Episodes
Warning: this episode discusses suicide. Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australian children — and there is no simple solution to this heartbreaking reality. As a problem that thrives in silence, Maggie Dent wants to get you okay with discussing suicide and suicidal tendencies. She talks to Celina, a woman from her community whose son died by suicide, adolescent psychiatrist Mat Coleman, and Dr Claire Kelly from Mental Health First Aid Australia. If you or your child needs help,...
Published 06/07/21
If your child told you they felt more like a boy than a girl, or more like a girl than a boy, would you know what to say or how to support them? When the parents of today were kids, very little was widely understood about gender identity and gender dysphoria. In this episode you’ll learn about gender and what it’s like to be a trans kid. Maggie Dent speaks with teenager Olivia Stewart who began transitioning at age 13 and Dr Vic Rawlings, whose research focuses on LGBTQ young people.   If...
Published 05/24/21
Getting up in the dead of night to change wet sheets — only for them to be wet again — can be frustrating and worrying. But having a child who regularly wets the bed is way more common than you think. Paediatric specialist Dr Megan Yap talks to Maggie Dent about ways to work through this passing phase.
Published 05/10/21
Sibling rivalry — situation normal, right? But how much is too much, and what can you change in your family dynamic to take the pressure down? Maggie Dent talks to psychologist and mum Michelle Chiang about when to call a truce on these daily battles and when to stay out of them.
Published 04/26/21
One in three Australian marriages ends in divorce – and ABC journalist Tamara Oudyn’s marriage was one of them. She’s on a mission to discover just what it takes to have a good divorce in a new show that we think you’ll love. Join Tamara on The Good Divorce as she seeks heartfelt advice on how to keep things on track.
Published 04/14/21
Teenage girls — it can be a tricky time when you're not sure if your daughter likes or loathes you. But here's the thing, she needs you now more than ever. Join Maggie Dent as she gives you great tips on how to make the ride smoother. She talks to educator and parenting author Michelle Mitchell about what girls most need from their parents to thrive in the teen years.
Published 04/12/21
One minute your son is laughing about farts and driving you mad because he can't sit still. The next minute he's grumpy and never wants to leave his room. Adolescence can seem to come in an instant, so how do you prepare for it and help your son survive and thrive? Maggie Dent talks to adolescent expert and former ER Doctor Arne Rubinstein about the positive influences that can help shape a boy's journey to manhood.
Published 03/29/21
One minute your son is laughing about farts and driving you mad because he can't sit still. The next minute he's grumpy and never wants to leave his room. Adolescence can seem to come in an instant, so how do you prepare for it and help your son survive and thrive? Maggie Dent talks to adolescent expert and former ER Doctor Arne Rubinstein about the positive influences that can help shape a boy's journey to manhood.
Published 03/29/21
Have you ever Googled 'how to be a good parent'? You're not alone — it's the most Googled question parents have each year. We all put too much pressure on ourselves to be the best possible parents, but the truth is, all you need to be is good enough. Author and educator Dr Susie O'Brien tells Maggie Dent that it's OK for modern parents to lower their standards and let their kids — not to mention themselves — make a few mistakes.
Published 03/14/21
Have you ever Googled 'how to be a good parent'? You're not alone — it's the most Googled question parents have each year. We all put too much pressure on ourselves to be the best possible parents, but the truth is, all you need to be is good enough. Author and educator Dr Susie O'Brien tells Maggie Dent that it's OK for modern parents to lower their standards and let their kids — not to mention themselves — make a few mistakes.
Published 03/14/21
The queen of common-sense parenting, Maggie Dent, is back with more tips and tricks on how you can nail this parenting caper. In this season of Parental As Anything Maggie will cover everything from bed wetting and sibling rivalry to how to cope with raising a surly teenager. The first episode is out March 16. Subscribe so you don't miss out.
Published 03/08/21
The queen of common-sense parenting, Maggie Dent, is back with more tips and tricks on how you can nail this parenting caper. In this season of Parental As Anything Maggie will cover everything from bed wetting and sibling rivalry to how to cope with raising a surly teenager. The first episode is out March 16. Subscribe so you don't miss out.
Published 03/08/21
In the next week or so parents across Australia will be waving their child off at the school gate, many for the first time. So, we're revisiting one of the most popular episodes of 2020 — how to get your kids to school without the stress and tears. Maggie Dent and child and adolescent psychologist, Dr Kaylene Henderson, give you all the tips you need to help you and your child nail those first days and weeks at school. Maggie is back with all new episodes in March.
