I HAVE been lucky enough to become an ABC radio regular. I can be found sometimes on Tim Cox‘s Drive show, Mondays 5:30pm to 6pm. And the rest of the time, usually weekly or fortnightly, I can be found on Steve Austin‘s parenting panel, Wednesdays 10.30am to 11am.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014:
Today Tracey and I were joined by Belinda, mother of eight, whose grocery bill is just $200 a week – the same as mine!! It’s a great conversation today as we talk about compliant children and how to teach critical thinking and the right way to challenge the status quo. Belinda brings some awesome insights into the discussion and Tracey, as usual, has a thoughtful, respectful approach to parenting issues. Listen to us here.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014:
This week was a really fun panel, with Tracey Egan (Passingphase.wordpress.com) and Kelly Burstow (BeAFunMum.com). I love these mums as they are a blend of blunt reality (Tracey) and fun aspriational (Kelly). One tells you how it is, while the other tells you how it can be. These are really lovely women and they write really lovely blogs, so check it out. Listen today while we have the most fun it’s possible to have on air. Oh, and Steve Austin was there too!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014:
Today the parenting panel was joined by the wonderful writer Andie Fox (who blogs at BlueMilk.com and writes for Daily Life) who shared her a-ha moment about having fun with her children. We also covered other topics – the significant cost of back to school and also the fierce reaction mums have when their children’s lives are threatened. It’s a wonderful panel of parents and we have our usual great time with host Steve Austin! Listen to us talk about parenting issues.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014:
It’s the first parenting panel for the year! I love being asked to join the parenting panel on the ABC radio and I’ve been invited back – joy! Today we talk about what to do with the kids for the last week of the school holidays. Tracey has some great tips for parents of younger kids while Mrs Catch and I talk about things to do with older kids. It’s lots of fun and to listen to our parenting tips, click this link.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013:
Today we tackled the topics of the federal Government’s backflip on the Gonski reforms, and how important community is to being a better parent. We heaped loads of praise on our blog readers who are smarter, wiser and better at parenting than us! (Thanks to all my lovely and kind readers who stick with my sporadic blogging. I’ll be better in the new year, I promise!) Anyway, have a listen as we talk about how to teach our children to be compassionate to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Monday, September 16, 2013:
One of the most animated Futureheads panels I’ve ever been part of. We talked about the Cowboys being robbed of a finals berth by egregious umpiring that allowed a try on the seventh tackle. We talked about Tony Abbott’s front bench featuring only one woman. We talked about a lot of things. And it was lovely to share this panel with my former colleague, Quest journalist Belinda Seeney. Listen to us here.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013:
Today the always-awesome Tracey Egan (Passing Phase) and I were joined by Maria (Mrs Catch) on the panel as we discussed with host, Steve Austin, the tricky and challenging issue of talking to your kids about sex. One of the things I love about being part of this panel is the wonderful exchange of information from other parents who take a thoughtful approach to parenting. I learned lots of valuable tips on this week’s panel. Today’s was a big topic and I ‘fessed up to my own terrible parenting moment! Listen to us here.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013:
Today I was invited to be part of Tim Cox’s Drive show, to talk about some survey results that indicate parents are reading bedtime stories to their children less than once a week. Tim kindly invited me to stay while we took some calls from listeners and I’ve got to say, it was probably one of the most fun half hours I’ve ever spent. Especially when I mentioned in passing Battle of the Planets, a favourite show of mine when I was a kid. David Curnow happened to be in the studio at the time and he happens to be one of the leading experts on Battle of the Planets. It sparked some hilarious banter. Mostly I just laughed. But even though this clip is long, it’s worth listening to for David’s Keyop impression. Listen to us, and the lovely, lovely callers who told us all about reading to their children (particularly Jan, who had Tim and I in tears).
