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Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic

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Sonia Bestulic from the Chatabout Children Blog educates, enlightens, and entertains with valuable insights into all things children, from birth to pre-teen, so you can enjoy fulfilment with the children in your world. Discover children at a whole new level, learning simple yet powerful strategies to nurture child development, overall health, effective learning and robust life skills. Uncover techniques on positive parenting, and conscious communication to strengthen your relationships, and empower you to grow, together with the children in your life. In her unique holistic approach, Sonia takes you further, including super easy tools to remember yourself, on the journey of fostering thriving happy children, within a connected family or workplace. As a mother of three young children, a Children’s Author, and a reputable Speech & Language Pathologist, Sonia contributes a professional evidence-based perspective, and personal/ parental tips and tricks, as you share in a Chatabout Children with Sonia Bestulic. “The quality of our communication determines the quality of connection to ourselves, to others and to the world around us” Sonia Bestulic

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Sonia Bestulic from the Chatabout Children Blog educates, enlightens, and entertains with valuable insights into all things children, from birth to pre-teen, so you can enjoy fulfilment with the children in your world. Discover children at a whole new level, learning simple yet powerful strategies to nurture child development, overall health, effective learning and robust life skills. Uncover techniques on positive parenting, and conscious communication to strengthen your relationships, and empower you to grow, together with the children in your life. In her unique holistic approach, Sonia takes you further, including super easy tools to remember yourself, on the journey of fostering thriving happy children, within a connected family or workplace. As a mother of three young children, a Children’s Author, and a reputable Speech & Language Pathologist, Sonia contributes a professional evidence-based perspective, and personal/ parental tips and tricks, as you share in a Chatabout Children with Sonia Bestulic. “The quality of our communication determines the quality of connection to ourselves, to others and to the world around us” Sonia Bestulic

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Episodes

CC87 - Be Courageous Play and become Present

10/4/2022
When Dani was 29, she got a tattoo which read, ‘to thy own self be true’. There is courage required to be true to yourself and she shares how she struggled with post-natal anxiety. Dani says, ‘It’s about leaning into the unknown, leaning into fear even though it is scary and not being afraid to be who you are’. Children keep us young. We discuss the importance of play as this leads to being present. Sonia says, ‘Children are authentic, vulnerable humans and they remind us who we are.’ It’s important to keep those child-like qualities as an adult. So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Dani Vee. Links: Chatabout Children Flourish for Mums by Sonia Bestulic Connect with Dani Vee See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:24

CC86 - Motherhood Guilt and Embracing Vulnerability

9/27/2022
Dani shares her own experience of Mother guilt and taking on the masculine stereotypical traits, rather than her own strengths of vulnerability and humour. Mother guilt is a real phenomenon – Dr Rose Sociologist discusses this in her research and she states that it comes from not meeting societal and cultural expectations. We discuss how to counteract this subconscious nature of being a ‘good mother’ or ‘good wife’ and the unrealistic expectations. ‘The golden thread of humanity is human connection’ says Sonia, ‘and this can only be achieved through vulnerability’. Sonia shares her tips for re-claiming our human-ness and says, ‘the challenge is not to be perfect, but to be whole.’ It’s all about giving yourself permission to be YOU and being accepting of your whole self. This should become our narrative - self-care in motherhood is not just a possibility; it is a necessity. So, sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Dani Vee. Links: Chatabout Children Flourish for Mums by Sonia Bestulic Connect with Dani Vee See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:24:00

CC85 - Are You a Human Being or a Human doing

9/21/2022
Since our last chat with Dani Vee in Episode 67, she has released a picture book 'My EXTRAordinary Mum'. In this episode we discuss, ‘Are you a human being or, a human-doing?’ As mums it can be easy to adopt an outer focus, and feel at a loss when it comes to our identity. Dani share’s the reason she wrote 'My EXTRAordinary Mum' after discussing her life with her children and realising they didn’t know who she was. ‘When you have children there is a breaking down of your identity. But, that’s ok – the positive side of breaking down is being able to re-build.’ Although it has been a difficult few years for us all, Dani has focused on celebrating the ‘wins’ and, more importantly, celebrating and practicing the celebration of others. So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Dani Vee. Links: Chatabout Children Flourish for Mums by Sonia Bestulic Connect with Dani Vee See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:16:03

