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 2.28 Barry Nicholls – On Men, Mental Health and Cricket

When I first received a copy of Second Innings: On Men, Mental Health and Cricket, (Fremantle Press) back in June, 2021, I read it in two sittings and immediately tried to line Barry up for an Interview. It wasn’t until December I was able to talk to him and it was worth the wait. Trigger Warning: if anything in the interview affects you, please talk to someone. Contacts below.

If you need someone to talk to, call: • Lifeline on 13 11 14 • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 • MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 • Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 • Headspace on 1800 650 890 • QLife on 1800 184 527

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.

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.