When it is fine to starve your chil­dren

Par­ents need to be po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV - Dar­ren Cartwright

NEW or soon-to-be par­ents want­ing a dose of re­al­ity about look­ing af­ter the pit­ter­pat­ter of tiny feet will get some com­fort

and a gig­gle out of The Po­lit­i­cally In­cor­rect

Par­ent­ing Show.

The new five-part child-rear­ing se­ries on Chan­nel 9 mul­tichan­nel Gem is aimed at the novice mother and fa­ther – although those with young chil­dren plan­ning to in­crease their brood can use it as a timely re­fresher course.

The se­ries is hosted by fa­ther of two Nigel Latta, a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist who works with chil­dren with be­havioural prob­lems.

In the first two episodes, he cov­ers the six pains and the top five lies of par­ent­ing, while pan­ning the mol­ly­cod­dled world chil­dren live in.

While the show breezes through each sub­ject – some­times a lit­tle too quickly – there is enough de­tail for par­ents to grab hold of Latta’s ad­vice and ap­ply it to real life.

‘‘If you lose your rag at your chil­dren and you are fair, they ac­tu­ally for­give you for it,’’ Latta says while dis­cussing the top five par­ent­ing lies.

He says it’s OK to bribe chil­dren as part of toi­let train­ing and let them climb trees – even if it means break­ing a limb along the way.

Latta shows a three-sec­ond method of teach­ing chil­dren to go to sleep and he main­tains it’s fine to starve kids un­til they’ll eat eat brus­sels sprouts, cau­li­flower and beans.

Each seg­ment is ac­com­pa­nied with short skits per­formed by such ac­tors as An­drew Daddo, So­phie Lee and Mark Phelps.

Latta’s tips stretch from be­d­room to play­room, with tips in­clud­ing how to han­dle a dreaded No.2 in the bath­tub with­out caus­ing more mess. He says there is one tell-tale sign a child gives away when they are about to go to the toi­let.

‘‘Chil­dren are like tooth­paste, they start squeez­ing from the . . .’’ Latta says as he grabs his face with a strained ex­pres­sion.

Po­lit­i­cally In­cor­rect Par­ent­ing:

Thurs­days, 9.30pm, Gem.

Nigel Latta

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