CC84 - Kids and Social Skills with Alex Kelly

11/30/2021
According to Harvard’s longest study of adult life, relationships play the most important role in making human beings happy. Social connections not only enhance mental and emotional well-being, but they also affect our physical wellness. This fact is noticeably true even early in childhood. However, certain difficulties may affect a child’s ability to interact with his or her peers, teachers, and even family members. How can parents, teachers, and professionals help children develop great social skills? We bring in Alex Kelly to talk to us about this topic. Alex Kelly is a speech and language therapist with over 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents who have difficulties with their social skills, self-esteem, and relationships. Alex is best known for being the author of 13 books including the hugely popular Talkabout Resources, a collection of books that teach social skills to children. Together with her husband, who was a teacher, Alex runs Speaking Space, a business that provides training and consultancy work as well as speech, language, and occupational therapies for over 40 local schools. The business also provides a day service to adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. Speaking Space is the only speech and therapy service in the United Kingdom to be accredited by the National Autism Society and the only day service in England to have advance status. Alex also conducts research and lectures internationally on her field of expertise. Listen to my conversation with Alex Kelly and learn: The critical role that social skills play in the lives of children. The definition of social skills. The components of social skills and how they develop from birth to school age. Why assertiveness is the final stage of social skills. Why getting help for social skills when your child is already at school is already quite late. The most common problems Alex encounters in her work. How important a child’s environment is in building his or her social skills. The relationship between self-awareness, self-esteem, and social skills. Being alone and not wanting friends is not necessarily a bad thing. How technology can help build social skills among children. Alex Kelly’s top three tips for teaching social skills to children. Find the child’s motivator and work with that. Look at the child’s environment and modify it to support the child’s confidence. Teach social skills in a safe space. So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Alex Kelly. Listen to the full episode here. Links: Chatabout Children Flourish for Mums by Sonia Bestulic Alex Kelly’s website Alex Kelly’s work website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:30:04

CC83 - Raising Resilient Children with Michelle Mitchell

11/16/2021
Even if we wish they were, our children will never be immune from the setbacks and failures inherent in life. These setbacks could be experienced by our children very early on, whether they be in the form of friendship dramas, academic pressure, or internal self-doubt. Getting back up after a setback is what we call resilience. Resilience is therefore an important skill to teach our children. In this episode of Chatabout Children™, we bring in author Michelle Mitchell to talk to us about how parents can raise resilient children. Michelle Mitchell is an award-winning speaker, author, and educator who has incorporated years of grassroots experience into her books. After leaving her profession as a primary school teacher, Michelle focused on helping teenagers, particularly teenage girls, learn vital life skills to support them while at school. Her latest book, Everyday Resilience: Helping Kids Handle Friendship Drama, Academic Pressure, and the Self-Doubt of Growing Up, tackles the very interesting topic of teaching resilience to children and teenagers, and we ask her to talk more about this subject in this episode. Key Learnings: - How Michelle transitioned from being a primary school teacher to teaching kids how to be resilient. - Michelle explains “Resilience is the capacity to thrive regardless of the circumstances’ and shares the importance and challenge of connecting with your child. - The seven characteristics of a resilient child - She shares some strategies on helping children develop resilience in their everyday lives, for both girls and boys. - Addressing a child’s “I can’t” mindset - Teaching why it’s okay for kids to start doing something poorly. -We discuss perfectionism in kids. Michelle says to parents and educators - It’s all about connection. Connecting with our kids is vital. Kids need the loving support of adults in their life so that they are not afraid to take risks. In replace of being connected, sometimes we over-parent kids, whereas we really need to be focusing on connection and allowing our children to fail. So, sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Michelle Mitchell. Listen to the original episode here. Links: Chatabout Children Flourish for Mums by Sonia Bestulic Michelle Michell Follow @michellemitchellspeaker on Instagram See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:22:53

