizing the signs of readiness, such as climbing out or needing more space, before making the switch.
In the final part of this episode, 'The Juggle is Real - Part 2' Tove and I wrap up our conversation, emphasizing the significance of support and understanding for parents in similar situations. We encourage our listeners to reach out with more questions and seek further information. This podcast is proudly sponsored by Parent Sense App, your go-to parenting companion. Don't forget to listen, subscribe, and check in weekly.
Episode 81 - A Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding with Sr Linda Britz
In this comprehensive podcast, "A Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding with Sr Linda Britz" I had an engaging conversation with Linda, a seasoned lactation consultant, covering various aspects of breastfeeding and providing valuable insights and support for mothers navigating their breastfeeding journeys. The Learning Curve of Breastfeeding Our conversation began by emphasizing the importance of recognizing that breastfeeding is a learned skill for both mother and baby. We stressed the need for patience, a positive mindset, and trusting the natural process. It's crucial to trust both mom and baby's abilities. Starting Right: The Early Days We discussed the significance of starting breastfeeding on the right foot, with Linda explaining that the initial days can be challenging but assured moms that it's a learning curve for both mother and baby. We encouraged skin-to-skin contact and recognizing early feeding cues. Overcoming Challenges We delved into various challenges that breastfeeding mothers may face, such as latch issues and sore nipples. We highlighted the importance of seeking professional help, like lactation consultants when encountering these challenges, with the aim of alleviating common concerns and instilling confidence in mothers. Practical Tips for Success We then explored practical tips for successful breastfeeding, focusing on a deep latch and recognizing swallowing. Linda encouraged mothers to closely observe their babies during feeds and maintain a general feeding pattern. She described the concept of the "golden hour" and highlighted the importance of regular, attentive feeds. Navigating Growth Spurts and Milk Supply In the final part of our discussion, we talked about growth spurts in babies and how they signal a need for increased stimulation rather than more milk. We addressed methods for enhancing milk supply, including pumping after feeds and practicing "breast care" to encourage milk flow. We emphasized the importance of hydration and rest and discussed a slow weaning process for mothers reaching the end of their breastfeeding journey. Empowering Mothers on their Breastfeeding Journey In summary, this podcast, 'A Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding with Sr. Linda Britz,' serves as a holistic guide for mothers embarking on or progressing through their breastfeeding journeys. Linda and I offer a wealth of practical advice, emotional support, and reassurance, empowering mothers to trust their abilities, make informed choices, and create nurturing environments for their babies.
This series has been a life saver !
I started listening to this podcast when my baby was 5 weeks old and it’s been so great to follow along and get much needed tips - It has been a companion to my late night feeds to put on an episode and just relax and listen to sensible advice and insights; and know that what’s happening with my baby week by week is normal ! Thank you!
Congratulations on the release of your podcast Meg! I’ve learnt so much from you over the years and am so excited that your wisdom will now be accessible on this platform.
For new parents who are seeking answers to common (or even more complex) baby-care questions, I would highly recommend Meg Faure’s content as a source of trusted information.