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  • Welcome back to another episode of “Shameless Parenting,” where today, Ryan and Steph dive into the whirlwind world of traveling with toddlers. Broadcasting from Melbourne, they share their recent experiences and tips on managing short domestic trips with young kids.

    In This Episode:

    • Travel Tales: Hear about Ryan and Steph’s latest adventure to Melbourne with their two children under two, including the unexpected benefits of having a spare seat on the plane and the game-changing impact it had on their travel experience.

    • Packing Dynamics: Steph opens up about the mental load of packing for the family and how division of labor in their household influences travel preparation.

    • Listener Question: A listener writes in, humorously lamenting about her husband’s minimalist packing and disengagement during flights, seeking advice on how to make him share the mental load. Steph and Ryan discuss strategies to encourage more proactive participation from less involved partners.

    • Best & Worst of Travel Gear: The duo shares their top picks for travel essentials, including a foldable travel pram and the indispensable iPad for entertaining toddlers. They also discuss the pitfalls of certain types of drink bottles that can cause unexpected surprises mid-flight.

    • Melbourne vs Sydney: Delve into the perennial debate between these two great cities from the perspective of a family who knows them both well. Discover which city wins on coffee, fashion, nightlife, and more.

    Key Takeaways:

    • How having a well-designed travel pram can make navigating airports and cities easier.

    • The importance of being prepared with entertainment for young children, including digital and non-digital options.

    • Tips for handling the unexpected, from dealing with exploding drink bottles to ensuring all family members’ needs are considered during packing.

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  • Welcome back to another episode of Shameless Parenting. This week, Ryan and Steph share their whirlwind of experiences, from uninvited attic dwellers to urgent hospital visits.

    In This Episode:

    Possum Problems: Discover how a mysterious smell led to an unexpected guest in the attic and the chaos that ensued at home. Hospital Hurdles: Join Ryan and Steph as they detail their intense few days in the hospital with their youngest, Rory, who was battling RSV. They share personal insights, the reality of high-flow oxygen treatment, and tips for other parents navigating similar challenges. Listener Question: A listener struggles with cultural clashes and an overbearing mother-in-law. Ryan and Steph discuss boundaries, cultural sensitivity, and strategies for managing family dynamics.

    Best and Worst of the Week:

    Best: The extraordinary dedication of nurses and medical staff who go above and beyond for their patients. Worst: The stress and discomfort of having to deal with serious medical issues unexpectedly, particularly when it involves your children.

    Key Takeaways:

    Practical advice for dealing with wildlife in your home. Understanding RSV and its impact on infants, including how to recognize serious symptoms that require medical attention. How to manage invasive family help in a way that respects both cultural differences and personal boundaries.

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  • "I just need some time to decompress when I get back home from work..."

    In this triggering episode of Shameless Parenting, hosts Ryan and Steph tackle the age-old struggle many new parents face: finding balance between work, support, and mental health. A listener's question prompts a deep dive into the delicate dynamics of parental leave, returning to work, and managing family responsibilities.

    In this episode, you'll hear:

    Ryan and Steph share insights into the universal challenges of balancing work with parental responsibilities, providing personal anecdotes that reflect both sides of the coin. The critical importance of empathy and understanding between partners during parental leave, maternity leave, and the return-to-work transition. Tips for navigating the exhaustion, frustration, and emotional toll of caregiving while maintaining strong family bonds. Practical advice for men on how to transition smoothly from work to family life, and the concept of "micro transitions." Real talk on the pros and cons of paternity leave policies and how stigma still impacts fathers seeking more equitable family roles.

    Best and Worst Parenting Tips:

    Best: Save up and plan a "Return-to-Work Wardrobe Shopping Spree" to boost confidence and get clothes that fit your postpartum body perfectly. Worst: The tricky challenge of breastfeeding while returning to work and the often awkward logistics of pumping in the workplace.

    Best and Worst Products from This Week's Episode:

    Ceres Insulated Bottle: A sleek and practical insulated bottle to store breastmilk or formula safely.