CC82 - Attention, Learning and your Child with Jacky Peile

11/2/2021
Attention is a very basic skill for human beings, so basic that we don’t usually talk about it. But for some, attention is not a skill that comes easily and this problem can emanate early in childhood. This is where Occupational Therapists like Jacky Peile enter. They help children with attention difficulties live a better life. In this first episode of a two-part series, we chat with Jacky about attention, learning, and your child. Jacky Peile established EarlyLinks in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire in Australia in 2010. Today, she leads a team of occupational therapists who support children, teens, and young adults with anxiety and sensory-processing difficulties through practical strategies that make their daily life easier. Key Learnings Jacky’s questions for parents who want to test children for attention difficulties before consulting a professional: So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Jacky Peile. Listen to Part One and Part Two of the Attention, Learning and your Child episodes. Links: Chatabout Children Flourish for Mums by Sonia Bestulic Early Links Connect with Jackie on LinkedIn See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:26:46

CC81 - Food Fuel for Effective Learning with Monica Kubizniak

10/19/2021
In this week’s episode of the Chatabout Children™ Podcast we sit down with dietitian Monica Kubizniak, where we will talk about food fuel for effective learning. Monica completed her Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2000. Since graduating, she’s worked in community health centers, hospitals, and private practice both here in Australia and overseas. Monica is not only a dietitian but also a mum to 3 young kids. So, we ask her how she practises her expertise in food and nutrition at home. She gives us her top tips for creating healthy filling meals to help sustain our children as they grow and learn. When I asked Monica about her top 3 healthy snack ideas to prepare for kids, she gave me more than 3, which is amazing. Here are her top 7 snack ideas: So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Monica Kubizniak. Listen to the full episode here Links: Chatabout Children Book an appointment with Monia See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:26:51

CC80 - Foundations for Reading and Spelling Part 2

10/5/2021
In this episode of Chatabout Children™ Podcast, we look at the foundations of learning to read and spell with a real focus on pre-schoolers. This is part 2 of this comprehensive topic and a guide can be found in Sonia’s e-book - 4 Power Tools to Ready your Preschooler to Read and Spell. In part 1 we talked about practical strategies, speech and language milestones for 3-5 year olds, what to do if you are concerned that your child is not reaching those milestones, and oral language skills. You can listen to Part 1 here. How oral language is linked to literacy In the preschool period and early schooling, the real focus is for children to receive life experiences that are going to enrich their vocabulary. So, it’s really about having fun and incorporating things in your everyday life, and it’s not about sitting at a tabletop and forcing your child to learn to read or spell. Because those life experiences will build their vocabulary and their view of how things operate in the real world. Think about this: your child starts out by learning to read. And as they grow older, they are reading to learn. Phonological awareness What is it? Phonological awareness is the conscious awareness of the sounds of language and that ability to reflect on the sounds in words. For example, preschool children start to notice the following: 5 ways to build phonological awareness Here are the 5 ways to build phonological awareness: Listening and attention skills Being able to focus, pay attention and listen is so crucial to skill development, particularly for children looking to start school. There’s got to be that important foundation because they are going to an environment so different to their home environment. If you are concerned about your child’s attention or listening skills, you can do the activities that we already talked about or sharing books within a daily book routine will help build their concentration skills. My comment on apps There’s lots of great apps that help with learning to read and spell, but there’s a popular one called Reading Egg. https://readingeggs.com/apps/ You should check it out. But be very mindful of screen time, a topic that I discussed in the last episode. It is good practice, a year before going to school, to have your child checked for the following: So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she shares the foundations for reading and spelling. Resources: Reading Eggs Chatabout Children 079 – Foundations for Reading & Spelling Part 2 4 Power Tools to Ready your Preschooler to Read and Spell Links: Chatabout Children See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:25:29