Monday, August 26, 2013:
This morning breakfast radio host Spencer Howson and I chatted about the exciting new organisation that I’m involved with The Parenthood. Even though it was a very early start this morning, I think I came across as sensible! Find out what we’re all about and don’t forget to visit our website at TheParenthood.org.au and get involved! We want to hear from every parent from every corner of the country! Listen to our conversation here.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013:
This week I was thrilled to be on the parenting panel with Kelly Burstow, the superstar blogger at BeAFunMum.com. I’ve long been a fan of her blog and her wonderful approach to parenting. Today we talked about travelling with kids and how to give your children perspective on life outside of their own experiences. Kelly took two of her kids to Africa! Awesome! Listen to us here as we talk with Steve Austin about raising children to be aware of the world around them.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013:
It’s the big one – religion. Today, the four of us, Tracey, a Christian, Naomi, a Mormon, me, an atheist, and Kelly Higgins Devine who is standing in for an unwell Steve Austin, tackle the topic of religion and parenting. How do you pass on your beliefs to children who grow up in a community surrounded by religion? And how will you feel if they reject your beliefs and choose something completely different? Kelly Higgins Devine does a typically outstanding job hosting this difficult topic and I think we really covered some interesting ground. This is one of the panels of which I am most proud and I urge you to listen to us talking freely here.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013:
Today we tackle the tricky topics of teaching kids in simple terms about burqas and whether I should let my kids give up their piano lessons. And while Tracey and I are a scintillating listen, even more thrilling is the Queensland Symphony Orchestra playing the Star Wars theme – in a weird coincidence that we happened to be talking about Star Wars and then the theme started playing! You must listen!!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013:
Today the mummy bloggers tackled the topics of pet ownership, teaching children about death and the school holidays – how best to manage two weeks alone with your own children! Tracey Egan, of Passing Phase blog and I were joined on the panel by Blue Milk blogger and Daily Life journalist (and uber intelligent, thoughtful writer) Andie Fox. Here’s how that shit went down.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013:
This morning the panel discussed guns and children – toy guns. Should certain toys be banned? And what happens when a well-meaning relative gives your kids access to a banned toy? What then? And what about my own ban on rugby league and rugby union – are my reasons legitimate, or silly? How the three mums, Tracey Egan from Passing Phase blog, Naomi from Seven Cherubs, and yours truly, have approached this contentious issue makes for interesting listening! Listen to us here.
Monday, June 17, 2013:
This evening the Futureheads are Nine News senior journalist Shane Doherty and comedian Andy Thompson. We talk about the gender debate, the CityCycle scheme, whether we would have intervened if we had been at the restaurant where Nigella Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi were having the heated debate, the foundering Chinatown mall in Fortitude Valley and I beg Nine to bring back Days of Our Lives. Worth a listen!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013:
This morning Tracey Egan, from the very wonderful Passing Phase blog, and I were joined by a stay-at-home dad Chris as we talked with Steve Austin about postnatal depression. I also mentioned two organisations that help people – mums and dads – recognise and treat perinatal and postnatal depression: Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) and Peach Tree Wellness.
Wednesday, June 6, 2013:
This morning I joined mummy blogger Tracey Egan and we talked with Steve Austin on topics that included: BeyondBlue’s new suicide prevention ad targeting men, and also the intricacies of mandatory vaccination to access childcare centres and schools. Listen here.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013:
Today, mummy bloggers Tracey Egan and Natalie Birt and I talked with Steve Austin about my blog post Taking photos of my kids playing soccer is my right and nobody can stop me.
Monday, May 6, 2013:
Futurehead panelists alongside me today were Bridie Jabour (Brisbane Times) and Paul Brasch. We talked about the May Day holiday – should it be in May? And using social media to dob in people who do the wrong thing, like parking in a disabled parking spot.
Monday, March 25, 2013:
We talked about, among other things, my dramatic haircut and the text message stuff up from Simon Crean that led to the leadership spill where the leadership was not actually challenged.
Monday, February 11, 2013: