Zoe Bingley-Pullin and Grant Lyndon: Bored kids, mother worry and more

Posted in The Parent Panel.

Nutritionist and TV presenter, Zoe Bingley-Pullin and founder of Busy Dads Grant Lyndon join presenter Shevonne Hunt to talk about the events and news of the week.

On this episode of The Parent Panel they discuss:

  • What to do with bored kids at the end of the school holidays
  • Whether it’s appropriate to have a toddler in the birthing pool with you
  • If it’s inevitable that mothers will always worry about their kids
  • The key to a happy marriage

Listen to Zoe Bingley-Pullin and Grant Lyndon on The Parent Panel:

Dealing with bored children

We’re in the home stretch of the school holidays and as Darren Levin wrote this week, you’ve probably pulled out every trick in the book to keep the kids entertained.

Chances are you’ve had a trip away, you’ve tried vacation care, you’ve played card games and made Lego and painted cheap plaster casts of piggy banks.

But have you tried boredom? Have you tried leaving your child to entertain themselves? 

How many planned activities have you scheduled over this summer to keep your kids busy? How do you respond when your child tells you they’re bored? Have you ever left them to their own devices? What happened? 

Would you bring your toddler into the birthing pool?

A mother who had her two-year-old catch her little brother in a birthing pool has been criticised for abusing her daughter. Ariel Haynes had a home birth, and when her daughter said she wanted to be there to help, Ariel said it was the most natural thing in the world. The little girl also stayed in the bath to help deliver the placenta. 

Would you have other children witness you/ your partner in labour? Do you think two is too young to be “catching” a baby? Is it ok for a child to see their mother in labour pain? 

Do you worry about your children? 

Writer Jenna Price says it’s one of parenting’s best kept secrets.

That is, that once you have a child you won’t ever stop worrying about them. In the first year it may be about cot death, or croup, or a strange rash on their face.

As they get older, it transfers to things like how many veggies they eat or how much screen time they’re getting. Jenna says it’s been this way since the beginning of time. 

Did/ does your mother still worry about you? Do you worry about your kid/s? How do you stop worrying? 

What does it take to have a happy marriage? 

Having caught a look at some happy snaps Barack Obama posted to Instagram of his wife on her birthday, writer Kasey Edwards mused that the secret to a happy marriage is teamwork.

The Obamas have always had united goals, and Kasey referred to her own working relationship (writing books) with her husband. 

What do you think is the secret to a happy marriage? Do you apply it to your own? Would you work well with your partner? 


Zoe Bingley-Pullin– @zoebingleypullin For more about Zoe’s 4 week program check out her website.

Grant Lyndon – @busydads

Presenter/ producer:

Shevonne Hunt – @shevonnehunt

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