CC79 - Foundations for Reading and Spelling Part 1

9/21/2021
In this episode of Chatabout Children™ Podcast, we look at the foundations of learning to read and spell with a real focus on preschoolers – children who are from 3 to 5 years of age. This is part 1 of this comprehensive topic and a guide can be found in Sonia’s e-book - 4 Power Tools to Ready your Preschooler to Read and Spell Speech and Language Milestones Learning to speak and communicate is a crucial part of a child’s development because it will help them progress in their early school years in terms of mastering those rules of language. Even though development will vary for each child, it is important to have a rough guide (or milestones) as to what typical development is and you can ascertain if your child might need a bit more help. 3 years of age 4 years of age 5 years of age Speech sounds A child speaking another language at home (aside from English) What to do if you are concerned after learning the milestones? 6 practical, easy-to-apply strategies on how to power up your child’s vocabulary Here’s how you can encourage the growth of your child’s vocabulary in 6 easy ways: Download the PDF guide Interactive Book Sharing Screen time habits Screen time is so easily accessible these days and it is said to contribute to a language delay and social skills difficulties especially if the screentime is so excessive that it takes away from human interaction time. One of the parenting websites here in Australia recommends that children under 2 years of age should have to steer clear of the screen altogether, which I did for my own children. For Children 2-5 years of age, the recommendation is no more than an hour a day and for 5-18 year olds, it should be no more than 2 hours a day. In essence, just exercise some common sense and moderation when it comes to screen time and it should not replace human interaction. You’ve now had an understanding of the milestones for speech sound, language and play skills. For any other concerns, please seek the advice of a medical professional. So, sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she discusses Foundations for Reading and Writing. Links: Chatabout Children Resources: E BOOK - 4 Power Tools to Ready your Preschooler to Read and Spell Download the PDF guide Interactive Book Sharing Toddler Communication Checklists Top 10 Tips to Nurture Confident Communication in Kids See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:26:51

CC78 - Talking money with kids Melissa Meagher

9/7/2021
Is money an openly talked about topic in your family? Most of the time, our frustration comes when children want us to buy them what they want even though they don’t need it. As parents, we often consider our finances before any buying decision. But do we include our kids in the conversation? If you’re someone who struggles with saying ‘no’ to your kids when they frantically beg you to buy them another toy to add to their never-ending collection, today’s episode is for you. With me today is Melissa Meagher who took her passion for finance and making a difference in people’s lives to create her own money-coaching business called ‘Talking Money.’ She is a financial advisor who is also a mother of two. Melissa shares her top tips for talking money with kids. She shares the most common obstacles that people need to overcome; how to be conscious about what we say and the impact money can have on relationships. She reveals practical ways to help kids understand the value and importance of money, and how to handle money better in this modern era, including common trends like credit cards for kids. Money chat should be a normalized daily conversation. Melissa says, ‘Talk to your kids about money in everyday life, as if it’s a normal thing. Don’t make it this thing you’ve got to sit down and have this big conversation about it.’ She shares how we can encourage healthy money mindsets, shape children’s reasoning as they handle money growing up, and how we can reframe language and be more conscious of the words we use in addressing money matters with our children. ‘Get your children involved with making family money decisions so you get their buy-in and their involvement.’ So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Melissa Meagher. Links: Chatabout Children Talking Money Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn Taking Money Facebook References: Pocket Money Calculator and Card Savings Goal Calculator Budget Planner 45 Minute Strategy Session See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:32:34

