Michelle Bridges: Exercising with bub
Most mums are normally very keen to banish those baggy, usually unflattering maternity clothes to the storage closet after a pregnancy.
Episode 1 Being a mum
The ladies discuss what it means to be a mum – what changed from the first moment you found out you were pregnant, what no one told you and the best and most challenging aspects of motherhood. They also delve into the topic of body image post-baby and the common, yet unspoken, issue of incontinence affecting 1 in 3 women.
What it means to be a mum
Join the girls for an honest discussion on what it means to be a mum. Does becoming a mum change who you are as a person? We look at the things that change from the minute bub was born as well as the inevitable changes that gradually take place over time. What about those things no one told you about? The girls get these out into the open. Lastly we look at the what are the best and most challenging parts of being a mum.
Pelvic floor muscles
Although the thought of talking about your post baby body makes most new mum’s uncomfortable, it can help to chat about it. The girls talk about their body image and what they really think of their post baby bodies. We bring out into the open the common, yet unspoken, issue of incontinence affecting 1 in 3 Australian women. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news there are ways to manage it and exercises you can do to help.
Getting into shape after baby
Time to get active girls! Special guests Lauren Gabriel and Michelle Gray from Preggi Bellies join us on the couch and discuss exercising not only your pelvic floor, but how to get your whole body back into shape after baby. They also demonstrate a great range of exercises using the exercise ball that you can do in the comfort of your lounge room.
Health & Fitness books
Brett from the Huggies Book Club drops in with some great reading suggestions on the topics of fitness and motherhood. If you would like to buy any of the books featured on the show just visit the Huggies BookClub at anytime. All books are discounted for Huggies Club Members.
Episode 2 Children discipline
There is a lot to consider when you tackle a topic that so many of us struggle with when it comes to our kids -discipline! What do we think of the naughty corner? Some parents swear by it while others won’t use it. Tune in to hear some different points of view. Speech pathologist, Gillian Fong, also drops in to discuss communication and what’s normal when it comes to speech.
Speech - when is it normal for kids to start?
When a baby says their first word and starts talking is one of those milestones that parents love to compare and boast about. It’s really good for all of us to know when it’s normal for kids to start and how to help them develop their language. Speech Pathologist, Gillian Fong, guides us through issues like when to stop the baby talk, talking a bit above the level of your child and ways to encourage your child to speak.
Managing behaviour positively
If there is one topic that almost all parents find hard to manage it’s – how to discipline your child? Professional Psychologist, Helen Reese, joins us for a chat on communication and behavioural issues. The girls chat about managing behaviour in a positive way, how to set structure and boundaries for your little ones and the importance of mum and dad being consistent and following through.
Different discipline techniques
So your child has a screaming tantrum at your local shopping centre; what do you do? Do you deal with it then and there or at home? What about the Super Nanny’s naughty corner; what do we really think of it? The truth is, there are lots of different techniques available for disciplining a child. The girls chat about using ‘time out’, having to leave places early, the naughty corner and more. It’s not all about the bad behaviour either. They look at ways of rewarding good behaviour and using positive reinforcement effectively.
Books on family matters and speech
Brett, from the Huggies Book Club, drops in with some great reading suggestions on the topics of speech and family matters. If you would like to buy any of the books featured in this segment just visit the Huggies Book Club at anytime. All books are discounted for Huggies Club Members and delivery is free to anywhere in Australia.
Episode 3 Being a dad
This epsiode you can hear Lochie Daddo talk about how parenting has changed him and how he and his wife Karina Brown balance out their lives. Better Homes and Gardens presenter Rob Palmer and his wife join us too, so we get to hear both sides of the story. Our dad’s also speak honestly about what they feel they’re missing. Rachel asks the lads, who really does what around the house and how have their relationships changes with their partners after becoming parents. Take the opportunity to find out what Dads really think.
A dad's role
What do dads see as their role? Are they the provider for their family? Are they responsible for giving mums a break or do they see their role differently? The dads on the couch talk about needing time for themselves, time away from being a dad. But do they experience ‘fatherguilt’? Or is it just the mothers who seem to experience ‘motherguilt’ at every opportunity. The answer to this question will amaze you. The one thing the Dads seemed to all agree on they have little, or no, time to spend alone with their partner.
What changes for dad after bub arrives?
We often talk about how life changes for mums after baby arrives but what about dads? Lochie Daddo and Rob Palmer join Rachel and a group of other dads to give us the blokes view. What’s the best thing about being a dad? And working dads talk candidly about their disappointment at getting home and finding the kids are already asleep. We also hear about a stay-at-home dad’s view of his role.
Who does what around the house?
The endless debate continues! Who actually does what jobs around the house? The blokes tell us they pull their weight around the house, but who really is scrubbing the toilet? The men share their thoughts on what really happens at home as well as their desires to be involved with their kids.
What your partner can do for you!
This funny light hearted discussion amongst the men deals with what they would like their partners to do for them. Lochie Daddo shares with us a great idea from his wife. She gave him a book of vouchers as a gift, and each voucher gave him some time off from being a dad, and time to go surfing, play golf or have a few drinks with mates…The good news is, this idea can work just as well for the women as it does for the men!
Episode 4 Changing relationships
Today it’s everyone’s favourite topic – relationships! The mums on the couch discuss how relationships change after the arrival of a baby – especially when you already have children. We discuss sibling rivalry and jealousy and look at ways of introducing a new baby to the family. All this, and Dr Katrina Warren joins the girls to tell us about introducing a baby to your pets and choosing the right pets for your family.