Friday, 16 February 2018

Understanding and Managing Anger in Children

Everyone has experienced an angry child or teen. How regularly does it have to happen for parents to consider it a problem?  Do parents need an insight into how anger works? Is there any chance to manage it? There are few people better qualified in the UK than our guest Professor Stephen Scott CBE, Professor of Child Health and Behaviour at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Kings College London who talks us through these questions and help us understand anger in children and teens better. We also speak to Ruth Farenga from Mindful pathways in St Albans about possible approaches to dealing with anger. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Getting Children And Young People Interested In Science

There is a general consensus that as a country, it is important that our children both show and interest in and passion for science, after all so much of the world’s needs are based around and even dependent on scientific discovery and solutions. So how we are doing as a nation when it comes to teaching science and how can we as parents help children to develop a passion for this critical subject? We are joined by Dave Allen from University of Hertfordshire, Mr Bowyer from STAGS in St Albans, Diane Secker and her daughter, keen scientist, Hana Rathor and the editor of science mag for kids, AQUILA, Freya Hardy.

Sunday, 11 February 2018


Being called a perfectionist was generally a compliment and something people aspired to be known as. Schools too push our children to strive for perfection. But what happens when it stops being a healthy aspiration?
Prof Roz Shafran – is one of the world’s leading experts on Perfectionism. What exactly is clinical perfectionism and when does attention to detail become unhealthy? We will explore this mental health problem with Prof Shafran who is Professor of Translational Psychology at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and a Clinical Psychologist.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Neuromyths In Education

Ever heard of left brain/right brain differentiation or learning styles? Or feel that sometimes you only use 10% of your brain? Truth is: these are myths that are baseless when it comes to the evidence. On this episode, we are joined by two of the most influential researchers in this field, Pedro de Bruyckere who has written a book on the topic and developmental psychologist, Victoria Knowland who has also written extensively about neuromyths. We are also joined by David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust who will help us understand why these myths are still being perpetuated by some schools and teachers. 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

THE Steve Biddulph on Raising Girls

In the world of parenting educators and psychologists, there are few more highly respected, followed and quoted than Steve Biddulph. His kind, realistic and constructive approach to parenting both boys and girls has prepared parents all over the world and made them aware of issues critical to parenting happy, confident children. He has explored the relationship between parents and their children from the cradle to teens. We spoke to Steve on Raising Girls and specifically on his new book 10 things Girls Need. We also spoke to local consultant Caroline Walker from Confident Teens on her take on the challenges of being a teenage girl in the UK today.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Raising a Transgender Child

On tonight’s show, we talk to Mienna Jones, mum to a little girl who feels and acts like a boy and academic Theo Gilbert, who previously lived as a woman and who now lives happily as a man, plus the charity Mermaids, a service offering family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children or young people.

Thursday, 28 September 2017


No one takes divorce lightly. It is a complicated process because there can be many people involved and frequently children. Obviously when it comes to children then we have to take care to make sure their well-being is at the centre of decisions made during the divorce. Is it possible to do it amicably and without hurting the children involved? We are delighted to have Mary McEvoy from Neves Solicitors in Harpenden on the show to dig deep on the subject and help us all understand the steps that need to be taken, the cost and the repercussions. We also speak to Brad Robson, a dad of one who is starting divorce proceedings. He will tell us about his experience of managing relationships from a dad’s perspective.