CC77 - Raising Strong, Confident Kids with Dr Louise Metcalf

8/24/2021
Raising a child has never been easy. Raising a strong confident child, during a pandemic, is even harder. To learn how this is possible, I sit down with Dr. Louise Metcalf to discuss ways to look after our children’s wellbeing. We specifically talk about how we can teach our children to be more resilient and adaptable, so they can enjoy life as kids while becoming more eager to face the challenges of life growing up. We discuss the definition of resilience and adaptability, the makings of a strong and confident child and, how we help our kids discover their strengths and find ways to use them. Dr Louise shares how we can manage anxiety in our kids particularly during the COVID pandemic. Dr Louise says “Tell your kids what you like about them as a person – it’s about recognising self-worth.” Her advice to parents and carers is to slow down, practice relaxation and self-care, meditate, teach your kids how to meditate and remember to just stop and breathe. We discuss some of the reasons we’re observing these mental health issues in kids nowadays and how, after years of supporting children with anxiety and mental wellbeing, Dr Louise had the idea for a robot that can help kids with their anxiety. It came in the form of an app called ‘Gheorg’. The Friendly Robot empowers children with emotional intelligence and mental wellbeing. ‘Build a village around your kids, the village should be quite big’ says Dr Louise ‘Gheorg can be part of that village.’ So, sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Dr Louise Metcalf. Links: Listen to the full episode here Chatabout Children Connect with Dr Louise Metcalf on LinkedIn Download ‘Gheorg’ here See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:31:11

CC76 - Strengthening Emotional Wellbeing with Julia Pappas

8/11/2021
In our previous chat with Julia Pappas, we talked about what emotions are, what emotional development is, and how we regulate emotions. We’ve learned that our ability to acknowledge, express, and regulate emotion is a very crucial life skill and fortunately, as parents, we can teach this skill to our children. In this episode, we’re diving a bit deeper and discussing how to strengthen emotional wellbeing. We tackle specific strategies and tools that we can use to nurture that strength in our children, such as building emotional vocabulary, storytelling, simple observation, and so much more. Julia shares some common issues parents have when dealing with their child’s emotional wellbeing and how their emotions might translate into behaviours when the child’s needs are not met. No child comes with a parenting manual. Julia re-assures all parents that there is support. She shares the skills which are needed to strengthen our child’s emotional wellbeing and the difference between teaching the recognition of emotions and teaching emotional regulation. Julia gives us some real-life examples of situations wherein a child may still not have developed the skills needed for emotional wellbeing and how we can best respond to them. The first step is to be observant. Whenever you are noticing a negative behaviour or the way a specific emotion is expressed, ride that out. This is what I see; this is a challenge. Then flip it into, this is what I would like to see instead. Be specific about the skills you want your child to learn. Ask yourself, What would I like my child to be able to do, to express, to show? And how can I teach that? It is important to remember, even in the midst of a meltdown, that your child is trying to communicate. Remember that emotions and behaviour are devices to communicate a need. Knowing ourselves as parents, how we process emotions, and how we support our own emotional wellbeing will help us in guiding that process in teaching and modelling to the child. So, sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Julia Pappas. Links Chatabout Children Julia’s website The Parenting Presence Podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:33:53

CC75 - An Introduction to Emotional Development with Julia Pappas

7/27/2021
Raising children is not only a fulfilling and rewarding experience in itself but also one that is quite challenging – especially when we see our kids having temper tantrums, mood swings, and getting upset over the smallest things. Sometimes, these situations can leave us feeling frustrated, guilty, and shameful when we don’t handle them well. We wish our child would just remain calm all the time and respond positively in the face of disappointing situations but could that even be possible? Fortunately, our guest knows a thing or two on how to regulate our child’s emotions and regulating our own emotions as parents as well. In this Chatabout Children episode, our guest Julia Pappas, introduces us to the topic of emotional development. She shares why it is so important, and how we can help our children develop this valuable skill throughout life (without becoming an emotional mess). We start by defining emotions and the four core emotions she wants all parents to understand. We look at how social-emotional development develops from birth to toddler years to up until our child enters school. The three pillars of appropriate emotional development are ‘You’re ok, your needs are ok and your emotions are ok’ says Julia. As the adult care-taker, we need to have the self-awareness and emotional maturity to reinforce these pillars. We also discuss parent guilt when we are not able to regulate our own emotions and tips on how to respond to our child having a tantrum - Make sure we are ready. Show up fully regulated ourselves. Recognize that the tantrum is an escalation of our child’s emotions because their need was not met. ‘When an adult is fine with whatever the child is feeling, then the child will be as well.’ Says Julia. So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Julia Pappas. Links: Chatabout Children Julia’s website The Parenting Presence podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:25:58

