The Parent Panel: Why every family needs 'Spontaneous Sundays' and 'Mystery Trips'

Great podcasts for parents and carers

Fri 21 September 2018

37 mins

TV host Tom Williams is a dad of two girls, Happy Mama founder Amy Taylor-Kabbaz is a mum of two girls and one boy, and host Shevonne Hunt has a boy and a girl.

Together the trio take on the news and gossip that have had parents and carers chatting, Whatsapp-ing, and texting over the past week.

How did you get around your parents’ rules as a kid?

When we were growing up as kids there were plenty of rules. Shevonne's parents used to hide the chocolate biscuits from her sister but she would always find them, and Shevonne would read well past lights-out, turning her bedside lamp off if she heard her parents come close. 

How did you get around rules when you were a kid, and do your children try similar exploits now?

Does becoming a parent kill spontaneity?

One of the main things parents miss after having children is the spontaneity of their previous life. It can be challenging to fit all the ‘things’ – work, school, day care, extended family and friends – into one week. When was the last time you were spontaneous with your family? 

Are businesses still failing working mums?

Wendy Tuohy wrote an article in the Fairfax Press titled Let’s stop pretending working mothers are getting a fair go. She cited the fact that three high-profile women (Jessica Rowe, Em  Rusciano and Maddi  Wright) have left their jobs to focus on their families. 

Em took exception to being in the article. Saying that while she appreciated the sentiment, she’s not ‘throwing away what she loves’ to stay home, that she’s passionate about her career and will continue to be a working mum.

Are businesses still failing working mums, or is it more about personal choice?

 What is the most ridiculous reason your child has had a tantrum?

Shevonne's son once had a tantrum because he couldn’t get his hands to stick to the wall (with blu tac), so he could climb the wall like Gecko from PJ Masks. Her daughter had a meltdown when she was about three because the ice block was 'too cold'. What have been the funniest reasons for tantrums in your home?

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