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We're a podcast for women looking for style, substance, and solidarity. We celebrate the paradox of modern motherhood; the struggle and the beauty, the joy and the relentlessness. We’re known for our refreshingly honest and insightful conversations with parents, from celebrities to the extraordinary, ordinary women and men raising the next generation. The Grace Tales covers everything from the big questions (‘how to raise good humans’) to the very little ones (‘are cardigans cool again?’)

Our host is former Australian VOGUE deputy editor Georgie Abay. Back in 2013, pregnant with her first child, Georgie no longer felt quite at home in the glossy magazine world, but nor did she see herself reflected in the sea of mummy blogs and online forums. Thus, The Grace Tales was born – a content-first platform covering profiles, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, interiors and food.

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We're a podcast for women looking for style, substance, and solidarity. We celebrate the paradox of modern motherhood; the struggle and the beauty, the joy and the relentlessness. We’re known for our refreshingly honest and insightful conversations with parents, from celebrities to the extraordinary, ordinary women and men raising the next generation. The Grace Tales covers everything from the big questions (‘how to raise good humans’) to the very little ones (‘are cardigans cool again?’)

Our host is former Australian VOGUE deputy editor Georgie Abay. Back in 2013, pregnant with her first child, Georgie no longer felt quite at home in the glossy magazine world, but nor did she see herself reflected in the sea of mummy blogs and online forums. Thus, The Grace Tales was born – a content-first platform covering profiles, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, interiors and food.

    Dr Harvey Karp | Soothing Babies and Thriving as a New Parent

    Dr Harvey Karp | Soothing Babies and Thriving as a New Parent

    Welcome! This is our last episode for 2020. We made it - just! This has been such a surreal year and staying connected to you all through this podcast really has kept me going. The conversations I’ve had each week have reminded me time and again that human connection is how we thrive. As mothers, it’s so easy to feel isolated, but the more we keep talking and listening to one another, the less alone we all feel. When I started the grace tales, I was a new mother. I had a premature baby who wouldn’t stop crying and I have so many memories of feeling utterly helpless - I couldn’t see a way out of the sleep deprived state I was in. Everything felt too hard. I remember night after night my husband and I would bounce up and down on a fit ball willing our newborn girl to fall asleep.  

    So, this episode is a really special one because I’ve interviewed one of America's most-trusted pediatricians and child development experts Dr Harvey Karp who is the founder of The Happiest Baby and also the lifechanging SNOO. The first smart cradle, the SNOO, designed to swing and calm babies from crying, as well as to allow babies to sleep safely on their back. And it has been so well received that the SNOO has attracted investors such as Gywneth Paltrow, Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake.  

    Harvey’s bestselling book The Happiest Baby on the Block (or Baby Bliss as it’s called in countries like the UK and Australia) has been described as the most important parenting book of the decade. Harvey has also written a book called The Happiest Toddler On The Block.   

    In today’s conversation, we talk about:  
    How babies have an innate ability to be calmed — a reflex - which disappears after about four months  
    Infant colic 
    What is the missing fourth trimester?  
    What are Dr Karp’s 5 S’s are  
    How to use white noise and the different kinds of white noise  
    Dr Karp’s thoughts on professionals who warn that children could become addicted to soothers such as pacifiers, rocking or swaddling.  
    What a normal night looks like for a baby in terms of waking.  
    Co-sleeping.  
    The life-changing SNOO.   
    The best way to communicate with toddlers 

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    • 50 min
    Kenya Hunt | Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic

    Kenya Hunt | Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic

    We first interviewed today’s guest at a GRACE Talks event in London a year ago. Little did we know what 2020 had instore for us. The next time we spoke, the world would look very different.  

    At the time American in London Kenya Hunt had just left ELLE UK where she was deputy editor to move to GRAZIA UK as the fashion director. This month has been an incredibly big one for Kenya, she has been promoted to deputy editor and she has also just published her first book – Girl: Essays on Black Womanhood, a collection of original essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother and a global citizen in today's ever-changing world. 

    Kenya looks at how black women have never been more visible or more publicly celebrated. But for every new milestone, every magazine cover, every box office record smashed, the reality of everyday life remains a complex experience. 

    Now, there’s more. And yes, as you can tell Kenya is incredibly dynamic, ambitious and passionate about making a difference in this world. Kenya is also the founder of R.O.O.M. Mentoring, which advocates for greater diversity within the fashion industry by providing a supportive network for some of the many talented aspiring designers, journalists and image-makers of colour London has to offer. She also sits on the British Fashion Council’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is a mother of two.  

