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Feed Play Love

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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 presented by mum of two and journalist, Shevonne Hunt.

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One dad's choice to parent from a different rule book

June 8th, 2023


As soon as Sean Szeps realised he was gay, he gave up his dreams of becoming a parent. What followed was a long and painful journey to remembering …

What your child really wants when they're 'attention seeking'

June 6th, 2023


For several years now Gen Muir has been giving Feed Play Love the benefit of their practical and compassionate advice on parenting. In our final week we've brought back one of our favourties- enjoy!

"Attention seeking" …

How to raise boys who like themselves

June 4th, 2023


We're often talking and thinking about how to help our girls achieve equality, but what about our boys? Are we raising them to have equal ability to …

How to manage the difficult people in your life

June 1st, 2023


Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone in life was easy to get along with?  The truth is that no woman is an island, and so we often need to have …

Maggie Dent: The best way to communicate with your son

May 30th, 2023


One of our favourite parenting experts - Maggie Dent has always managed to step into a room and help parents feel at ease. To feel seen and heard. Her words always hit the right note with empathy, practical advice and …

When do I keep my child home from daycare?

May 28th, 2023


One guest has been a consistent voice of reason across the years it's Sarah Hunstead from CPR kids. In the episode from our archives she helps to answer one of the biggest questions parents of small children ask: 'when …

Why all midwives are fundamentally feminists

May 25th, 2023


As Feed Play Love comes to an end we're repeating some of our favourite interviews from the archive. Enjoy!

Professor Hannah Dahlen is a midwife, lecturer, international researcher and speaker. She believes that "the …

How to use discipline without damaging your kids

May 23rd, 2023


As Feed Play Love rolls to a close after 8 years of production, we're bringing back some of our favourite interviews - enjoy!

Discipline can mean …

Dr Justin Coulson's parenting revolution

May 21st, 2023


Parents today try so hard to get it right, but we often feel we’re doing it all wrong. 

And that, on top of the physical nature of parenting, is …

Discovering your pre-kid self in Paris

May 18th, 2023


Rachael Coopes is best known as a Play School presenter and author. But did you know she was also once a clown in Paris? Rachael recently released …

How to help kids manage their anger

May 16th, 2023


This is an interview from our archives with one of our favourite experts

When your child is a toddler you learn that tantrums are a normal part of …

Everything you need to know about starting solids

May 14th, 2023


This interview is brought to you by Bellamy’s Organic.

In the first year of life our babies have some incredible milestones. One of the most fun (and …

What mothers REALLY need this mother's day

May 11th, 2023


While getting a floral mug and some time to read a good book is a pretty amazing way to spend mother's day, Kate Christie author of The Life List …

When Instagram helps you through your darkest days

May 9th, 2023


This interview was previously aired in August 2022

Social media can cop a lot of flak. And most times - I'd agree with it. But Mikhailla Fitzgerald's story has made me think twice. As an influencer Mikhailla was used to …

Dr Preeya Alexander on how to stay sane with a child under two

May 7th, 2023


Babies and toddlers are delightful. They are at an age where they are the cutest they will ever be. Which is fortunate, because babies and toddlers …

The thing our kids need more than anything

May 4th, 2023


Parents today are constantly chasing their tails. 

They’re dropping kids off to day care or school, driving them to swimming, piano, or soccor... …

Why do we sing lullabies?

May 2nd, 2023


One of our favourites from the archive

Do you sing your child to sleep? Dr Anita Collins is a researcher in the area of music education and cognitive …

How to help kids manage phobias

April 30th, 2023


Back by popular demand!

Spiders, the dark, that thing under the bed, needles, loud name it, there are a LOT of things that our kids …

How to stop feeling like you're not enough

April 27th, 2023


We're repeating this podcast because we feel it's something every mother needs to remember!!!

Do you have a 'to-do' list? Do you ever feel bad if you don't tick off all the items? When you're a busy parent it can be …

Mother Doctor Nurse: Kids and burns

April 23rd, 2023


The first aid you apply to a burn can make a huge difference in how your child recovers from an accident. In our final episode for this season of Mother Doctor Nurse, paediatric nurse Sarah Hunstead answers your …

Why you should follow your passions when it comes to activities with kids

April 20th, 2023


This episode is back by popular demand!

Matt Baseley is a TV presenter and dad of three. When it comes to spending time with his kids Matt loves to …

The real conversation we need to have about miscarriage

April 18th, 2023


Isabelle Odenberg wants to start a conversation about miscarriage. She wants us to talk about grief and loss and about how to support women medically and emotionally. Her book Hard to Bear investigates why miscarriage …

Mother Doctor Nurse: Choking

April 16th, 2023


There's nothing as terrifying as seeing your child choking. Paediatric nurse Sarah Hunstead knows how to avoid choking in the first place, and what to do if it happens. In the 11th episode of Mother Doctor Nurse Sarah …

How to help your autistic child find their happily ever after

April 13th, 2023


This episode is back by popular demand

The world is not made for neurodivergent people. It can be particularly challenging for children on the …

Why we need to nurture our boys' friendships

April 11th, 2023


You may have heard that boys can be a bit behind girls in terms of their social development. But do you know how important and deep boy friendships can be? Gen Muir is a parenting educator and mother of four boys. Gen …

Mother Doctor Nurse: Vomiting and Diarrhoea

April 11th, 2023


Vomiting and diarrhoea are unpleasant things to deal with, but they can be dangerous cfor our kids if we don't manage it properly. On this episode of Mother Doctor Nurse paediatric nurse Sarah Hunstead answers your …

How to raise an introvert

April 6th, 2023


This interview is back by popular demand

Children are all born with their own personalities, and when that personality is completely different to …

How families can cope with the rising cost of living

April 4th, 2023


When you get to the end of a week – do you have much left in the kitty?  Do you feel like you have plenty of leeway when it comes to bills, groceries, rent or mortgage repayments?  Because the truth is – the rising …

Mother Doctor Nurse: Bites and Stings

April 2nd, 2023


When you are raising children in Australia you need to know what to do about bites and stings. Both how to prevent them, and then how to treat them. On this episode of Mother Doctor Nurse paediatrician Dr Deb Levy and …

What to watch with your kids this April

March 30th, 2023


Justin Hill from The Streaming Service joins us to outline the best shows coming up for kids this April.

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Why all Australians don't have equal access to birth support

March 28th, 2023


Australia has an incredible public health system, but there are still challenges for many Australians when it comes to getting access to the right kind of pregnancy and birth support. Jodi Wilson co-authored The …

Mother Doctor Nurse: Allergies

March 26th, 2023


Allergic reactions in children can range from the mild to severe... and they can have a big impact on quality of life for your child and your family.  On this episode of Mother Doctor Nurse paediatrician Dr Deb Levy …

How two mums managed a premmie birth during the pandemic

March 23rd, 2023


Trigger warning: This interview contains reference to preterm birth, infant mortality and traumatic birth.

Shannon Trenwith and Kim Spragg did not have your average first birth. Their daughter Agnes was born premature …

How to help children embrace imperfection

March 21st, 2023


Do you have a child who gets upset if they don't come first in every race? A child who has to make cupcakes like the winning cupcakes on Bake Off? Children who are focussed on being the best often face great …

Mother Doctor Nurse: Sleep

March 19th, 2023


If there's one thing that parents want to know, it's how to get their children to sleep. Whether it's a baby who won't sleep more than 45 minutes at …

How to manage returning to work after having a baby

March 16th, 2023


Going back to work after having a baby can feel overwhelming. Your baby might still be breastfeeding, not sleeping through the night or you just …

What one mum wants you to know about boys

March 14th, 2023


Gen Muir is a mum of four boys. Over the years she's copped some strange comments from people about what it must be like. Not many of them have been accurate. In this episode Gen explains all the things people don't …

Mother Doctor Nurse: Poo

March 12th, 2023


It's fair to say that prior to kids you didn't talk much about poo in everyday conversation. Once you become a parent however, it's hard to avoid. Because what comes out gives us a good indication of what's happening

How parents can manage their digital distraction

March 9th, 2023


Staying on top of all the things - day care admin, play dates, family and friend commitments, bills - is only possible in the modern world thanks to our mobile phones. Unfortunately that utility also means we are super …

Supporting our rainbow families

March 7th, 2023


Seeing yourself reflected in the world is important. Which is why Jasper Peach decided to create their book, You'll Be a Wonderful Parent, advice and …

Mother Doctor Nurse: girl bits

March 5th, 2023


Just because you have the same equipment as your daughter doesn't mean you know all the things. Human bodies are curious things that can be surprising. Which is probably why Paediatrician Dr Deb Levy and paediatric …

What to watch with your kids in March

March 2nd, 2023


The year has well and truly started- as have the new releases across streaming platforms. Justin Hill, host of The Streaming Service gives the …

The impact of Covid 19 on birthing families

March 2nd, 2023


The Covid-19 pandemic changed a lot of things. It changed how we felt about being out in public, how we communicated online. But it also had an impact on things like how we care for those we love. The Murdoch Children's …

Mother Doctor Nurse: boy bits

February 26th, 2023


To state the obvious: when we care for our babies we care for every little part of them - and that includes their genitalia. Sometimes where we're caring for a child that's the opposite of the sex we were born with, …

Why manifestation might be the key to your child's confidence

February 23rd, 2023


What do you know about manifestation? You might think it's a bit "woo woo"- out-there and not relevant to your parenting life, but Sarah Grynsberg …

The power of postpartum care for mums

February 21st, 2023


When we're pregnant we take such good care of ourselves. We watch what we eat, what we do, all in the name of birthing a healthy baby. But once we have our babies in our arms our own self-care seems to go out the …

Mother Doctor Nurse: why is my baby crying?

February 19th, 2023


Crying babies are no laughing matter. When you have a child, it can be difficult to try and figure out what their cries mean, which can be exhausting …

How to have hard conversations with kids

February 16th, 2023


As parents our instinct can be to shelter our children from the hard things that we might think of as “adult problems”. 

Whether we realise it or …

What you need to know about parenting a tween

February 14th, 2023


There’s a lot of information out there about what to do with a tantruming toddler and a trove of support for dealing with a moody teen.

The tween years – defined as being between the ages of 8 and 12 – seem neglected in …

Mother Doctor Nurse: common childhood illnesses

February 12th, 2023


Is it just a sniffle? A cold? The flu? What does that rash mean? Should I be worried about that cough that won't go away? 

As parents, we're the …

What is positive behaviour support and how can it help kids?

February 9th, 2023


Parenting comes with challenges.

For parents of children with autism, those challenges are unique, and developing strategies that work for everyone …

A new book to help kids deal with anxiety

February 7th, 2023


Little kids often find wonder in the world that we adults miss, but their young minds can also worry, leaving them with big feelings that they don’t …

Mother Doctor Nurse: sun protection for babies and children

February 5th, 2023


Welcome to the new Feed Play Love series, Mother Doctor Nurse. 

Being a parent involves tending to all sort of bumps, scapes and bodily fluids. …

Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt's fight to help kids (RPT)

February 2nd, 2023


Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt came to prominence after posting before and after pics that bucked the body shaming trend. Little did she know …

Australian Birth Stories' Sophie Walker on her new guide for expectant women

January 31st, 2023


When Sophie Walker started the podcast Australian Birth Stories, she never could have imagined how successful it would become. Over 10 million …

Introducing - Mother Doctor Nurse with Sarah Hunstead and Dr Deb Levy

January 30th, 2023


Raising small children can be fraught with a myriad of health and safety concerns. There are questions about what sunscreen is safe for babies, why they're not sleeping (or why they're crying all the time) and that's …

How to help your kid get off to the best start at school

January 29th, 2023


Starting school can be stressful and not just for kids However, there are things you can do to help your little one with the transition. It's a time …

If you're burnt out, you're not alone!

January 26th, 2023


As a parent our needs are often put on the backseat while we juggle the the daily load of caring, cleaning, drop-offs, soothing, bathing, mediating...the list goes on! No wonder so many of us are feeling burnt out. 

The developmental disorder we need to starting talking about

January 24th, 2023


It's thought that two students in a classroom of 30 will have developmental language disorder (DLD), so why haven't most of us heard of it? 

Children …

Calls for the regulation of breast milk donations

January 22nd, 2023


The exchange of breast milk via social media is usually done with the best intentions in mind, but regulators are calling for donations to be …

When parents mess up (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

January 19th, 2023


As parents and carers, we want the best for our children but even with the best of intentions, there are times when we’ll slip up. So, how can we recover when we make mistakes? And how can we accept that at the end of …

Why compassion in parenting is so important

January 17th, 2023


Compassion is a quality that most of us would like our children to have. But how does practicing compassion as parents help us raise healthy, happy …

The link between pop music and parenting

January 15th, 2023


Do you listen to music with your kids? Who gets to decide whether it's Frank Zappa or Baby Shark on high rotation? 

Sharing music together can be a …

The identity crisis (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

January 12th, 2023


Many parents, especially those with young children, find ourselves so caught up in the day-to-day that the other parts of our identity are subsumed. …

What to watch in January

January 10th, 2023


It's school holiday time, which means lots of hours to fill with the kids. Luckily, there's plenty of great shows to watch together as a family. …

Andy Day's amazing adventures in entertainment

January 8th, 2023


Andy Day is Mick Jagger of children's entertainers. He's been the presenter for wildly popular CBeebies shows for 15 years, garnering fans all over …

Stepping into step-parenting (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

December 22nd, 2022


Stepparents have a unique role to play in the life of a family but finding how to fit into this dynamic is not always easy.  

Getting to know …

How to spot covid in kids

December 20th, 2022


With covid cases on the rise, how can you tell if your child has the virus or another common illness? Especially seeing the symptoms of covid: runny nose, sore throat and a fever, can look like other respiratory …

Dealing with financial hardship

December 18th, 2022


Christmas is around the corner, but for many families Santa will be cutting back. Budgets are stretched to the limit and there's no relief in sight. 

Scott Pape is famous for his Barefoot Investor books, but he is also …

Carrying the load as a single parent (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

December 15th, 2022


Being a solo parent, whether by choice, or by circumstance, means that the buck stops with you. There's no other adult to turn to in the middle of …

The keys to keeping your kids safe online

December 13th, 2022


Do you feel confident that you can keep your child safe online? 

Sometimes as a parent the inherent dangers of the internet can feel overwhelming, but there are ways that we can protect our kids while allowing them to …

Isaiah Firebrace swaps microphone for pen

December 11th, 2022


Not content with winning The Voice, representing Australia at Eurovision and starting one of the most successful petitions to date, Isaiah …

Parenting together (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

December 8th, 2022


Whether you’re parenting in a couple or sharing custody with an ex, it can be challenging.  

You might decide that you want to be a parent and plan …

What your child really wants when they're 'attention seeking'

December 6th, 2022


"Attention seeking" in children gets a bad rap. Whether they're acting out, being clingy, or loud, this sort of behaviour is often dismissed frustrating and something to ignore. 

But this attention seeking is just one …

What to watch with kids in December

December 4th, 2022


The silly season is here! With the long days of school holidays stretching ahead, there's plenty of time to settle for some great movies and series …

The grandparent challenge (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

December 1st, 2022


Grandparents can perform a central and cherished role in a family – helping out parents and showering love, (and sugar) on their grandchildren. But …

A new toolkit to help you survive toddler tantrums

November 29th, 2022


We’ve all been there. Standing in the middle of a supermarket/park/busy intersection while our toddler has a meltdown and strangers stare with a mixture of pity and disgust.  

Toddler tantrums are a force to be reckoned …

What to do when your child refuses to go to school

November 27th, 2022


For some kids, the idea of going to school can be overwhelming. They might be worried about being separated, struggling academically or distressed …

Why adults need time-outs more than kids (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

November 24th, 2022


Do you ever tell your kids to take a time-out?  How about you? Do you ever think of taking a break, so that you can gather your thoughts and just breathe?  

Dr Rebecca Ray and Shevonne Hunt discuss the benefits of …

Author Sally Rippin on what happens when kids don't learn how to read

November 22nd, 2022


Sally Rippin is one of Australia’s most popular children’s book authors. 

When she realised her son was having trouble reading, she assumed that it …

How to help kids manage phobias

November 20th, 2022


Spiders, the dark, that thing under the bed, needles, loud name it, there are a LOT of things that our kids might have a phobia of.  

What are the best ways to help? Hint: shielding kids from the source of …

How to manage emotional triggers (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

November 17th, 2022


As parents, it often feels like our emotional needs are put last. So, we bury them, squishing them way down until we barely notice they’re there. But …

A new podcast warns about online dangers for children

November 15th, 2022


Online child exploitation has been described as a silent epidemic. Now a new LiSTNR podcast investigates the true extent of this crime.

Shevonne Hunt speaks to creator and host, Akhim Dev about why parents need to be …

Teaching kids about money with The Barefoot Investor

November 13th, 2022


The Barefoot Investor is back with a new book to help children be financially confident: Barefoot Kids. 

Scott Pape wants all kids to be armed with the skills they need to manage something that will be a constant in …

Bloody yell! Why we should resist the urge to shout at our kids (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

November 10th, 2022


Let’s face it, who hasn’t been so mad at our kids that we want to scream? And sometimes we have. But yelling as a means of control can have long-term …

Understanding the rights of intersex children

November 8th, 2022


Intersex is a broad term used to describe people who have sex characteristics that don't fit  into the typical binary for either male or female. 

Many intersex children undergo irreversible surgeries, often not finding …

How to model healthy body image to children

November 6th, 2022


Our relationship with our bodies can be complicated, particularly after children. Zali Yager from the Body Confident Collective talks to Shevonne …

Easy, tiger! What your parenting style says about you (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

November 3rd, 2022


Tiger, helicopter, free-range...parenting labels can help us understand what we want for our children, but they can also be used to attack the choices we make.  

In the third episode of Parenting the Parent, clinical …

What to watch with kids in November

November 1st, 2022


Not all children's content is created equal, luckily Justin Hill from The Streaming Service podcast joins Shevonne Hunt to talk about the best shows and movies to check out in November. The Teletubbies are back and Amy …

Parents warned to be on the lookout for meningococcal

October 30th, 2022


Meningococcal is a word that can strike fear in the heart of parents.  

The disease can have potentially devastating impacts and researchers are concerned about a rise in case numbers so far this year in Australia. 

The parent brain: how parenting changes our thinking (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

October 27th, 2022


Once you have a child, your brain will never be the same again!  

In the second episode of this 12-week series, clinical psychologist Dr Rebecca Ray …

More support needed for pregnancy loss

October 25th, 2022


Falling pregnant can be a time of great excitement and anticipation but, of course, things don’t always go according to plan.  

Up to 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage before 20 weeks, with parents then having to …

How to help an anxious child (RPT)

October 23rd, 2022


Anxiety in children is the second most common disorder in Australian children aged 5-14 and the most common disorder amongst girls. That's according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. And if you are a …

Becoming a Parent: starting of on the right foot (Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray)

October 21st, 2022


This is the first episode of a 12-week series called Parenting the Parent with special guest psychologist Dr Rebecca Ray.

As parents, we put a lot of …

How to help when your child is being bullied

October 18th, 2022


As a parent, our instinct is to protect our children. When our child is being bullied, those protective instincts come to the fore. 

So, how can we …

How to teach your toddler emotional self regulation (Rpt)

October 16th, 2022


Toddlers can have some big emotions but should we really expect them to be able to manage them? Dr Laura Jana is a paediatrician and the author of 

How undressing has helped one mother daughter duo discover true beauty

October 13th, 2022


Lily Mandelbaum and Elisa Goodkind get people to undress in front of their camera for a living. They themselves have undressed, together, in front of a camera. But it's not like anything else you've ever experienced.

Introducing — Parenting the Parent with Dr Rebecca Ray

October 13th, 2022


As parents, we put a lot of thought and energy into raising our kids. But what about us? How do we raise ourselves….as parents? 

Parenting The Parent

Why your exhaustion might be more than lack of sleep

October 11th, 2022


Have you ever felt so tired you have to drag yourself out of bed? 

The exhaustion might not be simply a lack of sleep, but rather iron deficiency, or even anaemia. Low iron can levels can leave you feeling depleted, …

How to prevent chocking hazards for kids

October 9th, 2022


There comes a time in every baby’s life when they start exploring the world with their mouth. 