Published 01/20/21
In the next week or so parents across Australia will be waving their child off at the school gate, many for the first time. So, we're revisiting one of the most popular episodes of 2020 — how to get your kids to school without the stress and tears. Maggie Dent and child and adolescent psychologist, Dr Kaylene Henderson, give you all the tips you need to help you and your child nail those first days and weeks at school. Maggie is back with all new episodes in March.
Published 01/20/21
Do you hate your thighs? Your skin? Your post-baby body? Around 80 per cent of women within the normal body mass index range are dissatisfied with their bodies and those rates are increasing in men too. So how can we make sure our kids don’t develop the same negative body image we have? Maggie talks to Natasha Devon, a Body Image Campaigner, about how you can help your child love themselves just the way they are.
Published 11/23/20
Do you hate your thighs? Your skin? Your post-baby body? Around 80 per cent of women within the normal body mass index range are dissatisfied with their bodies and those rates are increasing in men too. So how can we make sure our kids don’t develop the same negative body image we have? Maggie talks to Natasha Devon, a Body Image Campaigner, about how you can help your child love themselves just the way they are.
Published 11/23/20
Do you have a child who is, well, kind of obnoxious? A kid who always wants to be the centre of attention. Or is your child so sensitive they're missing out on opportunities to shine? These traits are part of a temperament spectrum that Maggie calls the Rooster and Lamb Continuum. She talks to parents about how to identify a rooster or a lamb, how to manage their most extreme traits like anxiousness or arrogance, and how to gently nudge them towards the middle of the continuum.
Published 11/09/20
Do you have a child who is, well, kind of obnoxious? A kid who always wants to be the centre of attention. Or is your child so sensitive they're missing out on opportunities to shine? These traits are part of a temperament spectrum that Maggie calls the Rooster and Lamb Continuum. She talks to parents about how to identify a rooster or a lamb, how to manage their most extreme traits like anxiousness or arrogance, and how to gently nudge them towards the middle of the continuum.
Published 11/09/20
From the heartbreaking to the hilarious, each episode of brand-new ABC podcast Days Like These introduces you to one regular human as they live through something wild. Mike finds himself in possession of a discovery that has scientists clamouring for his attention, Cate keeps a secret through the darkest night at Mallacoota. Mahmood has to escape a bikie gang without losing his life ... and for Spencer, a spontaneous kiss on a dancefloor in another country sparks two love stories. In this...
Published 11/05/20
Sometimes the hardest part about raising a child is the disagreements you have with your partner, or ex, about how to do it. Whether you're sharing custody, navigating the politics of a blended family or simply co-parenting in a stable relationship with your child's other parent, getting on the same page can be HARD. Maggie chats to author and family therapist Susan Stiffelman about how to keep the peace with a co-parent.
Published 10/26/20
Sometimes the hardest part about raising a child is the disagreements you have with your partner, or ex, about how to do it. Whether you're sharing custody, navigating the politics of a blended family or simply co-parenting in a stable relationship with your child's other parent, getting on the same page can be HARD. Maggie chats to author and family therapist Susan Stiffelman about how to keep the peace with a co-parent.
Published 10/26/20
Your relationship with your children can be the source of life's greatest joys. And, greatest frustrations. In the latest series of Mindfully, host and former Sydney Swans captain Brett Kirk looks into the ways mindfulness can improve your relationships.
Published 10/19/20
Around 14 per cent of Australian families have a sole parent. Some parents planned it that way, while others never imagined they'd cope without a co-parent until they had to. Maggie chats with a solo mum with three children and a solo dad with one daughter, about their unexpected journeys to sole parenthood, their tips for survival and what they wish everyone else understood about raising kids alone.
Published 10/12/20
Around 14 per cent of Australian families have a sole parent. Some parents planned it that way, while others never imagined they'd cope without a co-parent until they had to. Maggie chats with a solo mum with three children and a solo dad with one daughter, about their unexpected journeys to sole parenthood, their tips for survival and what they wish everyone else understood about raising kids alone.
Published 10/12/20
Scary fact: kids learn their money habits at home. So how do you help them avoid the mistakes you made? What's the going rate for pocket money, and how do you bring in ideas about spending and saving? Maggie dusts off a classic episode of The Pineapple Project money season, in which presenter Claire Hooper finds out how to use glass jars to send subliminal money messages to her kids, and learns the one thing every teenager needs to tick off their money education list.
Published 10/05/20