Photo credits to Gianfranco Stellini

The new seasons of Claire Agius Ordway’s programmes are just around the corner with Dak Li Jgħodd – Babies & Toddlers and Dak Li Jgħodd – Teens, starting on the 29th September and the 3rd October respectively. Her summer must’ve surely been packed with preparations for both!

How do you manage to come up with fresh ideas for the shows?

We try to differ a bit every year to make the programme interesting for both our viewers and ourselves. This year, we will definitely be going into more detail and our guests, who are all experts in the field of parenting, will be giving more specific answers. We decided to take this approach due to the questions and ideas which parents and caregivers watching the show fuel us with.

You recently travelled to Italy for a very ‘hands on’ adventure with regards to sponsorships and the products you promote. Could you tell us more?

My sponsors have believed in my programme for years, and I have managed to build a really strong relationship with each and every one of them. I’m very grateful and truly overwhelmed by their loyalty. This year, one of my main sponsors decided to send me on a trip to Italy to investigate and see how genuine and thoroughly tested the baby food we give our kids really is. I filmed the whole process and will be featuring it on my show. Now more than ever, I can say that I am a firm believer in these products and I am very proud to have such great brands supporting my programmes.

Dak Li Jgħodd – Teens made its debut last season in October 2014. What was the feedback you received after Season 1 and what can viewers look forward to in Season 2?

The feedback was overwhelming, really. It took some time for people to get used to the style of programme, since it’s all about teens, how they change physically, mentally, emotionally and in many other ways. However, I received very positive comments after each and every episode. Many people reached out and asked for help and opened up about what they were going through. That obviously gave me a bigger boost to reproduce this season.

It was emphasised in the programmes that if certain issues are not addressed during a child’s first five years of life, these will inevitably have an effect on their development during their teens. How strongly do you feel about this?

I agree and really do believe that the first five years are crucial. However, I am also of the opinion that a child who had a rocky start due to things happening around him is not automatically destined for a bad life. I strongly feel that if a particular teen is going through a tough phase, we have to see it through and be there until things turn for the positive. We just have to hang in there for the love of our kids.

If you could give parents out there one good piece of advice, what would it be?

I am not in a position to give advice, really. I am constantly learning and that is why I listen attentively to other parents and to the professionals who come on my programme. That is why I love my job so much and why I am so passionate about the subject. However, one thing I did learn for sure is that our kids need us to be present. Money and material things are important for them, but most importantly they just need us and our time!

Don’t miss Dak Li Jgħodd – Babies and Toddlers every Tuesday at 6pm and Dak Li Jgħodd – Teens every Saturday at 6.40pm on One TV.

For more information please visit the Dak Li Jgħodd website and the official Dak Li Jgħodd Facebook page.