    We recorded this interview a few months ago and I can’t tell you how excited I am to share it with you. As always, we talk about it all today. Childhood, career, motherhood and more. Her book launches this month so add it to your holiday reading list.  

    Find out more about Kenya at kenyahunt.com 

    Purchase Girl: Essays on Black Womanhood 
    Follow @kenyahunt 

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    • 41 min
    Lindy Klim | Navigating Divorce With Kids & Her New Wellness Company

    Lindy Klim | Navigating Divorce With Kids & Her New Wellness Company

    What’s it like packing up and moving your family to an island? This is exactly what Lindy Rama-Ellis did with her ex-husband Olympic Games swimming champion Michael Klim. The pair moved to Bali for a change of pace and ended up staying. While they’re no longer married, Bali is now where they are raising their children.  

    Lindy has openly spoken about going through a divorce with young children and how hard that was. she now has an open dialogue with Michael and talks about what it took to get there.  

    In our conversation today, she talks about finding love again, having her fourth child at 40, and her new women’s wellness brand Fig Femme, which is skincare for down there. Lindy wants to foster a self-care culture that’s honest, nurturing and empowering. She recently launched the brand with a vulva mask and has just expanded into a daily wash and hydrating mist. She talks about her journey as an entrepreneur, and how she handled the negative criticism she got when she launched.   

    In our conversation, we talk about: 
    Her experience with racism. 
    The decision to move to Bali and what family life looks like there.  
    Divorce and what that looked like for Lindy. 
    How a mediator was the key to repairing her relationship with her ex-husband. 
    Finding love again. 
    Having her fourth child, a girl named Goldie, at 40. 
    Mothering toddlers, teenagers and more.  
    Where the idea for her new business Fig Femme came from and her mission. 
    Why the word vagina is still jarring. 
    The backlash she’s received d such as being told she’s vagina shaming.  
    Advice to women on dealing with the naysayers.  

    To find out more about Fig Femme, go to fig-femme.com. Follow @lindyklim 

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    • 33 min
    Sue Brierley | The Mother of Saroo's Extraordinary Story

    Sue Brierley | The Mother of Saroo's Extraordinary Story

    If you haven’t seen the 2016 Oscar-nominated film LION, please watch it before you listen to this episode. Based on the 2013 non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, it’s one of the most powerful biographical drama films I’ve ever seen. It retells the story of Saroo, who was lost to his family in India at age 5 after ending up on a train bound more than 1,000 kilometers away from his hometown. After living on the street and then an orphanage, he is adopted by Tasmanian couple Sue and John Brierley.  

    A year into his life with them, the couple adopt another boy, Mantosh, who due to the trauma he experienced in the Indian orphanages he was in, has a lot of trouble adjusting to his new home and this is one of the many heartbreaking parts of the film. 20 years later, using Google Earth Saroo remarkably finds his hometown. The film ends with Saroo's return to India in February 2012 and being reunited with his biological mother, and we learn that his brother Guddu was killed by a train the same night that they were separated as children.  

    While we learnt a lot about Sue in the movie, who is played by Nicole Kidman, I was left wanting to know more about this extraordinary woman who knew from a young age that adoption would always be her path. There’s a moment in the film where Saroo learns that sue is not infertile, and that she chose adoption because it was what she wanted. It was her path. And Sue is our guest on the podcast today.  

    She has just written the most powerful memoir Lioness, which is out now, and I hope you will all read. This is a beautiful story of family in all its forms, and the quest of one woman to better the lives of children in need.  

    In today’s conversation, we talk about:  
    Sue’s early life as the child of refugees from Hungary and Poland, living in an isolated environment and with poor language skills in Tasmania. 
    Her violent father and traumatic childhood and how this trauma has played out in her life.  
    Her journey to motherhood and her desire to help vulnerable children.  
    The arrival of her first son Saroo and what it was like being a mother for the first time.  
    Adopting another son from India, Mantosh, who had experienced significant trauma in India and how the challenges she faced sent her into a deep depression.  
    What it was like when she travelled to India to meet Saroo’s birth mother.  
    The film LION and how the experience was incredibly emotional for her family.  
    The process of writing her memoir Lioness. 

