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Double Strength Mama Power
22 minutes | Sep 8, 2019
EPISODE 18 - Mother love
When your children are little it’s impossible to imagine what life will be like when you might be taking care of their children. Parenting 102 or grandparenting is the next great phase in the journey, with a real emphasis on the ‘great’. Suzy talks to comedian Michele A’Court, the proud grandparent to two small people as well as being the talented author of a book dedicated to her own daughter. Tui’s final Mindful Moment is on finding the greatest and deepest well of support in your own body.
24 minutes | Aug 25, 2019
EPISODE 17 - Screening Screen Time
The rise of screen technology has changed the world we live in, both at work and at home. For our children, the first ever generations of digital natives in human history, what level of screen use is really safe? Julie Cullen, founder of the Sensible Screen Use website talks to Suzy about the research being done to assess the effects of prolonged screen time on young children. And she gives advice on setting limits with your children when it comes to playing and learning on a device. Tui’s Mindful Moment explores the need for connection and reaching out to others.
23 minutes | Aug 11, 2019
EPISODE 16 - Making a song and dance
A love of music and rhythm seems to come naturally for little kids but for some parents, it’s hard to let go and sing and dance with their children. Suzy interviews composer and music educator Julie Wylie who knows all about the benefits of musical play for kids. For many years she’s been teaching parents and children about how making a song and dance can be the spark for all sorts of rich experiences. And Tui’s mindful moment featuring vibration and sound therapy works in perfect harmony with what Julie has to say.
21 minutes | Jul 28, 2019
EPISODE 15 - Keep Smiling
The health of Kiwi kids teeth and how to create healthy mouths is the topic for discussion when dentist turned comedian Sam Smith joins Suzy. They talk about all aspects of dental health and Sam offers some friendly advice to parents on brushing kids teeth. The key to helping kids brush well is to approach the whole thing with a bit of humour. Tui gets mindful by exploring the ‘ha-ha’ mantra and how laughter decreases stress hormones.
27 minutes | Jul 14, 2019
EPISODE 14 - The moments of modern motherhood
Keep calm and carry on - it’s what we all set out to do as parents but sometimes life can really get in the way! Suzy talks to authors Michele Powles and Renee Liang who made a pledge to each other to write to one another about all the things that motherhood brings. The result was a book that captures the wonder, the laughs and cries of what it is to be a modern mum and a friendship that has endured well into their kids growing up. Tui’s Mindful Moment pays tribute to friendship and support.
26 minutes | Jun 30, 2019
EPISODE 13 - Dads raising daughters
As parents, we all want to bring our kids up to be well rounded and successful. There’s growing evidence to suggest that girls who have a close and loving relationship with their dads have an increased chance of achieving more positive life outcomes. For modern dad’s this can be a new responsibility so in this episode Suzy sits down with comedian and TV presenter Dai Henwood on his approach to parenting a son and a daughter. Also in this episode Tui’s Mindful Moment explores practising the ‘infinity breath’, a chance to fill your cup with infinite love.
22 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
EPISODE 12 - How birth order affects personality
Many parents wonder if birth order affects the personality of their children. There are many stereotypes around birth order; only children can’t share, oldest kids are bossy and the youngest gets away with everything! Actress Tandi Wright knows a thing or two about birth order having been born the youngest of three AND also parenting an only child. She talks to Suzy about growing up as the littlest in a family and her decision to have an only child. Tui’s Mindful Moment helps parents examine their roles and identity before the world told them who they should be and seek freedom from their roles. Whether it’s their role as a child in a family or as a parent or employee.
26 minutes | Jun 9, 2019
EPISODE 11 - Being Bilingual
Hearing your children speak in any language for the first time can be really special. Whatever they say, that connection through language is one of the most exciting developments for our little people. So how do you teach your kids not one, but two languages? And what does it mean for their schooling and their connection to the culture of both languages? Broadcaster Stacey Morrison describes her vision to bring up their three children as native Te Reo speakers and the journey they embarked on to make it happen. Tui’s mindful moment centres on the language of love and how listeners can practise self care.
24 minutes | May 26, 2019
EPISODE 10 - Becoming a brave wolf
Helping your kids feel brave and tackle life's problems can be tricky to navigate through. In this episode Suzy talks to author and singer Avril McDonald who has developed strategies to help kids deal with anxiety and become brave. Her Feel Brave stories, based around the love able character Wolfgang the Wolf, explores issues a lot of kids face, including self-confidence, bullying and grief. Tui Fleming’s Mindful Moment looks at building emotional resilience using connection and sleep.
