Feed Play Love at Babyology is a brilliant parenting podcast that puts expert advice and real-life stories in your pocket. Hosted by the divine mum-of-two, Shevonne Hunt, Feed Play Love aims to help parents and carers looking after small children, to thrive not just survive.
As time poor parents, often juggling kids, households and employment, their short bite-sized interviews and Q&A sessions are super easy to listen to on-the-go, and are jam packed with helpful information. Episodes cover everything from practical tips on weaning and managing toddler tantrums, to keeping family relationships strong.
In September 2019, I had the pleasure of being a guest host with Shevonne on Helpline Relationships – Feed Play Love, and over 4 weeks we answered questions about different relationship challenges that can often occur once a baby comes along. As a psychologist, career coach, and married mum of 2, I could certainly relate on both a professional and personal level to the challenges presented, but I won’t lie, it was a challenge being put on the spot! Responding to the range of curve ball questions during our Facebook live Q&A sessions really put my counselling skills and ‘gift of the gab’ to the test. But I had an absolute ball!
If you can relate to some of these scenarios, as you listen through the recordings, I hope that my suggested resolutions can help to offer some insight for improvement. We’d love to hear your feedback and know what you think! And if you feel like you are in the trenches and need some support, please contact us.
Week 1. In this episode Kirsty tackles:
- When the agreed-to roles change and the stay-at-home mum needs more help
- Parenting criticism from a mother-in-law
- A best friend who doesn’t understand the demands of motherhood
- Different parenting approaches to discipline
- When relationships lose intimacy because both parents are tired
Week 2. In this episode we discuss:
- When one of your children is more likeable than another
- Financial dependence on your spouse when you’re not earning an income
- When you have run out of things to say to your partner
- When your child doesn’t get along with a friend’s child
- Grandparent favouritism
- How a shy mum can make new friends
Week 3. This week we talk through:
- Friends who are financially dependent on spouses
- Not wanting sex after having a baby (but your partner does)
- Planning a wedding but everyone keeps interfering
- Ex-partner being difficult with children after divorce
- Siblings who fight all the time
- Looking after elderly parents when you have young kids (and your siblings won’t help out)
- A mother-in-law who wants to be with your husband all the time
Week 4. In our final week we cover:
- Finding a way through the tense first few months of parenting
- When your kids want to play with the neighbours, but their home is rowdy and unsupervised
- Raising sons to be helpful when their dad isn’t very helpful at all
- How to support a best friend in an unhappy marriage
- How to connect with other mums when you’re feeling lonely
- Finding intimacy when you don’t share a bed