This time of development for little ones is often a …

A new place for women who have lost a child

October 6th, 2022


It's the kind of loss most of us can't fathom. When a parent loses a child - to miscarriage, stillbirth or illness, where do they go? Friends and family who have not experienced a similar loss are often don't know what …

How to readjust when life doesn't go to plan

October 4th, 2022


There's nothing quite like having babies to disrupt your plans for the future. It could be having a family has meant your dream career no longer fits …

The secret to raising resilient kids

October 2nd, 2022


Ever had your child throw a tantrum in a supermarket and felt the weight of judgment from other shoppers? You may have heard that you're too soft for responding to your child's meltdown. But parenting educator Gen Muir …

What to watch with kids in October

September 29th, 2022


Justin Hill from The Streaming Service joins the show to talk about:

Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney Plus
Oddball on Netflix
The School of Good and Evil on …

How Covid made life harder for women

September 27th, 2022


There's nothing like having children to awaken the feminist inside a woman. If you haven't come up against gender inequality before, chances are you'll feel it. From pregnancy discrimination, unequal domestic burdens at …

How to raise an introvert

September 25th, 2022


Children are all born with their own personalities, and when that personality is completely different to yours it can be challenging. How do you help support a child who is naturally introverted when your modus operandi …

Turia Pitt: Parenting can be hard but it's made me softer

September 22nd, 2022


Turia Pitt has run marathons, climbed mountains and survived burns to over 65% of her body. She’s also written a book, started her own running business and competed in Celebrity Apprentice. She’s tough, determined, and …

How Melissa Leong can help your kids be more adventurous eaters

September 20th, 2022


Melissa Leong is best known for her role as a judge on Master Chef. She is also a connoisseur of good food and flavour experiences. So when she …

Why we should all travel with kids

September 18th, 2022


Ever since the travel bans from the pandemic have lifted social media appears to be full of everyone's European holiday. But travelling with kids …

How to help your autistic child find their happily ever after

September 15th, 2022


The world is not made for neurodivergent people. It can be particularly challenging for children on the spectrum who are growing up and learning in a …

What Emma Wiggle did next

September 13th, 2022


Emma Watkins donned the yellow jersey of the Wiggles in 2010 and became one of their most-loved members. After leaving the Wiggles last year Emma has …

How to stop feeling like you're not enough

September 11th, 2022


Do you have a 'to-do' list? Do you ever feel bad if you don't tick off all the items? When you're a busy parent it can be really hard to feel like you're kicking all the goals. This is when the feeling of …

How to stop the impact of toxic body images on kids

September 8th, 2022


If you've ever been unhappy with your body you need to meet Taryn Brumfitt. Taryn is a mum and film director who has inspired people all over the world to love the skin they're in. And now she's turned her attention to …

Maggie Dent on how to transform chaos to calm

September 6th, 2022


Is your home your sanctuary? Or is it where all the yelling happens? Life today for families can be hectic and stressful. But Maggie Dent knows how …

Why parents need to embrace the C word

September 4th, 2022


We're talking confidence, what did you think we meant? Mel Schilling is a therapist on Married at First Sight and confidence coach. She understands women and how our brains work - and she's devised a way for us all to …

What to watch this September (and on Father's Day)!

September 1st, 2022


Justin Hill from The Streaming Service takes us through some great movies to watch with dad this Father's Day and the best new shows to watch out for in September.

Listen to Justin on The Streaming Service:

How a letter to a new dad went viral

September 1st, 2022


When you hear of something going viral these days you'd probably assume it's happened online. But when Ailsa Wild wrote a letter (on paper, with a …

Is your kid really too sick for school?

August 30th, 2022


We've all been there. It's Monday morning and your kid says they're too sick to go to school. But are they really? Sometimes it's hard to know when a …

Why we need better sex ed for our kids

August 28th, 2022


Did you know that good sex education is the best way to prevent future sexual violence? Katrina Marson is a criminal lawyer who understands what …

Why are Oodles our most popular dog?

August 25th, 2022


If you live in Australia chances are you know someone who owns an Oodle. That's a dog that is part poodle, part other dog breed. Using a study from over 750,000 puppies seen at Glencross Vets and purchases from Pet Barn …

How to cook good food for a busy family

August 23rd, 2022


Ever got home at 7pm from the kids' soccor training and thought - what are we going to eat for dinner? I hate trying to work out what to cook, …

Dads, here's how you parent equally

August 21st, 2022


Once upon a time I was a young woman who believed that feminism had done its work. And then I became a mother. The inequality I discovered from pregnancy to birth and caring for my kids still astounds me. Fatherhood may …

When Instagram helps you through your darkest days

August 18th, 2022


Social media can cop a lot of flak. And most times - I'd agree with it. But Mikhailla Fitzgerald's story has made me think twice. As an influencer Mikhailla was used to sharing her life online, so when she fell pregnant …

Why kids need to know about their brains

August 16th, 2022


Karen Young is a parenting educator and the brains behind the website Hey Sigmund where she offers lots of helpful advice about how to manage anxiety …

Ever felt like you're failing as a parent? You need to listen to this

August 14th, 2022


Gen Muir is a parenting educator with a tonne of great advice and tips for how to raise kids well. And yet even Gen - a mum of four boys- feels like a failure some times. I've been hosting a parenting show for over …

Why you need to know about menopause NOW

August 11th, 2022


After I became a mother I learnt about matrescence and how we change and evolve once we have our children. It made me look at my experience of …

New picture book shows kids they are 'enough'

August 9th, 2022


If there's one thing I want my children to know is that they are enough. They are exactly all they need to be, exactly how they are. Now there's a new book by social worker and author Jess Sanders that aims to teach …

Why we need to teach children about pain

August 7th, 2022


When my daughter was about three she showed me a paper cut on her finger declaring that it was "the worst pain" she had ever felt. Which, for her, was probably true. How children experience pain is the subject of a new …

Why Aware Parenting is a parenting style that makes a real difference

August 4th, 2022


It took three children before Lael Stone discovered Aware Parenting. A traumatic birth led Lael to search for a way to help her baby and herself process what had happened. Aware Parenting proved to be the key that …

Is it possible to break the childcare-illness-cycle?

August 3rd, 2022


If you have a child in an early education service right now you are probably experiencing the unending hell of winter lurgies. Dr Deb Levy is a paediatrician and mum who understands how challenging this never-ending …

How to help kids when they're lost for words

August 2nd, 2022


Ever been in a situation where you just couldn't find the right words to say? Maybe your friend's dog died, you made a big mistake at work or you're …

Why 'self care' for new mums is essential

August 1st, 2022


When you become a new parent you're told a number of things to help you look after your new baby. You're taught how to bathe them, feed them, watch …

What to watch this month with your kids

July 31st, 2022


Justin Hill from The Streaming Service joins us to outline the best shows coming up for kids this August.

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Finding confidence when you have none

July 28th, 2022


Confidence can be the key to moving forward. If you're feeling like you don't know what you're doing with a new baby or starting work again after a break, believing in yourself can make everything feel easier. My …

How to get your kid loving the great outdoors

July 27th, 2022


When was the last time you spent the whole day outside? To be fair, it's the middle of winter in Australia, and not the best time to traipsing …

Should you get your kids vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu?

July 26th, 2022


If you have young kids, chances are you've been experiencing what seems like a never-ending series of illnesses this winter. Chief Paediatrician of NSW Dr Matthew O' Meara can explain why seasonal illnesses have been on …

Want to stop fighting with your partner? Here's how

July 25th, 2022


How do you feel when you fight with your partner? I feel awful. In fact, nothing feels right when we're fighting, which is why I was drawn to …

How birthing on country helps First Nations women

July 24th, 2022


I am completely in awe of the cultural history of our First Nations people. While so much knowledge was lost through colonisation, some wisdom and …

Do you know what it means to be intersex?

July 21st, 2022


And if you do, how would you react if your obstetrician encouraged you to have surgery on your intersex baby? Simone-Lisa Anderson is an advocate for …

Are we now able to vaccinate the under 5s against Covid-19?

July 20th, 2022


The TGA has provisionally approved the use of Moderna for children aged six months to five years. This age group is the last to be protected with the vaccine - but what do we know about its safety and efficacy? Dr Daryl …

What is the best streaming service for families?

July 20th, 2022


When it comes to streaming services there are so many options to choose from. So how do you decide the best option for a family - where the smallest humans may be the biggest consumers of content? Justin Hill is the …

Is it okay to tell off other peoples' kids?

July 19th, 2022


What are the more awkward and tricky situations you've come across involving kids? I asked some friends and colleagues and came up with the following:

What to do if you're facing rental pressure

July 18th, 2022


The cost of living is rising across Australia and rent is one of the biggest costs for families. Leo Patterson Ross is the CEO of the Tenants Union …

Why are children still getting chicken pox?

July 17th, 2022


Growing up in the 80s chicken pox was fairly common. But when I had my own kids I thought it was a disease of the past. We have vaccines now and I hadn't heard of it for many years. Then my daughter woke up with some …

How can we make foster kids feel safe and heard?

July 14th, 2022


Billy Black in an artist who grew up in care and a mum of two. Having experienced the powerlessness as a child growing up in out-of-home care, Billy wants to see kids having a greater say in what happens in their lives. …

A mothers meeting with a difference

July 13th, 2022


Mothers' groups aren't for everyone. You can be put into a group where your only common experience is having had a baby. Most of the focus in these groups is about how to nuture your baby. But imagine if you had a group …

How to dress when you're going back to work

July 12th, 2022


What's your wardrobe looking like lately? How many tracksuit pants do you have vs how many clothes you could wear to work? Chances are if you've had …

How to set boundaries for yourself (and for your children)

July 11th, 2022


Do you wish you could go to the bathroom without a child wandering in? Perhaps you need to understand the relationship between boundaries and …

The origin story of Healthy Harold

July 10th, 2022


Healthy Harold has been a fixture in Australian primary schools since 1979. Now a revamped preschool programme is coming to a kindy near you. CEO of

Piecing together story telling after the destruction of the Stolen Generations

July 7th, 2022


In honour of NAIDOC week I am revisiting a selection of episodes that celebrate our First Nations peoples. In this episode I speak with Aunty Rhonda …

Why First Nations picture books are so special

July 6th, 2022


In honour of NAIDOC week I am revisiting a selection of episodes that celebrate our First Nations peoples. In this episode I speak with Lisa Kennedy, a community artist who works with Elders and communities to pass on …

What exactly is a smoking ceremony for babies?

July 5th, 2022


The practice of 'blessing' a baby is best known in western cultures as a Christening. But Darug woman Jasmine Seymour has created a picture book for …

A children's book that speaks from the heart

July 4th, 2022


In honour of NAIDOC week I am revisiting a selection of episodes that celebrate our First Nations peoples. In this episode producer Cinnamon Nippard speaks with Thomas Mayor, author of the children's book Finding Our …

Improving how we teach about Australia's history

July 3rd, 2022


Imagine if every primary school had a local First Nations teacher to talk about the history and cultural practices of the area. What would our future …

How to make lasting change in a busy life

June 30th, 2022


Once you have kids it can be difficult to commit to change, even when you want that change very much. Habits like meditation, exercise or other …

How boring are school readers?

June 29th, 2022


One of the more excruciating parts of a kid's education is helping them learn how to read. Particularly when you consider the types of books they're …

New book addresses what our boys are missing most

June 28th, 2022


Jess Sanders is a social worker and children's book author. From her work with boys and young men in the justice system Jess saw all the ways that boys are getting toxic messages about what it means to be a man. Her …

How to tell your child has ADHD

June 27th, 2022


Clementine Ford, Em Ruschiano and Abbie Chatfield have all recently spoken about their adult diagnosis of ADHD. At the same time they have expressed …

What is happening with early learning?

June 26th, 2022


After many years of advocating for greater investment, the early learning sector is set for some significant changes. Executive Director of The Parenthood Georgie Dent was among others in the sector lobbying parties …

Could you pay the bills writing erotic fiction?

June 23rd, 2022


Ella Fields (alias) writes roughly two books a year. When she first started she was writing around four books a year. She describes her books as …

When dads get PND

June 22nd, 2022


Perinatal depression and anxiety affects one in ten dads, yet only just over half reach out for help. Dave Edwards is the proud dad of two child aged 6 and 8. When his son was born he went through a really challenging …

What is child to parent violence?

June 21st, 2022


Many people understand what domestic violence is, but child to parent violence is less well known. Jo Howard is a social worker who is an expert in …

Lauren Dubois on what it's really like parenting on Instagram

June 20th, 2022


Lauren Dubois was a successful political journalist before she turned her hand to blogging about parenting, eventually switching to Instagram. She's …

How to have a better drop off

June 19th, 2022


Leaving your child at day care while they're crying their little hearts out can be so hard. Gen Muir is a parenting educator at Connected Parenting and a mum of four. She's still going through challenging drop offs so …

A new app parents need to know about

June 16th, 2022


I know. There are a million apps out there for parents, so what makes this one special? This is an app that could help parents who need the most …

How to parent from the same page

June 15th, 2022


When you met the love of your life, was your first thought 'I wonder if their parenting style will match mine?' You may have thought they'd make a great parent, but probably not all the nitty gritty of how they approach …

Why you should follow your passions when it comes to activities with kids

June 14th, 2022


Matt Baseley is a TV presenter and dad of three. When it comes to spending time with his kids Matt loves to get messy in the kitchen. If you follow …

How to have a confident birth

June 13th, 2022


Labour can be an unknown and frightening prospect. But what if you could go into this experience feeling confident and empowered? Nadine Richardson …

Everything you need to know about toddler twins

June 12th, 2022


When our babies crawl into toddlerhood they start to push their boundaries. This can often include running away, throwing food and other challenging behaviours. So how do you handle this stage if you have two babies …

Actor Ryan Johnson on separation, coparenting and finding new love

June 9th, 2022


Actor Ryan Johnson was going through a separation not long before the first lockdown in 2020. While coparenting through the pandemic he also met and fell in love with his new partner. On this episode Ryan talks about …

What to do when tween friendships go south

June 8th, 2022


Childhood friendships can be light and easy, but as kids head into their tween years they can start to get a bit tricky. Dana Kerford is the Director of URStrong, an organisation that helps children understand the many …

Might a dog be the therapy your autistic child needs?

June 7th, 2022


New research from the University of South Australia has revealed that assistance dogs are helping to expand children on the autism spectrum and their families. Dr Shelley Wright is a qualified occupational therapist and …

Maggie Dent on how to raise our little girls

June 6th, 2022


Maggie Dent is best known for her work helping parents to raise their boys. Now Maggie has sunk her teeth into girlhood with her book of the same title. Girlhood, raising our little girls to be healthy, happy and heard 

A new way to help support your child's big emotions

June 5th, 2022


Helping children navigate their big emotions can be challenging. Particularly when those emotions result in behaviour that is aggressive or difficult …

Why we need to support dads in the birthing suite

June 2nd, 2022


When it comes to pregnancy and birth support is focussed on the mum-to-be. But what about dads? Rob Sturrock is the author of Man Raises BoyHe believes that we need to be more inclusive of dads from the very beginning …

How to get your kids to listen

June 2nd, 2022


We all know the pain of telling our children over and over again to put on their shoes. Or brush their teeth. Or get ready for bed. But what if it's all about how we ask our children something that makes the difference? …

Why Australia became deeply divided over vaccination

May 31st, 2022


Everyone knows someone who has strongly held beliefs about the COVID- 19 vaccinations. Many parents still haven't had their children vaccinated. But where did such deeply held doubts about vaccines come from? Dyani …

How to teach your tween about consent

May 30th, 2022


Nine-year-old kids can be vastly different when it comes to where they are on the childhood scale. Some are still playing with toys while others are …

Why you should give your kids the flu vax

May 29th, 2022


About 50% of parents are not intending to get their children vaccinated against the flu this coming winter, even though children under five are …

One adult's insight into living as an autistic person

May 26th, 2022


Allison Davies was working as a music therapist when she started to go through the process of getting her daughter assessed for autism. It was then she noticed that the boxes she was ticking for her daughter also …

What are the developmental milestones in the first year?

May 25th, 2022


The first year of your baby's life is full of big changes. Dr Deb Levy is a paediatrician and Sarah Hunstead is the CEO of CPR Kids. Together they go …

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue on the changing face of parenting

May 24th, 2022


Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has been helping parents and carers with their babies and toddler for thirty years. In that time she's seen an …

Another myth about cesareans debunked

May 23rd, 2022


When it comes to discussions around how we give birth, women who have cesareans are not often included in the conversation. There remains an amount of judgment around the way we give birth. Some of those judgments come …

How to teach your toddler emotional self regulation

May 22nd, 2022


Toddlers can have some big emotions but should we really expect them to be able to manage them? Dr Laura Jana is a paediatrician and the author of 

Do we need to use more inclusive terms in pregnancy and birth?

May 18th, 2022


How do you feel about terms like "body with a vagina" instead of using the word "woman"? Or "chest feeding" instead of "breast feeding"? The medical world is grappling with these terms as they seek to become more …

When motherhood leads to burn out (and how to avoid it)

May 18th, 2022


Trying to combine motherhood with all the things modern life demands of us can be challenging. Particularly if one of those things involves returning …

How to help an anxious child

May 18th, 2022


Anxiety in children is the second most common disorder in Australian children aged 5-14 and the most common disorder amongst girls. That's according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. And if you are a …

Can we avoid coughs and colds?

May 15th, 2022


And if we can't, how can we make our children more comfortable? Paediatrician Deb Levy and former emergency nurse Sarah Hunstead from CPR Kids join us to talk about how we can try to dodge the dreaded lurgy this winter, …

How to talk to kids about Australia's history

May 12th, 2022


How should we talk to our kids about Australia's history? How much do we share about the dark and tragic events that came with colonialism for the …

Navigating the tricky world of texting tweens

May 11th, 2022


During the lockdowns of the past few years children used technology even more to stay connected with their friends. Now that they are back at school, …

What you need to know about kids and genital exploration

May 10th, 2022


What's your most awkward parenting moment? Perhaps you were out to dinner when your toddler decided it was a good time to play with themselves. …

How to have a positive caesarean

May 9th, 2022


When you're thinking about where you'll give birth, chances are you're not thinking of fluorescent lights, beeping noises and lots of metal surfaces. Janet Purcell is a registered nurse and positive birth advocate. …

A new way to make motherhood easier

May 8th, 2022


Melanie Corlett had a toddler and a baby on the way when she decided that something needed to be done about the kind of support being offered to new mums. So in the thick of the 2020 lockdown she started to develop the …

What you need to know about parents with a disability

May 5th, 2022


Even as we head towards greater choice when it comes to having children, there is one group of people who are still fighting against prejudice when …

The best way to deal with bullying and bullies

May 4th, 2022


There is a lot of advice out there on how to deal with bullies. But when you're confronted with the experience in real life it can feel incredibly …

A mindful way to return to work after kids

May 3rd, 2022


Our priorities around work can shift a lot after having a baby. Which is not to say that our jobs are no longer important, just that they may no longer have top billing. And even if they do remain high on the priority …

Is it possible to be pregnant and not know it?

May 2nd, 2022


Imagine not knowing you're pregnant until you go into labour. For many women that seems impossible, but it's a rare phenomenon that does happen.  These types of pregnancies are referred to as hidden, concealed or …

Adjusting to parenthood can be hard: here's how to do it well

May 1st, 2022


Becoming a parent can be a mixture of big feelings - both joy and sorrow. It can also be physically demanding attending to a newborn's needs. Sharlene Vlahos is the Director of Education at Karitane, a non-profit …

Why a little bit of mess might just save your sanity

May 1st, 2022


Kerri Sackville is on a mission. The author and journalist wants women everywhere to know that allowing some mess and clutter might just be the secret to a happy life. Her latest book is called The Lifechanging Magic of …

How far would you go to have a baby?

April 28th, 2022


Jess Moore ended up travelling halfway around the world in order to have a baby, but along the way she went through over ten rounds of IVF and attempted to use eggs from a friend. After several years and a lot of …

Everything you need to know about bringing twins home

April 27th, 2022


Having twins can feel daunting, but if you get the right advice on how to prepare, it can make life a lot easier when you bring your babies home. Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has spent many hours with the parents of …

How to become a more conscious parent

April 26th, 2022


Do you want to be more present with your children? Less reactive, more responsive to where they are at as kids? Conscious parenting is a movement that encourages parents to understand their past so they can parent in …

The best way to educate toddlers

April 25th, 2022


Should toddlers be able to recognise numbers and letters? Do we, as parents, need to be teaching them these skills before they enter preschool or …

Why parents are NOT a child's first teacher

April 24th, 2022


For many years parents have been told we are our kids' first teacher, but Kyle and John Hattie say this is misleading. Their book 10 Steps to Develop …

How do you decide you're ready for motherhood?

April 21st, 2022


Gina Rushton is a journalist and millennial who experienced a medical emergency that forced her to confront her decision not to have kids. This lead her to research everything from the impact of climate change to the …

Why mindfulness could be the greatest parenting hack ever

April 19th, 2022


Needing to find some calm amongst the chaos of parenting? Perhaps you're trying to be a good leader in your home during uncertain times. Mindfulness …

Who parents should be voting for this election

April 17th, 2022


What would make your life easier? How about a year of shared paid parental leave and universal access to early education and childcare and …

How parenting has changed across generations

April 14th, 2022


Do your parents understand why you want your baby to feed themselves? Do they follow your guidelines for sleep and settling? Mike Williams and his …

How to share custody with a lousy parent

April 13th, 2022


While separation can be painful the best evidence says that if you can put your kids first in a separation, they will be okay. But what happens when …

Why every mum should have a 6 week pelvic floor check

April 12th, 2022


At six weeks new mums will have a check up with their health care professional - an obstetrician, midwife or GP. But these checks don't have the capacity to include a comprehensive check of a woman's pelvic floor. Lyz …

What parents need to know about starting day care

April 11th, 2022


Enrolling your baby or child into day care the first time can be daunting. It's possibly the first time you've left them with someone other than …

How do working parents manage the holidays?

April 10th, 2022


The working world is not set up to accommodate child rearing. Which is why every school holiday can feel like a monumental headache for working …

What words would you leave your child for when you're gone?

April 7th, 2022


No one enjoys contemplating their own mortality. But when Ella Ward was diagnosed with a rare cancer her daughter was only six it made her think …

Why are so many kids getting Covid now?

