Fri 7 September 2018
Author and columnist Clementine Ford has one son. Comedian and TV producer Julian Morrow has one son and one daughter. The Parent Panel host Shevonne Hunt has one son and one daughter too!
Together the trio ruminate upon and ramble about the things that had parents chatting around the watercooler (dishwasher) and at the dinner table (the lounge).
The topics discussed in this episode;
Jade eggs, Gwyneth Paltrow and useless parenting products
After Gwyneth Palrow's lifestyle site GOOP settled a lawsuit for falsley claiming that the Jade Eggs they sold had proven scientifically proven health benefits for women. Unsurprisingly, they do not. It got the panel thinking, what are the most ridiculous parenting products out there, and why are we suckers for them
The petty crimes of parenting life
This week writer Suzi Catchpole wrote about the petty crimes of parenting life. The towels that never get put up properly. The toilet roll that’s never changed. Sharing your home with tiny humans (and probably a big one too) can be a relentless run of small domestic assaults. What are the petty crimes that your family inflict on you that make you go a bit nutty?
How do we help Dads get help?
It’s not rocket science to know that a Dad’s mental well-being directly impacts his children. However until recently most of the research was on the impact of a mother’s mental health. "The proportion of dads reporting symptoms of depression and anxiety in this survey is lower than for mums (one in three). But the dads surveyed were less likely than mums to identify someone they trusted they could turn to for advice.The dads were generally more positive than mums about the amount of support they received from their partner. But the fact many fathers are likely to be struggling with no clear view of where to get help should sound alarm bells" wrote researchers Catherine Wade and Julie Green for The Conversation. How do we talk to the men in our life about their mental health and how do we get them to get the help they need?
Does parenting change you?
Shevonne caught up with friends she hadn’t seen in 20 years. Back in the days of being footloose and fancy-free (and also kid-free). Parenting comes with it's challenges as well as it's changes. So the panel dig into the ways parenting has changed them; for better and for even sometimes for worse.
Clementine's book Boys Will Be Boys will be out on September 26th. You can get your hands on a copy by pre-ordering online.
Julian will be hosting The Gig Economy & Employment Law ... Whose the boss? in Sydney on September 12th. Head to the CPDUI website for tickets.
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