If Only They'd Told Me Podcast

Nat co-hosts this episode with her husband (and father-of-three) Matt. They discuss the key to house guest etiquette being: Giving everyone what they need. To do this, you need to consider;

  • length and location of their stay
  • your existing relationship
  • routine
  • purpose of visit, and 
  • overall expectation management.

It also helps to 'over-communicate' about activities and routines. 

Blog: http://www.ifonlytheytoldme.com/how-to-host-house-guests-and-keep-everyone-happy/

Related Podcasts:  9 Day Fortnight, Best Intentions, Getting on with the In-laws and Grandparents

Direct download: 38_House_Guest_Etiquette.mp3
Category:Home Life -- posted at: 10:38pm +13

In this Episode, Nat heads out of the studio and takes her microphone and iPad to meet up with CEO Bruce Pilbrow on-site at the Parenting Place.

http://www.theparentingplace.com

Over a cup of tea, they discuss the Parenting Place mantra of 'Family is Everything', going global with social media, parenting workshops and the importance of 'couch time' for a healthy relationship! 

Bruce also gives some good tips for Christmas (or any time of year) about keeping the focus on 'family' and sometimes saying 'no' to some things so you can be present and spend more family time together.

https://www.facebook.com/theparentingplace

http://pinterest.com/tppdotcom/

http://www.youtube.com/theparentingplace

Direct download: 37_Bruce_Pilbrow_CEO_of_The_Parenting_Place.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 11:12pm +13

Diane Levy is a parenting expert, family advisor and therapist with over 15 years experience running her own counselling and supervision practice. She's written three books including the best seller Of Course I Love You... Now go to Your Room.

Diane is New Zealand's Super Gran and has presented the TV show 'Demons to Darlings'.

Her warm, friendly approach to addressing the interaction between family members has made Diane a popular author, speaker and trusted expert. 

In last week's interview, we covered:

  • Time out
  • Getting children to do as they're told
  • Dealing with temper tantrums

This week, Jacqui talks to Diane about:

  • Fussy eaters
  • Making meal times less stressful
  • Toilet training
Direct download: 36_Diane_Levy_part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am +13

Diane Levy is a parenting expert, family advisor and therapist with over 15 years experience running her own counselling and supervision practice. She's written three books including the best seller Of Course I Love You... Now go to Your Room

Diane is New Zealand's Super Gran and has presented the TV show 'Demons to Darlings'.

Her warm, friendly approach to addressing the interaction between family members has made Diane a popular author, speaker and trusted expert. 

In this first of two interviews with 'If Only They'd Told Me',  Diane Levy discusses:

- Time out

- Getting children to do as they're told

- Dealing with temper tantrums

Tune in next week for Part 2 on

- Fussy eaters

- Making meal times less stressful

- Toilet training

 

Direct download: 35_Diane_Levy_part_1.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 9:15am +13

Things that grandparents, hubby, friends, strangers and you do with the 'best intentions' that sometimes have the opposite effect.  

Click on the link to hear Nat & Jacqui's stories including: 'Matt and the Muffin', Harry Potter nightmares, over-generous parents and in-laws, Christmas collage and more...

Tips for successful 'best intentions'

* Read the 'scene' before swooping in

* Ask 'what can I do to help?' 

* Mama knows best, don't ask just do!

* Tell people clearly what you need (less presents for the kids, short visit…)

* See the humour in it and appreciate the effort

For more, visit us at: http://www.ifonlytheytoldme.com

Direct download: 34_Best_Intentions.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 8:26pm +13

Nat and Jacqui had a Skype interview with Emily Keniston from Simple Little Home.   Based in Maine, USA, Emily chats with us about her passions of slowing down, natural living, home schooling, the bean bin, healthy local food, meatloaf cupcakes and pumpkin smoothies!

You can find Emily at:

  • http://www.simplelittlehome.com
  • http://pinterest.com/emily_keniston/
  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simple-Little-Home/218866024821811
  • https://plus.google.com/109159148443640361336/posts

Listen in next week for our Podcast on 'Best Intentions'. All the things that hubby, grandparents, friends and even you as a parent do to 'help' but it sometimes has the opposite effect!

Also, a huge favour… To help us spread the word, please post a link to our Podcast or blog on your Facebook page or if you prefer personal message 3 friends asking them to listen to our Podcast.

Cheers!  Nat & Jacqui

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Direct download: 33_Simple_little_Home.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm +13

Nat and Jacqui discuss practical tips for birthing plans, hospital bags, knowing when you're in labour, Braxton Hicks and wive's tales about brining on labour. 

Top tips from this episode:

  • Have a good plan, but be prepared to change it. The main goal is to hold a healthy baby in your arms.
  • Hospital bag. Focus on being comfortable after the birth when deciding what to pack to take with you to the hospital.  
  • Know the key signs of labour, but also know that some, or all of them, may not happen for you.
  • Know when it's time to go to the hospital (or wherever you're going to birth).

For great maternity wear, we recommend Hotmilk. See http://www.ifonlytheytoldme.com/products/sexy-mama/

Direct download: 32_Getting_Ready_for_Birth.mp3
Category:Pregnancy -- posted at: 9:53pm +13

As a follow up to one of our most popular podcasts Episode 6 on 'Getting Tidy', this week we're happy to bring you a podcast on de-cluttering and getting organised.  Nat talks with fellow Mumpreneur, Robyn Waterfall from Sort Me Out: http://www.robynsortmeout.co.nz

'Robyn to the Rescue' has services to help you get your home and office organised, as well as skills to help you out with life coaching, setting goals and reducing stress.

Listen in for some top tips on getting sorted and to find out more about how Robyn can help Mums, Dads and also seniors at home, in the home office and in life.

Direct download: 31_Sort_Me_Out_Parenting_Tips_for_a_Tidy_Home_and_a_Tidy_Life.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 3:43pm +13

Sam Knowles (like other teacher around the world) is in charge of one of the biggest steps for us and our children - their first day of school!

Sam is a new entrant teacher and she also teaches parents about how to prepare themselves and their children for their first day. 

Jacqui caught up with Sam about getting to know other mothers in the class, making sure your child is familiar with the school grounds before they start, knowing where the toilets are, making sure children can get the lid of their lunchbox by themselves, and much more.

Direct download: 30_Parenting_tips_for_getting_ready_for_school.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 9:09pm +13

Nat chats to Krystal and Amy, Mumpreneurs, owners of Ochre Baby and organisers of the Auckland Mama Market. They share their tips for Mums who want to run their own business and tell us about the recent launch of their brand new pregnancy and breastfeeding product. Listen to this episode to find out what it is!

Find out more at: www.ochrebaby.co.nz

Direct download: 29_Mumpreneurs_Introduce_their_Brand_New_Product.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 8:48pm +13