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THE PODCAST PARENTS NEED Being a parent can be the greatest and the hardest thing you’ll ever do. In Navigating Parenthood, brought to you by HCF, parents and experts share their stories – the joys and stress, the advice and the insight. In the first 3 seasons of our podcast series, we explore the most challenging periods of any parent’s life: from taking those first baby steps in season 1, Baby Steps, to staying in step with our teens in season 2, Talking to Teens, to the juggles and struggles of raising healthy happy kids in season 3, Imperfect Parents. In season 4, Growing Great Tweens, our host Dylan Lewis chats to parents about those years between 8 and 12, when our kids are navigating the journey from childhood to teenage-hood, providing tips on how to talk to and connect with our tweens along the way. With special guests like Pia Miranda, Susie Maroney, Robbie Buck, Meshel Laurie, Sean Szeps, Andy Saunders, and David McCormack (who you might know as the voice of Bluey’s Dad), we explore topics like identity, resilience, technology and the online universe, friendships, and more. Listen to the episodes below. This podcast contains general health information and shouldn't be relied on as medical advice. If you have any health concerns, speak to your doctor. HCF doesn't endorse any statements or opinions made during the podcast. If the podcast makes you feel depressed or anxious and you need to talk to someone straight away, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

THE PODCAST PARENTS NEED Being a parent can be the greatest and the hardest thing you’ll ever do. In Navigating Parenthood, brought to you by HCF, parents and experts share their stories – the joys and stress, the advice and the insight. In the first 3 seasons of our podcast series, we explore the most challenging periods of any parent’s life: from taking those first baby steps in season 1, Baby Steps, to staying in step with our teens in season 2, Talking to Teens, to the juggles and struggles of raising healthy happy kids in season 3, Imperfect Parents. In season 4, Growing Great Tweens, our host Dylan Lewis chats to parents about those years between 8 and 12, when our kids are navigating the journey from childhood to teenage-hood, providing tips on how to talk to and connect with our tweens along the way. With special guests like Pia Miranda, Susie Maroney, Robbie Buck, Meshel Laurie, Sean Szeps, Andy Saunders, and David McCormack (who you might know as the voice of Bluey’s Dad), we explore topics like identity, resilience, technology and the online universe, friendships, and more. Listen to the episodes below. This podcast contains general health information and shouldn't be relied on as medical advice. If you have any health concerns, speak to your doctor. HCF doesn't endorse any statements or opinions made during the podcast. If the podcast makes you feel depressed or anxious and you need to talk to someone straight away, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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THE PODCAST PARENTS NEED Being a parent can be the greatest and the hardest thing you’ll ever do. In Navigating Parenthood, brought to you by HCF, parents and experts share their stories – the joys and stress, the advice and the insight. In the first 3 seasons of our podcast series, we explore the most challenging periods of any parent’s life: from taking those first baby steps in season 1, Baby Steps, to staying in step with our teens in season 2, Talking to Teens, to the juggles and struggles of raising healthy happy kids in season 3, Imperfect Parents. In season 4, Growing Great Tweens, our host Dylan Lewis chats to parents about those years between 8 and 12, when our kids are navigating the journey from childhood to teenage-hood, providing tips on how to talk to and connect with our tweens along the way. With special guests like Pia Miranda, Susie Maroney, Robbie Buck, Meshel Laurie, Sean Szeps, Andy Saunders, and David McCormack (who you might know as the voice of Bluey’s Dad), we explore topics like identity, resilience, technology and the online universe, friendships, and more. Listen to the episodes below. This podcast contains general health information and shouldn't be relied on as medical advice. If you have any health concerns, speak to your doctor. HCF doesn't endorse any statements or opinions made during the podcast. If the podcast makes you feel depressed or anxious and you need to talk to someone straight away, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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English

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0433208187


Episodes

We are family

6/15/2022
In a day and age when we’re so connected it sometimes feels like we’re moving further apart. And if you think your tweens are growing at an alarming rate, it’s probably because they are! But there are plenty of ways to stay connected to your kids and make sure that family time is quality time. Join Dylan Lewis once more as he chats with Dave McCormack and Robbie Buck about the pressure to spend one-on-one time with your kids in a large family and what they do to maintain and strengthen...