April 6th, 2022


Since the start of the pandemic parents have been told that not only are children unlikely to get Covid, but if they do get it they are unlikely to …

Everything you ever need to know about teething

April 5th, 2022


Seeing your baby's first pearly white pop through can be a moment of joy. Like all the little changes they go through, it's another sign of their development and growth. It can also be a time when your little one is …

What all parents need to know about "sharenting"

April 4th, 2022


Posting pics of your beautiful baby can feel like the most natural thing in the world. After all, who's not in love with their own child? But …

Annabel Karmel on getting kids cooking

April 3rd, 2022


When it comes to getting fussy kids to start enjoying a wider range of foods, getting them cooking can be a great option. That's according to Annabel Karmel, nutritionist and cook book author. Her latest book is called

What it's like to be a queer parent in a largely straight world

March 31st, 2022


Sean Szeps is an influencer, podcaster and queer parenting advocate. Having grown up believing that parenthood was only for straight people, he is now a husband and father of twins. Sean talks about how he came to be a …

Why parents aren't to blame for their kid's ODD

March 30th, 2022


Children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) can be challenging children to be around. They might have loud and aggressive tantrums …

Chris Minogue's top tips on traveling with babies

March 29th, 2022


Many parents are traveling overseas to visit family for the first time since having their babies. Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has been helping families with this kind of travel for over 30 years. Chris shares her …

How much self expression should we allow our kids?

March 28th, 2022


When small children go to day care, they can be seen in everything from tutus with hardhats to superhero costumes. But once kids enter formal education, with uniforms, just how much self expression are they allowed? …

Why do women still believe in the fertility myth?

March 27th, 2022


Female reproduction is often referred to as a "ticking clock" and yet many women are not aware how challenging falling pregnant after 40 can be. Dr …

When falling in love includes inheriting kids

March 24th, 2022


Step parenting is not something we talk about a lot, but inheriting non-biological children as part of a new relationship is common. As common as …

When should you give your child a phone?

March 23rd, 2022


Most parents have heard about the challenges that can arise once a child has their own phone. Access to the internet at all hours and with many …

Why are tongue ties controversial?

March 22nd, 2022


A tongue tie is when the membrane that attaches a baby's tongue to the floor of their mouth is tight or short. This can then cause problems with breastfeeding because the baby can't latch properly. However there are …

You might be shaming your kids: here's how to stop

March 21st, 2022


Shame is a very powerful word. One that most associate with the most serious of crimes. But the truth is shame is a very everyday experience. Parents …

What is the difference between a nightmare and a night terror?

March 20th, 2022


If your child was to wake up screaming in the middle of the night, would you know how to work out if they were having a nightmare or a night terror? …

What happened when one mum fell for Benedict Cumberbatch

March 17th, 2022


When Tabitha Carvan first noticed Benedict Cumberbatch her children were still very young. One moment he was an ordinary actor, the next she was obsessing over every plane of his face. Her book This is not a book about …

Help! My son is obsessed with gaming!!

March 16th, 2022


Does your son have a melt-down every time you ask him to put down his console? Does he want to be playing games every waking minute? Many parents …

Are growing pains real?

March 15th, 2022


Has your child ever woken in the night complaining of a sore leg? Or maybe it was the inside arch of their foot? Growing pains has been something children have complained about for years, but it's also something that …

Why conflict is inevitable in relationships

March 14th, 2022


Emma Power believes fighting is normal and it doesn't have to mean the end of everything. In her new book When Love Goes South, A guide to help you turn conflict around Emma explains how knowing yourself can help you …

How to manage sibling rivalry

March 13th, 2022


From the moment you bring a second baby home you are dealing with sibling dynamics. And while that might start with just managing the needs of two …

Why we all need to grow up for our kids

March 10th, 2022


Distraction, an obsession with youth and discontent are all part and parcel of being an adolescent. But author and social researcher Maggie Hamilton …

Why are kids so hung up on fairness?

March 9th, 2022


If you've ever heard a child cry out "but it's not faaaaair" you will be interested in this interview. Psychologist and author Dr Vanessa Lapointe

What a post-baby body REALLY feels like

March 8th, 2022


When you're pregnant chances are you're thinking about labour and what to do with a baby once they're safely in your arms. We don't talk a lot about how you might feel physically. Lyz Evans is a women's physiotherapist …

Finding your power in motherhood

March 7th, 2022


Having a baby can be empowering and disempowering at the same time. On one hand you have brought a new life into the world, on another you can be …

Are you a victim of financial abuse? Here's how to tell

March 6th, 2022


How much control do you have of your finances? You may be happy to let your partner take care of the 'money stuff' as that's their strength, while …

Music, motherhood and the power of a creative childhood

March 3rd, 2022


Lo Carmen is an actress, musician, author and mother. She grew up surrounded by some of Australia's most influential female musicians. Along the way she starred in the iconic The Year My Voice Broke and toured with her …

The right way to start exercising after childbirth

March 1st, 2022


The body we have after childbirth isn't the same as the one we started with. But not all of us want to jump on the exercise wagon after having our baby. Your body is probably tired and sore. But sometimes moving feels …

What is the right amount of pocket money for kids?

February 27th, 2022


Should kids get pocket money? And if they should what is the right amount? Kate Browne is the editor-at-large for They've done research …

How to embrace the constant changes of parenting

February 24th, 2022


They say that the one thing that is constant in life is change. Yet as human beings none of us like it very much. And when it comes to life changes, you can't get much bigger than starting a family. Jana Firestone is a …

How is Covid 19 likely to affect our kids long term?

February 22nd, 2022


Since the start of the pandemic parents were reassured that children were likely to be less affected by the virus. It was less likely they would …

What to do when relationships get hard after kids

February 20th, 2022


Babies and small children can make things tense between parents, particularly when you're sleep deprived. Elisabeth Shaw is the CEO of Relationships …

Why redundancy can be good for fathers

February 17th, 2022


When Rob Sturrock was suddenly made redundant in March last year he felt despondent and a bit like a failure. But with time he realised that it was an opportunity: to spend more time with his kids and to help with the …

Clementine Ford on motherhood and feminism

February 17th, 2022


There are some areas of motherhood that feel like they have been untouched by the hard work of feminists. Areas like how we birth our babies, feed or generally look after them. Clementine Ford is an author, feminist and …

Is it possible to cure a peanut allergy?

February 15th, 2022


The short answer is no. But if you have a child with a food allergy you will know how stressful it can be for you and your family. Even while …

How to handle toddler tantrums

February 13th, 2022


Ever had a toddler decide the best place to have a tantrum is in the food court of your local shopping centre? How did you handle it? Toddlers are renowned for having mini breakdowns at the least convenient moment, but …

Why romance has changed (not disappeared) since kids

February 13th, 2022


Once babies come along it can be hard to find time for romantic dinners. It can be hard to want to do anything other than sleep! But Associate Professor Gery Karantzas says that it's not a given that romance disappears …

One woman's experience of transitioning with young kids

February 10th, 2022


Working out who you are once you become a parent can be challenging - but imagine trying to work out who you are as a person while grappling with your gender identity at the same time. That's what Michelle Sheppard went …

How to separate well with young kids

February 8th, 2022


Separation can be painful and chaotic, particularly when young children are involved. Lucy Kippist separated from her husband three years ago when …

How birth has changed in a time of Covid

February 7th, 2022


Women have given birth through different challenging times in history, with those challenges changing the way they experience pregnancy and labour. Since the very beginning of the pandemic Hannah Dahlen, a Professor of …

Everything you ever need to know about birth

February 6th, 2022


They say that knowledge is power, so knowing all you can about birth before you experience it is a good idea. At least that's what motivated Dr Stephen Tong to write The Birth Book after seeing women head into the …

One caravan, four kids and two years on the road

February 3rd, 2022


Modern family life can be crazy. There are so many things to fit into a day. Jodi Wilson was still breastfeeding her youngest of four children when she agreed to travel around Australia. She thought that was just what …

Why we don't need to raise polite girls

February 1st, 2022


When former Australian of the Year Grace Tame recently refused to smile in a photo opportunity with the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, people were outraged. Journalist Peter van Onselen wrote an article describing her …

Why do we feel we can tell a woman how to birth?

January 31st, 2022


Feminists in the past have fought for women to have the right to choose how they conduct themselves in a world that has always told them what to do.  …

How to teach kids to be optimistic

January 30th, 2022


Disappointment is a part of life, but it's fair to say that many kids have had their fair share of it over the last two years. Lucy Bell is an author …

They used to wear WHAT?!! The history of maternity wear

January 27th, 2022


Maternity wear has come a long way in the last ten years. Or has it? Dr Catriona Fisk is a dress historian who did her PHD in the history of maternity wear. Her research goes all the way back to the 1700s, and offers …

Why everyone's confused and angry about the start of school

January 25th, 2022


If you have a child about to start school, or who is going back after the holidays, you may be feeling a bit uncertain about the first weeks and …

Why we all need a postpartum Doula

January 23rd, 2022


They say you can never be ready for a new baby, but there are some things you can do to make your life easier. You could, for example, hire a …

Learning to put down your 'to do' list

January 20th, 2022


Parents of small children are used to having a long list of things they need to do. There are the daily chores like feeding, clothing and cleaning …

How to manage starting school in 2022

January 18th, 2022


This is the second year that children starting school are coming in post-lockdowns. That means many children have missed out on the kind of …

Why we are all suffering from post-pandemic depletion

January 17th, 2022


Are you leaping into 2022 with a feeling of hope and excitement? That may have been the way you farewelled 2021 but it wasn't long into January before things started to get chaotic again. Amy Taylor-Kabbaz is an author …

What is happening with vaccination for the under fives?

January 16th, 2022


Children under five are now the only Australians to remain unvaccinated. Parents have been told consistently that younger children aren't at high …

Finding strength when you're on your knees

January 13th, 2022


Rachael Coopes is a yoga teacher, Play School Presenter and mum. She found herself unexpectedly single whilst pregnant with her son. Through that …

Understanding why and how babies cry

January 11th, 2022


There's nothing that can prepare you for the sound of your baby's cries in the middle of the night. But obstetrics social worker and parenting educator Genevieve Muir from Connected Parenting says that if you can …

Childcare in crisis: How the Omicron variant is impacting centres

January 10th, 2022


Parents heading into 2022 may have been excited about heading back to work this week, but many are facing a lack of available care. Lisa Bryant is an …

How to teach kids to fail well with a game

January 9th, 2022


Letting your kids fail can be tough, no one wants to see their children upset. But failing is part of building resilience. Susanna Cass is an expert in organisational change, a mum and a co-founder of The Epic Fail Game

Summer Special: The secret to living a good life

January 6th, 2022


This episode is one of our favourites from 2021. Feed Play Love will be back with new and interesting interviews on January 10, 2022.

Casey Beros has been a wellness writer for decades. In her book The 'Bad' Girl's …

Summer Special: Bringing baby home to their sibling

January 4th, 2022


This episode is one of our favourites from 2021. Feed Play Love will be back with new and interesting interviews on January 10, 2022.

It's been said that when you bring home your second baby it's akin to your husband …

Summer Special: Why boundaries are important (and how to set them)

January 2nd, 2022


This episode is one of our favourites from 2021. Feed Play Love will be back with new and interesting interviews on January 10, 2022.

Parents can …

Summer Special: What we all need to know about donor conception

December 30th, 2021


This episode is one of our favourites from 2021. Feed Play Love will be back with new and interesting interviews on January 10, 2022.

Sarah Dingle is a journalist who discovered she was a donor-conceived baby when she …

Summer Special: Planning your family's budget

December 28th, 2021


This episode is one of our favourites from 2021. Feed Play Love will be back with new and interesting interviews on January 10, 2022.

As we head into a new year we've called on finance expert Effie Zahos to give us some …

Summer Special: How to tell that your baby is okay

December 26th, 2021


This episode is one of our favourites from 2021. Feed Play Love will be back with new and interesting interviews on January 10, 2022.

As a new parent it's easy to worry about all the little signs that your baby is not …

Summer Special: Why half-arsed parenting is the secret to happiness

December 23rd, 2021


This episode is one of our favourites from 2021. Feed Play Love will be back with new and interesting interviews on January 10, 2022.

Dr Susie O Brien wants you to lose your parenting guilt. In her book The Secret of …

Summer Special: Maggie Dent gives us the lowdown on boys and guns

December 21st, 2021


This episode is one of our favourites from 2021. Feed Play Love will be back with new and interesting interviews on January 10, 2022.

Parenting educator, author and podcaster Maggie Dent explains what happens when boys …

Summer Special: We need to talk about postnatal rage

December 19th, 2021


This episode is one of our favourites from 2021. Feed Play Love will be back with new and interesting interviews on January 10, 2022.

Postnatal depression and anxiety is better understood today than in the past. We are …

How people lived and loved thousands of years ago

December 13th, 2021


Clare McFadden spends her days piecing together stories from bits of bones and relics from a time in deep history. Clare is a Postdoctoral Research …

Helpline: How to feed a four-month-old, helping toddlers settle into a new home and more

December 7th, 2021


When it comes to raising babies and small children some things can be a mystery. Like why they suddenly stop sleeping through the night, or why they decide that from now on only white food will do. Mothercraft nurse …

Should we vaccinate our under 12s?

December 6th, 2021


Note: this interview was done prior to the announcement that the Therapeutic Goods Administration provisionally approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11. 

Now that the TGA has given a provisional …

Real life elves are recycling toys this Christmas

December 5th, 2021


How many toys do your children have that they never play with? Imagine how great if those toys could have another life, with another child this …

When the kitchen is the heart of your home

December 2nd, 2021


When Belinda Jeffery cooks, she cooks with her heart, using memories from her childhood. Belinda watched her mother and Aunt cook, and those moments spent watching and engaging with food has led to a lifelong love of …

How to avoid a fussy eater

December 1st, 2021


The following is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.

When your baby starts solids it’s exciting to watch them explore …

Helpline: Gagging for attention, milk chucking and more

November 30th, 2021


The following is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has been working with families for …

Creatures that sting and bite on land (and what to do about them)

November 29th, 2021


Australia is a great place to bring up children. The weather is great and we have an abundance of beautiful beaches and bushland. It's also home to …

How to accept your post-baby body

November 28th, 2021


Most rational women know that a post-baby body is not going to look the same as it did pre-pregnancy. But rationality doesn't always help when you're looking at yourself in the mirror. As much as you might appreciate …

Kate Langbroek on living la dolce vita with her family in Italy

November 25th, 2021


It's been a while since anyone has been globe trotting. Whether it was the lockdown that scuppered your plans or having babies - living in a romantic …

Keeping your love strong after babies

November 25th, 2021


The following is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Having a baby can be the most special thing you will ever share with …

Helpline: Night wanderers, ideal milk feed amounts and infrequent poos

November 23rd, 2021

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has been helping families navigate the trickier waters of parenting for over thirty years. If you have a question about cat napping, night waking or any other challenge she's here to …

How to help your child deal with grief and loss

November 22nd, 2021

Losing someone you love is a challenge for adults, so how do we help our children understand feelings of grief and loss? Emotional literacy means …

Tips and tricks on how to introduce your puppy to your baby

November 21st, 2021

If you own a dog or a puppy and you're about to have your first baby, you might be wondering how your dog is going to handle your latest bundle of joy. After all - they (the dog) was your first love, right? Jennifer …

Finding gratitude when you're doing all the giving

November 18th, 2021

Parenting is full of joy and sacrifice; raising small humans means you're often putting someone you love very much first. Dr Kerry Howells is a …

Tips for mums on managing anxiety

November 17th, 2021

Feed Play Love The following is ahighlight episode, back due to popular demand.According to Beyond Blue one in three women will experience anxiety …

Helpline: Early morning toilet trips, night-time snacking and fussy eating

November 16th, 2021

When babies and small children don't sleep, eat well or misbehave you try what you know, what your friends know and what your family knows. Sometimes you get to the point where you need to ask an expert. Jo Ryan is a …

Spotting stingers in the sea (and how to treat them)

November 15th, 2021

Statistically most Australians live near the ocean. Now that summer is fast approaching many of us have already ventured in for a dip. But the ocean is not our natural habitat, and sometimes the creatures that live in …

Top tips on how to keep your baby safe

November 14th, 2021

Bringing your baby home for the first time can be daunting. Babies are so vulnerable, so dependent on you for survival. In an attempt to help parents …

How to find a sense of self after motherhood

November 11th, 2021

Having a baby can be an all-consuming experience. Between getting lost in their smiles and lost without sleep it can be difficult to find your way …

Why getting the right pelvic support after birth can make all the difference

November 10th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
Our pelvic floor health can be key to making a successful recovery …

Helpline: Managing toddler behaviours, dad rejection and more

November 9th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Raising small children is full of challenges. They may be waking …

How to manage your toddler's screen time

November 8th, 2021

Toddlers are the busiest humans on the planet. If you want to get anything done you have to find something that will hold their attention. For many …

Is your child coping post-lockdown? Here's how to tell

November 7th, 2021

Lockdown was a challenge for many kids, being away from school and daycare, friends and their normal routines was a strange experience. It's been a …

Ladies, history says you're doing it wrong

November 4th, 2021

If you've ever had a niggling doubt that you're doing 'it' wrong- whether 'it' is parenting, partnering or any other kind of activity, if you've had that doubt and you're a woman, chances are your doubt has history. And …

How many extra-curricular activities should my kid do?

November 3rd, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Now that lockdown has ended, have your kids thrown themselves back …

Helpline: Boys behaving badly, night terrors and more

November 2nd, 2021

Parenting small children can be challenging. Whether it's helping a small baby to sleep longer through the night, or encouraging a toddler to sit still while eating - raising children can have various challenges. That's …

Why you need to think about your baby's brain before you're pregnant

November 1st, 2021

When you start thinking about having a baby, what is your biggest concern? For most people fertility is top of mind, closely followed by choice of …

How to give children hope when it comes to climate change

October 31st, 2021

It's been a heavy year. You could be forgiven for retreating within your own four walls and just concentrating on getting through the day. But while …

What it means to find belonging when you're adopted

October 28th, 2021

No one story can tell the experience of adoption, but author and social justice lawyer Dara Read wants fostered and adopted kids to know that they are special and loved. Dara always knew she was adopted and had a …

How snacking can make your kid smarter

October 27th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.When kids are growing it can feel like they are going to eat you out …

Helpline: Comfort toys for babies, fear-of-toilets, nudie toddlers and more

October 26th, 2021

Raising children can be fun, exhausting, challenging and fulfilling. In amongst all of that you might come across certain situations you just don't …

A new project getting women back into work post-lockdown

October 25th, 2021

Women have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mothers in particular have put their children before their work, as the …

How to broach vaccine status with friends and family

October 24th, 2021

Post-lockdown Australia's social landscape has changed. Hugs and handshakes are unlikely to be as spontaneous as they once were, and for the first time (for most of us anyway) we're going to need to ask friends and …

How Aussie parents are embracing risk

October 21st, 2021

Damien Cave and his wife Diana moved to Sydney from New York with their two young children in 2017. As a foreign correspondent he has lived in Baghdad and together they have raised their babies in Mexico City. But it …

How to cope with pregnancy loss

October 20th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.When women fall pregnant they are often counselled not to tell anyone …

Helpline: Constipated babies, toilet training, medicine refusal and more

October 19th, 2021

Raising children can be challenging. Just when you think you have it all worked out, the sleeper will stop sleeping. The eater will stop eating. When you can't find a rhyme or reason to challenging behaviour, has you …

Why some autistic children find it hard to sleep

October 18th, 2021

The first year of life for most children involves some level of interrupted sleep. There are circadian rhythms to pick up and developmental …

How to deal with a cheating husband

October 17th, 2021

Despite popular opinion, it's not cutting out the crotch of all his expensive suits. Sallyanne Hartnell is a women's relationship coach at Reflect …

Helpline in Focus: Parental anger

October 15th, 2021

This week on parenting coach Karina Lane addresses how we can manage our anger when we run out of patience. She answers the following …

Insanity, control and the power of one woman's voice

October 14th, 2021

Elizabeth Packard was a modest mother of six living in the late 1800s. Her husband had her committed to an asylum after she started voicing a different religious outlook to him (he was a pastor). Elizabeth spend three …

How to best support your child's development

October 13th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Denielle Jans is the former Childcare Manager at the Benevolent …

Helpline: Should four-year-olds be dry at night, one-year-old biters and more

October 12th, 2021

Raising children can be all-consuming, and when things don't go according to plan (think, wakeful nights, veggie refusal, multiple tantrums) it can …

How to revamp your style after slothing it in lockdown

October 11th, 2021

Lockdown has given people everywhere the chance to embrace their inner sloth. No more high heels, tight pants or uncomfortable clothing of any kind. …

Can we take our kids to the GP now?

