Honey You're Ruining Our Kid
Honey You're Ruining Our Kid
About Honey You're Ruining Our Kid
Jarlath collects anonymous questions from frazzled and exhausted parents, while Tina shares more than 20 years of experience working in early childhood intellectual, behavioural and social development. With genuine problems from real parents it’s anyone’s guess what the questions will be but the pair will gamely tackle anything that’s thrown their way. Expect all manner of queries including:
- "My young lad eats like a caveman and is mortifying me everywhere we go"
- "If I ask my kid to come off her iPad she acts like her world is caving in"
- "My toddler refuses to wear clothes”
- “My kid won’t poo at school”
- “My kid refuses to let me leave the house, what should I do?
No problem is too big or small. Tina promises to help parents help themselves, with zero judgement. Raising kids is so fecking hard we all need help to do it.
Welcome to the annual books edition of Honey You’re Ruining Our Kid. Our picks of the year and the reasons why you need certain books in your life. All the books recommended can help you contend with the most common issues we have been emailed about in 2023. Huge thanks to all our lovely listeners who shared their parenting book recommendations. Massive thank you to the wonderful Helen Carr who got in touch with the most beautiful books for your Xmas stockings this Christmas. We run through all our favourite books that we think are essential for your children’s bookshelf. Debi Giliori - No Matter what. Owl Babies- Martin Waddell. The Invisible String - Patrice Karst. Arlo the Lion- Catherine Rayner. How Do You Feel - Lizzy Rockwell. Llama Llama Mad At Mama- Anna Dewday. Millie Fierce- Jane Manning. Where Happiness Begins - Evo Eland. Breathing Makes It Better- Christopher Willard and Wendy O Leary. The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon- Matthew Burgess. Big Feelings - Alexandra Penfold. Ellen Ryan - Girls who slay monster. And her new book: Gods Don’t Cry. Let’s Talk …. Richie Sadlier. Parenting books: Good Enough - Dr. Becky Brainstorm & The Whole Brain Child - both by Dan Siegel. The 4-7 zone - Dr Colman Noctor. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read - Philippa Perry. Irish books for gifts this Christmas. https://obrien.ie/tread-softly https://obrien.ie/its-too-dark-puffling https://obrien.ie/twin-power-the-lost-cup https://obrien.ie/sally-in-the-city-of-dreams Shout out to Threshold listening library an incredible online resource for parents this Christmas. Threshold Listening Libraries Email us on email@example.com Join us on www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad to access bigger episodes and the full archive of bonus content.
Can you ban non-believers from your house at Christmas? One Mom just did it! Tina has a way of keeping the magic alive. Question 1 - what do you do if you're raising a Harry Houdini? If you can’t relax in your house because you never know what your little adventurer is up to, you need to hear this one. Question 2- when your child is rude to your friends and family what can you do? When they refuse to engage socially how do you get them to start interacting with people. These parents say they are already modelling their desired behaviour they want from their kids? But are they prepping them? Find out how to successfully navigate social gatherings with your children. Question 3: if you grew up in a house with an aggressive sibling what do you do when you see similar patterns of behaviour emerging in your own child. How do you help them cope? Teaching them how to process and reflect upon their emotions is key. Think sheets are incredibly helpful for encouraging older children to reflect on their behaviour and recognise what caused them to act out in the first place. If you have a parenting question fire it over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. No question is too big or too small. Head on over to Patreon to hear the juicy stuff. www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad Over on Patreon with hear from a mum who Tina has spent a lot of time working with. She gives an update on her kids situation which makes Tina feel like she can finally relax the cax about this situation.