Duration:00:34:48

Parenting past pink and blue

6/8/2022
As much as we tell our kids they can be or do anything, external messages may slip in. Gender stereotypes we thought we’d retired long ago are still reinforced in popular culture, online or even the playground and teaching our tweens to recognise these gendered norms is the first step. How can we raise this next generation differently and how do we teach our tweens that no one is built for any one box? Join host, Dylan Lewis, for an insightful chat with Meshel Laurie and Sean Szeps, who are...

Duration:00:35:12

The friendship formula

6/1/2022
Making friends isn’t always an easy thing. Throw in transitioning from primary school to high school, social media and external pressures and those friendships become more important than ever. But how do we teach kids to not only be good friends but what to expect from their peers in return. When does peer influence become peer pressure? Join host Dylan Lewis as he speaks to Pia Miranda and George Georgievski, two parents of tweens who know navigating young friendships all too well, to find...

Duration:00:29:36

Are you game? Tweens and gaming – rewrite the story

5/25/2022
With so much learning, socialising and gaming done online, there is a fine line both parents and their tweens walk when navigating the world of tech and kids. Technology is an integral part of their lives and with that comes a lot of benefits. But how do we keep our kids safe online and protect their privacy, while allowing them to prosper both scholarly and socially? Listen to Dylan Lewis chat through tweens, gaming and technology with Dr Catriona Wallace and Mark Serrels, 2 experts (and...

Duration:00:34:48

Made with strength, love and resilience

5/18/2022
The tween years are such a transformative time for kids. As they begin to find their place in the world, they’re also navigating that jump from primary school to high school and all the challenges that come with it. So how do we prepare children for the future? Is it as simple as raising resilient kids and letting them tackle these next stages head on? Host and tween-dad Dylan Lewis chats with Lauren Patterson and Susie Maroney about building mental strength in their tweens, resilience and...

Duration:00:33:18

Discovering me

5/11/2022
Navigating preadolescence is scary enough but when questions arise around cultural identity or gender identity, things can get pretty overwhelming for our tweens. How do you parent a child who doesn’t feel at home in their own body? Or a kid dealing with prejudices and peer pressure on the playground? And how do we arm tweens with the self-confidence to find or even change their identity. Dylan Lewis chats with Carolyn Tate, a mum of 3, whose eldest son started their transitioning journey...

Duration:00:33:23

Season 4 - Growing Great Tweens

5/11/2022
Coming soon, our fourth and most recent season, Growing Great Tweens, where dad and host Dylan Lewis discusses the experience of raising today’s tweens with other parents. Speaking with familiar voices, like Susie Maroney, Robbie Buck and Pia Miranda, he tackles issues faced by many families, from raising mentally strong kids and navigating the online universe, to how to foster family connection and recognise the identity biases faced by children in preadolescence. Support the show:...

Duration:00:01:34

Parenting advice: looking back

3/15/2021
Life teaches us many things along the way, leaving us with valuable advice we can pass on to our kids, as well as other parents around us. Parenting is never easy, but looking back helps us celebrate successes and unpack how we’d do things differently. Jessica Rowe chats with parents at the top end of their parenting journey, with grown-up kids who have left the nest. She talks to a working mum juggling her career and now-adult kids, as well as two dads who became long-term foster parents....

Duration:00:49:45

Single mum by choice: why I chose a sperm donor

3/15/2021
For some, the first parenting challenge is actually having children – maybe it hasn’t been a possibility till later in life. Many women are delaying having a family well into their 30s and beyond so they can focus on other areas of their lives. And some might not find their life partner before their ideal fertility years. So, what happens when a woman decides to go it alone? Jessica Rowe chats with a woman who always wanted children but at the age of almost 40, her relationship fell apart....

Duration:00:33:36

How to stay positive while co-parenting

3/15/2021
Single-parent and blended families are just some of the many types of modern families. Raising a child can be difficult under any circumstance, but even more so if you’re going it alone. It can be hard and lonely. And how do you reach a place with your ex-partner that’s positive for your whole crew? Jessica Rowe chats with a parent who’s found a great co-parenting balance with her ex-partner, but their path has not been without its challenges. In this episode of Navigating Parenthood –...

Duration:00:32:16

Coping with stress and change in parenthood

3/15/2021
When you embark on family life, you hope to head down the safe and predictable road – healthy kids and partner, a job with enough income to live comfortably, and good mental health. But sometimes life can catch you unaware with a thunderbolt from the blue. Jessica Rowe chats with a mum about how her life took a very different turn to the one she had imagined. After a tough pregnancy with her first child, she was put on bed rest for the second half of her next pregnancy with twins. But not...

