If Only They'd Told Me Podcast

Nat talks to mother of two and natural parenting advocate Anna Hughes about the concept of 'nappy free' or 'diaper free'. 

Also known as Elimination Communication (EC) was something the human race all used to do and half of the world's population still does. So what is it and what are the rest of us doing?

Elimination communication is about timing and elimination (toileting) patterns, ages and stages and patience and perceptiveness. 

Anna says parenting is the hardest job she's ever done, but also the most rewarding. What are your thoughts on attachment parenting, empathetic parenting and responding to baby's needs in the moment?

Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene

Direct download: 20_Anna_Hughes_on_Elimination_Communication.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 1:00am +12

19 How to Keep the YOU in Mum

Are you time-poor? Overwhelmed? Stressed-out? In love with your kids but completely exhausted?

Check out this interview with author, well-being specialist, businesswoman and parent educator Karyn Riley

Karyn is passionate about personal development and well-being. She's been writing, speaking, educating and coaching for more than 15 years and in 2011 Karyn published the book 'How to keep the You in Mum'. The hard copy will soon be followed by an ebook version and a US version under the title 'More than Just a Mom'. 

Nat had the privilege of interviewing Karyn and they discussed:

  • Acknowledging the changing roles that come with parenthood
  • Self-care and well-being
  • The importance of being yourself
  • Finding out and doing what works for your and your family
  • Trying to do one thing at a time and enjoying it
  • What are you 'non-negotiables'
  • Time management and saying 'no' 
  • Reconnecting your relationships

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Also have a look at our book review where you can purchase a copy of Karyn's book through our Fishpond affiliate link. 

Direct download: Karyn_Riley.mp3
Category:Parenting -- posted at: 4:58pm +12

Should you exercise when you're pregnant and if so, what sort of exercise should you do?

And what about after giving birth? How can you look after your own body when you've got a baby to look after as well?

This week Jacqui caught up with local personal trainer Nicola Merrilees who specialises in helping mothers set and achieve fitness goals. For more information, check out Nicola's website at www.nextlevelpersonaltraining.co.nz

Don't forget you can contact us as comments@ifonlytheytoldme.com. We'd love to get you feedback and ideas for the show.

Direct download: 18_Next_Level_Personal_Training.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm +12

Kids grow up so fast. You don't want to look back with retrospective regret. So how can you get 'flexi time', ask work for permission and do what works for the entire family?  

Nat's husband Matt is the techie (studio manager, website developer) for If Only They'd Told Me.  In this episode he steps up to the microphone and share's his views on tweaking one's work situation to be more family-friendly.  

They discuss parent roles and balancing pursuit of the career 'ladder' with quality time with kids.  Their recent 9 day fortnight arrangement allows Matt to drop and pick kids up from school and kindergarten. 

A special thanks also to our guest announcer!

Direct download: 9_Day_Fortnight.mp3
Category:Work -- posted at: 10:24pm +12