Monday, 17 December 2012

A Fair and Local Christmas for St. Albans

St. Albans District Councillors Beric Read and Simon Grover discuss how sustainable St. Albans city centre shops and businesses are and will be, and what the Council is doing to encourage the local shopping experience.  Also with Claire McKeesh, of the local committee for St. Albans Fairtrade City.  Lydia El-Khouri and Georgie Tovell present this Christmas show.  

Monday, 10 December 2012

Elizabeth Jarman Communication Friendly Spaces

Elizabeth Jarman talks about creating positive and relaxing learning spaces in your home, garden and school.  With Kathy Weston, Lydia El-Khouri; plus Claire Healy from Raring2Go on Christmas in London. 

Monday, 3 December 2012

Sexual Abuse of Children

Marilyn Hawes of Enough Abuse and Professor Don Grubin discuss identifying and preventing "grooming" and other techniques used by sexual abusers.  Also tell-tale signs of abuse in abuser's behaviour and that of the abused.  NSPCC's ChildLine highlighted.  With Lydia El-Khouri and Kathy Weston.  

Monday, 26 November 2012

Green Parent Nutrition

Healthful dietary tips from Sally Temple of The Nutrition Place, and discussion with the watchdogs of the controversial baby formula industry, Baby Milk Action. 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Primary School Applications

Lydia El-Khouri and Georgie Tovell discuss the process of primary school applications with Herts County Councillor Terry Douris and two parents of oversubscribed Prae Wood School.  

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Toxic Childhood and Save Childhood Movement

Lydia El-Khouri and Naomi Love discuss toxic versus free range childhood with eminent author Sue Palmer and Wendy Ellyatt, founder of the the Save Childhood Movement.  Engrossing conversation about the essential elements that encourage healthy child development.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Well-being - 18th October 2012

On this week's show Lydia El-Khouri & Kathy Weston explore the topic of well-being.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Natural Parenting - 4th October 2012

On tonight's Parents' Show Kathy Weston spoke to Saffia Farr, editor or Juno Magazine, Lucy Pearce, a free spirited freelance writer, artist and contributing editor of Juno magazine and Michelle Mattesini from Attachment Parenting UK.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Dads - 27th September 2012

On tonight's show Lydia El-Khouri & Kathy Weston were looking at the the topic of dads.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Vaccinations for Children - 6th September 2012

Join Kathy Weston on this week's Parents' Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips. This week's topic is on the subject of vaccinations for children. Featuring Dr Halvorsen, author of 'The Truth about vaccines'.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Twins- 30th August 2012


Join Lydia today on the Parent Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week's topic is on the subject of twins. Featuring Jenny Birling from St Albans Twins Club and Professor Tim Spector, the Director of the Department of Twin Research at King's College.

GCSE Results- 23rd August 2012


Join Kathy and Lydia on the Parent Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week's topic is on the subject of GCSE Results!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Post-Pregnancy Bodies- 16th August 2012


Join Kathy and Lydia on the Parent Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week's topic is on the subject of post-pregnancy bodies and the side effects and changes it produces.

Glue-Ear - 9th August 2012


Join Helen and Lydia on the Parent Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week's topic is on the subject of the condition commonly known as Glue-Ear.

Gina Ford (re-run) - 2nd August 2012


Join Kathy and Lydia on the Parent Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week''s show is a re-run of March 15th's show featuring Gina Ford.

Sleep Trouble- 26th July 2012


Join Kathy and Lydia on the Parent Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week's topic is on the subject of sleep trouble with toddlers and babies and features Gina Ford to give advice.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Eco-Consumer Tips- 19th July 2012


Join Kathy and Georgie on the Parent Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week's topic is on the subject of tackling ecologically-friendly consumerism.

Kids and Food- 12th July 2012


On this week's parents' show,  Kathy and Lorenza talk to Francesca Barber about various creative ways to get your children to be more adventurous with food. Also on the show is an interview with the CEO of the Slow Food Movement, Catherine Gazzoli.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Dental Care- 5th July 2012


Join Kathy and Trevor on the Parent Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week's topic is on the subject of dental healthcare

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Philosophy- 28th June 2012



Join Kathy and Lorenza on the Parent Show, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week's topic is on the subject of teaching philosophy to children and its benefits. Joining them in this discussion is Rob Torrington from the organisation known as The Philosophy Foundation, Claire Bedford who is a educational psychologist. Plus, a recorded interview with Catherine Bickers, a mum from North London who took her children to a Philosophy Day.

Pets- 21st June 2012



Join Kathy and Lydia on the Parent Show every week on Thursday at 8:00pm, giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today. This week, they discuss the subject of pets.

Flat Head Syndrome- 14th June 2012

Join Kathy and Lydia on the Parent Show every week on Thursday at 8:00pm! Giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today, this week's topic is on the cause and treatment of Plagiocephaly, also known as 'Flat Head Syndrome'.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Providing- 7th June 2012

Join Kathy and Lydia on the Parent Show every week on Thursday at 8:00pm! Giving you handfuls of helpful parenting tips, sidelined with popular music of today, this week's topic is on various methods of providing for your children.