October 10th, 2021

During lockdown we are all encouraged to stay home. Some GPs and doctors require a Covid test before you go to see them, something many kids resist. Even if you don't have to do a Covid test you may be reluctant to go …

What lockdown has really been like pregnant women and new mums

October 7th, 2021

Bringing a new baby home is a very intense, emotional experience. The world shifts on its axis and you have to get used to the new paradigm. Lack of …

Robin Barker: Everything you need to know about breastfeeding

October 6th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Author of Baby LoveRobin Barker has been helping parents for decades. …

Helpline: A 4-year-old missing her mum, dropping day naps and more

October 5th, 2021

Small children and babies aren't always easy to understand. Sometimes they can be totally predictable- going to bed without a fuss, eating their vegetables, and then everything changes. Helpline is here to lend a hand …

What nearly 30 years with primary aged kids taught one parent about happiness

October 4th, 2021

Gail Smith was a principal for 29 years. In that time she saw children grow from their first tentative steps into the kindergarten class to their jubilant graduation in year 6. Over those years Gail learnt a lot about …

Drinking more this lockdown? Here's how to stay on top of it

October 3rd, 2021

Lockdown during the pandemic has led to more stress on parents. Whether you're home schooling or just trying to keep a toddler entertained, the only …

How to raise a gifted and talented child

September 29th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Julie Green is the former Executive Director of the Raising Children …

Helpline: Toddlers testing boundaries, bathing routines for babies and more

September 28th, 2021

When your baby isn't sleeping, or your toddler is throwing food and you've tried everything- is here to help guide you through to a solution that …

Helping small children stay mentally well during the pandemic

September 27th, 2021

We have heard a lot about mental health during the pandemic. It's hit many of us hard. But how about our youngest, least articulate children? Dan …

How not to insult people with a disability

September 26th, 2021

We all know the power of language. Words can hurt, even when the person speaking them has not intended to cause pain. River Night is the Co-Founder of Developing Australian Communities and an expert in the disability …

Helpline in Focus: Toddler behaviour

September 24th, 2021

This week on toddler behaviour expert Stephanie Wicker answers all your questions about tricky toddler behaviour such as:Helpline in Focus
  • A …

How the pandemic has impacted women (particularly mothers)

September 23rd, 2021

No one will get to the end of this pandemic untouched. Everyone has been affected, often in very different ways. But Jamila Rizvi and Helen McCabe from Future Women wanted to take a good look at how it was affecting …

How to manage bed wetting

September 22nd, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Dr Margie Danchin is a paediatrician at the Department of …

Helpline: Babies who wake up through the night and early mornings

September 21st, 2021

It's been a long day and it's finally time to put the baby to sleep, only, she won't. No matter how much you rock her, sing to her or pat her cute little bottom she remains awake and lively. You've tried everything, so …

Organising tips to keep you sane in lockdown

September 20th, 2021

Steph Pase has two children under five, so she knows the chaos of living with small children. She's also very good at organising - both herself and others. She writes at Just another mummy blogand on this episode she …

How to deal with eczema flare-ups in spring

September 19th, 2021

The turning of the season from winter to spring has the promise of bluer skies and warmer weather. It also, unfortunately, brings a multitude of …

Helpline in Focus: Wellbeing in pregnancy, birth and beyond

September 17th, 2021

This week on , parenting coach Karina Lane talks about wellbeing in pregnancy, birth and beyond. This includes:Helpline in Focus
  • Whether a pregnant …

Why women find it hard to say no, and what we can do about it

September 16th, 2021

How are you at saying no to your children or your partner? Author and journalist Grace Jennings-Edquist was a 'yes' woman long before she had her baby. Helping friends, supporting family, attending all the events. Grace …

Understanding and managing toddler tantrums

September 15th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
Toddler tantrums are a fact of life for any parent of a small human. …

Helpline: Night feeds, night weaning and night waking

September 14th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has been helping families for over …

How to raise a non-binary child

September 13th, 2021

Dr Kyl Myers and her partner Brent decided to raise their child Zoomer without a gender. At the time the decision made headlines and caused consternation around the world. But Kyl was ahead of a wave of gender …

How the coronavirus pandemic has impacted sleep

September 12th, 2021

Have you got a small child who is taking longer than usual going to sleep? Maybe you have one who is having more nightmares than usual. You might be the one who is having a restless night. Professor Dorothy Bruck is a …

Helpline in Focus: First foods

September 10th, 2021

Every child is different, which is why it's helpful to speak to an expert about what's going on with your child. This week we chat with paediatric …

How growing your own veggies might just help save the planet

September 9th, 2021

It was after the horrific fires of 2019-2020 that Jade Miles realised she needed to do something. All around her she could see a ground swell of …

What we all need to know about whooping cough

September 8th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.There's nothing quite as terrifying as seeing a newborn baby with …

Helpline: Fussy eating, windy babies, toddler bedtimes and more

September 7th, 2021

Babies aren't born with a manual, but these days there are many, many places where you can find information about everything from feeding to settling. With all this information, how do you find the answers that fit you …

When the message that "breast is best" goes wrong

September 6th, 2021

Fiona Cardillo is a mum who tried everything to succeed with breastfeeding. Leading up to the birth of her child she didn't even consider any other alternatives. After three months of sleepless nights and endless …

Managing anxiety within families during lockdown

September 5th, 2021

We all know we're living through unprecedented times. We know that it's normal to feel unsettled. But knowing and being able to be calm can be two different things. So how can parents help their kids if they are feeling …

Helpline in Focus: Setting healthy boundaries for kids

September 3rd, 2021

This week on parenting educator and obstetrics social worker Genevieve Muir joins us to talk about setting healthy boundaries for kids in lockdown. …

Mitch Tambo on fatherhood and healing

September 2nd, 2021

Mitch Tambo shot to fame in when he sang John Farnham's in the Gamilaraay language. This Father's Day he's celebrating the impending birth of his …

What vitamins should you take during pregnancy?

September 1st, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Dr David Addenbrooke is an obstetrician and co-author of 9 months, …

Helpline: Toddler tantrums, small kids struggling with lockdown and more

August 31st, 2021

Babies and small children are growing and changing every day. Sometimes they change so quickly that what worked one day no longer works the next. is here to give you the guidance you need to get back on track. This …

Is laser surgery the miracle cure for incontinence?

August 30th, 2021

Pelvic floor problems are common after childbirth, but not everyone understands where to go for help. Many women just accept that this kind of damage is just what happens after a vaginal birth. But what are the best …

Why are we sending our most vulnerable kids back to school?

August 29th, 2021

If you have a child in primary school in NSW you might be cheering that we finally have a plan for getting kids back to school. But the Premier's …

Helpline in Focus: Self care for parents in lockdown

August 27th, 2021

This week on author, matrescence expert and mindfulness coach Amy Taylor-Kabbaz joins out how we can manage to look after ourselves in the midst of …

What dating's really like after marriage and kids

August 26th, 2021

Many parents who are together or married today got together before online dating was in full swing. For those who have separated and just starting to …

What to do when your baby is throwing food

August 25th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.When children are a certain age, every meal can be a challenge. Jess …

Helpline: Early morning toddlers, co-sleeping transitions, tummy time and more

August 24th, 2021

Whether your baby is having all night dance parties or your toddler has decided they are rebel without a cause, is here to help you get life back on track. Every week we invite an expert on the show to help guide …

How to separate well after kids

August 23rd, 2021

People don't get married expecting to separate, but when it happens, can you do it peacefully? Kirsty Salvestro is a family lawyer and author of What …

How are the homeless surviving the pandemic?

August 22nd, 2021

Times are fairly dire right now, with the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreading across the country. Most of what we need has moved online - from grocery shopping to education and social connection. But what about …

Helpline in Focus: Nurturing relationships in lockdown

August 20th, 2021

This week on Elisabeth Shaw, Clinical and counselling psychologist and CEO of Relationships Australia NSW joins us to talk about how we can nurture …

How early learning can help end intergenerational trauma

August 19th, 2021

How do you alleviate trauma that has been over 230 years in the making? How do you heal emotional wounds that have been passed down from one generation to another? Emerging Minds and The Healing Foundation believe the …

Are we getting the messaging about breastfeeding wrong?

August 18th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
Danielle Gallegos is a Professor at the Faculty of Health, School of …

Helpline: Fussy eaters, cat nappers, non-toilet-poopers and more

August 17th, 2021

Times are tough for many in Australia right now, and having a baby or toddler who is not sleeping doesn't help. That's why every week we bring an expert online to answer your questions. Today Mothercraft nurse Chris …

How to raise kind kids

August 16th, 2021

Most parents want their children to be kind, but working out exactly how to do it can be challenging. Social researcher and author of The Kindness …

Why parents need to change the way they talk to kids about obesity

August 15th, 2021

Kasey Edwards is worried about our girls. In her latest book Raising Girls Who Like Themselvesshe researched how young girls feel about themselves …

Helpline in Focus: Managing remote learning in lockdown

August 13th, 2021

This week on primary school teacher, author and mum joins us to talk about how parents can manage remote learning in lockdown. She tackles the …

When autism runs in the family, but you're the last to know

August 12th, 2021

Jess Offer noticed that her daughter was displaying signs of being on the autism spectrum when she was around four years old. At the same time she …

How to use positive discipline with young children

August 11th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following episode is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Young children are yet to properly develop their frontal …

Helpline: Sleep regressions, stretching night sleep cycles and more

August 10th, 2021

When your baby won't sleep through the night and you can't work out why, it can help to ask an expert for guidance. Today baby sleep expert Jo Ryan joins to give parents and carers that guidance. On this episode that …

Should pregnant women be getting the Pfizer vaccine?

August 9th, 2021

Being pregnant and giving birth during a pandemic must be stressful. The rules seem to be shifting constantly - from who you can have in the labour …

Long term breastfeeding - why it's worthwhile and how to make it work

August 8th, 2021

There is a lot of advice out there about how to set up successful breastfeeding with a newborn, but not a lot about how to keep feeding past the …

Helpline in Focus: Managing siblings in lockdown

August 6th, 2021

This week on parenting educator and obstetrics social worker Genevieve Muir joins us to talk about how parents can manage multiple siblings …

What it really takes to adapt to change - unexpected or planned

August 5th, 2021

There's nothing like a new baby to change your perspective on life. As everything around you shifts you can start to question what you're doing with your career. The way you feel about work might surprise you. Then …

An Italian approach to early learning that Australians have come to love

August 4th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following episode is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.There are many different styles of early learning. Reggio …

Helpline: Setting up breastfeeding, sibling rivalry, potty poos and more

August 3rd, 2021

Life with small humans can be busy. Throw a spanner in the works; like a baby who won't sleep or a toddler who keeps throwing their dinner on the …

Why we need to protect our kid's teeth from one year of age

August 2nd, 2021

Dr Michaela Chinotti has a message for parents and carers: your child's teeth are for life. Michaela is a dentist and a health promoter for the

How to keep your relationship on track after kids

August 1st, 2021

Having a baby can be a very exciting time for a couple. Once the baby comes the combination of sleepless nights and steep learning curves can put pressure on your relationship. Elly Taylor is from Becoming Us, a …

Helpline in Focus: Surviving parenting during lockdown

July 30th, 2021

This week on parenting educator and author Maggie Dent joins us to talk about how parents can survive lockdown. She tackles the following …

How parenting can help to change the world

July 29th, 2021

Sometimes the world's problems can be overwhelming. Climate change, refugees, the coronavirus pandemic. When you're parenting small children you can feel like you have no impact at all. But Brooke McAlary believes that …

Why showing up is the most important thing a parent can do

July 28th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following episode is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Dr Dan Siegel is a psychology professor and best selling …

Helpline: Fussy eating, pinching babies, night waking and more

July 27th, 2021

Do you have a baby who is waking constantly through the night? Or a toddler who refuses to get into their car seat? Babies and small children often dance to the beat of their own drum, and it can be challenging to work …

The best music to get babies to sleep

July 26th, 2021

Eli Murray is a composer and dad who has worked on meditation music for Eli talks about how becoming a dad has influenced the way he makes music, and how he puts together the sweetest sounds for your baby to sleep to. …

Youngest ever TED talker's plea to parents

July 25th, 2021

Molly Wright took to the TED talk stage like a natural. She was articulate, passionate and straight-to-the-point. Molly wants parents to understand …

Helpline in Focus: New parent mental health in lockdown

July 23rd, 2021

This week on Dr Nicole Highet from the Centre of Perinatal Excellence joins us to talk about how new parents are coping in lockdown. She tackles the …

How a friendship between two mums helped others feel less alone

July 22nd, 2021

Kate Jones and Mandy Hose met after they both gave birth prematurely to twins. They soon discovered a variety of unique shared experiences. As their friendship bloomed they decided to start a podcast. Too Peas in a …

How to support your child as they explore their gender

July 21st, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following episode is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Former childcare director Denielle Jans talks about how young …

Helpline: Day naps and late bedtimes, sleep after dummies and more

July 20th, 2021

Parenting is not a role that you can put down when you turn off the lights at night. Especially when your children are very young, they can need you …

Understanding your child's dreams

July 19th, 2021

Dreams are curious things. They can be thrilling, frightening or totally confusing. Rose Inserra is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and is the author of Inside your dreams, an advanced …

Everything you need to know about bringing a second baby home

July 18th, 2021

When you bring a second baby home to a toddler it can be very challenging. People may reassure you that you know what you're doing, you've done this all before right? You, however, may feel like parenting a baby was a …

Why we all need to support Ronald McDonald House

July 15th, 2021

Sam was only twelve years old when he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. He lived with his family in Griffith, a seven hour drive to the hospital in …

A guide to sleep in the first year

July 14th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following episode is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
Fran Chavasse is a senior educator at Tresillian and the main …

Helpline: A one-year-old sleep success, separation anxiety and more

July 13th, 2021

When you're awake in the middle of the night, every night, it can be difficult to know how to get back to a full night of sleep. Helpline is here to …

How lockdown has impacted carers in Australia

July 12th, 2021

Most parents facing lockdown and homeschooling start pacing rapidly, pulling out tuffs of hair. Being forced to stay at home with small children, …

Maggie Dent on parenting in the 21st Century

July 11th, 2021

Maggie Dent is the parenting educator you want to listen to. With multiple books and the moniker of "The Queen of Common Sense" Maggie has spent many …

Helpline in Focus: Coping with Lockdown

July 9th, 2021

This week on Karen Young, parenting educator and founder of the Hey Sigmund website offers some advice for parents dealing with lockdown. She …

How Aunty Rhonda is dreaming for a new generation

July 8th, 2021

Aunty Rhonda Collard-Spratt has collaborated with her friend Jacki Ferro to write a book to connect children with the ancient history and wisdom of …

How to help your child with the common cough

July 7th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following episode is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.While we are all keeping our eye out for Covid 19 symptoms …

Helpline: Transitioning to one day nap and weaning off dummies and bottles

July 6th, 2021

Trying to find out why your baby or child isn't sleeping, eating properly or throwing multiple tantrums can be confusing when there is so much …

Does my child need to play sport?

July 5th, 2021

These days children seem to be over-scheduled with activities every day of the week. From gymnastics to soccer to piano and more. Parents are run off …

How to support grieving parents

July 4th, 2021

It's an uncomfortable subject but the truth is stillbirth and miscarriage in Australia is not an uncommon experience. It can be difficult to know how …

Helpline in Focus: Toilet training

July 2nd, 2021

This week on toilet training expert Monica Ferrie takes us through the best ways to tackle toilet training. She answers the following …

Why becoming a single mother could be a gift

July 1st, 2021

Jacinta Tynan is a journalist, presenter and author. Several years ago she also became a single mother. Through years of lived experience and research she's come to see becoming a single mother has been the making of …

Everything you need to know about constipation

June 30th, 2021

Feed Play LoveThe following episode is a highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
Margie Danchin is a consultant paediatrician within the …

Helpline: Night weaning, linking sleep cycles, sleep quotas and more

June 29th, 2021

Getting babies to sleep through the night, or toddlers to follow instructions, isn't always the easiest thing to do. Throw in a couple of sleep …

The secret to setting boundaries (and sticking to them)

June 28th, 2021

How good are you at setting healthy boundaries? Do you find it easy to tell your partner when it's their turn to settle the baby at night, or to tell your toddler you are having some 'me' time? Setting boundaries can be …

Why thyroid problems affect more women than men

June 27th, 2021

What do you know about your thyroid? Do you know the symptoms of an over or under-active thyroid? Dr Rosie Worsley is an endochrinologist …

Helpline in Focus: Ideal sleep practices for babies

June 25th, 2021

This week on Mothercraft nurse and lactation consultant Leonie Clements talks about ideal sleep practices for babies. She answers the following …

What would you do to bring your family home?

June 24th, 2021

There are few things as distressing as being separated from your family. Many people have had a taste of what enforced separation from loved ones feels like during the coronavirus pandemic, and some know what it's like …

How to tell if a TV show is good for your kids

June 23rd, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Most parents try to avoid screen-time, but sometimes we all …

Helpline: Troublesome toddlers, one-year sleep challenges and more

June 22nd, 2021

The truth of being a parent is that every child or baby is different, just like every parent is different. This means that finding the answer for …

How to get back to work after taking a break for kids

June 21st, 2021

Having children doesn't feel like something you can put on your CV. If you've taken time off to raise your children, getting back into the workforce can feel daunting. Aakanksha Dixit is a recruiter at recruitment …

What does an obstetrics social worker do?

June 20th, 2021

There are lots of different people who work in a maternity ward. Chances are you will have contact with a midwife and an obstetrician but not every woman will need an obstetrics social worker. Genevieve Muir is an …

Helpline in Focus: Toddler discipline

June 18th, 2021

This week on child behaviour expert Stephanie Wicker talks about toddler behaviour, and what to do when they're acting out. She answers the …

How to raise a feminist boy

June 17th, 2021

When the #metoo movement spread across the world, the repercussions were felt everywhere from Hollywood to our primary schools. It was public and …

Why we have to let our kids take risks

June 16th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.It can be challenging to let our kids take risks, but Sarah …

Helpline: Toddlers dropping day naps, tantrums, dad rejection and more

June 15th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.In this Helpline from the archives Mothercraft nurse Chris …

What is postpartum psychosis?

June 14th, 2021

Lots of things change when you become a mum - how you live and what you prioritise. Your body changes. And sometimes your mental health changes too, …

The qualities every good parent needs

June 13th, 2021

Most people know when they have been at their parenting best, but have you ever considered that it may be your personal qualities rather than what you do that makes the biggest difference in parenting? Bronwyn Mandile …

Helpline in Focus: Toddler and preschooler sleep challenges

June 11th, 2021

This week on registered nurse and certified sleep consultant Hannah Wallace addresses sleep challenges with toddlers and preschoolers. She answers …

The most obvious key to your wellbeing that we've all been missing

June 10th, 2021

Casey Beros is a health journalist, mum of two and now author of The 'Bad' Girl's Guide to BetterCasey has taken over a decade of working in the health and wellbeing field and distilled it into one book. Several of the …

Why parents need to be the role models when it comes to screen time

June 9th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.How much do you worry about the time your kids spend watching …

Helpline: Cat nappers, night partiers, swearing four-year-olds and more

June 8th, 2021

Sleepless night? Kids throwing tantrums or refusing to eat dinner? When raising children gets hard it helps to turn to an expert for some advice. Today on baby sleep expert Jo Ryan helps guide parents through some …

When is it too old to be toilet training?

June 7th, 2021

Before our children go to school we want them to be able to go to the toilet on their own. So is just prior to school the latest you can be toilet …

How to choose the right child care service for your family

June 6th, 2021

Most parents will use day care, or early learning, for their children at some point. When you’re first choosing an early learning service for your child, it can be confusing. How do you know what makes a “good” service? …

Helpline in Focus: Fussy eating

June 4th, 2021

This week on dietician and paediatric nutritionist Dr Jen Cohen helps parents navigate ways to deal with a fussy eater. She answers the following …

From earthquakes to divorce: One mum's take on managing big moments

June 3rd, 2021

Hannah Davison writes picture books called My Big Moments to help parents guide their children through the tougher times in life. Her own life has given her plenty of experience with this practice. In 2016 she was with …

How to help support a shy child

June 2nd, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Your child's temperament can have a big impact on how they …

Helpline: Speech regression, short day naps, runny noses and more

June 1st, 2021

Babies aren't born with a manual, at least that's what they used to say. Now there are books and websites dedicated to the art of raising children. The one thing that remains constant is that every child is different. …

When children display callous and psychotic behaviours

May 31st, 2021

Chances are your child at some point has displayed behaviour that has shocked you. They may have been unkind to another child or had a fight with their sibling. But these behaviours are often balanced by other displays …

Why your hormones should guide your eating habits

May 30th, 2021

When it comes how we eat, most of us have a fair idea of what is good and what is best avoided. But have you ever considered how your hormones affect …

Helpline in Focus: Juggling children under five

May 28th, 2021

This week on parenting coach and doula Karina Lane answers questions about managing more than one child under five. She answers the following …

From SAS to Survivor to Fatherhood: Mark Wales on life in the fast lane

May 27th, 2021

Mark Wales seems to live his life in extremes. From being a member of Australia's elite Special Air Service to competing in the reality TV show he has always pushed himself to the limit. Not long after leaving the …

What every parent needs to know about allergies

May 26th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
Allergies have been on the rise for the last decade or more. …

Helpline: Bad sleeping habits after reflux and illness, waking toddlers and more

May 25th, 2021

It's fair to say that one of the most important things in life is sleep. At least, that's how it feels when you become a parent and you're getting …

All the talented autistic and dyslexic people you never knew

May 24th, 2021

If you have a child who has been diagnosed as dyslexic or on the autism spectrum you may find yourself at times trying to explain why being different doesn't make them less than their peers. Kids can be sensitive when …

Are our primary schools racist?

May 23rd, 2021

Most primary schools celebrate the different cultures that makeup Australia. Harmony Week is a particular time of the year when children are …

Helpline in Focus: Breastfeeding challenges

May 21st, 2021

This week on midwife and lactation consultant Keren Sharon helps mums through some breastfeeding challenges. She answers the following …

Does birth order affect the way you parent?

May 20th, 2021

Are you the youngest in your family? Perhaps you're the middle, eldest or an only child. We are all born into an existing social structure. That is - …

What is the difference between a nightmare and a night terror?

May 19th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
It can be very unsettling when your child wakes up in the …

Helpline: Toddlers regressing, refusing and not sleeping (plus more)

May 18th, 2021

When we have babies or small children sleep can be a challenge. For both us them. It can also be hard to know how to navigate our way through things like fussy eating or tantrums. is here to guide you through the more …

Why are midwives suffering burnout (and what can we do about it)?