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    • 36 min
    Hannah Jarman | Nurturing a Positive Body Image in Kids

    Hannah Jarman | Nurturing a Positive Body Image in Kids

    Here’s something that will stop you in your tracks as a parent: A significant portion of Australian children as young as four (I repeat: four) are experiencing negative body image issues with research showing that over a third of four-year-old girls are dissatisfied with their bodies*. Research also shows** that body image perceptions form in very early childhood and unhealthy body image or body dissatisfaction can lead to young girls developing low self-esteem, or be at increased risk for disordered eating in the future.  

    This is why today’s episode is so important. And why educational tools such as books are key in creating a strong foundation for a positive body image in children. ‘Charlie’s Tales: The Sprites and the Heart Flower’ is a new children’s book from the Pretty Foundation, a leading Australian not-for-profit focused on the prevention of negative body image issues in two to six-year-old girls. 

    Hannah Jarman – a body image expert, PhD candidate and researcher for the Engaging Minds in Body Image and Eating Disorders (EMBodIED) Research team at LaTrobe University in Australia - is one of the women behind the new children’s book and our fantastic guest today.

    As you’ll learn, it doesn’t matter if you’re raising girls or boys, today’s conversation is such an important one for all parents. We live in a body obsessed world and as Hannah points out, our children are growing up in a vastly different world to the one we did. We’re image obsessed. We’re selfie obsessed. We edit, tweak, preen and filter so much of our lives. And as we talk about today, multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts.  

    Today, we talk about:  
    How research has only recently begun to investigate selfies, and little is known about selfie practices in adolescents, or the associations between these practices and well-being and body confidence.   
    As parents, we are role models for our children. How can we be positive role models for our children?  
    Why focusing on our child as a whole person so important.  
    Peer pressure/our peer circle and how that impacts adolescent body image.  
    The role of sport in fostering healthy body image.  
    How Puberty dramatically influences body image.  
    How can educational tools such as children’s books be key in creating a strong foundation for positive body image in children.  
    The latest book from the Pretty Foundation, Charlie’s Tales: The Sprites and the Heart Flower.  
    Practical steps to take if you suspect your child has an eating disorder.   

    To find out more about the Pretty Foundation, go to prettyfoundation.org 

    Purchase Charlie’s Tales: The Sprites and the Heart Flower here  

     

    * Damiano, S. R., Gregg, K. J., Spiel, E. C., McLean, S. A., Wertheim, E. H., & Paxton, S. J. (2015). Relationships between body size attitudes and body image of 4-year-old boys and girls, and attitudes of their fathers and mothers. Journal of Eating Disorders, 3, 16. doi:10.1186/s40337-015-0048-0 

    ** Paxton, S.J., Damiano, S.R. (2017). The Development of Body Image and Weight Bias in Childhood. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 52. pp. 269-298 

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    • 38 min
    Tahyna MacManus | Surviving Miscarriage

    Tahyna MacManus | Surviving Miscarriage

    For Australian director, writer and producer, Tahyna MacManus, finding out she was pregnant for the first time was something she’ll never forget. It was 2015, and she was in LA. For 10 days after she’d done the test, life was bliss. Until suddenly she started cramping and bleeding, and at hospital, she heard the brutal words: “there’s nothing here”. You can’t possibly understand what it’s like to have a miscarriage unless you’ve gone through the experience yourself. Just the other day I read a comment on Instagram which I felt was so accurate – one woman wrote how missing someone you never got to know is one of the most piercing aches that can’t fully be quantified. I do want to say that I’ve never had a miscarriage - my pregnancy complications happened at the end of my pregnancies – both my girls were premature. But I have been there as a support for many of my friends who have had one, and I really am trying to understand what it is like to be in their shoes. Or in the shoes of 1 in 4 Australian women, because that’s how many women will experience pregnancy loss.  

    Tahyna who is now a mother of two children, experienced three miscarriages, and it inspired her to create a film called MuM misunderstandings of miscarriage. It’s an incredibly emotional film, but such an important one. And in it, she interviews women and men, fertility specialists, obstetricians and organisations such as The Pink Elephants Support Network. There’s a moment in the film where a doctor she interviewed talks abvout about how it might be cells to everyone else, but to the individual woman, it’s her baby. And these words are so powerful. 

    Today’s episode is a really important one, however it might be triggering for women who have experienced pregnancy loss. But more than anything, I hope it makes you feel supported.  

     

    Watch the MuM trailer here 

    Follow the documentary on Instagram here 

    Follow @tahynamacmanus 

    For support, reach out to The Pink Elephants Support Network 

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    • 26 min

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