The Regan’s are back with another episode of Honey You’re Ruining Our kid, accompanied by the tranquil sound effects of storm Debi. Jarlath and Tina start the show talking about the storms that can pass through our own parenting life. How do we navigate them? How do we get over them and how do learn from them? Question 1. When you’re separated from your partner, but you’ve been co-parenting really well for years, what do you do when they move house and start moving the rules. How can you reach them and get them to understand your worries? Or do you need to just have these open conversations with your kids? Question 2. If your child is about to have surgery how do you manage their anxiety and yours? Jarlath has brilliant advice for this mum. Through lived experience he knows the most important care is the after care. He directs this mum to seek that out. Question 3. If you’re already trying everything what can you do to possibly help your child with their separation anxiety. Tina traces everything back to feelings and if our children know how to process them. There is never too much work that can be done on feelings. We need to help our children understand and face them. Pop over to Patreon to get so much more Honey! You're Ruining Our Kid! laughs and email replies. How did the advice work out for the parents involved. What do you do when your teenager is starting to push your buttons on purpose! Email email@example.com
This week on the show fussy eaters, bed wetters and kids who just want to be naked. As always Tina has the solutions you need. Tune in to hear her advice and stay for the laughs. First up on the show we hear from a mom whose child is regressing with their toilet training. Not unusual at all. This mom is completely on it and so tuned in to her child. Tina offers up two options, depending on how fast this mom wants change but both are definitely hopeful that this little girl will start using the toilet again. Next up we hear from a mum who is at loggerheads with her own mother about how she’s parenting her child. Is there anything worse than our own parents questioning or overriding out parenting style. Tina has some sound advice for this mum that she hopes will work and transform this unpleasant situation. Fussy eaters are everywhere. How do you get your child to try new foods. Tina’s Tapas are back. Listen in to see how Tina suggests you should present your dinner. This technique is a game changer. If you have a parenting problem that is driving you all kinds of bananas get in touch today. We can help. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org. There is nothing we haven’t seen before. We can and will help. Come on over to Patreon and listen in to the juicy stuff. Thank you so much for supporting our show.
Is worrying about our kids the normal operating mode of modern parents. Are you stressed out, constantly over thinking and worrying about who they are becoming? I wants to know how did we get to this point? Were our parents ever as concerned about our wellbeing or did they just never vocalise it to us? Are we getting it right with all the mental health awareness or is it giving young people more ideas about what they should be worried about? Question 1: If you can’t get your partner to have your back and your parenting styles are very different how can you get your kids to do what you’ve asked them to do? When one parent tells them they don’t have to and the other is making threats - things get messy fast! Feeling alone and isolated as a parent is never a good feeling. Tina and I try to guide this mom through a very difficult personal situation. Question 2- A mom gets in touch about her out of control teenager. Her daughter wrecked her car and physically assaulted her. Should she cancel her party as a punishment? Or is that a step too far when your daughter is showing signs of frustration and unhappiness. Is being this strict actually helpful? Question 3- What’s the best approach when relocating your family. How do you prepare your child for the move? How do you persuade them it’s for the best when they are being vocal about not wanting to go. Finally... over on Patreon Tina reads an email from a listener who followed her plan and has seen a miraculous change in her kid. And yes, I did see a ghost. Or was it just some lad in a weird night dress. Who knows! It was definitely a ghost. Email any questions into email@example.com. Pop on over to Patreon to get the juicy stuff. Jarlath Regan | creating Irishman Abroad Podcasts | Patreon
Three great questions from three brave listeners this week and to start with a discussion about online safety. "Cilter" is a new technology that is being developed to ease every parents nightmares. Mobile phones seem to be an essential item our kids have to have, yet the minute they possess one we are putting them in danger. It’s a hard circle to square. We need safety systems to protect our kids. Cilter needs your help. Get in touch http://www.kidsonlinesafetyresearch.ie/ and help inform the development of this much needed technology. Question 1- A very sleep deprived mom of four gets in touch after trying everything to keep her 7 year old in his own bed at night. It’s a daunting one for Tina as this incredible mum seems to have already exhausted all the go to resources. Question 2: Friendship problems just never go away. How do we help guide our kids through the constant friendship turmoils. Do we need to watch our own language and emotions that tend to resurface when we are triggered by our own past friendship experiences? Question 3- What do you do when what used to make your baby a sassy little lady is now more worrying. Hitting out not only at home but at strangers in the supermarket. How can you help your toddler know what we use our hands for and how to appropriately express their feelings. Listen in to this week's episode of Honey You’re Ruining Our Kid and see if you agree with Jar and Tina’s advice. Send any parenting questions, situations and solutions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Zero judgement is guaranteed. See www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad for even more episodes and content from Jar and Tina.