May 17th, 2021

Research has shown that healthy women and babies fare best when under the continuous care of a midwife. We know how important they are, but it appears that we're not supporting midwives enough. Hannah Dahlen is a …

Toilet training children on the spectrum

May 16th, 2021

Toilet training can be tricky when your child is neurotypical, but what happens when your child is on the spectrum? Monica Ferris is a toilet …

Helpline in Focus: Speech development

May 14th, 2021

This week on author and speech pathologist Sonia Bestulic helps parents understand their child's speech development. She helps parents with the …

The dark side of donor conception every parent needs to know

May 13th, 2021

Sarah Dingle was 27 when she found out that her dad was not her biological father. She wasn't adopted, but donor-conceived. While donated eggs, sperm …

How to help your little one deal with disappointment

May 12th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
In this episode from our archive former childcare director …

Helpline: Toilet training terrors, day naps gone awry and more

May 11th, 2021

Raising small children and babies can be a tough gig. It gets hard when you can't work out a way through sleepless nights, fussy eating and tantrums. Sometimes it's a short phase, and at others it feels never ending. …

Want to earn an income at home? Here's how

May 10th, 2021

Jody Allen founded her business Stay at Home Mumafter being made redundant nine years ago. Now she wants to help other parents learn how to make their business ideas become a reality. Her book Earn at home mumgives mums …

Why you shouldn't give your baby too many lamb chops

May 9th, 2021

Protein is an important part of a baby's diet, but new research from Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition has linked too much protein with obesity later in the child's life. Dr Jazzmin Zheng from the …

The impact of being born prematurely

May 6th, 2021

With the help of modern science and medicine 27,000 babies are born premature in Australia. A premature birth is considered a live birth under 37 weeks of gestation. While this is a small miracle that allows parents to …

What is going on with your baby's poo?

May 5th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
It's amazing how fascinating poo can be once you have your …

Helpline: Dropping day naps, transitioning to a big bed, bed fear and more

May 4th, 2021

When you're raising babies and small humans you start to understand it's the little things that count. Like day naps, and the hours between awake times through the night or whether a dummy will help or hinder your baby …

Is adrenal fatigue real?

May 3rd, 2021

Go surfing through websites that focus on mums and it won't take long until you come across the expression "adrenal fatigue". It's a condition that apparently occurs when women are stressed and tired. Sound familiar? It …

New research shows that smacking changes your child's brain

May 2nd, 2021

Most parents today know that smacking your kids is not a good idea, and now new research out of Harvard University in the United States has shown that it actually changes your child's brain. Dr Vanessa Lapointe is a …

Understanding how to raise Generation Alpha

April 29th, 2021

Previous generations have been labelled Builders, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Millenials or Gen Z. Now, according to social researcher Mark McCrindle, we are raising Generation Alpha. While many hate the labels and …

Getting intimacy back after having children

April 28th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.Desiree Spierings is a sex therapist and relationship …

Helpline: Weaning, feeding, bad dreams and more

April 27th, 2021

Parenting can be the ultimate multi-skilling experience. Just when you think you've got one skill down pat (eg: feeding) it's time to learn another …

Does your child have eczema?

April 26th, 2021

Eczema can be an irritating skin condition that makes small children miserable. GP Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko explains what Eczema is and what to do about it if your child has it.

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New guidelines to help prevent perineal tears after childbirth

April 25th, 2021

Perineal tears during vaginal deliveries are common, and many heal well without problem. But five percent of women having their first vaginal birth will suffer from a third or fourth degree perineal tear. These kinds of …

One woman's incredible journey to parenthood

April 22nd, 2021

Just how much did you want to become a parent? How long would you keep trying, how many paths would you pursue in order to have your own family? …

How being diagnosed early with autism changed one little girl's life

April 21st, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.
This episode from the archive is the second of a four-part …

Helpline: Managing tired and tantruming toddlers, dummies and more

April 20th, 2021

When you've been up all night trying to get a baby to sleep remembering where you left your keys is challenging, let alone working out how to solve …

Learn the slow and simple way to cook delicious winter meals

April 19th, 2021

Alyce Alexandra wants to let you in on a secret: slow-cookers are the best invention They help you to cook yummy meals with a minimal amount of preparation. Just chuck your ingredients in the slow-cooker and by the …

The simple steps needed to reduce stillbirth in Australia

April 18th, 2021

It's a difficult topic to talk about but something Red Nose Australiais determined we all know about: Stillbirth rates in Australia haven't changed …

Finding it hard to self care? You need this book

April 15th, 2021

Chrissie Swan describe the words in Days Like Theseas "a knowing hug of reassurance". Which is exactly how author Pip Lincolne wants you to feel. …

So your child has been diagnosed with autism: what now?

April 14th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.This episode from the archive is the final of a four-part …

Helpline: Three-month-old sleeping patterns, settling babies and more

April 13th, 2021

is having a short break over Easter. In the mean time we’ve dug out some of our favourite episodes. In this Mothercraft Nurse Chris Minogue …

The surprising thing you never knew about VBACs

April 12th, 2021

Vaginal births after cesareans (or VBACs) are not common in Australia. Most women in Australia who have had a cesarean (emergency or planned) will elect to have another cesarean for any subsequent births. But according …

How to deal with the mean kid in your life

April 11th, 2021

Children spend a lot of time in their own world. Whether it's at day care or primary school, it's hard to know what's always going on. So when your …

What life is like with five daughters, three rescue cats and two rescue dogs

April 8th, 2021

Candice Meisels already had four daughters when she and her husband decided to adopt a fifth. Along with her five daughters she looks after three rescue cats and two rescue dogs, plus she has her own PR business. …

Autism can be difficult to understand, so what is the spectrum?

April 7th, 2021

The following episode is a Feed Play Love highlight episode, back due to popular demand.This episode from the archive is the second of a four-part …

Helpline: First child challenges, a five-month-old night waking and more

April 6th, 2021

is having a short break over Easter. In the mean time we've dug out some of our favourite episodes. In this Mothercraft Nurse Chris Minogue …

Tips and tricks to get on top of your family's budget

April 5th, 2021

Not many people like to talk about money. But the truth is, when you feel financially secure, you also feel free. Having small children can often mean that your budget is tight. Effie Zahos is the editor-at-large of and …

Tired? Low in iron? Here's what you need to know

April 4th, 2021

If you're a woman and you feel more tired than normal, chances are you're low in iron. Perhaps it's time to get an iron infusion, or is it? Should we …

Jules Sebastian on the impact of idol and the power of being yourself

April 1st, 2021

Oscar Wilde once said "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." It is a quote that fits with the way Jules Sebastian lives. A young woman when …

Highlight: What happens when your child is diagnosed with autism

March 31st, 2021

This episode from the archive is the first of a four part series exploring the autism spectrum through lived experience and the professionals who …

Helpline: Lots of children who won't stay in their beds, cat-nappers and more

March 30th, 2021

Professional advice when you're navigating the depths of sleep deprivation can give you a way to a better night's sleep for both you and your child. …

All you need to know about pregnancy cravings and morning sickness

March 29th, 2021

In popular media a woman experiencing a pregnancy craving is likely to want something bizarre like a pickle on a donut. Most of us have craved things …

Why teaching about consent needs to start from childhood

March 28th, 2021

This year we are all talking about consent. Parents are worried that their teenagers are struggling with what it means. Do boys respect girls when they say 'no'? Do girls understand their own right to say no? Jayneen …

If a mum of a special needs child can make time for self care, so can you

March 25th, 2021

Mums are often told to make time for themselves, to make sure they get in their own 'self care'. Adele Maree's son Zayden was born with complex …

Highlight: How to deal with challenging behaviour in toddlers

March 24th, 2021

Toddlers are adorable. They can also be defiant and stubborn. Margie Danchin is a paediatrician at Murdoch Children's Research Institute. In this highlight from the archive she explains how to manage challenging …

Helpline: Newborn sleep patterns, day naps, toilet training and more

March 23rd, 2021

When your baby isn't sleeping or your toddler won't get in the car seat, where do you turn for advice? Sometimes a friend or sibling may have the …

The essential ingredient our education system needs to succeed

March 22nd, 2021

Parents across Australia will debate the best school for their children, based on a school's academic results. But what if the best indicator of a …

Is taking melatonin the solution to all our sleeping woes?

March 21st, 2021

If you have trouble sleeping (and it's not due to a crying baby) chances are you've heard of melatonin as a drug. Melatonin is a hormone, but it's also something some people take to help them sleep. Some parents are …

How tired mums can boost their energy in just two weeks

March 18th, 2021

Being a mum can also equate to feeling perpetually tired. Lack of sleep is hard to avoid. There's also running after small children and juggling all the commitments of modern parenting. But Dr Amy Shah doesn't believe …

Highlight: How to manage anxiety in children

March 17th, 2021

In this episode from the archive parenting educator Karen Young from Hey Sigmundexplains how to talk to kids about anxiety, and how we can support them if they're going through it.

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Helpline: Bed-wetting, bed-refusal, baby-blisters and more

March 16th, 2021

Every baby is different, so finding the right advice online to help you overcome your particular challenge can be tricky. That's where offers …

Living in harmony with your four-footed-friend

March 15th, 2021

Having your own babies and then introducing a fur-baby to your family, or having a fur-baby and then bringing home a human one can be fraught. Jen Tate and her husband Ryan are dog trainers who previously worked in zoos …

How to tell if your child has dyslexia (and what to do about it)

March 14th, 2021

How can you tell if a child is learning to read at a normal pace, or if it's something that needs more support? Georgina Perry is the Executive Officer of SPELD NSW, a not-for-profit organisation that supports children …

Birth from a doctor's perspective

March 11th, 2021

In Australia there are a number of ways you can give birth. You can use shared-care with your GP and hospital, go through a midwifery group practice, have an obstetrician or birth at home with a midwife. Dr Hayley Worth …

Feed Play Love Highlight: How you can reduce your credit card debt

March 10th, 2021

In this episode from the archives, the former editor of Money MagazineEffie Zahos talks about how we can all reduce our credit card debt.

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Helpline: Crying fits, sleeping issues with small children, teeth and more

March 9th, 2021

When you're sleep deprived it's very challenging to work out why your baby (or small child) is not sleeping. is here to help you see a way through to …

The impact of the Covid pandemic on early learning

March 8th, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that learning, from kindergarten to university, was interrupted at various times. There's been a lot of talk about …

Is Australia about to have a measles outbreak?

March 7th, 2021

As the Covid 19 vaccine continues to roll out across the country, falling rates of diseases some might have thought eradicated are making a …

What being transgender meant to one child

March 4th, 2021

Nevo Zisin has had a number of "coming out" moments. Nevo has come out as lesbian, then transgender and now sits comfortably with being non-binary. …

Highlight: How to help your child develop a growth mindset

March 3rd, 2021

Having a "growth mindset" is another way of addressing resilience with our children. But it turns out that kids are more likely to have a growth mindset than we are. Stephanie Wicker from Simply Kids breaks down what it …

Helpline Highlight: Babies who prefer mum over dad, travelling sleep routines and more

March 2nd, 2021

In this episode from the archives Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue tackles the following challenges:
  • A 22-month-old who won’t let dad do anything
  • Sleep …

Highlight: How to empower your children and keep them safe

March 1st, 2021

When it comes to protecting our kids from sexual abuse, the dominant conversation tends to be about the perpetrators. Parents today grew up with warnings about 'stranger danger', but it turns out that we need to be more …

What's going on with witching hour? (and how can we stop it?!!)

March 1st, 2021

There comes a time - it could be late afternoon or early evening - when babies seem to go through a very particular type of meltdown. This period has …

Here's what you need to know about postnatal rage

February 28th, 2021

Becoming a parent can turn your world upside down in both good and not-so-good ways. But when we talk about the emotions you can experience, rage doesn't get mentioned much (if at all). Rage is defined by the Cambridge …

Why is no one talking about the reality of gender disappointment?

February 25th, 2021

Sarah Fowler is a mum of two girls, a birth photographer, and someone who understands the deep shame that some parents feel if they don't get the baby of their desired gender. She says that it is the guilt over those …

Highlight: How to love your post-baby body

February 24th, 2021

Making a baby changes your body. Despite all the Instagram influencers and celebrities who would have you believe you can "bounce back" from birth, …

Helpline: Toddlers refusing to go to bed, not getting out of nappies and more

February 23rd, 2021

If you're looking for some advice on how to help restless babies sleep, young toddlers use the toilet or nappers sleep for longer stretches, …

The one thing all parents need to know

February 22nd, 2021

Sam Jockel founded Parent TVbecause she was looking for answers. Answers on how to parent well while she was raising her own children. Over several years she started to see patterns - things that parents wanted to know, …

The new online resource teaching dads how to parent well

February 21st, 2021

When it comes to learning best parenting practice, women tend to be the ones to buy the book, or turn up to the event. That's according to research by Richard Fletcher and Emily Freeman. Further research by the Movember …

Does growing up with two languages help or hinder our children?

February 18th, 2021

Australia is full of different cultures and languages, but what does it mean to grow up balancing your linguistic heritage with English? Does it open …

Highlight: The best way to do pocket money

February 17th, 2021

Financial literacy is something kids can start learning from an early age, but is pocket money the way to teach them? Parenting educator and author

Helpline: Early rising toddlers and babies who are not sleeping or feeding well

February 16th, 2021

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue is one of expertsThe Parent School's . With over thirty years experience there aren't many situations that she hasn't …

Parents aren't taking enough risks, here's how to without having a hernia

February 15th, 2021

Kids today live a much more sheltered life than their parents did, and it's having an impact on their ability to deal with adversity. Daisy Turnbull …

Maggie Dent: Boys and guns

February 14th, 2021

Does your boy like to play with guns? How do you feel about it? Most parents want their boys to grow up to be good, empathetic men - so does playing …

Why parents are lonely

February 11th, 2021

Have you ever felt surrounded by people, yet still completely alone? When you are a new parent you can find yourself in crowds but still isolated. At …

Highlight: When do little people start making friends?

February 10th, 2021

Some children are big talkers and others are quite shy, so how do children start learning social skills like listening and taking part in conversation and games? In this interview with Denielle Jans (formerly the …

Helpline: Night-waking toddlers, tantrums and the pros and cons of dummies

February 9th, 2021

Parents tend not to use the expression "sleep like a baby" if it's referencing someone who is sleeping soundly. As one midwife put it "babies are born to feed not sleep". is here to help you manage your baby's sleep …

How to tell when your baby is healthy

February 8th, 2021

As parents, we can be hyper-vigilant when it comes to our baby's health. Unfortunately that can mean we're often looking for signs they are unwell, rather than noticing when they are healthy. Dianne Zalitis is the …

Insider cleaning secrets from the best cleaners of all - mums

February 7th, 2021

Most people don't enjoy cleaning, even if they like the end result of their efforts. Rachael Hallett and Karlie Suttie met online when their interest …

Ancient birth practices in modern labour

February 4th, 2021

Historically speaking, women and babies did not do well out of child birth. Without the advances in medicine today, many women died of complications. Around a quarter of infants died before their first birthdays. But …

Highlight: Tips and tricks for packing a yummy lunchbox

February 3rd, 2021

Packing a lunch box every day can test the limits of your culinary creativity. Allie Gaunt from One Handed Cookshas some tips and tricks for packing …

Helpline: Sleep regressions, toilet training troubles and more

February 2nd, 2021

When you've started boasting about getting two hours sleep in a row, it's time to reach out for some expert help. That's where comes in. Our experts have decades of experience helping babies (and therefore their …

Your body, your rules: Understanding your rights during labour

February 1st, 2021

Jaime-Leigh Hawkins is a doula who says women need to understand their rights in the birthing suite. For Jaime, birth is not a time to hand over …

The secret to raising girls who like themselves

January 31st, 2021

Today's world is not kind to girls. They grow up with a bombardment of social media and advertising that tells them they need to be thin and …

Why a half-arsed parenting movement is what we all need

January 28th, 2021

Parenting today can feel like a competitive sport. You're expected to prepare the most nutritious food, provide the most educational entertainment and be a chauffeur to the activities. Dr Susie O'Brien thinks this is …

Highlight: When to use discipline and how to do it well

January 27th, 2021

Do you have a strong sense of how to discipline your children? If you're caught between appreciating their developing minds, but wanting them to stop smacking you in the face, this interview from the archive is what you …

Helpline: Appropriate consequences for small children, bottle refusal and more

January 26th, 2021

Raising small children can be fun but it's also hard work. Even if you have done this parenting gig before, no two children are the same. Reaching out for support when you face a challenge can make life easier and help …

Why Dads need a defined role when newborns arrive

January 25th, 2021

When you're pregnant you tend to have a good sense of what will be required of you after the baby is born, particularly if you decide to breastfeed. …

What parents need to know about starting "big school"

January 24th, 2021

Starting school can be a big step for both parents and their children. Gabbie Stroud is a former primary school teacher and author of books Teacher

Dealing with serious illness when you have young children

January 21st, 2021

Kate Browne had a thriving career, a lovely husband and two girls (aged nine and twelve) when she found out that she had breast cancer. In the middle of the devastating diagnosis and confusing treatment options she had …

Highlight: Is brushing teeth enough for good dental health?

January 20th, 2021

Getting young children to clean their teeth can be a major chore, but is it enough to protect our children's teeth? And when do you start brushing their little milk teeth anyway? Dr Philippa Sawyer is a Special …

Helpline: Pooping nappers, day sleep refusal and night waking screamers

January 19th, 2021

When it comes to sleep, most parents can't get enough of it. For their babies and for themselves. But sleep isn't always smooth sailing. When your child isn't sleeping it can feel like they never will, but when you have …

Do you have a "Covid Baby"? How the pandemic has impacted new parents

January 18th, 2021

The last year has been isolating and challenging. The impact on new parents has led to some interesting outcomes for babies. Hannah Myers, a sleep …

Do your kids fight all the time? This is what you need to do...

January 17th, 2021

Do your kids squabble all the time? Do they argue over what TV program they watch, or who drank the last bit of milk? Have you ever had to drag your toddler off your baby? Dr Kimberley O'Brien sees lots of siblings who …

Do we owe our children unconditional love?

January 14th, 2021

Motherhood is an all-consuming experience that can raise many questions. In her new fictional thriller The Push author Ashley Audrain explores some uncomfortable ideas. Are the skills of mothering innate? Do we owe our …

Highlight- Laura Markham on how to encourage happy siblings

January 13th, 2021

We all want our kids to get along, but if you have a couple that fight, it can be difficult to know how to manage it. In this diamond from the …

Helpline: Aggressive two-year-olds, juggling sleep sibling schedules and more

January 12th, 2021

Sometimes we know our children so well we can predict exactly what they're going to do and when. At other times their behaviour is so baffling we don't know where to start. It's when we run out of answers that it can …

When having children changes your relationship (and what to do to stay strong)

January 11th, 2021

When we hold our babies in our arms we know life will never be the same. Everything changes, including our relationships. One of the most important …

Staying sane when you're stuck at home with two children

January 10th, 2021

When children are small it can take a lot of effort to get out of the house, particularly when you have a new baby and a toddler. Diane Zalitis is a …

Explainer: The coronavirus vaccine and what it means for parents

January 7th, 2021

The coronavirus vaccine is a hot-button topic right now, as vaccines roll out across the world and parents begin to consider getting the whole family …

Highlight: Justine Clarke on acting, music and raising kids

January 7th, 2021

Justine Clarke is one of Australia's most popular entertainers. She performs for kids, has been in a band, on Playschool and in various serious …

Highlight: Summer stings and how to treat them

January 6th, 2021

Summer is a fun time of year for families. Children get outside more, there's swimming and fossicking in parks. Unfortunately it can also be a time for insects and other creatures that sting and bite. Dr Mark Nethercote …

Helpline: Getting rid of dummies, managing tantrums and defiant children

January 5th, 2021

In our first show back for 2021 we are joined by Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue as we tackle the challenges parents are facing. On this episode …

Highlight: How the Montessori philosophy works in preschool

January 4th, 2021

When it comes to education, there are lots of different philosophies on the best way to teach children. In this episode from the archives Bill Conway,

Should we be setting goals for the New Year?

January 3rd, 2021

Many of us are happy to see the back of 2020, so with such a strange year behind us, should we be setting goals to reach for in 2021? Karen Young is …

How families are torn apart and remade, then remade again

December 17th, 2020

Sue Brierley chose a path that not many people choose. From a very young age she knew she wanted to adopt children, even though she could have her …

Highlight: The simple steps to unlock your child's genius

December 16th, 2020

We all think our children are special, but how do you help them tap into what truly makes them unique? Andrew Fuller is a psychologist who has …

Helpline Highlight: Babies who only sleep in your arms, dummies and more

December 15th, 2020

In this Helpline from the archives Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue answers the following questions:
  • How to get a 16-week-old to sleep in the cot when …

Maggie Dent: How to raise a child with a crappy co-parent

December 14th, 2020

When couples separate and children spend time in two houses, how do you manage if your co-parent is letting the team down? What do you do if they're feeding them copious amounts of junk food, letting them stay up to the …

A new picture book helping Australians find their heart

December 13th, 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the First Nations who have lived on the continent we now call Australia for up to 75 thousand years. In 2017, Indigenous people from all over Australia met at Uluru for a …

Christmas bonus ep: The Dad Kit with Guy Sebastian

December 11th, 2020

A new Babyology podcastdelves into the minds of well-known Aussie dads. In this episode host and dad-of-twins Sean Szeps speaks with musician and …

Mary's last dance, the untold story of the wife from Mao's Last Dancer

December 10th, 2020

Every parent knows that raising children involves sacrifice. Just how much sacrifice depends on many factors. For Mary Li her sacrifice was giving up …

Feed Play Love Highlight: Is my child speaking properly for their age?

December 9th, 2020

In this episode from the archives presenter Shevonne Hunt speaks to speech pathologist Janelle Curry about how language develops, and what we should …

Helpline: Routines and rhythms for the family and napping during long car trips

December 8th, 2020

It's coming to the end of quite a weird and wonderful year, but it's fair to say that babies and small children don't know when it's time to give mum …

How can we help children accept difference?

