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Sonia Bestulic from the Chatabout Children Blog educates, enlightens, and entertains with valuable insights into all things children, from birth to pre-teen, so you can enjoy fulfilment with the children in your world. Discover children at a whole new level, learning simple yet powerful strategies to nurture child development, overall health, effective learning and robust life skills. Uncover techniques on positive parenting, and conscious communication to strengthen your relationships, and ...
 
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In our previous chat with Julia Pappas, we talked about what emotions are, what emotional development is, and how we regulate emotions. We’ve learned that our ability to acknowledge, express, and regulate emotion is a very crucial life skill and fortunately, as parents, we can teach this skill to our children. In this episode, we’re diving a bit de…
 
Raising children is not only a fulfilling and rewarding experience in itself but also one that is quite challenging – especially when we see our kids having temper tantrums, mood swings, and getting upset over the smallest things. Sometimes, these situations can leave us feeling frustrated, guilty, and shameful when we don’t handle them well. We wi…
 
In today's episode, we chat with Dr. Bo Stjerne Thomsen, the Vice President and Chair of Learning Through Play at the LEGO Foundation in Denmark. He spent 9 years building the research agenda and organizational expertise on children's development, play, and learning to enable the LEGO Foundation to be the leading authority on Learning Through Play.…
 
Joining us today on the children’s author spotlight, we speak with Dave Pow Tabain. Dave is a three-time World Kettle Bell Champion, motivational speaker and creator of the 30 Day Challenge which inspires thousands of people around the world to achieve their best and face their challenge. He is also the author of the ‘POWman’ books which aim to tea…
 
ADHD is a huge topic area for discussion; with so many questions attached! So what exactly is it? What is it not? Why is it so often missed? Misunderstood? And what approach works to best help our children with an ADHD diagnosis? I was keen to explore this further, and did so with the exceptional Simon Da Roza; who has over 33 years teaching experi…
 
What a treat to have the amazing award-winning Author, Josh Langley join me for a chat! Josh is an inspirational mental health advocate; whose book series, latest course for kids, and latest book "Wildly Kind" is changing the lives of children around the world. This is an important chat to tune in to, as I know for parents/ carers and professionals…
 
What can we learn from Danish parents? After all, Denmark has been voted the happiest country on the planet for 40 consecutive years?! I share a fascinating chat with Jessica Joelle Alexander, the Bestselling Author, Journalist, Danish Parenting Expert and Cultural Researcher. Her book “The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the W…
 
SPECIAL MOTHER'S DAY MASH UP EPISODE! Excited to be sharing something a little different in this episode; themed to honour mothers and celebrate children. Multiple guests join the show, as we wrap up our five episode special self-care series. Not only will you hear from my three children - you will also relish in words of wisdom from the wonderful …
 
Dahlas Fletcher is known to many, around the globe, for her expertise when it comes to exercise and nutrition during and after pregnancy. Her specialised training approach makes her highly sought after. Dahlas continues to inspire women worldwide to nurture and cherish both their bodies and their minds, during the transitional time into motherhood …
 
Chatabout Children has joined podcast forces with the infamous Dani Vee from the Words and Nerds Podcast We share a wide-ranging and super enriching chat covering fascinating topics; including: Books and their deep impact on our development, health, wellbeing and brains! The challenges and triumphs of self-care for artists and teachers Our personal…
 
Wow-what a jam-packed chat with the wonderfully talented Children's Author, Georgie Donaghey. Georgie not only shares her own personal writing journey to publication; she also generously offers her renowned wisdom when it comes to writing; author school visits; kids writing workshops, adult writing workshops and events; and ALSO let us in on some H…
 
The need to incorporate mindfulness in our day to day, is becoming increasingly important. Not just from a healthy mind point of view, but also as a means to experience our days with a deeper level of connection and joy. I enjoyed this chat with Jane Martino, published Author of a number of books, including her current series of six Thank You books…
 
