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KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 22: Becoming a parent via surrogacy with Brendan & Matt

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 22: Becoming a parent via surrogacy with Brendan & Matt

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KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 22: Becoming a parent via Surrogacy with Brendan & Matt

In this episode we have the absolute pleasure of being joined by “The Real Dads of Adelaide”, Brendan and Matt, to talk about their journey to parenthood via surrogacy.

It might come as no surprise but surrogacy in Australia, or anywhere for that matter, is no simple undertaking. Brendan and Matt’s journey involved an egg donor, a surrogate, 100+ hours of “surro-dating”, failed embryo transfers, emotional highs and lows, a few arguments along the way, a home birth.. and ultimately the arrival of beautiful Baker, their happy healthy little boy.

In this episode we chat with the guys about their story, taking a detailed look at the surrogacy process in general as well as the realities of adoption and fostering, their own personal experience and their advice for people hoping to become parents via a surrogate… plus plenty of laughs and the odd Kardashian anecdote!

Episode Features

Host: Liv
@eeniemeeniemineymum

Guests: Brendan & Matt
@the_real_dads_of_adelaide

For more KIDDO content:
@kiddomag
kiddomag.com.au

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 21: Kids and Conflict

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 21: Kids and Conflict

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KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 21: Kids and conflict with Madhavi Nawana Parker

Kids and conflict; whether it’s squabbling with siblings over toys, name calling, sibling rivalry or fighting over who had the green bowl first, every family has to deal with family conflict in one way or another, oftentimes on a daily basis. Today Madhavi Nawana Parker, our resident parenting expert and regular KIDDO mag columnist returns to KIDDO chats to talk with us about that dreaded c word. Conflict.

In this episode we really dive into conflict in families between siblings and how to teach kids practical skills to manage conflict in a healthy way, and how to model it ourselves. We talk through kids fighting for the sake of fighting, the difference between sibling conflict and sibling bullying, how to identify our child’s conflict resolution style and how to teach our kids to apologise in a meaningful way.

If you’ve ever asked yourself “why are my kids ALWAYS arguing with each other?” this is the episode for you!

 

Episode Features

Host: Liv
@eeniemeeniemineymum

Guest: Madhavi Nawana Parker
@positivemindsaustralia 

For more KIDDO content:
@kiddomag
kiddomag.com.au

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 20: How to talk to kids about puberty with Michelle Mitchell

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 20: How to talk to kids about puberty with Michelle Mitchell

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KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 20: How to talk to kids about puberty

Let’s talk PUBERTY. Specifically, how to broach this tricky topic with our kids!

We know the onset of puberty is a critical time for parents to provide both the education and support that our kids need to feel confident in their growing and changing bodies. But what’s the right time to start teaching our kids the ins and outs of puberty, how much information is TOO much, and what’s the best way to have open informative conversations with our kids without making them crawl up into themselves and die of embarrassment?

To take us through this subject and help us with some tips to guiding our kids through what to expect in their coming-of-age years, we chat with Michelle Mitchell, author of A Girl’s Guide to Puberty and A Guy’s Guide to Puberty. These books, designed to be read by and shared with our kids are jam packed with need-to-know info on puberty, they’re accessible for kids at the same time as offering a great jumping off point for parents to start these important conversations. There’s a window of opportunity we have with tweens BEFORE the teenager roller door goes up (and they decide they already know everything)! Seize this opportunity, it’s now or never! It’s time to establish yourself as a trusted go-to person and reliable source of info about all things growing up and Michelle is going to help set us up for success!

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Episode Features

Host: Liv
@eeniemeeniemineymum

Guest: Michelle Mitchell, Author of A Girl’s Guide to Puberty & A Guy’s Guide to Puberty
@authormichellemitchell

For resources & books:
michellemitchell.org

For more KIDDO content:
@kiddomag
kiddomag.com.au

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 19: Empowering young kids & teaching self acceptance with Scott Stuart

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 19: Empowering young kids & teaching self acceptance with Scott Stuart

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KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 19: Empowering young kids & teaching self acceptance with Scott Stuart

Scott Stuart is an Aussie dad and best-selling children’s book author who is committed to creating content that empowers young kids. In fact, his messages about self-acceptance have been seen over 100 million times on social media.