December 7th, 2020

Every child has the right to an early education that is full of fun, learning and security. Everyone wants their children to belong. But what happens …

Helping kids understand the Black Lives Matter movement

December 6th, 2020

It has been quite a year. The Coronavirus pandemic, the surge in the Black Lives Matter movement following the murder of George Floyd, the American …

Why parents need to laugh more (and judge less)

December 3rd, 2020

Comedian Jenny Wynter says that laughter is the key to making it through hard times. It has helped her when she was a young girl who had just lost her mother and later when she became a mother herself and the challenges …

Feed Play Love Highlight: How to combine two families

December 2nd, 2020

Blended families are very common today, but is it hard to make them work? Georgie Smart combined her family with four children together with her …

Helpline: Moving from cot to bed, toddlers who won't sleep and more

December 1st, 2020

Every parent has their own approach to raising children, but when you are so tired your eyeballs feel like sandpaper, and your patience has completely run out, it's time to speak to an expert. That's where steps in to …

Why kids need to know the truth about bushfires

November 30th, 2020

This time last year Australia was on fire. Everyone was affected by the bushfire season, not just those living in more rural areas. At the time it …

Can mums flip the switch on their anxiety?

November 29th, 2020

According to one in three women will experience anxiety over their lifetime. When you consider what happens in the life of the average mum, it makes …

A family of story tellers and one timeless mystery

November 26th, 2020

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 …

Feed Play Love Highlight: Can you teach resilience?

November 25th, 2020

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

Helpline: Day sleepers/ night wakers, night time party animals and more

November 24th, 2020

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 …

How covid has been hurting our relationships

November 23rd, 2020

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 …

Jess Rowe says that if she can cook meat, anyone can!

November 22nd, 2020

We're not all Masterchef wannabes. Some of us find cooking tedious or a challenge. Jesse Rowe, former Studio 10 presenter and current Crap Housewifewill definitely admit to her substandard skills in the kitchen. But, …

New erotic podcast turns the tables on desire for women

November 19th, 2020

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 …

Feed Play Love Highlight: Dads suffering from post natal depression need help

November 18th, 2020

In this highlight episode from our archives, Shevonne Hunt speaks to Dr Vijay Roach - an obstetrician, gynaecologist and former Chair of the Gidget …

Helpline: Hourly wakings through the night, food refusal and more

November 17th, 2020

Babies and small children can be little mysteries wrapped up in chubby cheeks and winning smiles. When you need help solving your own little mystery …

Why we need our kids to love their brains

November 16th, 2020

Chrissie Davies believes that if we teach our children to love their brains they will be better equipped to live well. The child behaviour expert has worked with children for over twenty years, and strongly believes …

Miscarriage is common, so why is it still such an uncomfortable topic?

November 15th, 2020

Roughly one in five women who know they are pregnant will have a miscarriage, and yet for something so common, it remains a topic rarely discussed. Alice Yu is a medical student at Monash University who conducted a …

Do you have toxic friends? (And how to get rid of them if you do)

November 12th, 2020

Throughout our lives we make different friends. By the time you start your family chances are you've negotiated a few relationships since childhood. But sometimes the friends we make as parents can be the trickiest ones …

Feed Play Love Highlight: Is my child speaking properly for their age?

November 11th, 2020

It's fun watching your child learn how to speak, but sometimes you might notice other kids their age are speaking more. Anna Eagleton is a paediatric …

Helpline: Fear of pooping, veggie refusal, restless babies and more

November 10th, 2020

Whether you're a first time parent or you're doing this for the third (fourth or fifth) time, children have a way of defying your parenting …

Co-founder of Smiling Mind releases book on gratitude for kids

November 8th, 2020

Jane Martino has always believed in the power of meditation and mindfulness. Smiling Mind - the tech based company she co-founded - has spread the …

Why everybody needs good neighbours

November 5th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has taught us the value of good neighbours. But will it be enough to sustain our sense of community beyond this current crisis? Andrew Leigh MP is the Member for Fenner and the co-author with …

Feed Play Love Highlight: How to keep your children safe around dogs

November 4th, 2020

Most children will see a cute dog and immediately want to pat them. But not every cute dog is good with kids.In this episode from the archive we talk to Stephanie Sok, an educator from the RSPCA, about teaching your …

Helpline: Night walking four-year-olds, wakeful six-month-olds and more

November 3rd, 2020

When it comes to babies, they are all individuals. Which means that even if you have two or three children, each one could present you with different …

Simple ways to keep your home a healthy tech zone

November 2nd, 2020

Mobile phones are a part of life. Most of us use it for most things. Booking exercise classes, banking, messaging friends, answering work emails. The list is endless. Having the ability to do so many things in one place …

What is Chinese medicine and how can it help mums?

November 1st, 2020

Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years and is very different from the traditional medicine most Australians are used to. But Georgina Barrow and her business partner Anita Dokoza believe that this type …

Jamila Rizvi: Why kids have been the little heroes of the pandemic

October 29th, 2020

Jamila Rizvi is an articulate political commentator, but during the pandemic she found it difficult to explain what was going on to her four-year-old …

Feed Play Love Highlight: How to use positive discipline

October 28th, 2020

Children need boundaries to thrive. When they are new borns this isn't your main concern, but then you emerge from the sleep deprived funk of …

Helpline:Toddlers who only nap in cars, babies who sleep on the breast and more

October 27th, 2020

Is your baby waking through the night? Is your toddler throwing food in your face? Do you have a child who likes to scramble into bed beside you every night? Raising children raises many questions, and not all of them …

Maggie Dent: The right time for kids to start school

October 26th, 2020

As a rather strange year rolls slowly to a close, you may be looking forward to next year. For some parents, that means thinking about their children …

Is it possible to prevent a fussy eater?

October 25th, 2020

There's nothing quite as satisfying as watching a child eat with a healthy appetite. The reverse is also true. When a child is fussy you can hover over them at the dinner table, hoping against hope that they will eat …

Turia Pitt on how to be happy

October 22nd, 2020

For the last ten years people have been asking Turia Pitt how to be happy. She suspects this might really be a question about how has managed to be …

Feed Play Love Highlight: What is the right age to start swimming lessons?

October 21st, 2020

Australia is a country full of people who love to swim. As the weather heats up children will be leaping gleefully into pools, lakes, dams and the …

Helpline: Pram sleepers, toddler snackers, night wakers and more

October 20th, 2020

Children and babies dance to the beat of their own drum. Sometimes you know the song, at others you've got no idea what's going on. When working out why your child is not sleeping, eating or listening it can help to get …

Outside the Lines: A new podcast expanding our kids' artistic horizons

October 19th, 2020

How do you define art? And how does that definition influence the role of art in your life? Chances are it's quite different to what your kids think, …

What impact is the coronavirus pandemic having on our kids?

October 18th, 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has not hit everyone equally. Those that live in Melbourne, who have underlying health conditions or are close to elderly family or family overseas and those who have lost their …

An unlikely friendship that changed the world

October 15th, 2020

When it comes to a life well lived you can't get much more impressive than Dr Catherine Hamlin. Catherine spent her life treating obstetric fistulas …

Feed Play Love Highlight: Pinky McKay on returning to work

October 14th, 2020

Returning to work when you have a small baby can feel daunting. There are sleep schedules to consider (your own, as well as your baby's!!) and …

Helpline: Sleep schedules for babies, starting 'big' school, biting and more

October 13th, 2020

Where do you turn when your baby won't sleep, your toddler is biting you or your threenager is refusing to use the toilet? Helpline has the experts to help guide you through the trickier parts of parenting. Today sleep …

How to tell if your child is ready to read

October 12th, 2020

There are many different ways to tell if your child is ready for school. Most of them involve social skills like paying attention, making friends or …

Why your baby's gut health is important (and how you can best support it)

October 11th, 2020

Food allergies for children have been on the rise in Australia over the last decade. After a frightening experience with his own daughter, Paediatric …

A polar bear floats in to Sydney harbour...

October 8th, 2020

Beck Feiner and her husband Robin Feiner have teamed up again for a new picture book The Polar Bear in Sydney HarbourIt's a lighthearted tale that …

Feed Play Love Highlight: Putting mums' mental health first

October 7th, 2020

When you have a baby or a small child to care for chances are you put their needs before your own. If you review your 'to do' list, chances are 'time …

Helpline on holiday: Breastfeeding tips with Natasha Lunn

October 6th, 2020

With Helpline on a long weekend we are bringing in an expert from Babyology's , lactation consultant Natasha Lunn. Natasha talks about the most …

The best way to handle your kid's tricky behaviours

October 5th, 2020

How would you describe your child's behaviour? If words like competitive, manipulative, dramatic or demanding pop up, chances are you have a child …

The Epipen is your friend: How adrenaline works

October 4th, 2020

With childhood allergies on the rise, there are more children walking around with Epipens. But if your child isn't allergic, do you know what to do with one? Heidi Young is a nurse specialist in allergy and founder of

When PTSD fallout affects the whole family

October 1st, 2020

Simon Gillard was a police officer for sixteen years. In that time he saw the worst and most vulnerable side of humanity. It took its toll. Suffering …

What do dads really feel about fatherhood?

September 30th, 2020

When mums get together we're generally pretty open about our parenting experiences. But how often have you talked to a dad about how he feels about …

Helpline: Daytime nap regressions, five-year-old tantrums and more

September 29th, 2020

Babies and small children can be little mysteries at times. Why do they start waking in the middle of the night? Or start throwing food on the floor? …

Do parents really have time to meditate?

September 28th, 2020

Unless you've been living under a rock you will have heard about the benefits of living mindfully. Part of the process can include meditation. But …

How a bear in space can help kids feel less alone

September 27th, 2020

Deborah Abela is a children's author and teacher who wants kids to feel comfortable in their own skin. Her latest picture book A Bear in Space is a light-hearted tale about being different and finding your own tribe. …

Feed Play Love Highlight: Raising a deaf child

September 24th, 2020

What is it like to raise a deaf child when you have no experience in sign language or deaf culture? Would you embrace your child's different ability, …

Feed Play Love Highlight: How to deal with whining kids

September 23rd, 2020

Children can be very self involved, which may be developmentally appropriate, but it also means they are completely oblivious to how annoying it is …

Helpline: Toddlers hitting, waking at night, dropping day naps and more

September 22nd, 2020

Raising children can be challenging, particularly when you're not sleeping. is here to guide you through the rougher parts. Today sleep consultant Jo …

Feed Play Love Highlight: Why couples need to talk about money

September 21st, 2020

When it comes to living a good life, you can't ignore the role that money plays. But many couples don't talk about money, or if they do, it's to give …

R_Are extra curricular activities a good thing for kids?

September 20th, 2020

Children today have a huge range of activities to choose from. Parents are often rushing from one extra curricular activity to the next. But are …

Why dads need more support

September 17th, 2020

When it comes to preparation for birth, it's fair to say that most of the information targets mums. But dads are expected to be more involved than …

R_The magic power of showing up

September 16th, 2020

There are many different books telling parents how to raise their children well. There are different styles of parenting, ways of managing their behaviour. Now bestselling author Dr Dan Siegel says he has found the …

Helpline highlights: How to stop bed sharing, fighting twins and more

September 15th, 2020

Helpline is taking a break this week, so we have found one of our favourite Helpline episodes with Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue. On this episode …

Can children really learn empathy through video games?

September 14th, 2020

Empathy is a human emotion that involves connecting with other humans. So can such an intrinsically human experience be taught through computer …

Is swearing in front of kids a big deal?

September 13th, 2020

Where do you stand when it comes to swearing? Are there some words you say in front of your kids and others you swallow? How do you feel if let a swear word slip? Dr Matt Beard is a fellow at the Ethics Centre and a …

Rising Heart: One woman's tale of kidnapping, asylum and salvation

September 10th, 2020

Aminata Conteh-Biger was born in Sierra Leone to a prosperous family. Then in 1999 when she was 18 years old her life changed forever. That was when …

R_Teaching children about body safety

September 9th, 2020

We all want our children to be safe, but how do we go about it? What is age-appropriate language and how do you explain body-safety without scaring your child? Lily Isobella is a sex educator and advocate for …

Helpline: Sleep regression after arrival of new baby, bath refusal and more

September 8th, 2020

When you have a baby it can feel like you haven't slept in an eternity. And while babies are born to feed, not sleep, there comes a time when a few …

Why music is the best gift to give your child

September 7th, 2020

Reading, writing, maths, language. All of these skills are improved with the addition of music. That's according to a new book by Dr Anita Collins

Bringing a baby home to a blended family

September 6th, 2020

Giving birth for the first time can be overwhelming. There's a precious new life to care for, new skills to learn and sleep deprivation. But what happens when you're bringing a baby home to a blended family? How can you …

The life-changing experience of teaching in a remote school

September 3rd, 2020

Peter O'Brien was only twenty when he accepted a post in Weabonga, a town two-days travel from Armidale in NSW. He had eighteen students aged between …

Cooking for your pregnant partner

September 2nd, 2020

If you're not carrying a child, it can feel like you're not really involved in the pregnancy. Former Master Chef contestant Aaron Harvie discovered …

Helpline: When toilet training goes awry, toddlers waking at night and more

September 1st, 2020

When you have small children and things are tough it's hard to have enough perspective to set things back on course. That's where our experts come into their own. On today's episode Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue helps …

The true cost of separation

August 31st, 2020

When it comes to break-ups, money might be the last thing on your mind. If you're a parent, chances are you're thinking about your children and how they are going to handle the family separation. But there are ways of …

Why mums don't want to talk about breastfeeding problems

August 30th, 2020

Breastfeeding doesn't come naturally to everyone. In fact, most women struggle at some point in their breastfeeding experience. And yet we don't talk a lot about how challenging feeding a baby can be. According to

Can little boys wear skirts too?

August 27th, 2020

When Scott Stuart's little boy wanted to wear his Elsa costume to the movies, Scott made a decision. It was one that challenged his own upbringing …

R_The problem with homework

August 26th, 2020

Many primary school teachers will tell you that homework is not mandatory. Yet children are still sent home with different amounts of work to do. So …

Helpline: How to stop rocking a baby to sleep, night toilet training and more

August 25th, 2020

The world might be battling a pandemic, but children don't know the difference. For our smallest humans the world keeps on turning, and each day can bring new challenges. If your baby's not sleeping, or your toddler …

Can you do the COVID pivot?

August 24th, 2020

In May this year the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures showing that almost one million Australians have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. That's not including people who have had their …

Telehealth a boon for new mums

August 23rd, 2020

It's not easy to get out of the house when you are a new mum with a new baby. Right when you get to the door they could have their first bowel …

When is it time to leave a marriage?

August 20th, 2020

Monogamous relationships aren't always easy and when children come along your partnership can change. But when is that change so great it's time to …

R_Maggie Dent: How to raise resilient boys

August 19th, 2020

How do you raise a boy well? We're living in a time when what is expected of men is very different to when we were growing up. How do we help our precious sons to become good men. Maggie Dent has raised four small boys …

Helpline: Sleepless babies, dropping day naps, babies who don't crawl and more

August 18th, 2020

Each week we have a Babyology expert join us to help you find a way through sleepless nights and unruly behaviour. This week Mothercraft nurse and …

Why Aussie women need greater pelvic support after birth

August 17th, 2020

When it comes to vaginal birth, you can't get a more important set of muscles than the sling that makes up your pelvic floor. But it's also one of the most overlooked part of a mother's health in her postnatal check …

Advice for new dads still relevant twenty-five years later

August 16th, 2020

Twenty-five years ago Peter Downey was a new dad trying to find his way through parenthood. He wrote a book called So You're Going to be a Dad

How do you co-parent during a global pandemic?

August 13th, 2020

Co-parenting can be challenging when life is normal. Trying to manage a separated family while under lockdown or social distancing restrictions can be even more challenging. So what is the best way to navigate the …

R_Helping kids learn to read

August 12th, 2020

Learning to read can be tough, for both kids and their parents. Literacy expert Brian Caswell from Mindchamps believes it takes patience and time, but the rewards are great for everyone. Brian explains how you can best …

Helpline: Gagging toddlers, dropping night feeds, fear-of-the-dark and more

August 11th, 2020

Sometimes when your baby or child is going through a challenging situation, it can feel like you've tried everything. That's when it's time to ask an expert, like Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue.Chris has had over …

Peter and Bridget Helliar want you to go on holiday

August 10th, 2020

Life with small children isn't always conducive for big trips overseas. There is more luggage, sleep schedules to consider and it can all just feel …

What the coronavirus pandemic has done to the way we drink

August 9th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has led to some positive improvements in health and well being. Parents have reported spending more time with their kids, …

What really matters for children when it comes to their family

August 6th, 2020

Families come in all shapes and sizes, but for some reason the nuclear 'traditional' family is still seen by some as the way all families are meant …

Should children be wearing face masks?

August 5th, 2020

Face masks are now mandatory for Melbournians, and the NSW Premiere has strongly recommended that her State mask-up when shopping or on public transport. It feels like we are all moving to a more consistent use of …

Poll reveals how Aussie families have been affected by the pandemic

August 5th, 2020

It's almost six months into the coronavirus pandemic and there are no signs that life will be returning to normal just yet. In June the Royal …

Helpline: Weaning toddlers, dummy dramas, daddy issues and more

August 4th, 2020

Like a toddler who gets too attached to their bedtime bottle, or another who can't sleep without their dummy. Whatever age or stage your child is at, we're here to help. This week paediatric nurse and sleep expert Jo …

New study helping parents manage challenging toddlers

August 3rd, 2020

Most parents appreciate that the toddler years can be tough. Our little humans are designed to push boundaries at this stage of their lives. But sometimes it can be too much to handle. Dr Jane Kohlhoff from the …

How parents can help end the loneliness of autism

August 2nd, 2020

How would you feel if your child was never invited to birthday parties? Or worse, if they had their own party but no other kids showed up? Katherine …

Every family has their secrets

July 30th, 2020

Family histories can be a fascinating mix of fact and fiction, depending on who is telling the stories.Brad Argent is a family historian and researcher at He strongly believes that when we look into our …

R_Can you avoid a fussy eater?

July 29th, 2020

When your baby starts solids it's exciting to watch them explore different tastes and textures. But sometimes our children will decide they don't …

Helpline: Toddler day naps, early toilet training, early risers and more

July 28th, 2020

When life gets challenging with your small humans it can help to have an expert give you some guidance. Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue joins us on …

Parenting in extraordinary times

July 27th, 2020

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, it could be argued that we are parenting in extraordinary times. The rapid pace of technology, the so-called …

How to help kids manage their anger

July 26th, 2020

When your child is a toddler you learn that tantrums are a normal part of their development. As they grow older you may start to wonder why they are …

Walking: The unsung hero of the exercise pantheon

July 23rd, 2020

Jono Lineen is in love with walking. He is in love with walking that he wrote a book about it, it's called Perfect Motion, How Walking Makes Us Wiser

R_Understanding your baby's sleep in the first year

July 22nd, 2020

Babies go through so much change in the first year. Sometimes it can feel that they change in a day! One of the biggest challenges can be understanding why sleep patterns change during this time, especially given when …

Helpline: Toilet training, separation anxiety, wakeful twins and more

July 21st, 2020

It's a cliche but babies really don't come with a manual. And even when you've read all the books and googled all the problems, sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Karina Lane is a parenting coach, a postnatal …

Kindness, play and friendship: Fifty seasons of Sesame Street in Australia

July 20th, 2020

These days quality children's content is not hard to come by, but some of the best shows have been broadcasting for decades. This year, Sesame Street is celebrating fifty seasons in Australia. Autumn Zitani is a Content …

How families can manage financial insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic

July 19th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has not impacted all families equally. Some families will be living as they always have while others will be battening down the hatches as they try to recover from job losses or hours cut. There …

Would you volunteer for one place for twenty-three years?