Duration:00:35:21

Online safety for kids

3/15/2021
Technology has changed the way we all live – and the benefits can be felt across all ages and life stages. But how do you keep your kids safe online? How do you manage the right balance of screen time for kids? And how do you have the hard conversations about what’s out there and face up to the reality inappropriate material is so easy to come by. Jessica Rowe chats with a mum about her children’s own online experiences and how she managed a confronting situation that could have seen her...

Duration:00:34:05

Work-life balance: how to make your own rules

3/15/2021
Every new day brings a new challenge in the life of a busy parent. While you try to smile your way through it, there are times when you can’t keep your cool, you think you’re failing, or when work is too much. Jessica Rowe chats with a parent about how she wrote her own parenting rulebook when it comes to juggling the work-life balance, dividing duties in the home, and balancing the mental load. She’s not tied down by the traditional expectations of how to parent, she chose her own path and...

Duration:00:35:47

Season 3 - Imperfect Parents

3/11/2021
THE PODCAST PARENTS NEED Being a parent can be the greatest and the hardest thing you’ll ever do. In Navigating Parenthood, brought to you by HCF, parents and experts share their stories – the joys and stress, the advice and the insight. In the first two seasons of our podcast series, we explore the most challenging periods of any parent’s life: from taking those first baby steps in season one, to staying in step with our teens in season two. In season three, Imperfect Parents, our host...

Duration:00:01:44

BONUS EPISODE: Talking to parents: lessons learned through lockdown

12/1/2020
In our bonus episode, in partnership with Netball Australia, host Cath Cox chats to three parents from Australia’s netball community about navigating the tough times of 2020 – what challenges have they faced this year and how can we look after our children’s mental health, as well as our own? Just like netball’s elite athletes, children need support to navigate change and uncertainty. Parents Allison, Emma and Shari have lived very different experiences throughout 2020, yet all share a...

Duration:00:41:54

Teens: Eating disorders and bullying.

1/13/2020
Do you know how to start a conversation about eating issues? Could you spot the signs of bullying in your child? Emilia was seven when her eating disorder began. Now 16, she tells how she suffered silently through years of bullying and cripplingly low self-esteem. Developing a healthy body image is all part of growing up. Throw bullying into the mix and teens face all kinds of challenges from the playground to the wild world of online communication. In this episode of Navigating Parenthood...

Duration:00:32:01

Teens: Depression and suicide.

1/13/2020
It’s normal for teenagers to be moody from time to time, but how do we spot the signs of true depression in our teens? At 12, Matt was living a seemingly normal suburban childhood. But on the inside, he questioned his self-worth, his self-image and whether it’d even matter if he was alive at all. Matt’s depression led to a suicide attempt that means he’ll be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Now as a 19-year-old, he gives motivational talks to help teens and parents discuss mental...

Duration:00:28:09

Teens: Relationships, sex and consent.

1/13/2020
How can we help our teens navigate this major topic and time in their lives? Barney, 16, and Ella, 17, are teenagers with insightful views on sex, consent and relationships, from what dating looks like in 2020 to the biggest gaps in their sex education. Relationships and sex aren’t topics that most parents really tackle head on with their kids. These conversations are awkward for teens, and awkward for parents. But is dancing around these issues doing more harm than not addressing them? In...

Duration:00:28:22

Teens: Stress, study and anxiety.

1/13/2020
Study and exam stress can affect any student, and teenagers are experts at hiding their worries. So how do parents know when to offer help, and what should that help even look like? By the time Genevieve reached year 12, she was used to being on top of things: vice captain and sports captain of her school – a self-described high achiever. But in the middle of the HSC exam for her best subject, with her heart racing and everyone around her scribbling, she looked down at her paper, stood up...

Duration:00:29:11

Teens: Grief and resilience.

1/12/2020
What happens when your child unexpectedly has to face the worst of life’s challenges? There are hundreds of parenting books out there, but there are some things you can never prepare your kids for. Grace was 10 when her father died. Since then, she’s had to process her own grief, as well as manage the feelings of people around her. Because as Grace says, people don’t know how to talk about death. In this episode of Navigating Parenthood – Talking to teens, brought to you by HCF, we hear...

Duration:00:32:59