ParentZone Pods

The ParentZone Pods identify common issues parents bring to our parenting groups and explores these in detail. We not only discuss the issues and concerns parents bring, but also offer strategies parents can try in these situations. These podcasts recognise that parenting is the toughest and most important job there is! Children don’t come with a manual, and sometimes parents seek guidance in ways to support their children and improve the family unit as a whole.

Hosts Anita Weber and Laurie Arrowsmith are Qualified Parent Group Facilitators at ParentZone. Every week, they work with parents and carers, supporting them with a variety of parenting issues and concerns.

At ParentZone, we offer carers and parents a chance to develop and strengthen their parenting skills and create positive change in their family. We provide free parenting groups, workshops, resources, and training for parents, and the professionals who work with them. Our skilled and experienced facilitators tailor the sessions to meet the interests of each group.

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Podcast Episodes

Episode 1: Family meetings

This episode will explore what family meetings are and how to make them successful.

In this episode, we discuss what family meetings are and how we can use them for problem solving. We identify what a family meeting is and the conditions we need to make them work for our family. We also explore how we can use family meetings to connect in a positive way.

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Episode 2: Dealing with anxiety

During this episode, we explore what anxiety is for our kids and the best ways to support them when they are feeling anxious.

In this episode, we discuss how to understand our kids’ fears and worries and consider if anxiety is a bad thing. We look at how to tune in to their anxiety and how to help them manage these anxieties. We discuss typical developmental anxieties and how to understand them and not shut our children down when they are feeling anxious.

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Episode 3: Sibling Rivalry

This episode helps parents to approach sibling rivalry in a calm way and our kids to solve the issues.

In this podcast we discuss the hot topics of issues between siblings.  Where children struggle to share, can be violent to others or jealousy.  We will discuss what we can do as parents and how we can remain calm and empower our children to work through these issues together and build their skills of problem solving.

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Episode 4: Getting our children to listen

This episode helps parents to approach sibling rivalry in a calm way and our kids to solve the issues.

How can we get out children to listen to us when I need them to do something for us?  We discuss how to give clear instructions so our children can follow what we say, how can we get our children to co-operate and how to use assertive communication.

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Episode 5: How to stop yelling at your kids

During this episode, we discuss how to control our anger and find better ways to communicate with our children.

This episode explores what drives our anger, how we can recognise and identify our triggers and find strategies to reduce frustration and friction in the home. We discuss how anger is an emotion that we experience as well as our kids. We identify how to experience and manage this anger in a better way.

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Episode 6: How to respond to our kids behaviour

In this episode, we will explore how to positively discipline our children.

This episode looks at discipline and how to positively discipline our children through teaching and making sure our kids understand what the outcomes are if they don’t behave in a way we expect. We will look at what are our kids trying to tell us with their behaviour and what they are trying to communicate with us. We will also look at how to set positive rules so our kids know what our expectations are.

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