The number one zero judgement parenting podcast is back with child behaviour specialist Tina Regan and comedian/parenting chancer Jarlath Regan. This week on the show… Question 1: An overwhelmed mum gets in touch seeking help with her out of control 5 year old. What do you do when your older child is assaulting your younger child and you can’t get them to stop? Tina and Jarlath draw up a plan of action that will hopefully get her on the path to a happier home life. Question 2: There is a lot of talk about bed bugs at the moment, what do you do though if your child can’t sleep because they are convinced that they are covered in them. Tina suggests pivoting the other way completely. Embrace your kids irrational fear of bugs and feed them information that will help them understand an insects purpose. If you’ve had a similar experience please get in touch so we can pass on your advice to this desperately sleep deprived mum. Qu 3 : How do you get twins who are refusing to eat to eat their meals? If feeding your twins is all you’re doing in your day you will lose your mind. No mum should have to spend her whole day just trying to get a spoon in their child’s mouth. What are the alternatives? Listen in and see if you agree with Tina and Jars advice. Thank you for supporting our show. Extra bonus content available on our Patreon. www.Patreon.com/irishmanabroad Jarlath and Tina want your parenting emails. Get them in to - email@example.com.
If you like your parenting chats to have zero judgement in them, you're in the right place. This week, child behaviourist and early learning expert Tina Regan deals with three questions from our listeners. Question 1- what can you do to motivate your child? How do you spark their interests in new activities or just normal day to day ones. Tina and Jarlath tease out this question and try and give this parents some guidance on how to ignite the passion for adventure and learning new skills in their child. Question 2- deals with a child who is biting, kicking and hitting his mom. She is so overwhelmed and exhausted by his behaviour she doesn’t want to get up in the morning. Jarlath and Tina try and come up with an intervention that will get this family back on track and hopefully help this little person to manage their big emotions. Question 3 is from a lovely Dad who feels like he’s pushed his son too far. He’s starting to notice signs of anxiety in his sons behaviour and he feels he is the one to be blamed for this. What can you do? How can he repair his relationship with his son? Jarlath and Tina have loads of suggestions to help him through this tricky period. Email any questions into firstname.lastname@example.org. Get even more of the Pod - www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad
Tina needs all 20 years of her experience in child behaviour and teaching to find answers for this week's questions. Honey! You're Ruining Our Kid - the zero judgement parenting podcast - returns for another week of anonymously submitted questions from listeners across the world. Everyone thinks their kid is the only one with oddly specific difficult behaviours. You are never on your own. Question 1 An imaginary friend who is leading a child astray. How do you get your child to engage their conscience so that they can know the difference between right and wrong? Question 2 A kid who won’t stop cutting her friends' hair at school. How do you make her stop? Tina suggests more cutting opportunities at home with different textures. Finding a way to fulfil this child’s sensory need without it resulting in another unwanted haircut is the challenge. Question 3 A parent gets in touch worried their child is being bullied. This is a concern that is shared by just about every parent at some point or another. Tina and Jarlath offer some guidance in how to find out for sure. Thank you for listening in to our show. Please get in touch anyone but emailing - email@example.com. Pop over to www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad for extra large episode, bonus pods and much more. Find us on instagram https://instagram.com/honeyyouareruiningourkid?igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA==
Are some little kids just trying to wind their parents up? Jar and Tina delve into this and three other great questions anonymously supplied by you, the listeners of Honey! You're Ruining Our Kid! (The zero judgement parenting podcast) Question 1: An uncle worried about how rude his brother's kids are. Can step in or has he any role in breaking this behaviour? Question 2: What to do about Trichotillomania? This is a disorder that can get out of control if your child is using is as a comforting technique. Question 3: What do you do when siblings have a very strange relationship? How do you get your kids to believe in each other? Proudly sponsored by Buymie. Email- firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Instagram for even more https://instagram.com/honeyyouareruiningourkid?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA== Get bonus episodes and support the show www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad
Anxiety in little kids can be sparked by almost anything including cracking an egg off their head for the sake of a TikTok video trend. Tina tries to help a Mom trying to get her child to understand that making mistakes is ok. There's a battle at bedtime in most houses at some point. Can Tina help a Mom who finds her child enjoying the game of going to bed way too much? Jar has a novel approach to making kids relax and Tina helps another kid that has regressed with their toilet training. There's a lot of laughs and a lot of information as usual. Buymie.ie is the proud partner of Honey! You're Ruining Our Kid the zero judgement parenting podcast. Why not get groceries delivered to someone in your life in as little as an hour? It's easy it's fast and it's cheaper using the offer code "HONEY10". DON'T FORGET YOU CAN EMAIL THE SHOW. Tina replies and helps everyone. Simple send your problem to email@example.com and she will get back to you as soon as she possibly can.
