Author Kerri Sackville and mindfulness coach Grant Lyndon join The Parent Panel host Shevonne Hunt to share their parenting wisdom on several topics.
These topics include:
- The parenting hack that makes your life easier that you wouldn’t admit to in public
- Can parents be their kid’s friend?
- When is the right time to introduce a new partner to your kids?
- What is the most treasured gift your kids have given you?
Listen to Kerri Sackville and Grant Lyndon on The Parent Panel:
Your most shameful parenting hack
Emily Oster, a US economist, has just released a book that has left parents everywhere sighing in relief. It’s called Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to School. In it, she analyses data to prove that some things (like letting your kid watch TV while you’re cooking dinner) will not damage your child for life.
What is your most effective parenting hack that the judgmental hoards would crucify you for?
Can parents be their kid’s friend?
This week on Reddit parents were debating the pros and cons of being your child’s friend.
One mum said she thought it was ridiculous to say parents can’t be their child’s friend, that it was a parent’s job to be their first friend.
Others said that a parents role is very distinct from being a friend, and can lead to lazy parenting.
Do you believe a parent can also be their child’s friend? Have you seen it work well? Have you seen it backfire?
When is the right time to introduce your new partner to your kids?
Both panellists on The Parent Panel this week have dated after a separation. Kerri Sackville has written extensively about what it’s like to date after having a husband and family. In her last book, Out There – a Survival Guide for Dating in Mid-Life, Kerri also talks about how she has handled dating while being a mum of three.
When is the right time to introduce your new partner to your kids? How did/do you do it?
What is the most treasured gift your kids have given you?
Children have a knack of creating some pretty marvellous art. Many of these pieces of art are often gifted to their parents. It may be the piece of jewellery that is strung with pasta or the painted masterpiece that is covered in hand prints.
What is the most treasured gift your kids have given you? (and why do you treasure it?)
Shevonne Hunt – @shevonnehunt