July 16th, 2020

Time is not something parents have a lot of, so many of us think very carefully about how we will spend the time we get. Maybe you love to collapse …

R_Learning how to deal with troublesome in-laws

July 15th, 2020

When you sign up to a long-term monogamous relationship, chances are you also sign up to being a part of an extended family. And while you may choose your partner, you haven't chosen their parents. So what happens when …

Helpline: Cat-napping, aggressive toddlers, wind and more

July 14th, 2020

When it comes to navigating the challenges of parenting, it can help to have a some professional advice. Sleep consultant and paediatric nurse Jo …

Overcoming a fear of labour

July 13th, 2020

It's something that humans have been doing for as long as humans have existed, but childbirth can still feel overwhelming and terrifying if you are the human that is about to do it. While the experience of pregnancy is …

Raising children to be good allies

July 12th, 2020

The #BlackLivesMatter protest may have started in the United States, but the issues the protestors raise are almost identical to those affecting Australia's First Nations People. In Australia thousands of people defied …

The unspoken truths about parenthood

July 9th, 2020

Ashe Davenport was one of the first among her friends to fall pregnant. With few examples to follow, motherhood came as a bit of a shock. In her book

R_The keys to your toddler's success

July 8th, 2020

Toddlers can be a handful. They're pushing boundaries and they never sit still. But Dr Laura Jana says that the toddler years are some of the most …

Helpline: Day care drop offs, night waking and toddler tantrums

July 7th, 2020

There is a lot to love about being a parent, but there are challenges too. Sleepless nights, food on the floor, tears in the shopping aisle. When you …

Why dogs make the best pets

July 6th, 2020

There are a lot of great benefits to having a family pet, but what pet do you want to become a part of your family? Katie Hunter is the founder of Dogs for Kids, a not-for-profit group that trains assistant and therapy …

Navigating divorce with young children

July 5th, 2020

We all want the best for our children, and sometimes that is separating from their other parent. Separation is a difficult experience for everyone, …

R_Dealing with anger in the family

July 2nd, 2020

Children can be incredibly triggering for adults. Sometimes it seems they've been born knowing exactly what red button to push. So how do you manage …

R_Everything you ever need to know about getting rid of nits

July 1st, 2020

Before having children you probably never considered listening to an entire episode on nits. Once you have kids who attend daycare or school, chances …

Helpline with Karina Lane: Skipping day naps, toilet training troubles and more

June 30th, 2020

Babies and toddlers can often dance to the beat of their own drum. When it comes to sleeping, feeding, toilet training and other necessary elements …

R_Helping little kids understand big emotions

June 29th, 2020

As children grow they are learning all kinds of new things. How to eat solid food, crawl, speak, walk and use the toilet. But of all the things a …

R_Pinky McKay: How to set up successful breastfeeding

June 28th, 2020

Breastfeeding does not always come naturally. In fact, ask around and you'll find that women have to work at it. Pinky McKay is a lactation …

Dr Jamal Rifi on what it takes to be a great dad

June 25th, 2020

What do you think makes a great dad? Dr Jamal Rifi has shown generosity and compassion in his work with the and the . So what was it in Jamal's …

When your genes impact your child's wellbeing

June 24th, 2020

Most women will get standard genetic testing when they fall pregnant. The main test is for Down Syndrome. Depending on what you test for (and how you get tested) the price can vary enormously. Rachael Casella wants …

Best of Helpline: Toddlers attached to milk bottles, twins and dummies and more

June 23rd, 2020

We are taking a short break this week and will be back live next week with Babyology Sleep School expert Karina Lane. Today we are bringing you one …

There's a Zoo in my Poo: teaching children about gut health

June 22nd, 2020

There are a lot of different ways you could try and encourage your child to eat well, but a new book has decided to get straight to the point. is a …

Maggie Dent: Why parenting is all about neuroplasticity

June 21st, 2020

Most people will have heard of the concept of 'neuroplasticity'; the idea that we can re-wire our brains. But how does it apply to parenting and the way we raise our children? Maggie Dent is a parenting educator and …

Scientific proof that women are NOT the weaker sex

June 18th, 2020

Anyone who has carried and birthed a baby knows that women are not the weaker sex. And yet for thousands of years this definition has been used to …

R_When it's time to ditch the dummy

June 17th, 2020

Dummies can be a very helpful thing to help your baby sleep or calm down. But sometimes it can become more of a problem than a solution. Like when it …

Helpline: Pooing in loos (or not), sleep talking and more

June 16th, 2020

When it comes to working out why your baby is not sleeping or feeding well, it can help to get an expert's advice. Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has been helping families for over 30 years and is the author of

Will co-sleeping with your child ruin your relationship?

June 15th, 2020

When the only way your baby will sleep is snuggled up beside you, and you're desperate , kicking your partner out to sleep on the lounge may feel …

Caring for your body post-birth

June 14th, 2020

Giving birth takes its toll on your body. Regardless of how your baby has come into the world, we all feel it. Hannah Dahlen is a Professor at the …

A special childhood: Stories of growing up in the outback

June 11th, 2020

For many Australians growing up with a backyard is a privilege. Imagine growing up with acres and acres of land to roam, where your parents put you on a horse from the age of four and let you explore the land as you …

R: Why every family needs a good GP

June 10th, 2020

When you're footloose and fancy free you may have had occasional visits to a doctor, possibly a medical centre, when you were feeling unwell. After you have children it might be time to consider finding one doctor you …

Best of Helpline: Regulating day sleeps, weaning toddlers off bottles and more

June 9th, 2020

This week had a short break and so we are bringing you one of our most popular episodes with Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue. This week on she …

Joe Wicks is giving his kids a very different childhood to his own

June 8th, 2020

Jo Wicks, AKA The Body Coach, has attracted over three million followers on Instagram thanks to his down-to-earth approach to health and fitness. The …

How to manage siblings who fight. All. The. Time.

June 7th, 2020

There is nothing quite as frustrating as trying to mediate a fight between siblings about the ownership of some random piece of plastic, or because one of them breathed on the other. If you were a sibling yourself you …

What parents can expect from workplaces post-COVID

June 4th, 2020

Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic has been a mixed blessing. Once the commute has been removed from the working day, life moves at a smoother pace. There is less rushing, more time for children, exercise …

Explaining religion and spirituality to children

June 3rd, 2020

Children can ask some big questions at inappropriate times. Like how babies are made at your Grandmother's birthday party, or how the world was …

Helpline: Toddler tantrums and children of all ages rising super early

June 2nd, 2020

This week paediatric nurse and sleep consultant Jo Ryan joins us to help parents navigate the sometimes tricky world of raising children. Jo is one …

Helping children embrace their bodies

June 1st, 2020

Learning to love your body can be difficult for adults, and children are inheriting their parent's hangups about weight and beauty. That's according …

Laurie Lawrence: Baths and other hidden dangers at home

May 31st, 2020

Laurie Lawrence has always been a big name in swimming. Following on from his career as an Olympic trainer, he has dedicated his time to preventing …

Why do men stay with women they 'hate'?

May 28th, 2020

Domestic violence in Australia is something that threatens lives and the fabric of society. One women every week is murdered by their current or …

Preparing your body for birth and beyond

May 27th, 2020

Lyz Evans is a Women's Health Physiotherapist on a mission. For years she has helped women with pregnancy and birth-related pain, for conditions she believes can be prevented with the right care. Together with Kimmy …

Helpline: Grubby eaters, night lights and all kinds of night waking

May 26th, 2020

Mothercraft Chris Minogue is here to help you navigate the trickier parts of parenting. With over 30 years experience she has the perspective that …

R: How to raise a resilient child

May 25th, 2020

When it comes to the skills we want our children to have, resilience is often top of the list. We can't always be there to help them weather the …

Is getting your 'sexy back' the new way to exercise?

May 24th, 2020

Post child birth nothing feels particularly sexy. You feel tired, joyful and sore ... but probably not sexy. Melony Cherrett is a mum and former …

Luke McLeod: Former bachie says meditation is for everyone

May 21st, 2020

Luke McLeod is better known for his appearance in the Bachelor with Sophie Monk, and later in Bachelor in Paradise, but Luke has a secret weapon that he took into the reality TV shows that he is now sharing with the …

Coronavirus brings grandparents together online

May 21st, 2020

Lockdown has been particularly tough on grandparents. Given they are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus many families were quick to implement …

R: Managing sleep deprivation as a new parent

May 20th, 2020

Everyone warns you before your baby arrives: get as much sleep as you can now because you will never sleep properly again. But of course, that kind of advice doesn't help when you're a new parent with a baby waking …

Helpline: Moving beds, thumb sucking and babies who want to be held

May 19th, 2020

Watching babies and children grow and develop is delightful, but there can be some hurdles along the way. A toddler can decide that day naps are no …

What's really happening when children lie

May 18th, 2020

Have you ever had a child lie straight to your face? It's a strange sensation, especially when you've just caught them out. No one wants their children to be liars, but parenting educator and author Maggie Dent says …

Birth in a time of COVID 19

May 17th, 2020

There's a lot about being a first-time parent that can make you feel vulnerable. Add a global pandemic to the situation and you have some new parents …

How couples can survive lockdown

May 14th, 2020

The restrictions may be starting to ease, but if you've been spending every day with your significant other, they may not be easing quickly enough. …

R: Robin Barker on how to manage conflicting advice

May 13th, 2020

As soon as you fall pregnant you can be inundated with advice from several sources.Family, friends, Google. Everyone has an opinion. Robin Barker, author of and has helped guide many parents through the early years of …

Helpline: Fussy eating, indigestion, transitioning to bedrooms and big beds

May 12th, 2020

When your baby wakes up every hour throughout the night it can be difficult to think up a solution that will help them sleep better. When your …

Teaching kids to stand up for themselves

May 11th, 2020

How do you feel about 'dobbing'? If you've grown up in Australia it probably makes you feel uncomfortable. No one wants their kid to be called a 'dobber'. But then, what about the times when you to know they've been …

Sam Wood makes fitness at home free and fun for everyone

May 10th, 2020

If you've been trying to keep fit during isolation you may be finding your attempts hampered by small children under your feet. There are lots of …

Kathy Lette: On replacing husbands and what mums really want this Sunday

May 7th, 2020

Kathy Lette is not shy about saying what she really thinks. As an author and comedian she uses her wit to express what many women would love to say. …

R: Teaching our children about their big emotions

May 6th, 2020

Our job as parents is to help guide our children through the world. From stopping them eating random objects off the ground to helping them fall …

Helpline: Nap challenges, a practical guide to self settling and more

May 5th, 2020

Becoming a parent can be the most rewarding and challenging thing you will ever do. Babies and small children give the best smiles and hugs, but their communication skills remain limited. Which means it's up to us to …

How to use discipline without damaging your kids

May 4th, 2020

Discipline can mean different things to different people. To that cranky man in the supermarket - it's a short cuff around the ear. To your partner …

Bedtime Explorers launches new season to get our kids to sleep

May 4th, 2020

Kinderling Kids Radio is launching a new season of Bedtime Explorers, the enormously popular meditation podcast series that helps children get to …

Why Pokemon and ponies are the key to home schooling

May 3rd, 2020

Now that term two has well and truly kicked off, how are you feeling about home schooling? If you don't have an educational background, chances are …

Teresa Palmer: Embracing a zen-ish life with children

April 30th, 2020

Teresa Palmer is an actress who is currently starring in the hit TV series She's also been in movies like and has a dedicated following on the …

R: Navigating life in a blended family

April 29th, 2020

Having children can put a strain on your relationship. It can shift your priorities and suddenly you have to renegotiate what it is to be a couple. Throw in children from a previous union and you have another level of …

Helpline: Unsettled nights and early rising babies, single day naps and more

April 28th, 2020

While the world outside is grappling with a pandemic, parents everywhere are dealing with the everyday challenges that raising small humans brings. Whether it's getting your baby to sleep for longer stretches, or your …

Can we still get 'me time' in lockdown?

April 27th, 2020

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic parents were told how important 'me time' is. Now that many of us are working from home and looking after children …

What to expect if labour doesn't go smoothly

April 26th, 2020

When it comes to labour, it's good to have a plan, but it's also good to be open to when things change. Hannah Dahlen is a Professor of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University and a practicing midwife. Hannah …

A new app helping to connect us during lockdown

April 23rd, 2020

Lisa Hollinshead found herself in lockdown in Spain with four generations of her family - including her 89-year-old grandmother and her …

R: How to boost your family's immunity this winter

April 22nd, 2020

While everyone is self isolating we will hopefully be better protected from the usual winter lurgies, but just in case some of those germs find a way …

Helpline: Babies waking through the night, teething and two-year-olds hitting

April 21st, 2020

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue joins us from her lounge room to help you will challenges in yours. Chris is also the author of Bringing Baby HomeWith over 30 years experience helping families with issues like babies …

How the under fives socialise

April 20th, 2020

Everyone wants their children to have friends, but when is it reasonable to expect them to have one? Liesel Murphy is an educator at Gumnut Gardens in Sydney. She looks after children in the years before they start 'big …

Getting partners more involved in pregnancy

April 19th, 2020

To state the obvious, having a child is a very physical experience. If you're carrying the baby your understanding of what it means to be having a child begins early with the hormones and physical changes you feel. This …

When a former child soldier becomes a dad

April 16th, 2020

When Ayik Chut Deng first arrived in Australia, he thought he was in heaven. Having come from war-torn Sudan, being able to have fresh meat every day and clean parks to play in was something from another world. His …

R: Why parents are made, not born

April 15th, 2020

Becoming a parent doesn't mean that you will automatically know how to a parent. Like most things in life, it takes experience to learn how to do something. Parenting is no different, and yet it seems that many people …

Helpline with Jo Ryan: Newborn feeding challenges and elongating sleep cycles

April 14th, 2020

Whether you're having challenges getting your baby to sleep for longer than 45 minutes or your toddler to stop biting, has the expert to help you …

Helping children manage lockdown (and remain sane yourself!)

April 13th, 2020

Before lockdown most kids had a variety of things happening in their day. School, music lessons, dance or sport. Chances are you had a lot of things …

How to stop arguing with your partner

April 12th, 2020

Bringing a new baby into the world can take its toll on your relationship. Things can shift dramatically, and when you add sleep deprivation into the …

Why rainbow kids need to see their families in print

April 9th, 2020

Who's your real mum? Was an actual question that a child asked Bernadette Green's daughter. Can you imagine if someone asked your child that question? But Bernadette understood that children need to see different …

Yogi helps teachers find calm in the classroom

April 8th, 2020

Right now there are a lot of parents trying to teach their children within their own homes. If you are one of those parents you may be interested in what Beth Borowsky has to say. Beth is the founder of The Karma Class, …

Helpline: Night time snacking, partying and other challenging baby behaviours

April 7th, 2020

While the world outside might seem like it's falling apart, children continue to develop and grow. Babies continue to have nights of little (to no) sleep, toddlers keep on tantruming and siblings continue to fight. …

Isolated and anxious: Free help for new parents suffering in lockdown

April 6th, 2020

Becoming a parent for the first time in normal circumstances can be isolating.But for parents-to-be and new parents the coronavirus pandemic can make …

Michael Klim: Lock down in Bali

April 5th, 2020

Michael Klim is best known for his prowess in the swimming pool, but since retiring from professional swimming he's become a business man, founding …

Understanding your child's gut health

April 5th, 2020

How many times have you heard your child say they have a sore tummy? It can happen a lot, and it's a difficult thing to know how to handle. Are they …

Life as a foreign correspondent, mother and passionate advocate for change

April 2nd, 2020

Since the age of 19 Sophie McNeill has travelled to some of the world's most dangerous places to report on miscarriages of justice. Inspired by the impact of reporting on the plight of the East Timorese in 1993 Sophie …

Why parents with kids at home are not 'teachers'

April 1st, 2020

It's only just begun, but some parents are already struggling with educating their children at home. Many are juggling work and trying to keep their …

Helpline: Newborns in lockdown, the terrible twos, cat-nappers and early risers

March 31st, 2020

Mothercraft Chris Minogue joins presenter Shevonne Hunt across the interwebs in this first fully digital Chris is here to help you navigate both the …

When you're pregnant during a pandemic

March 30th, 2020

Being pregnant during a Coronavirus pandemic isn't fun. The rapid changes mean the birth you may have planned could now be out of your reach. Nadine …

R: Five signs your child is sick

March 30th, 2020

Parenting requires a varied skill set. We are interpreters of baby babble and toddler mumbles, psychologists determining the reasons for unexplained …

Keeping your relationship strong after having a baby

March 29th, 2020

When a baby arrives it can turn your world upside down. And while you're learning how to navigate this new environment, your relationship can slip further down your list of priorities.But loving your partner is what led …

When your four am wake up is a baby and a 10 k run

March 26th, 2020

Eloise Wellings is a two-time Olympic runner and a three-time Commonwealth Games athlete. She's also mum to a four-month-old son and a six-year-old …

New book will hold your hand through heartache and loss

March 25th, 2020

Loss can come in different, unpredictable ways. It could be the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a relationship. Babyology writer Pip Lincolne …

Repeat: Helpline. Dropping day naps, challenging toddlers and more

March 24th, 2020

Raising small children is full of challenges. They may be waking through the night, refusing food or behaving in confusing ways. Mothercraft nurse …

You've got this: Finding your confidence as a new parent

March 23rd, 2020

Becoming a parent can be very disorientating. Where once you completed the simplest tasks in moments, now it takes all day to get out of your pyjamas. Margie Warrell is the author of You've got this, the life-changing …

Coronavirus facts for parents with GP Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko

March 22nd, 2020

There is so much information circling around about the Coronavirus. We've been told that flu-like symptoms could be a sign you have the virus, but …

Staying calm in the midst of Coronavirus panic

March 22nd, 2020

This generation of parents and carers have never experienced anything like the Coronavirus pandemic. And while the virus spreads the messages on …

Frances Whiting on writing and meeting Robin Williams

March 19th, 2020

You'll find most of France Whiting's writing under the News Corp banner of mastheads. She writes funny and insightful pieces about parenting and …

Annabel Karmel's top tips for weaning

March 18th, 2020

Watching your child try solid food for the first time is strangely satisfying. But working out how to wean can be confusing. What food do you start …

Helpline: Six-month-old sleep patterns, breaking toddler habits and more

March 17th, 2020

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue returns after a short break to answer all your questions. On this episode of she helps to navigate: A six-month-old …

Should we be giving kids the flu vaccination?

March 16th, 2020

While COVID-19 is in the headlines, should we be considering the flu vaccination for our kids? The flu vaccination for 2020 does not protect against …

Maggie Dent on how parents can deal with anger

March 15th, 2020

Anger is a big, spontaneous emotion. Sometimes, when your kid has just kicked you in the stomach as you try to put them in the car seat, or they're having a tantrum and throwing books around the room, it can feel like …

What it means to raise a boy today

March 12th, 2020

When Rob Sturrock became a father he said it was like hearing church bells ringing. It's what came after that took grit and a bit of soul searching. …

All the weird (and totally normal) stuff that can happen in pregnancy

March 11th, 2020

Growing a baby for the first time can be full of weird and wonderful experiences. Not all of them make sense, and sometimes it helps to get a …

Helpline with Karina Lane: Dummy dependency, sporadic day naps and more

March 10th, 2020

Parenting coach and expert with Babyology's Sleep School Karina Lane filled in on this episode of On this Karina helps with the following challenges: …

Is it possible to germ-proof your baby?

March 9th, 2020

Anywhere that children gather in groups germs will incubate. When they start day care or school, it is inevitable that they will end up with one …

When talking is the solution to challenging behaviours

March 8th, 2020

If your child has challenging behaviours - like aggression or problems sitting still - where would you go?Chances are you might ask your GP for a …

Why 'mummy wine time' is not just a funny meme

March 5th, 2020

Mim Jenkinson was on the cusp of her happily ever after when she discovered she had breast cancer.What followed was a descent into alcohol addiction …

Helping your child grow a love of reading

March 4th, 2020

With the start of a new school year, when many children will begin 'home readers' with their parents, it seems an opportune time to look at how we …

Understanding toddler tantrums with Dr Vanessa Lapointe

March 3rd, 2020

Unfortunately Chris Minogue couldn't make it for her regular helpline, but we have this amazing webinar with Dr Vanessa Lapointe about toddler …

A day in the life of Bush Kindy

March 2nd, 2020

Have you heard about Bush Kindy?It's a program that some early educators are adopting as way for children to play and learn in nature. Liesel Murphy is an educator who set up a Bush Kindy program at Sydney's Gumnut …

Donated breast milk helping premmie babies

March 1st, 2020

When you first have your baby, you're told "breast is best". But what happens if you have them so early your body isn't producing enough milk for …

Why Ben Jenkins talked about having kids on a blind date

February 27th, 2020

Not many people bring up kids on their first date. Particularly when the date has been set up by friends (and the details of what you want are not …

Understanding your choices in child birth

February 26th, 2020

When it comes down to it, there are really only two ways to give birth: vaginally or via cesarean. But between conception and birth there are many choices to make. Dianne Zalitis is a midwife and is the Clinical Lead of

Helpline: Gagging, bed-sharing, runners and more

February 25th, 2020

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has been working with families for over 30 years, and can help you get some perspective when dealing with a tricky or challenging situation.On this episode of she helps with: A …

Why parents need to know the dangers of e-cigarettes

February 24th, 2020

It has been accepted for a long time now that passive smoke from cigarettes is bad for children. But what do we know about the dangers of …

New research shows men's fertility also drops with age

February 24th, 2020

If you are a woman over 30, chances are you have been told you need to get a wriggle on if you want to have children. It's equally possible that a …

Managing your money when you have small kids

February 23rd, 2020

Lacey Filipich understands what it's like to have small children and feel you have no choice when it comes to your money. But Lacey herself was financial independent by the time she had her first child. That is, she no …

Growing up with a grandfather's stories

February 20th, 2020

What kinds of traditions do you have from your childhood, that you pass on to your children now? It could be things you do at special times of the …

Why pet adoption might be perfect for your family

February 19th, 2020

There comes a time when, if you don't have one, many children become desperate for a pet.Many children can't walk past a pet shop without going in to coo over the puppies and kittens on display. But there are plenty of …

Helpline: Settling without feeding or rocking, bottle obsessions and more

February 18th, 2020

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has had over 30 years experience helping families navigate the unchartered waters of parenthood. Every week she joins host Shevonne Hunt to answer your questions about sleep, feeding and …

To stay or go: when is a relationship worth saving?

February 18th, 2020

Love after children can change. There's the love you feel for your children, and there are their needs (that can feel all-consuming). When it comes to your partner, you may find you're acting more like a pair of good …

A quick course in first aid for babies

February 16th, 2020

When you bring your baby home from the hospital your head is already full of advice from midwives and obstetricians. Learning first aid is probably …

Mother of eight (including quints) gives tips on staying sane

February 13th, 2020

Kim Tucci had three children already before she fell pregnant with quintuplets. Now her quints are starting school, and she's released a book called

Parents - you are important too!

