The Parent Panel: New Zealand's pregnant PM, ear piercing, unlikeable teachers

Part of the Kinderling Conversation for parents. Weekdays 12pm-1pm.

Fri 4 May 2018

28 mins

Jumping behind the mic in this episode are Lucy Kippist from Kinderling and Luke Escombe a.k.a Aspara-Gus from The Vegetable Plot.

They join Shevonne Hunt to tackle the hot topics that had parents firing up comment sections everywhere.

This week they discuss;

  • Whether or not New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern knows what she’s in for with a new bub and running a country
  • When is it ok to pierce your child’s ears and what happens when you and your partner disagree on it
  • What to do when you don’t like your child’s teacher
  • All the hilarious and fun words kids come up with for things that already exist: like calling spider webs spider cooties!

Is the criticism of Jacinda Ardern valid?

In a recent article a News Ltd journalist criticised the New Zealand Prime Minister as being unprepared for the challenges of parenthood. That combining new motherhood with being PM was impossible. But Lucy says she is torn. Having a baby affects us all differently. Will it take its toll on the NZ PM? Or can she do both well?

How do you find a compromise when as parents you disagree?

This week on the Mumsnet  parenting forum a mum started a thread about when it was ok to pierce her daughter’s ears. Her daughter was four, and the woman’s estranged husband said she was too young. Piercing ears is just one example of where you might disagree about with your partner when it comes to what’s “age appropriate”. Think nail polish, sleep overs and toy guns. How do you find compromises over “age appropriate” with your partner if you disagree?

What to do if you don’t like your child’s teacher

We place a lot of faith in our early educators, and later primary school teachers. But what would you do if you didn’t like your child’s teacher? Or if they didn’t like their teacher? Jeff  Kugler, a former principal and executive director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education shared his tips on what to do. But it’s one thing to read what to do, and another thing to do something about it. How would you handle this situation?

Funny terms your child uses for everyday items and animals 

Shevonne’s son calls great white sharls “point sharks”, a friend’s child calls knives “choppy-saws” and another’s child refers to dogs as “hairy friends”. Has your child (or children) got their own, equally brilliant terms for everyday objects and animals? 

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