All posts by Rebecca Bowyer

Top 5 Easter Movies for Kids!

With the Easter long weekend upon us, why not cook up some popcorn and hot chocolate for the kids and settle in for an Easter movies night at home? It’s a great way to have a special Easter treat without breaking the bank.

There aren’t as many Easter movies as we’d like to pick from but some of the older ones are well worth a re-watch. There is, however, a slowly growing number of post-2000 Easter movies that will hold the attention of the little ones as well as being a bit of fun for mum and/or dad!

Here are our top picks for Easter movies to watch with your family:

Continue reading Top 5 Easter Movies for Kids!

What Works on Parent Talk Australia & What Doesn’t

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The types of articles we want to share:

Parent Talk Australia is only looking for great content that will be well recieved by our audience:

  • Informative: instructional how-to posts, recipes, craft projects, or detailing information on a certain topic of interest to parents.
  • Interesting or Thought Provoking: On topics that may be current news, opinion style pieces, things designed to make the reader think or feel strongly.
  • Heartfelt and Passionate: Fiery opinions, honest accounts of grief, “raw” stories with strong messages eg-“My PND experience”, “Dealing With Grief and Despair as a Mum” etc
  • Humorous: Funny, satirical, witty content does well.
  • Seasonal: Posts relating directly to seasonal events that match the above styles.
  • Giveaways are fine- but they need a really snappy intro to get people interested.
  • Articles you’ve written for other sites: These are fine to add as one of your posts in the schedule as long as they are on topic!

 

What doesn’t do well:

  • Personal story type posts eg things that you’d write to people who know you “Sally and I went to the shops and the park where we met up with Karen and little Sue…” Articles should address the reader as if you’ve never met. “My daughter and I went to the park and THIS AMAZING/TERRIBLE thing happened”- these do much better.
  • Round up style posts: People outside the blogging community don’t seem to interested in these even if you’ve compiled some awesome links.
  • Product reviews: for these to work, they need to be super well written and interesting with great photography.

Images:

Blog images are important! Eye-catching, attention-grabbing and part of what ultimately encourages someone to click through. Try to use clear, good quality images. Make sure your images are the right size for your theme and display correctly when your links are shared on Facebook. If they don’t, try running them through the facebook debugger tool.

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Women giving birth – 5 mums tell their birth stories

It’s pretty normal to fear childbirth, especially if it’s your first time. One of the best ways to overcome fear is to find out what you’re actually afraid of. There are women giving birth all the time, all over the world so it can’t be that hard, right?

We asked 5 mums from Parent Talk Australia to share their birth stories in time for spring this year. The only similarity in all of them is that they ended up with a baby by the time it was over.

Whether you give birth vaginally or via caesarean; with medical intervention or pain relief or without – here’s a new saying about women giving birth for you:

A ‘good’ birth is one where mum and baby both survived the experience. The End.

We wish you well for your birth and hope that our stories help you feel more prepared. Remember – always your medical professional if you have any medical questions – Dr Google is not a reliable source!

We’d love to hear your birth story in the comments, and remember to join our mailing list to get more great posts in your inbox.

1. Sometimes nothing goes as planned

finding myself young - childbirthI was lying in bed awake early in the morning on the 25th of July. Pregnancy insomnia had been plaguing me for the past few weeks so being wide awake for no reason didn’t really phase me.

After a while I figured I should get up and go to the toilet, mainly just to pass time not because I really needed to go. While I was on the toilet I heard a pop sound, but nothing happened. I thought it was weird but then also thought I may have been imagining it in my delirious sleep deprived state.

So, I went back to bed to try and sleep. A few minutes later I felt really warm liquid literally coming out of me. At first again I thought maybe I’m just imagining this. But it continued to come out, like I totally thought I had flooded the bed.

I woke T up and thought finally this might actually be happening! Click to continue reading on Finding Myself Young…

2. Always trust your instincts

blue zone only - childbirthMy pregnancy was pretty normal (so I thought) I had the usual scans done, which all appeared normal according to the Sonographer.

For some reason I ALWAYS had that niggling feeling that something wasn’t right. I would lie in bed at night and struggle to picture a baby laying in the cot we had set up in the nursery.

My due date came and went, I had my OB appointment when I was 4 days overdue. She decided that because my BP was high and I hadn’t had a lot of fetal movement to induce me the following day.

YAY our son was going to be born the next day (wed 10/3/2004)

My OB broke my waters around 9am, put on the drip around 11am and labour slowly progressed.

Our son was FINALLY born at 6:09pm that day and we were elated!!

All was going well (or so we thought!!). Click to continue reading on Blue Zone Only…

3. Being induced and having an epidural is definitely not the end of the world!

SANses - childbirth storiesAbout a week prior to 30 April 2013, I had arranged with my gynae to have Zoie induced on 30 April. So we agreed, barring any accident that might happen, that I will admit after midnight on 30 April, hook up to be induced and should expect to see my baby that day itself.