What do you do if your kid won't let you leave their sight? What do you do if your kid is returning to wetting themselves after being successfully potty training years ago? What do you do if your kid isn't a fan of your partner and only wants to hang out with you? The good news is "Honey! You're Ruining Our Kid" the zero judgement parenting podcast is back. Tina bring here 20 years of experience in child behaviour and early years education to help parents from all over the world. They email the show anonymously and comedian Jarlath Regan reads them out! Strategies and solutions for every possible situation you find yourself in, proved for free by the best woman in the business. Come for the info and stay for the laughs. Raising kids is hard. We shouldn't have to do it alone and shouldn't have a bit of fun in the process. Email us today - firstname.lastname@example.org - Tina replies to every single email personally. Buymie.ie are our proud partner on this show. Sign up for the Buymie app in the App store today and get Dunnes Stores groceries delivered to your house or your friends' houses in as little as an hour. It makes the perfect time saver and pick me up for someone you might know who could do with a bit of help. Who wouldn't like a bag of treats dropped on their door step. See Jarlath’s standup live and in person in 2023/24 www.jigser.com/gigs
How the hell are we supposed to manage these little monsters/darlings for the next few weeks. Summer panic is upon us. Tina revisits the "tapas meal technique" that has changed countless listeners' lives and meal times. One mom gets in touch who is struggling to accommodate her child’s dinner requests. What do you do when they refuse to eat the requested dinner. We have to take the power back. Allow your child to think they are in control while you pull all the strings. Everyone is happy when tummies are full. What do you do when a 4 year old's behaviour is off the reservation. When she’s stumbling round the house like an 80s glam rock star leaving a trail of destruction behind her. Tina thinks this is an easy fix. Tina also recommends introducing a visual planner that will change your summer. Let your kids in on the plan. Inform them of the rules and your expectations. Give them the chance to show you how good they can be. Once they know what’s expected they will play ball. This is our July episode for the summer. We will record an August one too and then it will be back to business as usual in September with season 2 of Honey! You’re Ruining Our Kid. The email will remain open. Tina is here for you guys this summer. So keep those questions coming in email@example.com. Happy summer holidays everyone, thank you for supporting our show and helping it grow. We are so grateful. Download the buymie.ie app today and use the offer code "HONEY10" for a lovely little treat on us.
The school holidays are finally here and it's your job to entertain these little darlings 24/7! The panic is real. As are the emails that have been filling up Tina's inbox about what the hell to do when your circus comes to town and you're the chief plate spinner. As always there is 3 big questions on 3 thorny issues and a few big laughs thrown in. There's even a bit of RTE chat thrown in to help you explain to our kids the value of putting your hand up when you screw up. Great kid, terrible sense of humour? What do you do when your child is a little angel but makes terribly hurtful jokes at your expense? Tina thinks boundaries are the key while I think education comedically will produce an understanding of where the line is and when to cross it. Is a family meeting or a Billy Connolly DVD the answer? A worrying question or a sign of the times? What do you say to your 3 year old kid when they ask you, "Am I fat?" We hear from a family where a very young child has suddenly become body conscious. Is it best to ignore this? When does this disturbing question from a small child warrant more attention? Tina explains the need to refocus their interest on food and its function as fuel for the body to build, repair and run. What do you do when your family rejects your child? A parent gets in touch for advice on how to deal with the rejection she suffers at the hands of her relations. Her extended family have zero interest in getting to know her child. Recently her child has become aware of this. The feeling of rejection is deep. How do you guide your child through this? Without a doubt, this is one of the toughest questions we have received to date. Get in touch with any advice you have or questions for Tina by emailing - firstname.lastname@example.org. Also what are your summer family-life-hacks? Is there a shortcut to an easier summer we could all use? Let us know. (Download the Buymie.ie App and take the stress and expense out of stocking your house with groceries this summer.)