Life can present various challenges to our children's world, whether it be within their social and/ or academic world, dealing with rejection, friendships, pressures of study - resilience is a quality we all hope for our children, AND can actually actively support! This is a valuable and super practical chat with author, speaker, and teacher, Miche…
 
We chat to Jacky Peile, a proactive and super passionate Occupational Therapist, who gives us the low down on attention in children; how to build it, and knowing when it becomes a problem that needs that extra bit of support along the way. Jacky shares some valuable tips too that can be applied in your everyday, to help your child's attention! See …
 
Fuelling children with the right foods can be a challenge sometimes, especially giving them the right fuel to maximise their learning and development. This episode we chat to a dietitian, Monica Kubizniak who helps us understand what to look out for when choosing and preparing food snacks and meals for children - especially within our busy lifestyl…
 
In this episode, we get into some super practical strategies that you can apply in your everyday, with your child, or the children you work with. These valuable tips will help you consolidate those fundamental skills children need in preparation for them later learning to read and spell. NB i will NOT be recommending that you have your child tutore…
 
In this episode of Chatabout Children Podcast, we look at the foundations of learning to read and spell with a real focus on preschoolers – children who are from 3 to 5 years of age. This is part 1 of this comprehensive topic, so I hope you stay tuned. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
We are celebrating Children's Book Week this week! In honour of the occasion, we have multi award nominated Author, Jane Smith joining me for a chat. Jane's latest series showcases the adventures of strong women from the past (in Australia and internationally). Jane certainly has a unique and enjoyable way for kids to learn and be inspired by these…
 
Dr. Louise Metcalf is a psychologist with about 30 years of experience helping people create better lives and healthier brains. Louise has worked in multiple sectors as a psychologist and has a keen interest in positive psychological change. Louise values away 1 individual could make a difference and have a strong interest in brain health and resil…
 
Have you ever had days when you were just so happy to be able to find the perfect song to accompany you while driving your car, getting to work, running a marathon, or even while putting your kids to bed? Regardless of what song you put on (or lullaby you sing), there's no denying that music has this amazing ability to affect our moods, boost our e…
 
In honour of Speech Pathology Awareness Week and this year’s theme ‘Communicating with Confidence’, Sonia Bestulic shares her top ten tips to nurture confident communication in kids. Sonia has been a speech and language pathologist for over 20 years now, having had the privilege of working with thousands of children and their families to support th…
 
Do you have a child, or work with children born from the year 2010? Welcome to Generation Alpha! Today I share a fascinating chat with Ashley Fell, a researcher, specialised in understanding the world of this generation amongst exploring their common traits and characteristics! There are certainly interesting insights you will be keen to learn, and…
 
What a fascinating chat today with Dr Daniel LeGoff the pioneer of Lego Based Therapy. So many people, for so many years around the globe have loved Lego® , and continue to love it, often with deeply fond childhood... and adult memories! Would you like to discover how Lego® can also be used to successfully foster children's social skills? Tune in t…
 
You may be thinking of a puppy or dog as a new addition to your family; but dont know where to start? Or perhaps you already have a dog within your family dynamics; but want to ensure you are all living as harmoniously as possible. My chat today with Katie Saran sheds some light on considerations when it comes to choosing a dog suited to your famil…
 
The chat continues with the wonderful Julia Pappas. This time we delve into how to strengthen emotional wellbeing in our children (and ourselves too!); and discover what emotional wellbeing actually is anyway! Parenting and/ or working with children is an ongoing learning journey; and there are some fantastic insights shared by Julia today. Julia i…
 
A wonderful chat with Julia Pappas! A Psychologist and a Parent Coach, who empowers parents to own their mission, discover limiting beliefs and parenting blocks, and helps develop essential skills so that parents can have the most fulfilling years of their life while raising children. This episode Julia helps us understand; what emotional developme…
 
Spotlight on Children's Author! episodes are a favourite. Today i share such a joyful chat with children's author Katrina McKelvey, who is celebrating the birth of her book baby, Isla's Family Tree. Katrina shares with us her journey to becoming a children's author, and the amazing rewards experienced. She also has fantastic tips and advice for kid…
 