Continue reading on SANses blog…

4. Your second birth may be nothing like your first

simplify create inspire - childbirthOn the day of Violet’s actual birth, I woke up at 4:30am with the start of labour. She arrived at almost 9pm so still not short but a hell of a lot shorter than the 24 hours of the first time around. But so not what we expected.

We headed to hospital at 2pm that day with close and intense contractions.

They strapped me up to the heartbeat and contraction monitor instead for 1.5 hours with some concerns my contractions were being felt by the baby as her heart rate dropped slightly each time. Not concerning enough for us to stay, so they sent us home to get things moving again. Click to continue reading at Simplify, Create, Inspire…

5. A vaginal birth after a caesarean may be possible

parenting central australia - childbirth storiesTuesday 6th of March around 9am I realised I was having tightenings about every half an hour. I spent the day cleaning to pass the time. Tightenings were 10-15 minutes through the night, enough I was dozing between but sleep wasn’t easy until early in the morning contractions all but stopped for a few hours so I had a bit of real sleep, but I was disappointed waking to find I still wasn’t in proper labour.

Wednesday was much the same as Tuesday. Patches of every 10 minutes, but mostly 20odd minutes between and I was just breathing through them. Not too intense. Just as everyone says, like bad period pains. Continue reading on Parenting Central Australia…

What was your birth experience like? Tell us in the comments below.


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5 Top Tips For New Dads

The focus is often on mums in the early days of parenting, but dads need support too. Here on Parent Talk Australia we’ve sourced some top tips for new dads from blokes who know first hand – new dads.

We’d love you to share this post with any newbie dads you know who might need a few pointers about the hard slog, and amazing rewards, to come.

Click the link in each section to read the full posts on our members’ blogs.

1. Breastfeeding is f#$%ing hard

Top tips for new dads - breastfeeding

What’s the worst thing about becoming a dad? You lose all access to your partner’s amazeballs boobs for months! It’s like you’re being punished for impregnating them and all you can do is sit at a distance and be teased as someone else gets to suck on the boobies that used to be your fun toys.

Continue reading Big Kid Little Kid’s Guide for New Dads – Breastfeeding Truths for Men.

2. Forget all the bullshit and just enjoy being a dad

Top tips for new dads - enjoy it

Recently one of my dear friends and his partner broke the news that they are expecting their first baby and I can’t tell you how happy Quigs and I are to hear the news. There’s so much we want to tell them but I don’t want to bore them shitless with war stories about my experiences as a father.

Instead I decided to write my great mate a letter, one that he can refer back to when the time is right, and you never know, perhaps he’ll write me a letter in twenty years time saying ‘you were right’…actually, he’s more likely to write a letter in twenty years time telling me how I could done the job better myself. But that would be OK, that’s how he is and we love him for it.

Read Tacklenappy’s open letter to his mate, Knackers…

3. The fear that something bad might happen to your kids never goes away

top tips for new dads - anxietyA while ago I was talking to my Mum and I asked her, “when does the fear that something bad might happen to your kids go away?” She laughed and said, “never”.

I felt like a bit of an arse because, well, I live 16,000kms away from my Mum. I may be 31 years old but I’m still her little boy (I understand that now) and her anxiety level must be on a different scale now all her kids are grown up and spread out.

I’ve come to the uncomfortable conclusion that from the moment our children are born, we are trapped in a constant, slow process of becoming less neurotic about letting them go (and that’s the best we can hope for).

Continue reading this post on Dadrites…

4. Dads need their babies as much as their babies need them

top tips for new dads - dads need babiesI read something today.

I didn’t like it one bit. I didn’t like it because it used the phrase “it’s not politically correct to say these things” – a phrase I loathe. I didn’t like it because it reinforced a toxic trope around fatherhood: that dad does not count until the child is older. I didn’t like it because it ran contrary to research which shows, increasingly, that dad’s are important from day one in their child’s life. I didn’t like it because it was belittling of the role of dads, this dad included.

Then I decided to think about something I liked. Something I loved, something I remember with fondness and pride. A time of my life that was a crucible of uncontrollable love, a smattering of panic and a kind of contentment that has echoed through the rest of my days.

Continue reading this post about the first four weeks of being a dad on Dadinating the Countryside…

5. Daughters need their dads too

top tips for new dads - daughtersFollowing up from my post, 10 Things Mothers can Teach Their Daughters, I thought it was high time it was Dad’s turn.

Being a father to a daughter is indeed very challenging. There’s the tantrums, the boys, the makeup, the hormones, the nastiness, the fighting and yes….the periods…

So how does a father who lives in a house full of girls deal with all that?

Build a man cave, spend your spare time in the garden, additional hours at work, what is the answer?

Continue reading Mandy’s post, 10 things dads can teach their daughters…

What are YOUR top tips for new dads?

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