February 12th, 2020

When you become a parent you want to know everything there is to know about how to raise your child to be happy, healthy and successful. To do this, …

Helpline: Dropping day naps, challenging toddlers and more

February 11th, 2020

Raising small children is full of challenges. They may be waking through the night, refusing food or behaving in confusing ways. Mothercraft nurse …

Understanding your toddler's challenging behaviour

February 10th, 2020

Toddlers can be a handful. You need to follow them everywhere, because you never know when they'll climb on top of your cupboard, pour flour all over …

Why talking is so good for your baby

February 9th, 2020

Small babies are fascinating creatures. You can spend a whole day lost in their little faces and expressions.But communication can seem impossible. …

Turia Pitt on her second pregnancy and why kids are inherently resilient

February 6th, 2020

Second pregnancies are never the same as the first - just ask Turia Pitt. With son Hakavai in tow she set up Spend with Themwith her friend Gracie McBride to help businesses impacted by the bush fires and became an …

What to do when your kid doesn't want to go to school

February 5th, 2020

The school term has finally started, with some children excited about being back, and others finding it really hard. Getting a child to school when …

Helpline: Bed time procrastination, biting breastfeeders and more

February 4th, 2020

Experienced Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue joins every week to answer questions about babies, toddlers and siblings.Feed Play Love In this episode …

What parents need to know about the Coronavirus

February 3rd, 2020

There is a lot of information about the Novel Coronavirus on the internet, but Sarah Hunstead is the person parents need to listen to. Sarah is the Founding Director of CPR Kids and a mother of two.She is an expert at …

The alternative to school that's on the rise

February 2nd, 2020

Everywhere around Australia children have started back at school. They'll be pulling on shoes, uniforms and backpacks. But not all children go to …

When workplace discrimination turned out to be the best thing ever

January 30th, 2020

Natasha Stewart re-entered the workforce after having her first child feeling hopeful that she was starting a new and exciting career. It wasn't long …

Why Big Ted is stepping into the digital age

January 29th, 2020

Big Ted has beenListen to Nada Rogic on teaching toddlers for over fifty years, and things have changed a lot for kids in that time. Where once Big Ted may have been explaining how a landline telephone worked, these …

Helpline special: Bringing a second baby home

January 28th, 2020

On this special Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue looks at how to prepare for the arrival of a second baby. This includes how to prepare your toddler for their little brother or sister, how to set up support systems for …

New app helps you organise all your finances

January 27th, 2020

A new personal finance app from aims to help you get the best deals on all your bills, and help you save more. Kate Browne, the Personal Finance Expert at explains how it works. Get on the wait …

What's really happening when you're sleep deprived

January 27th, 2020

Sleep deprivation is a given when you're a new parent. You may be lucky, but babies are born to feed, not sleep. And so it is that many of us spend the first months walking around in a daze. Gemma Paech is a Senior …

The key thing that's missing in our kid's education

January 26th, 2020

Gabbie Stroud is a former teacher who came to prominence with her last book Teacher.In it she documented her own struggle to keep the heart in a profession she loved. Now she's moving the conversation on to include …

A migrant story: Raising your child in a strange land

January 23rd, 2020

Maram Ismail is a podcaster, radio and online journalist with SBS Arabic 24. She came to Australia from Jordan in her 20s and began her studies in journalism. Since then she has started her own family with her Egyptian …

What parents can do about climate change

January 22nd, 2020

When you have small children doing anything beyond keeping them alive can feel impossible. But what happens if you're passionate about the environment? What can you do if you're scared witless by the current state of …

Helpline: Rolling babies, early-waking babies, bottle refusing babies and more

January 21st, 2020

Every baby is different, as is every parent. Finding an answer on Google for particular challenge doesn't always work. But what does work is asking …

Why we all need a personal trainer for our vagina

January 20th, 2020

Personal trainer Tara Stojanovski is on a mission. The Director of Fit Mama Co wants women everywhere, particularly pregnant women or new mums, to …

Getting financially ready for the school year

January 19th, 2020

School is very different from day care. If this is your first child attending "big school" you probably have a stack of new information that you're …

War Child: a charity supporting kids in war-torn countries

January 16th, 2020

Former Executive Director of Unicef, Carol Bellamy once said,"When the lives and rights of children are at stake, there must be no silent witnesses." …

When do we need to start talking about sex?

January 15th, 2020

Children are curious creatures. You could be driving to the playground and they'll ask you how babies are made. Not all parents are comfortable …

Helpline: Babies who need to be held to sleep, separation anxiety and more

January 14th, 2020

Raising small children is an all-consuming experience. Sometimes it's difficult to see the forest for the trees. Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue is …

What to expect when you bring your baby home

January 13th, 2020

Coming home from hospital after childbirth can be quite the anti-climax. Consider the nine months you've been preparing for the birth of your baby, and then the dramatic way she entered the world. Jumping in the car and …

Empowering kids through storytelling

January 12th, 2020

Researcher and strategist Annabel Blake and designer Deb Ho believe that we are all made of stories and that stories can therefore change the world. The duo have formed a new company Little Literature Coto build …

The most important thing kids need to flourish

January 9th, 2020

Most parents do their best to raise their kids well. At the same time, many worry that they're not doing it right. Dr Dan Siegel has a very powerful …

Helping children cope with the fires

January 8th, 2020

The bushfires around the country are overwhelming. It's difficult to process the extent of the devastation as a parent, so how do we help our …

Helpline: Babies who prefer mum over dad, traveling sleep routines and more

January 7th, 2020

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue is back after the summer break. Chris has over 30 years experience helping families tweak their schedules so that …

How to best support families affected by the bush fires

January 6th, 2020

As bush fires continue across the country people are wondering how best to support families affected by the disaster. There are multiple calls for …

Sticking to new year goals that matter

January 5th, 2020

A new year can be a great opportunity to set some goals. But are New Year's resolutions the answer? And how do you choose the kinds of goals that …

It's time to redefine the meaning of motherhood

December 19th, 2019

Amy Taylor-Kabbaz is a journalist and mother of three who wanted to know why motherhood had turned her world upside down. After her first child was …

How to have a digital detox at Christmas

December 18th, 2019

Christmas is a time when families come together to connect and share the festive season.Screens can be a major obstacle to this kind of connection. And we're not talking about the kids. Parents can have a hard time …

Helpline: Weaning plans, early risers and cat nappers

December 17th, 2019

In this last of 2019 Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue answers challenging questions from parents and carers about their children's eating and sleeping …

How to manage your holiday budget

December 16th, 2019

School holidays can feel like they last forever. I mean, when was the last time had six weeks off? Whether you're hanging out with the kids this …

Why we all need to be vigilant these summer holidays

December 15th, 2019

Summer holidays are only a few weeks away, and those who are taking a trip somewhere might be thinking about all they need to pack. Michelle …

One mum's plea: "Don't forget us in a month"

December 12th, 2019

Lily Isobella is better known as a roving sex educator in the One a Day ProjectShe's also a mother of three who lives in Bellingen, halfway between Brisbane and Sydney. Her community is surrounded by bushfires. Lily …

The three simple steps to raising resilient children

December 11th, 2019

Hugh Van Cuylenberg was a teacher in Australia before he travelled to Northern India with his then-girlfriend and volunteered in a school in the …

Helpline: Night-roving toddlers, cuddle sleepers and early wakers

December 10th, 2019

Mothercraft Chris Minogue is the baby-whisperer that you need when you can't figure out what is going on. With over 30 years of experience, Chris knows how to tweak your routine so that life gets a little bit easier. If …

Choosing safe tech toys for kids this Christmas

December 9th, 2019

What was the techy-est toy you received as a kid? You may have had a Speak and Spell or a handheld Donkey Kong game. There was no internet or "smart" …

Are family meals as important as we're told?

December 8th, 2019

Nutritionists will tell you that eating as a family is a fundamental building block for good eating habits in your family. It's a time and place for …

New reproductive technology could eradicate disease, but should we use it?

December 5th, 2019

Right now in Australia, there are discussions about the future of reproductive technology. In particular, whether or not we should start using three …

Play in peril: how much should our kids be playing?

December 4th, 2019

The world has changed a lot since parents today were children. There is more technology, more families have both parents working and there seems to …

Helpline: Early risers, night feeding, night waking and day naps

December 3rd, 2019

Parenting a small child can be challenging, particularly when you can't work out why they aren't feeding or sleeping properly. Then there are the …

Simple steps to be ready for pregnancy

December 2nd, 2019

The best way to get ready for pregnancy is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.But what are the things that will help couples fall pregnant? And where …

Why all children deserve praise

December 1st, 2019

Critics of modern parents will have you believe that we are raising a generation of self-entitled prats. But positive affirmation, or praise, is a really important part of parenting our children to be healthy, …

Surrogacy: A story of cystic fibrosis, surrogacy and survival

November 28th, 2019

Ellice Mol was born with cystic fibrosis. In her mid-20s, newly in love, she went through a double lung transplant. Two years later one lung was …

How we can help our children be school-ready by early next year

November 27th, 2019

As the end of the year approaches, some children will be attending their last weeks of pre-school care. Many will be looking forward to "big school" …

Helpline: Three-month-old sleeping patterns, settling babies, day naps and more

November 26th, 2019

Mothercraft Nurse Chris Minogue is back after a short break and has answered a stack of questions that were waiting for her return. Chris is a mothercraft nurse with over 30 years of experience helping families with …

How to pack a first aid kit for an overseas holiday

November 25th, 2019

When you plan a holiday overseas, chances are you're consumed with thoughts about what clothes the kids will need and how you will all survive the …

Flexible work: How it works for you and your employer

November 24th, 2019

Parenting and work life don't often coexist comfortably. Especially not when parents are locked into inflexible hours and days. Stephanie Reuss and Victoria Stuart founded BeamAustralia after finding that having …

Emotion coaching 101

November 21st, 2019

Repeat: Emotion coaching for children helps them learn how to self regulate, which is what any parent wants (especially when children can be prone to …

What vitamins and medications can you take during pregnancy?

November 20th, 2019

When you fall pregnant you become very conscious of what you're putting in your body. There are all kinds of warnings about what you can and can't eat. But what are the guidelines when it comes to vitamins and …

Helpline: Daycare sleep, wetting the bed, weaning off night feeds and more

November 19th, 2019

Repeat: While Chris Minogue is away (she'll be back next week), we've pulled out one of our most popular episodes. In this episode, Chris helps …

Maggie Dent: Managing sibling rivalry

November 18th, 2019

Repeat: Children can get so much from having a sibling. Another child to play with, to talk to and grow up with. But siblings can also fight. A lot. Which isn't great for parents who are trying to teach them to share …

How mediation works when families separate

November 17th, 2019

No one starts a family thinking that one day they will live apart. But for many couples, separation happens. Most parents want the best for their children. When a family separates mediation is there to get them to a …

The keys to your toddler's future success

November 14th, 2019

Repeat: Toddlers can be mercurial, joyful and therefore both a delight and frustration to their parents. But did you know that there are things you …

What is attachment parenting really about?

November 13th, 2019

These days every kind of parent is labelled with a style: helicopter, free range, lawnmower.None of these so-called styles are helpful, but there is …

Helpline: One-year-old tantrums, premmie twin sleep, pinching and more

November 12th, 2019

Repeat: In one of our most popular Helpline episodes this year, mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue tackles:A one-year-old (and youngest of four …

Why labour pain is all in your head

November 11th, 2019

You could talk to a dozen women about childbirth and they will all have different experiences of labour pain. Physiotherapist Dr Laura Whitburn from …

Justin Coulson on raising a resilient child

November 10th, 2019

Repeat: One thing we all want is for our children to be able to bounce back. We want to know that they have the emotional skills to deal with the …

What's the right amount of extracurricular activities for kids?

November 7th, 2019

Extracurricular activities can be a challenge for some parents. There is research that says learning a musical instrument will help your child's …

Kaz Cooke: Demystifying modern birth

November 6th, 2019

Kaz Cooke's enormously popular Up the Duff, the real guide to pregnancyhas turned 20 years old!And while in that time some things have stayed the …

Helpline: Juggling three kids under four, early rising babies and fussy eaters

November 5th, 2019

All children are different, so even if you've had a baby before, it doesn't always mean you'll know what to do when your second (third or fourth) will only catnap during the day. Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has seen …

Why one-year-olds are at the greatest risk of drowning

November 4th, 2019

With the weather heating up, Royal Life Saving Australia has a warning for parents, particularly those with toddlers. According to their research,

Gentle techniques to help a baby sleep

November 3rd, 2019

Helping a baby learn to sleep better can be a challenge for parents.Particularly if you co-sleep with your child, or you don't want to use the …

Why we need to let our children take risks

October 31st, 2019

It goes without saying that it's a parent job to raise and protect our children.But how much protection is good, and when does it cross over into …

Why the six-week check up is not all about the baby

October 30th, 2019

When you're new to parenthood, you're often hyper aware of your baby's health. How she's growing, feeding, pooing - and the six-week check up is where most of us get the reassurance that everything is going okay.
There …

Helpline: First child challenges, a five-month-old night waking and more

October 29th, 2019

Every week mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue joins presenter Shevonne Hunt on to answer your questions. If you're having challenges getting your baby to sleep during the day, through the night or your toddler is melting …

How to empower your children and keep them safe

October 28th, 2019

When it comes to protecting our kids from sexual abuse, the dominant conversation tends to be about the perpetrators. Parents today grew up with warnings about 'stranger danger', but it turns out that we need to be more …

Everything you need to know about your baby's skin

October 27th, 2019

When we bring our new babies home they are so small and fragile. Their skin is super soft, and often super sensitive. All kinds of rashes and skin afflictions can have you rushing to your local GP. Dr Leona Yip is a …

Lynley Dodd: A life creating stories about clever dogs and sneaky cats

October 24th, 2019

Once you start reading books to your kids, it doesn't take long to decipher your favourite authors.Some books just stand out beyond the rest. It …

How to choose the safest bassinet for your baby

October 23rd, 2019

It may surprise you to know that bassinets in Australia are not assessed for their safety. Kim Gilmour is the team leader of the Household Department …

Helpline: Regulating day sleeps, weaning toddlers off bottles and more

October 22nd, 2019

When it comes to raising children, the early years can be very confusing. Instead of the English language, you're trying to decipher different kinds of cries and grunts to determine what is happening for your child. …

Finding your peace in parenting - Part 2

October 21st, 2019

Toddlers are not the most peaceful creatures (apart from when they're asleep). They've got energy, big emotions and not a lot of development to deal …

Finding your peace in parenting - Part 1

October 20th, 2019

There are many times as a parent when one feels less than peaceful. In fact, there are many times when you can feel like your head is about to …

Say Hello: How parents can help children understand difference

October 17th, 2019

Carly Findlay is a writer, podcaster and activist. She’s written a memoir before hitting forty, but she’s got a lot to say. It’s a book for those who are disabled, and those who are not. It’s an attempt to get people to …

What is tongue tie?

October 16th, 2019

Tongue tie can have a big impact on how your baby feeds, and how it feels when you breastfeed your baby. Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko explains what tongue tie is, and how it’s corrected.

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How to get your partner to do their share of the housework

October 15th, 2019

In 2019 women are still doing the majority of the domestic work at home, regardless of whether they’re working outside the home or not. Eve Rodsky is an organisational specialist who believed that she was in an …

Understanding the impact of baby loss

October 14th, 2019

Traditionally, women have been encouraged to keep their pregnancy a secret until three months, given that the first three months are when many miscarriages happen. But such secrecy doesn’t help those who experience …

Helpline: Fussy eating toddlers, night-wandering three-year-olds and more

October 13th, 2019

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue brings over 30 years experience to help parents with their babies and small children. Chris answers questions about sleep, feeding and behaviour. This episode of includes: A …

How to talk about loss with children

October 10th, 2019

Mel Greenhalgh is a grief educator. She’s experienced just about every kind of loss in a short period of time. Her mum, her sister and the loss of her house to fire. She’s also been diagnosed with cancer and has taken …

How to set good sleep foundations from the beginning

October 9th, 2019

Many midwives will tell you that babies are born to feed not sleep. Most parents will understand the truth of that, but paediatric sleep consultant

Life with 16 children: How this mum runs a large family

October 9th, 2019

These days you’ll find a lot of articles about whether you should go from one to two kids and three children is considered a large family. But Jeni …

Kaz Cooke on managing domestic drudgery after babies

October 8th, 2019

I love being a domestic slave! Said no woman ever. Kaz Cooke has just released an updated edition of Up the Duff20 years after the original was …

The aches and pains of pregnancy (and what to do about them)

October 8th, 2019

Babies take up a lot of room and can cause some discomfort as they grow. Dr David Addenbrooke is an obstetrician and co-author of 9 months, The Essential Australian Guide to Pregnancy. He talks about the most common …

How to get your brain ready for a baby

October 7th, 2019

When you’re pregnant there are a lot of things going on. Sometimes you have terrible morning sickness, and the world is a very grey place indeed. Other times you’re worrying about what will happen when you go down to …

How to protect your kids from online porn

October 7th, 2019

Many parents are worried about their child stumbling upon online porn but are unsure what to do about it. Dr Katrina Lines is the Executive Director of Act for Kids, a non profit organisation, who says that parents need …

Helpline: Attached four-year-olds, dropping day naps, sleep routines and more

October 6th, 2019

If you're looking for some tips to cut through the fog of sleeplessness, mothercraft Nurse Chris Minogue is your woman. Chris is here to help you see the bigger picture, and navigate your way to a better night's sleep …

Gabrielle Jackson: Why women need to know their bodies better

October 3rd, 2019

If you’ve ever referred to your vagina as a “front bottom”, “hoo hoo” or “vajayay”, you need to listen to what Gabrielle Jackson has to say. Having grown up using the first euphemism until a boyfriend laughed himself …

Why influencers might not be your best go-to nursery inspo

October 2nd, 2019

Instagram is made for pretty pictures, and so it makes perfect sense that parents would find inspiration for their nurseries from different …

How to kindle your child's love of reading

October 2nd, 2019

Learning how to read and write is the gateway to life success. It’s difficult to underestimate the importance of getting on top of these skills, and …

A new approach to childcare that resembles RSVP

October 1st, 2019

Tim Wise was a dad just trying to find care for his child when he and his wife wanted to work. He found it difficult to find a space for child as …

Connecting foster kids to culture when they're in care

October 1st, 2019

Family traditions can make a child feel safe, secure and like they belong somewhere. But what happens when a child is removed from those traditions? …

Heidi Sze: A dietician's advice on how to thrive in early motherhood

September 30th, 2019

When you are a dietician, you might expect to be attracted to healthy foods during your pregnancy. But that wasn’t the case for Heidi Sze, a …

Graeme Base on creating beautiful books for Australian kids

September 30th, 2019

Since hit Australian bookstores over thirty years ago, Graeme Base’s name has been synonymous with beautiful picture books for kids. Now he’s …

Helpline: Chris Minogue is back! Night waking, defiant toddlers and more

September 29th, 2019

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue returns to Helpline after a month off. When it's difficult to work out why your baby won't settle, feed or listen to …

The silence around PND in migrant communities

September 26th, 2019

Antoinette Lattouf (on Twitter @antoinette_news) is a successful journalist at Network Ten, Director of Media Diversity Australia and an Ambassador …

Help! My baby has a cold (or is it hay fever?)

September 25th, 2019

Spring has sprung and with it, people everywhere are sniffling and sneezing. But can a baby get hay fever? And what do you do if you think she has a …

Everything you need to know about incontinence after childbirth

September 25th, 2019

Pregnancy and giving birth can change a woman’s body forever. Incontinence after having a baby is very common, but it’s not necessarily something you will have forever. Dr Sneha Wadhwani is a GP with a passion for …

How to choose the right dog for your family

September 24th, 2019

There comes a time in a child’s life when having a pet becomes the most-desired thing. Dogs in particular can be highly prized. But if you’ve decided …

How to deal with pester power

September 24th, 2019

When a child gets something into their head (like the fact that they want a lolly) they can be really persistent. Their ability to pester a parent …

An obstetrician busts all the pregnancy myths

September 23rd, 2019

There are many things you are told to do, and avoid, when you’re pregnant. Some of these things may come to you in an official pamphlet from a health …

Parenting a child through serious illness

September 23rd, 2019

Natalie Ransom knew something wasn’t right with her usually bubbly and active three-year-old. Different doctors told her it was nothing, but she kept …

Helpline Relationships: Rowdy neighbours, sleeping in separate beds and more

September 22nd, 2019

Our final episode with psychologist Kirsty Levin from The Parents Village. Life changes after you have kids, and those changes can have impacts on …

Tim Costello: The role of faith in shaping a man

September 19th, 2019

Tim Costello is a man who has dedicated his life to others. His firm belief in social justice, and his insistence that his faith in God dictates a humane approach to others has guided him through his life. Through his …

Maggie Dent: The best way to communicate with your son

September 18th, 2019

The bestselling book by John Gray in the early 90s was a revelation in explaining that men and women think very differently. And while today, most people don’t adhere to strict divisions between the genders, it’s fair …

Taking care of yourself emotionally after having a baby

September 18th, 2019

There is a lot of information about what to expect physically after you have a baby, but what about your mental health? Having a child can trigger a huge mental shift for mothers, in their sense of self and their …

What your children are really learning at preschool

September 17th, 2019

Most children start school in Australia between the ages of five and six. Kate Noble, an Education Policy Fellow at the Mitchell Institute, says that …

Why we need to talk about children and congenital heart disease (CHD)

September 17th, 2019

Shaun Miller was an extraordinary young man who came to prominence after he posted a video to YouTube that he called His father Cameron Miller found meaning after his son’s death by starting , and by raising awareness …

Is it possible to be an attachment parent and sleep train?

September 16th, 2019

“Attachment parenting” can mean different things to different people, but generally it can be summed up as preferring a gentle approach to getting your baby to sleep. But is it possible to get your baby to sleep through …