Today's episode begins with a warning to all men not to mess around with their house keeper. The cautionary tale of Arnold Schwarzenegger starts off this week's episode as Jar and Tina laugh about how parental fatigue gives you about 30 mins of tv before your involuntary coma begins! 3 great emails from 3 very brave people on the show this week. A stressed out dad gets in touch about trying to motivate his two teenage sons. The "Mary Black Approach" is born! Tina and Jarlath suggest setting up a rewarding motivator or goal for your child to work towards. Obviously the real drive has to come from within so Tina recommends making absolutely sure that your child wants to pursue this interest. How can we set about initialising a goal that will help them develop a habit of practicing and then mastering that skill. What is okay to demand from your child in terms of household chores and household respect? Does their age matter? What if they share their time between houses. The family meetings is the first port of call. Lay out the ground rules of what is the expected desired behaviour. Being very careful not to punish everything is key. Out of control adults are quickly disempowered. Jarlath bravely mentions Tina’s behaviour around her period and how himself and Mikey tend to manage it. What do you do when your child is throwing everything and breaking precious things about the house on a daily basis. Tina suggests that you need to redirect the child while giving them zero reaction for the projectiles. Instead provide the kid with loads of throwing opportunities throughout the day with balls. Praise their ability for throwing. Encourage them to throw the ball and have fun with the ball. Chat about what can be thrown and what can’t be thrown. No question is too big or too small get your emails into email@example.com. Buymie.ie is our show sponsor and loads of the listeners are downloading the app and getting their groceries delivered around Ireland with it. Give it a go and download it in the app store today. To support the show creation directly and get access to loads of great bonus episodes and content go to www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad.
Getting to drop off is hard enough without your kid refusing to go into school! Jar and Tina get an email from a parent who finds herself in the worst drop off scenario. Tina has seen it all with her 20 years of experience in behaviour and early intervention but is there a silver bullet for the clinging behaviour or do we just have to grin and act like it's not happening? The teenage years just got a lot scarier. With phones available to film their antics, teens and pre teens are making decisions that could change their life forever. Listen to this parent explain what is going on in their house and you might think twice about issuing a smart phone to your kid. Can a family meeting and some basic security checks prevent the online shaming of a sibling? A return listener gets in touch to explain that the original strategy Tina provided has worked but now she has a new problem. Her daughter picks at her finger until it bleeds which leads infection. She needs help fast. Tina and Jarlath struggle with this one as everything she’s doing is exactly what they would suggest. They try and guide her through upping the rewards and making her plaster game more fancy pants. A very tough question to receive but there's even more over on Patreon.com/irishmanabroad - bonus episodes / XL episodes and a range of other podcasts to keep you company during night feeds or those precious times you get to yourself. Jarlath thinks you should be allowed monitor your kid's movements at all times even if that means installing an air-tag on their shoes. Tina disagrees. What's your take on this one? Is chipping your kid a step too far in overseeing their behaviour or will it become the norm in years to come? You can't completely avoid the stress of being a parent but you can get your groceries delivered to your door. And that should help. Buymie.ie the partners of this podcast delivering the food you love from Dunnes Stores all over Ireland. Try the offer code HONEY10 in their app and start the week off with 10 euro on us. Anonymously mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your situations, stories and problems. We don't have to feel so alone while parenting.
You're not the only parent on the verge of losing it completely with your kids. How can you reach a kid that appears spoiled beyond repair? We hear from one mom who can’t handle her child's entitled behaviour anymore. Tina has some tactics to help those of us that are trying to ignore the most disrespectful little darlings. How do you get the respect back to where it should be fast. Is Dad the good guy and Mom the enforcer in your house? Does your kid treat both parents alike or do they save all the glorious annoying stuff for you? Tina has seen it all before and knows the fastest way back to a respectful fun home. WhatsApp groups are back to haunt us! How do we teach our children to manage this new social jungle. What is the etiquette of the WhatsApp group when nothing seems to be set in stone? How do you condition your child to observe the "dos and don’ts" of text messaging. It's a struggle for grownups. What chance do our kids have? Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel. This week's episode finishes with our favourite and bravest question yet. What can we expect from relatives we have entrusted with our kids for the day? If you leave your child in their care are you entitled to updates or is a physically well child all you can hope for? Should you just have to be grateful to have the help. We absolutely disagree on this one. Get in touch by emailing - email@example.com - if you have a different answer. We need to hear from you? How are you coping? Not every questions have to be read out on the show but Tina replies to them all. Our proud partner for this episode is buymie.ie - Dunnes Stores groceries delivered to your home in as little as an hour? That will definitely help your parenting stress levels go down.
