The Village Live

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Once upon a time, I was a perfect parent. Then I had children. The end. The Village started life on Facebook as a safe place for parents of tweens and teens to ask questions, get advice, share ideas and generally let each other know that they are not alone. The Village Live podcast is about the same thing - getting expert insight, hearing each other's stories, looking at the issues - and, never forgetting that a sense of humour is very important.

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1. In the beginning ...

The Village was born in February 2017 to parents Vanessa Raphaely and Megan De Beyer - one an editor, the other a psychologist, both mothers of teenagers who were beginning to drive them crazy. Talking about things together seemed to help. They started The Village on Facebook to see if anyone else wanted to join in. They did. In this, the first edition of The Village Live Podcast, we find out more about how it all started.

2. Selfies, sexts and smartphones - Emma Sadleir Part 1

Our kids, their phones and social media. What are they up to? Are they being scarred for life? How do we control it? It’s a whole new world of pain and panic our parents never had to deal with and a world we don’t always understand. Social media law expert, Emma Sadleir’s new book, "Selfies, sexts and smartphones", is aimed at teens, but is packed with insight and information to help you get a handle on what's going on. Here’s the first part of her conversation with Vanessa.

3. Where we talk kids and internet porn - Emma Sadleir Part 2

"Basically, as soon as you have access to a handheld device, you have access to pornography." Social media lawyer, Emma Sadleir, tells it like it is. In the second part of our interview with her, she deals with porn, screen addiction (ours and theirs), cat-fishing and more and has some very relevant advice for all of us who are battling with the toxic combination of our kids and smartphones.

4. More than a game?

We love seeing our kids succeed. But what happens when winning becomes the only thing that matters? Is it worth sacrificing a childhood? And can parents push too hard? Megan De Beyer talks to a former tennis player about her life as a teenage champion and how she feels looking back. If you don't want to be 'that' parent by the side of the sports field, take a listen.

5. Sexy moms, sexy cars?

The fact is, if we’re driving children around, there are certain things we need – space, safety …. washable seats! But do we have to give up every last trace of auto sexiness to get them? Vanessa finds out from top motoring journalist, Juliet McGuire, if you can Muber the kids around and still pimp your ride.

6. Tracking down joy

In 2012, aged 17, Jenna Lowe was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension. It's degenerative and incurable. In this Village Live, Jenna’s mom, Gabi, shares the extraordinary insights she gained from having to face every parent’s worst fear, how she and her family learned to build resilience and how she believes that we - and our children - can do the same.

7. The resilience toolkit

“You can’t protect your children from trauma, but you can prepare them for it.” In our special bonus podcast, Gabi Lowe (from Episode 6) and Pippa Shaper share some of the tools they've created to help us build resilience - both in ourselves and in our children.

8. The ultimate first car guide

They’ve passed their test, they’re buying a car (or you are!) – but which one? Top motoring journalist Juliet McGuire shares where you can’t economise (including the five ‘must haves’), where you can (‘no darling, NOT everyone has a Mini Clubman’) and the very best buys for first time drivers.

10. D.I.V.O.R.C.E. and K.I.D.S. - Part 1

Splitting up with your partner is bad enough. Trying to make sure your kids are OK is a whole other dimension. We get posts about these kinds of issues all the time on The Village. To gather some collective wisdom, Megan sat down with six generous Villagers to talk about what they'd learned from their various experiences. If you're trying to find your way through the maze that is separation and divorce - or you know someone who is - we're hoping the conversation gives you some extra insight. Plus, it's a reminder that you're not alone in dealing with this difficult - and often very painful - process.

11. D.I.V.O.R.C.E. and K.I.D.S – Part 2

Here’s the second part of our discussion with six intrepid Villagers about their break-ups and their children. They talk about life after divorce, what they’d do differently, what they’ve learned and what advice they’d give to anyone else now they’ve had time to think about it – and it's definitely not all bad news.

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