26 minutes | May 12, 2019
EPISODE 9 - Things my mother told me
It might be a long time since we were running around a park or learning our A, B, Cs yet each and everyone of us is somebody’s child. And the way we parent inevitably reflects in some way how we were parented. How many times have you caught yourself talking to your child and thought ‘I sounded just like my mother!’. This episode explores the relationship between a mother and daughter - Dame Kate Harcourt and Miranda Harcourt and what we learn from our mothers. This inter-generational unit tell Suzy how they've co-parented and changed throughout the years and give their advice on what it takes to be a good mum. Tui's Mindful Moment looks at way to practise gratitude.
26 minutes | Apr 28, 2019
EPISODE 8 - Finding Redemption second time around
It’s so much more common than you think discovering that parenting is a tougher job than anything you’ve ever faced in the workplace. And how do you even consider adding to your family if your first experience has been super challenging? Former MP Holly Walker talks candidly about what she learnt from becoming a first time mother. And our resident yoga expert Tui Fleming invites us to contemplate and celebrate the parenting journey.
25 minutes | Mar 4, 2019
EPISODE 7 - It Takes A Village...
We can’t do this alone. Parenting is not just a one or two person job and we all rely on ‘our tribe’ and people to help bring up our kids. The people who help with our kids are so valuable to parents. Comedy duo Jono Prior and Ben Boyce, tell Suzy about their experiences as first time fathers and how much they enjoy being part of family life. They also reveal who has helped them out with parenting and the best and craziest things about being a parent. This week’s Mindful Moment with Tui focuses on taking time to give gratitude and compassion to your wider village and support group.
22 minutes | Feb 18, 2019
EPISODE 6 - The Numbers Game
Every year in New Zealand, one mum in a thousand gives birth to twins - a double dose of newborn blessing all at once! So how do newbie parents best prepare to deal with more than one little one at a time? Suzy speaks with writer and television presenter Sonia Gray about the multiple joys of bringing up twins and Tui explains why an unexpected break could be the best gift you can give yourself.
26 minutes | Feb 3, 2019
EPISODE 5 - The Juggle Is Real
NZ Singer/songwriter Kingdon Chapple - Wilson aka Kings, became a household name with his chart-topping single 'Don't Worry About It'. What most people don't know is how becoming a solo dad at just 19 played a big part in his musical success. Kings talks to Suzy about juggling parenthood and carving out a creative career. Plus Tui teaches us how to achieve a calm transition from the working day to an evening with the family!
21 minutes | Jan 20, 2019
EPISODE 4 - Big Feelings
Kids have tantrums - fact. So how do you cope and what strategies can you employ to manage their emotions and your own? Neuroscientist Nathan Wallis talks about the value of giving your child a voice and why sometimes kids need to be in control of the conversation. Tui's Mindful Moment is all about Belly Breathing - the fine art of keeping calm in a fun way!
22 minutes | Dec 16, 2018
EPISODE 3 - Sleep Politics
The Business of Sleep For many 21st century parents, sleep deprivation can been a pricey business. From sleep consultants to electronic 'shushers' - how far would you be prepared to go to get some shut eye? Author and blogger Emily Writes talks to us about why lack of sleep, thanks to her children, left her literally at sea. And yoga mama Tui Fleming’s Mindful Moment in Episode 3 is a body scan breathing exercise giving focus points that help to calm the most frazzled parent!
23 minutes | Dec 9, 2018
EPISODE 2 - Yin Yang Parenting
How do different parenting styles work in a partnership? Is there a good cop and a bad cop? What values are important in parenting and does your own experience with your parents imprint onto your parenting style? Guests: Jesse and Victoria Mulligan Tui’s mindful moment - ‘Nadi Shodana’ alternate nostril breathing which balances the yin/feminine and yang/masculine energies.
24 minutes | Dec 2, 2018
EPISODE 1 - Performance Parenting
“Mama’s always on stage” When you're a parent, you're always being judged - people are always looking at how you behave and what you do. In the age of social media - how does oversharing your kids lives affect them and what’s it like to parent in the public eye. Guest: Clarke Gayford - parenting in the public eye Tui’s mindful moment - ‘Letting go’ ujai pranayama, also known as the victorious breath
1 minutes | Nov 26, 2018
Double Strength Mama Power - Trailer
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in life; whether you have a little one yourself or you're coping with an adult child welcoming their first small human into the world. So we're putting together two mums who'll talk about all things parenting with the wisdom born from being at different stages of the child rearing process - presenter Suzy Cato and parent blogger/yoga teacher Tui Fleming.
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