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.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Secondary School Admissions And Children's Eye Health

Back to school and a special look at children’s eyesight and eye health this week with guests: Councillor Terry Douris from Herts County Council, Bhavin Shah, a behavioural optometrist from Central Vision Opticians, young Arthur Miles who will be telling us about his first week at secondary school and Cat St Clair, a London-based clinical psychologist who will discuss the unique challenges that children with any physical disability may have when returning to school and how parents can best support them.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Coping Strategies For Anxious Children - 8th June 2017

Hearing that your child could be anxious or seeing them go through bouts of anxiety can be extremely troubling. Parents want to know what to do in that moment when their child suffers from anxious thoughts. Having a few techniques or tricks to hand can be extremely empowering and helpful. This week on the Parents’ Show we will be speaking Dr Amanda Gummer, CEO and Founder of Fundamentally Children about the role toys can have in dealing with anxiety. We will also be speaking to two local Mindfulness practitioners, Ruth Farenga and Kat Shaw about what they recommend for parents and children to help with anxiety and getting in a good place. 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Helping Parents With Primary School Maths - 18th May 2017

Maths in primary school is a challenge - for parents as much as for children! We all want to support our children but so much has changed - the vocabulary as well as the concepts. Can we credibly help or are we making matters worse! We will be speaking to Maths Lead Teacher Lucille Feather from Fleetville Juniors, St Albans and Nick Yeldham from Manland School in Harpenden who has been involved in a number of Maths research projects with the NCETM (National Centre for the Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics) and Cambridge University. We will be talking about how maths is taught in school today and whether it is possible to inject a bit of fun into maths.
We will also speak to Jo Issa from Primary Maths, Oxford University Press.
Jo will be talking about what strategies OUP has for parents to support children with maths. We will also be asking for more information about Singapore Maths and its place in the UK curriculum.