CC74 - The Power of Play with Dr. Bo Stjerne Thomsen

7/13/2021
In today's episode, we chat with Dr. Bo Stjerne Thomsen, the Vice President and Chair of Learning Through Play at the LEGO Foundation in Denmark. He spent 9 years building the research agenda and organizational expertise on children's development, play, and learning to enable the LEGO Foundation to be the leading authority on Learning Through Play. The process of "learning through play" is a long-term game. LEGO builds skills for life. Regulation, manipulation, symbol recondition, muscle building and cognitive learning are all bonus’ of learning through play. Free-play teaches children to deal with change and uncertainty which is a skill needed for success in adulthood. So, by allowing children to play, create, build and problem solve is a valuable skill needed for their future. Dr. Bo's wise advice to parents during their children's playtime: ‘Do not set your expectations, always to be the one who knows everything, but instead acknowledge uncertainty and help to ask questions, reflect and explore ideas. The goal is to equip children to make decisions and learn. We cannot do it for them. Always reflect and say, "How can we facilitate play?". Children need time, and an open from structure, to be able to ask questions, reflect, and contribute. ‘It’s the best way for them grow up and learn to make decisions on their own.’ Educators, have a different role in play. First and foremost, the goal is to balance the instruction with project based learning and free play. Work with the school leadership to embed playful learning as part of longer sessions. Stitch topics together, embed collaboration, creativity and knowledge into that. ‘Be less concerned about failing as instructors, and just show the source of knowledge’ says Dr. Bo. Invite students to think about creative problems, projects, and collaborations. Allow them to assess what they are doing. So, sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Dr. Bo Stjerne Thomsen. Links: Chatabout Children LEGO Foundation Join the Free LEGO Foundation Course LEGO Foundation Facebook LEGO Foundation Twitter LEGO Foundation LinkedIn See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:21:02

CC73- Grow through what you go through with Dave POW Tabain.

6/29/2021
Joining us today on the children’s author spotlight, we speak with Dave Pow Tabain. Dave is a three-time World Kettle Bell Champion, motivational speaker and creator of the 30 Day Challenge which inspires thousands of people around the world to achieve their best and face their challenge. He is also the author of the ‘POWman’ books which aim to teach children how to turn bullying into a positive experience. Before he was an author, Dave grew up in a small country town which came which difficulties. After failing high school English, along with negative mental health experiences, he came to a realisation - ‘When you see what you don’t want to become, you get to a point where the only option is to do something about it.’ So, Dave started Australia’s first kettlebell gym, in a backyard, and actively made choices to change his life. The question then becomes - How can I make this great? Dave shares his mindset during his first kettlebell championship. ‘I remember stepping onto the platform and the guy who was winning at the time, was making fun of me.’ This just motivated Dave to push harder. ‘My first mindset was to prove myself and that evolved into creating a pathway for myself.’ Dave wanted to use his championship wins to inspire others to look after their own lives. ‘These last few years I have gone within. I’ve taken the energy from kettlebell lifting and turned it towards the books’ says Dave. There are three books in the POWman series. Book one is ‘Unleash the Hero Within’, then ‘Discover the Strength Within’ and the third being ‘Find the Courage Within.’ Dave tours around to different schools and shares the impact meeting POWman has on the kids. ‘We get all the kids from the school together and I help them to picture themselves in the story and feeling what it would be like. The goal is for them to read a story, which then inspires them to be their best selves.’ Dave goes on to say, ‘I can’t take away the pressure from these kids, but I can teach them how to grow through what they go through.’ In each book Dave has included a ‘POWplan’ where kids learn to strategize around a particular situation. ‘We’ve seen kids who are becoming bullyproof’ says Dave. So, what are Dave’s top tips for parents and carers who feel the pressure of becoming the perfect role model? ‘Remove the idea of perfect. A superhero’s superpower is rising to occasion in challenging times.’ Dave says parents need to ‘drop the perfectionism and teach your kids that no matter how bad the day is, we can fight again the next day.’ So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Dave Pow Tabain. Links: Get a copy of ‘POWman’ Join the ‘Creating Change In 2021 with Dave POW Tabain’ group on Facebook Follow @davepowtabain on Instagram Don’t forget to subscribe, leave a rating, and review: chataboutchildren.com/itunes chataboutchildren.com/spotify chataboutchildren.com/stitcher chataboutchildren.com/tunein chataboutchildren.com/google PODCAST DISCLAIMER Any information and links presented within the Chatabout Children™ with Sonia Bestulic podcast are aimed to provide general information and advice only. Information is to be used at the discretion of the consumer/ listener. The information presented does not replace or substitute the expert advice received from a direct consultation with the relevant qualified professional. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:25:20