This is a definite listen to episode! I chat to Dr Kristy Goodwin about Digital Wellbeing. A super relevant topic for us all, living in a highly digitalised world. This episode is immensely value packed, as Kristy shares awesome tips and strategies to have our children (and possibly even ourselves!) learn healthy ways to use the digital world to th…
 
Our previous, and very popular podcast episode was all about Gifted and Talented children (a recommended listen!). Today's chat is with Vanessa Ryan-Rendall, a passionate teacher who works to support Gifted and Talented children, and their teachers in the classroom. Vanessa shares her insights and practical strategies within the classroom context; …
 
Giftedness is usually equated with being a genius. Our guest for today thinks this isn't always the case and this stereotype can do more harm than good. In my conversation with Melinda, we talk about how parents and educators can help gifted and twice-exceptional students succeed in life. Key Learnings Tune in and learn: How the needs of her own ch…
 
Sacha Kaluri is the CEO of The Motivational Company. In the past two decades, she has spoken in front of school groups, parents, teachers, universities, colleges, and government agencies about parenting. Her topics of expertise are careers, motivation, bullying, cyberbullying, and cyber safety, body image, stress management, teamwork, and leadershi…
 
Rich Stephens has lived with the physical, social, and emotional impact of stuttering since he was four years old. What made his situation worse was that he didn’t know anyone else who stuttered. He can’t confide any of his struggles and this led to feelings of loneliness and isolation. When he grew older, Rich realized that thousands of other chil…
 
According to Harvard's longest study of adult life, relationships play the most important role in making human beings happy. Social connections not only enhance mental and emotional well-being, but they also affect our physical wellness. This fact is noticeably true even early in childhood. However, certain difficulties may affect a child’s ability…
 
Listen to my conversation with Sarah and learn: What Sarah was doing before Girl Geek Academy and what led her to this advocacy What a “hackathon” is How Sarah and her friends accidentally created the world’s first women’s hackathon The factors that created the gap between women and technology Sarah’s thoughts about what technology is How Sarah and…
 
Can children save the environment? In this episode of Chatabout Children, we bring in award-winning child empowerment author Karen Tyrrell. Karen is a childhood teacher turn children’s book author whose Songbird series has sparked interest in many children about the wonders and importance of the environment. Her books have won various awards and re…
 
Our guest is Paul Russel, the author behind the children’s books My Storee, The Incurable Imagination, and Grandma Forgets. The latter was named a 2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book. In this episode, we talked about Paul’s journey as a dyslexic who found success in the very thing he struggled with: words. Key Learnings Listen to…
 
Today, we’re talking with Dianne Scott, a very experienced and passionate teacher, to tell us more about this important skill that every child has to have. In this episode, Dianne and I talked about: • How she realized she wanted to be a teacher • Why Dianne sees teaching as a way of life • The physical and cognitive skills needed for a child to le…
 
How do you encourage young children to read books? In the age of the Internet and electronic gadgets, is the library still relevant? Are there practical steps you could take to help your child fall in love with reading books? We talk about these questions and many more in this episode of Chatabout Children. Key Learnings I talked with Megan about: …
 
Bullying is one of the most common problems that school children experience. There are many strategies to approach this problem, and our guest for today offers one very effective strategy, and it has to do a lot with books. Key Learnings • How Susanne’s experience as a refugee influenced her writing and work • Susan’s views on bullying • Practical …
 
In this episode, we dive deeper into the countless benefits of interactive book sharing. Here, we also learn how to establish an effective reading or book sharing habit with your children, and, in case you already have one, we also tackle specific strategies you can use to maximize the time you invest in sharing books to them. Key Learnings The far…
 
How could children’s books bridge the gap between parent and child in communicating emotional states? And just what goes behind the creation of a children’s books? That is what we talk about in this episode. What drives Josh in the work that he does How Josh wrote 7 books in 8 years! How writing about your own story makes it easier for you to write…
 
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