Welcome to the Rollercoaster Ride of Parenting Podcast with your hosts Jennie, Ben and Susanna! We’ll be having authentic conversations around the challenges we have faced and are still working through, based on our individual and collective perspectives. This podcast is an opportunity to share more tips and tricks around the challenges that parents face. It is our hope that through our shared knowledge, experiences and conversations we help you to better embrace your parenting and enjoy your rollercoaster ride!
Does the perfect parent exist? Funnily enough I believe there is such a thing as being the perfect parent. This is the parent that tries to be the best they can be for their children, that strives for perfection but knows it’s okay when they make mistakes.
Relax, believe in yourself, believe in your child and enjoy the roller coaster ride. Rather than just embracing the highs and avoiding the lows, we need to embrace the lows. We need to remember that they are there and that they make us and our children stronger.
Today we spoke about how to be present in both your own and your child’s fears and the importance of being a safe person. We also discussed healthy vulnerability in sharing our fears with our children, whilst taking them on the journey to overcome them.
Whether they be negative or positive, our words can have a huge impact on the people we speak to. Today’s episode we discuss the power behind our words and how to use them to encourage our children.
Everybody has different ways of wanting to receive and give love. These are naturally built within us and will be different for everyone. Today we’ll explore how important it is to recognise and meet our children’s love languages
Today we talk about all things, apology and forgiveness and how apologising to our children can empower both them and us. We’ll discuss how important it is to be vulnerable with our children and the stigma around it.
Becoming a parent changes our identity and who we are. This can be challenging and confronting for many new parents. Today we talk about how our identity and self esteem can affect our children and the importance of valuing who we are as parents.
Episode two of our two part exploration of identity focuses on how to encourage our children’s identities. We’ll discuss the importance of uniqueness and how to invest in what our children are identifying with.
There can be a lot of stress and pressure around creating fun and memories for our kids. Today we discuss how simple, inexpensive and unplanned moments can turn into the best memories and the importance of creating traditions for our families.
Fears are very real things, but how can we expect our children to overcome their fears and challenges if you don’t show them how? Today we discuss the importance of acknowledging these fears and showing your children how you overcome your fears. We also discuss how give them the tools to that overcome fears in their own time and also discuss how it can be challenging but also so rewarding.
Navigating the different changes and stages of our children’s lives can be difficult and frustrating. Today we discuss the importance of seeking guidance and wisdom from other parents and tools, and how to support and encourage our children through these challenging times.
In an increasingly technological world, it’s important to know how to keep our children safe. This week we speak with special guest Katie Kobler, Director of Your Choicez, about how best to safeguard and communicate with your children about technology.
Learn more about Your Choicez at yourchoicez.com.au/
There are so many ways that we can show gratitude. Today we’ll be discussing the importance of giving and thankfulness and how to encourage our children in showing their gratitude.
The best way to raise a child is in community with others. In our final episode of the season, we’ll explore what a village may look like and the different ways to build a community of your own.
This week we dive into our Summer Series as we talk all things tweens and teens! We know that oftentimes parents have fear around their children becoming teens. Hormones, high school and much more this can be an intimidating time and we hope this episode will encourage you to feel more confident and excited about your teenagers!
Don’t just survive the school holidays, thrive through them! On this week’s episode we discuss the ups and the downs of the long six weeks of the summer holidays. Jennie shares about her annual summer reading program and how fun vacation care can really be. We also explore the importance of enjoying the mess that often comes with kids being home!
Routines, knowing your child is safe and starting a new year in childcare! Our special guest Anna Parry-Jones covers these topics and more. With 25 years experience in early education and now as Head of Training & Quality Assurances, Curriculum and Resources at Little Miracles, Anna brings a wealth of knowledge to this episode. She highlights the importance of the partnership between parents and educators and brings her top tips for transitioning into the new year.
Today’s episode we discuss some of those big transitions in our kids lives! From preschool to primary school, our children becoming teenagers, these can all be big moments of change. Each child is different and not all will react to these changes the same. We share our experiences and some tips on navigating some of these transitions with the hope to encourage you during times of change.
Our three part series on the journey of fatherhood is intended to contribute to the conversation around what it’s like to be a father. The failures, the triumphs and everything in between we hope to bring encouragement and insight as the guys share their journeys of fatherhood. This episode we interview Jared McGhie, husband of regular host Jennie and father to two children. Jared gives us insightful answers as he lets us in on what being a dad looks like for him.