    Resources Mentioned:

    The Third Space by Adam Fraser: Learn about "micro transitions" to help shift gears between work, family, and personal life.

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  • Welcome to another episode of the Shameless Parenting Podcast with Ryan and Steph!

    This week, we're diving into an intriguing listener question that's sure to get a conversation going:

    "Dear podcast, I’ve quite the shameless story for you. For context, I grew up quite conservative. I have memories of my dad literally getting up and leaving the dinner table when my mum or sister would mention anything to do with their periods. So when my breastfeeding wife asked me to help her ‘unblock’ her milk duct the other week, I really didn’t react so well. If I’m brutally honest, there is a part of me that is quite squeamish about all the changes her body has gone through. I understand it is all natural and I love my wife, but she now looks so different I can’t help feel a little put off. I’m trying not to come to the conclusion that I’m a bad guy. How should I handle this?"

    Ryan and Steph discuss the complexities of this listener's dilemma, from the conservative upbringing that influences his views to the awkwardness and discomfort of dealing with bodily changes during and after pregnancy. We explore how partners can better support each other through these sensitive transitions and find common ground despite differing comfort levels.

    In addition to this listener's story, we also delve into the realities of breastfeeding, from common challenges to solutions that work. We share our best and worst products for nursing mothers, offering insights into what's worth investing in and what to avoid.

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  • Welcome to this week's episode of Shameless Parenting with a very special guest, my sister Christine!

    We’re unpacking a hot topic that hit close to home for us both — tiger parenting and its impact across cultural lines. Listen in as we explore a listener’s dilemma about balancing strict academic expectations with their child’s happiness, sparked by a decision to let their son quit piano lessons.

    Christine and I also reminisce about our own childhood experiences with forced piano lessons, sharing the laughs and the scars. Plus, we celebrate my son’s full moon party, discussing how these traditions create lasting memories and foster cultural identity.

    And since school holidays are just around the corner, we debate the best and worst ways to keep the kids occupied. Christine champions tennis camp despite my concerns about who's running them, and she vents about holiday activities that end before the workday does — a logistical nightmare for working parents! I'll share why cousin time is my holiday highlight, and we'll both groan over the outrageous costs of holiday fun.

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  • "Help! I can't settle my son, and my wife is starting to resent me," confesses a distressed dad.

    In this revealing episode of "Shameless Parenting," hosts Ryan and Steph tackle the tough realities that new dads face during the early weeks of a newborn's life.

    Join us as we dive deep into this common dilemma, offering insights, empathy, and expert advice on how to strengthen your family bond during these challenging times.

    Plus, don't miss our guide on the best and worst products for newborns. Ryan and Steph share their top picks and pans, helping you navigate the crowded marketplace of baby products.

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  • Enjoy this free preview of our first AO episode for our amazing paid subscribers. If you enjoy the episode please consider supporting the show and subscribing. You'll get access to future AO episodes, early access to social events, merch and product launches.
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    Wah Chicka Wah Wah - Welcome to the first A9 episode of Shameless Parenting where we answer the spiciest 🌶️ relationship questions that are 😬.

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  • You're all invited to the Shameless Parenting After Party!

    Listen in to get the latest on Steph's birth, shameful dad grooming stories and the best and worst recovery products!

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    Join the family and subscribe to Shameless Parenting to receive bonus AO episodes, merch drops, exclusive social events and early access to our parenting product launches!

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  • 'Show me a woman without shame - and I'll show you a man'Welcome to the Shameless Parenting Podcast! Get in on the ground floor to discuss all things birth with your host Ryan and special guest star (and heavily pregnant) Steph. From shameless stories of men behaving badly to the birth related products we love and hate.

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    Best products from this week's episode

    Capsule car seat https://amzn.to/3TMuW7V Silveriumom The Original Silver Nursing Cups ⁠https://amzn.to/3VKhHqN⁠ Lansinoh THERA Pearl 3-in-1 Hot or Cold Breast Therapy ⁠https://amzn.to/3J47T3m