Natalie Barr and Gary Eck: Morning chaos, helpful partners and home schooling

Posted in The Parent Panel.

Sunrise News Presenter Natalie Barr and comedian Gary Eck share their wisdom and experience on a number of parenting topics.

They join host Shevonne Hunt to discuss:

  • The hardest thing about mornings
  • Whether single, childless women are happier than married mothers
  • The most helpful thing they did (or their partners did) during pregnancy and labour
  • What subject they would teach best if they home schooled their kids

Listen to Natalie Barr and Gary Eck on The Parent Panel:

Painful morning routines

According to a Kellogg’s study of over 2,000 school parents, getting kids ready for school across the week is equivalent to one full day at work. When they itemised everything the parents had to do to get kids out the door there were 43 tasks and around 10 extra hours of labour.

What are your major pain points in the morning? Did you ever work out any strategies to avoid the pain?

Are single, childless women happier than mothers in a relationship? 

According to Paul Dolan, a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics, women are happier without partners or children. In his book Happy Ever After he refers to the American Time Use Survey that compared pleasure and misery in unmarried, married, divorced, separated and widowed individuals. It found that the levels of happiness by those who were married was higher than single folk, but only when their spouse was in the room. Unmarried individuals reported lower levels of misery than married individuals who were asked when their spouse was not present. 

Do you think Paul Dolan’s observations are on the money or is he missing something? In your circle of friends and family are the single and childless women happier? 

How helpful was your partner (or you) during pregnancy and labour?

This week on Feed Play Love Professor of Midwifery Hannah Dahlen gave some tips on how partners can get involved in pregnancy and labour.

Former Masterchef contestant (and Parent Panel guest) wins best partner award after writing a book called A House Husband’s Guide- cooking for your pregnant partner.

How helpful was your partner (or you) during pregnancy and labour? Did he (or you!) feel connected? Was there anything they (or you) did that stands out in your memory? 

What would you excel at as a homeschooling parent? 

Friday on Feed Play Love yoga teacher Dini Martinez talks about why she decided to home school her children. Apparently, there’s quite a lot of paperwork to fill out, but then how you educate your children is in your hands.  

If you were homeschooling your kids what would be your best subject?


Natalie Barr – natalie_barr7

Gary Eck – website and comedyforacause


Shevonne Hunt – @shevonnehunt


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