Yep, that was 100 million times.

You see, before Scott rocketed to fame on Instagram and Tik Tok, he was like a lot of parents, just learning how to be the best dad he can be. When his young son fell in love with Queen Elsa from Frozen and was nervous to wear an Elsa dress alone to see Frozen 2 at the cinema, Scott embraced any discomfort and wore one right alongside him.

A video of them in their Elsa costumes together quickly went viral online and these days, Scott channels his writing, illustrating and social presence around creating inclusive content for young kids and parents.

He gets really honest about his own journey and experiences and talks to us about his best-selling children’s books. Plus shares some great tips along the way.

Episode Features:

Guest: @scottcreates

Host: @alexisteasdale 

Books by Scott:

larrikinhouse.com/product/my-shadow-is-pink-hardcover

www.bigw.com.au/product/the-very-first-you-by-stuart-scott/p/168187/


For more KIDDO content:
@kiddomag

Listen here

 

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KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 18: How understanding birth order can make you a better parent

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 18: How understanding birth order can make you a better parent

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KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 18: How understanding birth order can make you a better parent

Are you the first born, a middle child or youngest in your family?

Are you a perfectionist, a free spirit or a risk taker?

According to the experts, position in the family – or your birth order – can affect your personality, behaviour and view of the world. In fact, some consider birth order to be one of the most powerful influences on personality.

In this episode we chat with one of Australia’s leading parenting writers, Michael Grose, who wrote the very popular book “Why first-borns rule the world and later-borns want to change it”. The book unpacks birth order theory and explains how children in a family that share the same gene pool, similar socio economic environments and experience similar parenting styles can still have fundamentally different personalities, interests and even careers as adults, based on their birth order.

The book was first published in 2003 – this year it’s been updated and rereleased with revised info based on modern families that are getting smaller. We chat with Michael Grose about how birth order can impact your personality and how understanding it can actually make us better parents.

To buy ‘Why first borns rule the world and later-borns want to change it’:

dymocks.com.au/book/9781761043765

Episode Features:

Guest: Michael Grose

Host:
Liv Williams

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 17: Teaching kids about consent

KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 17: Teaching kids about consent

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KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 17: Teaching kids about consent

In this episode we’re tackling the important issue of teaching our kids about consent.

How do we ensure our younger children know about and understand consent? It’s not always easy having these conversations with our kids, but it’s absolutely necessary. Parents are asking at what age should this conversation happen, how should it be introduced? How should we actually be talking about it? The good news is you can start teaching kids about consent from a very young age, without confronting discussions about rape or sexual violation.

Talking us through this topic is award winning author, educator and advocate, Jayneen Sanders. Jayneen has actively advocated for body safety, gender equality and respectful relationship education being taught both in homes and in schools for over twelve years and has written and published several books on consent for children and parents including; ‘No Means No’, ‘My Body! What I Say Goes!’, ‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept’, ‘ABC of Body Safety & Consent’, ‘Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent & Respect’, and ‘Body Safety Education, A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Kids from Sexual Abuse’. Most of these books are suitable for children aged 3-9 years and give parents, carers, and educators the tools and framework to have conversations in age-appropriate ways with the children in their lives to educate and empower them.

In this episode we cover topics including: 

  • How and when to introduce the concept consent to young kids without relating it to sex
  • Practical ways to model consent to children
  • Why kids should never be asked to keep secrets
  • The importance of teaching anatomically correct terminology for body parts
  • Broaching sex ed with kids

CONTENT WARNING: In this episode, themes and references to sexual abuse and rape are covered. If this raises any issues or concerns for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or White Ribbon Australia on 1800 Respect.

Episode Features:

Guest: Jayneen Sanders
@jayneensandersauthor

Host: Liv Williams
@eeniemeeniemineymum

For more KIDDO content:
@kiddomag

Listen here

 

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