In Josh’s chat show he talks with people in the kid’s mental health and well-being fields to discover the person behind their work and what motivates them.

JLGTK – Ep 2.25 Lillian Reekie – Parenting Strategist

Welcome to part 2 of my special 2 part series on parenting.

So what do I know about parenting? Nothing, so I’m asking parenting coaches and mentors for their insights. I chatted with Lillian Reekie who teaches the Nurtured Heart Approach to Parenting.

TW: We do discuss suicide at around the 40-minute mark, so if that is it too triggering for you, skip that part.

  • What led Lillian to become a parenting strategist.
  • How the birth of her second son threw the family into chaos.
  • At the age of 3 her son was asked to be taken out of 6 childcare centres and then diagnosed with ODD, ADHD and childhood depression.
  • Lillian recounts the traumatic primary and high school days of her son. • How a shift to a Steiner School worked out better, until it shut down.
  • How her son didn’t fit into the conventional school system and got into further trouble.
  • The dramatic moment things started to turn around.
  • Why Lillian went in search of a parenting mentor.
  • The incredible story of who they found.
  • The power of words and the energy behind the words.
  • What is upside down parenting?
  • What is the Nurtured Heart Approach and why is it so powerful?
  • The 3 key aspects (Stands) to changing behaviour.
  • Setting boundaries and outlining consequences.
  • The importance of modelling behaviour.
  • How the Nurtured heart approach has improved overall relationships
  • How Lillian’s oldest son attempted to take his own life and the deeper reasons why.
  • What lights Lillian up?

More about Lillian. Lillian Reekie is a Parenting Strategist and a Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer.

JLGTK – 2.24 Yolanda Alvares – Empowered Parenting

Part 1 of my 2-part series on parenting.

What do I know about parenting? Zilch! So I asked a couple of very different experts, but strap yourself in, this is not your common garden variety parenting advice.

  • Why Yolanda become a parenting coach.
  • Why she wasn’t showing up for her kids.
  • How she turned the idea of ‘mother’s must sacrifice everything for their family’ on it’s head and became a better mother.
  • How by becoming happier within herself, she was able to be more present for her kids.
  • How can parents be more conscious in how they parent?
  • How kids today have a different mindset than those of previous generations.
  • Yolanda’s 5 step program – from chaos to calm.
  • What lights Yolanda up?

About Yolanda: Yolanda runs Empowered Parenting and is an empowered parenting consultant & coach and author of Abundant Motherhood – Empowering Mums to Empower their Kids. Yolanda runs workshops for both parents & kids around Melbourne & online. Find out more at

Ep 2.23 Jeremy Kalbstein – The Empathy Initiative

How do you teach kids empathy especially in the online world? I chat with online expert and educator, Jeremy Kalbstein about how to help kids and parents deal with bullying online and to build empathy. It’s a complex issue and Jeremy breaks it down with simple and effective strategies. He also talks about his soon to be released program for schools ‘The Empathy Initiative’ to help build empathy, to be an upstander and explore the impact of multitasking and helping kids manage their screen time.

Ep2.21 – Laurie Steed on the unedited writers life

I take a deep dive into the myth of the writer’s life with author, mentor and journalist, Laurie Steed.

In this unflinching conversation, Laurie talks about:

• Daydreaming on a trampoline

• How an existential crisis in his mid 20’s led to a life changing epiphany.

• Writing fiction and finding the emotional truth within that space.

• What happened when Laurie’s first writing mentor stopped returning his emails.

• What makes a good writing mentor?

• About being real, authentic and vulnerable.

• How to deal with jealousy, envy and resentment.

• We chat candidly about publishers and what they look for.

• Letting go of the dream to be everyone else.

• Allowing your true self to guide your writing

• The tale of Laurie’s collection of short stories, Nova.

• The importance being stuck – Wisdom from Michael Leunig

• Being told your story sucks. • The important role a mentor can play in your life.

• What writer and poet Brigid Lowry said to Laurie, that makes him tear up to this day?

• What lights Laurie up?

Find out more about Laurie Steed, his books, writing and mentorship:

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Ep1.27 Nina Angelo – Author / Storyteller / Healer

After spending 4 years writing her memoir about her parents surviving Nazi Concentration camps and immigrating to Australia, artist and storyteller and Order of Australia recipient, Nina Angelo, was diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma.

12 months on, Nina is cancer free.

This is Nina’s extraordinary story of hope, love, and power of creativity. Grab your copy of “Don’t Cry – Dance, A memoir of war, love and forgiveness” from

Ep1.26 Jo Jackson King and attachment theory

I’ve recently discovered Attachment Theory in my investigation into children’s mental and emotional wellbeing. I chat with the author of “Raising the Best Possible Child: How to parent happy and successful kids from birth to seven”, Jo Jackson King about Attachment Theory and how it can make parenting a little less confusing.

Ep1.25 Imani Benfell – Writing, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and being gender fluid.

Imani is the host of Booktoberfest, where they interview one writer a day for 30 days during October. They’re the author of the middle grade fantasy novel “Mysteries of Maybelle” and they’re a passionate advocate for LGBTQI issues.

Imani normally interviews me during this time, but I wanted to find out what makes them one of the youngest (at 14) most passionate people I know.

Imani also has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Dysautonomia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but it doesn’t seem to stop them from achieving their passion.

Make sure you watch til the end for Imani’s most embarrassing moments.

Ep1.24 Annabel Smith – how much money do writers really make?

How much do writers actually earn?
And how much did I earn for 2019/2020?

I sit down with author, writing teacher and mentor, Annabel Smith and we lift the lid on what writers earn and how they make their money. She tells it like it is in this wide ranging conversation that goes where most writers don’t want to go and we both reveal our incomes for the last financial year.