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Episode 20: What Happens When You Don’t Listen To Your Kids


For eight years, Ryan tried to communicate something to his mother, but it seems she didn’t listen to him. How does this affect him?

“Which sibling relationship caused you the most problems?”

Mildly philosophical discussions about family dynamics are the coolest. Bouncing around ideas about why someone did/does something and the different ways we can each deal with that…

…or not deal with it, depending on our personality.

In this case, a second child wanted to let his mother know that his younger sister is not quite as sweet and innocent as she seems. Only his mother didn’t listen, leaving the boy feeling unheard and a little unwanted, as well as really angry with the world.

Find out:

  • How to actually, really listen to your children
  • Why children need to be heard
  • The ongoing and lasting impact when children don’t feel heard
  • How to arbitrate the disputes between your children
  • How to create deep, meaningful relationships between yourself, your children and each other

Why Don't You Listen To Me?

Sibling dynamics, how you view them from the outside or a mother perspective and how you dealt with it.

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About Today’s Guest Ryan O’Connor

Actor, Director, Playwright

Sibling dynamics, how you view them from the outside or a mother perspective and how you dealt with it.

Ryan J O’Connor is a Geelong-based writer of original, alternative plays and prose.

He’s the co-founder and executive director of Someone New Theatre Company, the winner of the 2019 Grace Marion Wilson Trust Award for Playwriting, and an acclaimed actor and director throughout NSW and Victoria.

Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood

He is also an excellent baker, a trained stage-combatist, a terrible gardener, and a moderately talented poker player.

He does his best writing while trying to avoid his responsibilities, but loves to tell ‘alternative’ stories: romantic comedies about Death, coming-of-age stories about old men, and science-fiction tales about mythological creatures, just to name a few.

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