The Parent Panel: Barnaby's 'love child', early cyber safety and camping out for a school spot

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

Fri 9 February 2018

30 mins

In this episode of The Parent Panel our two panellists getting down and dishing the dirt on the week that was are:

  • Co-Host of This Glorious Mess and Head of Podcast at the MamaMia Women's Network, Holly Wainwright,
  • Author and parenting educator Dr Justin Coulson (PHD) 

Barnaby Joyce’s "Love Child"

After revelations that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's girlfriend and former staffer is having his baby, politicians are saying that his private life should remain private. Joyce has separated from his wife of 24 years, with whom he has four daughters. It could be argued that these calls for privacy were not voiced as loudly when it came to Prime Minister Julia Gillard when there was public scrutiny on her life (being childless, having a stay-at-home husband).

Does the private life of our politicians, particularly their family life, have an impact on their ability to perform their role? Do we have a right to know as the public? You can read about Barnaby’s call for privacy here , or why Clementine Ford believes  it is in the public's interest.

Camping out for kids school/ afterschool care/ activities

In Queensland parents were reported to have camped out to get their out of area kids into an exclusive school.  Would you camp out in order to get your child into a school, after-school care? What would you camp out for? (tickets to The Wiggles? A place in a great swim school? Or would nothing induce you to camp out?)

Teaching kindy kids about cyber security

The Government is going to introduce cyber safety classes to kids in kindy through to year two across the country, after an increase in child exploitation reports in 2017. Previously it had been for years three to six. How do the youngest members of your family use the internet? How do you handle their use of the internet? Do you feel like you are informed enough to manage their online use?

The funniest things your kid has ever said

As soon as they can form a sentence, children say the darndest things. The Huffington Post compiled an article this week with some funnier things four year olds have said. Justin and Holly get honest and hilarious talking about the things their kids have said. 

The magic of technology! It doesn't matter where our parents are, the magic of technology makes it sound like they're right next to you! Shevonne Hunt (L) and Holly Wainwright (R) giving Dr. Justin Coulson the thumbs up in the ad break.

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