Turty Tree is one of our trickiest episodes yet and not just because Tina can’t pronounce the number due to her sensual Meath brogue. Three superb emails from three parents coping with very different situations. Thankfully, there's hope to be found in all of them. How can you implement a behavioural consequence when you don’t feel like you have any leverage? To ensure the child will care about the consequence do we need something to hold over them? Lots of parents find themselves wondering, "Has this child just got too much stuff?" Have they just figured out that you’re ‘all talk’ or that you always forget to follow through on your prescribed punishments. Tina reveals that she’s had to set reminders in her phone to follow through on the warnings she’s issued earlier that day! How can you prepare a child for the impending death of their friend? Tina tries to explain that the truth is always the best way to go about answering all the uncomfortable questions your child will have. Memory boxes and encouraging your child to talk about their friend can help them grieve but the path is never easy. Coping with all the confusing feelings they will experience after a loss like this is one thing but what do you do if their curious questions are coming off as insensitive? How can your child already have a bad reputation when they are only five years old? Why are grown ups still labelling some children as the problem child? Has the idea of Denis the Menace made us believe that some kids are just destructive? What do you do when other parents regard your child as the ‘fall guy’ when anything unpleasant happens. Do you go to the school or as Jarlath suggests, go up to the other parents and push them in the chest? Tina has her own story to tell on this very subject. A stepmom needs help guiding her step daughter through a tricky friendship situation with her niece. Awkward is not the word. Is it even her place to get involved? How can she navigate this incredible tricky dynamic. Tina and Jarlath suggest hanging back and continuing to observe it whilst being ready to jump in if the situation gets worse. If you have any problems you need help with fire an email over to Jarlath and Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proudly sponsored by Buymie.ie
Temper tantrums, clingy kids and toilet dodgers it’s all going down on this week's episode of Honey You’re Ruining Our Kid. What do you do when your child seems able to behave himself everywhere but at home? Many children save the emotional and often times destructive behaviour for the safety of their own houses. Street angel, house devil is a common phrase for a reason. Seeing your kid so angry that they are a danger to themselves and you can be very scary. Are our kids hurting us intentionally? Jarlath wonders why we have the little rascals in the first place. How do you interrupt this behaviour pattern and put an end to the head melting tantrums . Why are they acting out? Tina and Jarlath try to puzzle out what’s behind this behaviour and how they can help this mom get her boy to treat his family the way he treats his friends. Clinginess is the strangest behaviour to understand. What do you do with a kid who never listens and drives you crazy refusing to allow you to leave their sight! Also often times parents find themselves feeling jealous when it’s the other parent the child is pining for. But when the clinginess is out of control and the child is getting way too upset in your absence, what can you do? This week we tease out this question. Tina laughs about how important the "Owl Babies" book is in helping children understand that our parents always come back. She also reveals how she’s never been able to read this story all the way through without crying. Tina and Jarlath find it hard to agree on the final question. A mom is struggling to get her stepson to wee in the toilet. Jarlath comes up with a clever way of enticing the boy to aim with success, however Tina worries that maybe the stepmom is being too demanding of the young lad. Is wanting her home to be perfect getting in the way of their bonding time? Has any man ever successfully peed in the toilet? Is this just a pointless task and an utter waste of her energy? Jarlath thinks most men know what they are doing, Tina lives with Jarlath and absolutely disagrees. Please send in your questions and ideas to email@example.com Have great week!
Willy obsession starts early! Tina gets an email from a mother of a kid who won't stop drawing dongs! If your child likes to draw them should you be worried or is it just a bit of harmless silliness that he will grow out of in his late 50s. When does artistic expression veer into unhealthy fascination? There's no taking the mickey with this question but plenty of laughs to be found in Tina and Jar's childhood memories of their youthful "passion projects". Young children love to explore the world with their mouths and hands. We all know that pretty much everything, even if it's nailed down, ends up in there. But what if your child likes to eat sticks and stones? Tina gets an email from one mother who is having this very problem and guess what? It's not that uncommon! The concept of death intrigues all of us at some point. But the finality and the idea of infinity can completely overwhelm our kids. So when they experience a death it can impact upon them in a big way. How do you navigate this very delicate topic with your child when it's all they seem to want to talk about? Can we inform them without creating an unhealthy interest? Email the show firstname.lastname@example.org - whatever you're going through, TIna can help. Find even more episodes and content on www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad