Why we know best
PARENTS today have more access to information than ever before – there are library shelves stacked with books on how to raise healthy, happy kids and advice from parenting “experts” is only a few keystrokes away online.
But as our access to help has gone global, for many mums and dads there are fewer people in the community we can go to “to tell us like it really is”.
Welcome to The Sunday Mail’s Mum and Dad Know Best panel.
Each week, Dani Westport, Elisha Casagrande and Nic Bonastre will discuss the issues facing modern mums and dads as they navigate parenthood.
Ms Casagrande, is a certified health coach and personal stylist and has two children, Scarlett, 5, and Enzo, 2, with husband Simon.
She says she was a big consumer of parenting books.
“I have done the hard yards,” she says. “I have done the research; I have read numerous books to do with parenting and my kids are very routine-oriented, very structured, and that is what works for us.
“There is so much information out there but it is about taking it with a grain of salt and seeing how it works for each kid.”
Mr Bonastre and his partner Danielle, have two girls, Eloise, 3 and Thea, 5 months. The site supervisor for a joinery company, he set up a community group, Dad-Life Brisbane to run six-monthly get-togethers for dads, and recently founded the Dads of Manly West group.
“The conversation around parenting needs to be had and I think it is great that dads are getting more involved with their kids too,” he says.
PR consultant Ms Westport and her partner, Lynsay, have a two-and-a-half-yearold daughter Cleo.
“We come from a unique background, being same sex parents,” she says.
“But we have the same thoughts, views and experiences that other parents do. And I like giving my opinion even when it is not asked for.”
This week the Mum and Dad Know Best panel discusses the appropriate age for leaving a child home alone. If you have an issue or topic you would like to see discussed email firstname.lastname@example.org