CC72 - ADHD - What Is It? What Is It Not? How Do We Help Our Kids?

6/15/2021
ADHD is a huge topic area for discussion; with so many questions attached! So what exactly is it? What is it not? Why is it so often missed? Misunderstood? And what approach works to best help our children with an ADHD diagnosis? I was keen to explore this further, and did so with the exceptional Simon Da Roza; who has over 33 years teaching experience and a specialised passion for helping kids and families with ADHD. Enjoy the chat, and remember to share with family, friends and with colleagues who you know will benefit. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:33

CC71 - Kindness as a Kids Superpower

6/1/2021
What a treat to have the amazing award-winning Author, Josh Langley join me for a chat! Josh is an inspirational mental health advocate; whose book series, latest course for kids, and latest book "Wildly Kind" is changing the lives of children around the world. This is an important chat to tune in to, as I know for parents/ carers and professionals working with children; there is a collective movement and wish, to have kids develop not just a strong relationship with themselves; but also with others, and the world around them. Is kindness the superpower to do this? Enjoy this insightful chat with the talented Josh Langley. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:26:48

CC70 - The Danish Way of Parenting

5/20/2021
What can we learn from Danish parents? After all, Denmark has been voted the happiest country on the planet for 40 consecutive years?! I share a fascinating chat with Jessica Joelle Alexander, the Bestselling Author, Journalist, Danish Parenting Expert and Cultural Researcher. Her book “The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident Capable Kids" is published in over 28 countries. This chat with Jessica is overflowing with inspiration, and wonderful ways we can incorporate simple, yet deeply meaningful approaches in our daily lives with the children we share our world with. Enjoy this beautiful chat! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:46:15

CC69 - Mothers Day Mash up - Honouring Mothers, Celebrating Children

5/4/2021
SPECIAL MOTHER'S DAY MASH UP EPISODE! Excited to be sharing something a little different in this episode; themed to honour mothers and celebrate children. Multiple guests join the show, as we wrap up our five episode special self-care series. Not only will you hear from my three children - you will also relish in words of wisdom from the wonderful Psychologist and Yoga Teacher, Miranda Watkins; Founder of Evolve Wellbeing; AND be empowered and inspired by high profile entrepreneur and podcast host to one of Australia's top rating podcasts, Tory Archbold, who joins this episode with her teenage daughter Bella. Sit back, and enjoy this authentic, celebratory episode! Sonia x See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:59:43

CC68 - Nutrition and Exercise in the First 6 Months of Giving Birth

4/27/2021
Dahlas Fletcher is known to many, around the globe, for her expertise when it comes to exercise and nutrition during and after pregnancy. Her specialised training approach makes her highly sought after. Dahlas continues to inspire women worldwide to nurture and cherish both their bodies and their minds, during the transitional time into motherhood and beyond. This is episode 4 of a 5 episode special self-care series inspired by the release of Flourish for Mums 21 ways to thrive with self-care and acceptance. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:29:01