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Olympics- 31st May 2012


On this week's parents' show, Trevor and Kathy dedicate the hour to an Olympic Special, to discuss how your children can be encouraged to participate in activities in the coming months. Special guests include Judy Murray, the current tennis Fed Cup Captain and Neil Burgess, a local dad and one of the Olympic torch bearers for Hertfordshire.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Fostering- 24th May 2012


On this week's parents' show,  Lydia and Kathy talk to Sally Beaumont, the recruitment manager in Herts County Council for fostering and Alan, a local dad and foster parent of 3. Also in the studio is Margie Skinner, co-author of the book ' The Step-Outside Guide' and Claire Healy with news of the local goings-on.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Life Coaching- 17th May 2012


On this week's parents' show,  Lydia and Kathy talk to Naomi Richards, a local Life Coach and author of the book 'The Parent's Toolkit". Also in the studio is Chris Dennis from Baby Years to talk about his new show.

PET (Parent Effectiveness Training) Programme- 10th May 2012


The topic of this week's show is the programme PET (Parents Effectiveness Training). Joining Kathy and Lydia this week is PET qualified trainers Val Winfield and Anita Taylor and also Sanjay, a local dad who recently used the programme.

Complications in Pregnancy- 3rd May 2012


On this week's parents' show, we discuss complications in pregnancy, in particular "Hyperemesis" and "Obstetric Cholestasis". Lorenza and Georgie talk to Dr Lucy Mackillop, an expert in obstetric medicine, and Jenny Chambers from OC Support.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Outdoor Activities- 26th April 2012

On this week's parents' show, we look at the topic of encouraging children to spend more time outside. Joining Trevor and Georgie to discuss this is Chris Hickman from the Woodland Trust, Sarah Blackwell from Forest Schools and Peter Bloomfield from Transition St Albans.

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Friday, 6 April 2012

Fussy Eating- 5th April 2012

On this week's Parents' Show, we look at the topic of fussy eating, including a call-in from Annabel Karmel to give her advice on the subject.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Parental attachment in the Early Years - 29th March 2012

On this week's parents' show, we look at the topic of parental attachment for babies and young children. Joining us for this discussion is Dr Suzanne Zeedyk (developmental psychologist) and Sally Graham, an 'early years learning' expert. Get the facts.

Sex Offending and Children - What Parents Need To Know

On this week's parents' show, we look at the topic of sex offending against children. Joining us for this discussion is Professor Don Grubin (Professor of Forensic Psychology at Newcastle University) and Chris Miller, retired former assistant Chief of Police, Hertfordshire. Get the facts.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Gina Ford- 15th March 2012

Tonight's show featured the highly acclaimed parenting guru Gina Ford. Gina talks to Kathy and Lydia about sleep issues in babies and young toddlers, answers listerners' questions and talks about her new publication "The Contented Mother's Guide'.

The show is concluded with Claire Healey's 'Raring 2 Go' guide of the hotspots in Hertfordshire.

Innovative Support for Children- 8th March 2012

This week on the Parents show, Kathy and Lydia talk about local provision for children who are gifted and individualistic as well as those with special needs including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD or Speech and Language Delay. Specifically, they talk to Felicity Evans, founder of Naturekids, a small independent organisation providing specialist support for children through a holistic approach to health and education.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Home Start - Support For Families in Hertfordshire- 1st March 2012

Did you know that 40% of parents with children under 5 have felt close to breaking point from the stress of family, 63% believe that stress can affect the relationship with their children and 93% understand the impact that this could have on the children's future? Well, Lydia and Kathy are here to help! This week is all about home support, for those parents who feel they can not cope. They have help to talk about this subject with the local charity Home Start St.Albans and have Sally Patterson, a volunteer to talk about her experience with the charity. They also interview Sarah, a local mum who has benefitted from the company.

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Same Sex Parenting - 23rd April 2012

Join Kathy and Lydia this week as they discuss same-sex parenting and its pros and cons.
They are joined to talk about this subject by James Taylor, a senior health officer at Stonewall as well as Sarah Haggerholds, who talks about her experience with being a same-sex parent. The show is concluded with Claire Healey's 'Raring 2 Go'.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Reflux- 16th February 2012

Join Lydia and Kathy this week as they talk about 'reflux'.
If this is topic is not familiar to you, consider yourself lucky. Anyone who has heard of it know what misery it brings to the children affected by it and the parents who have to deal with the symptoms. It's a condition that doesn't get a lot of attention and if undiagnosed can lead to weeks and months of distress at a pivotal time in babies development. They talk to Dr Sue Calvert and Tracey Guillet-Parks for an expert description and explanation of the condition, as well as some useful advice for dealing with it, and later on talk to two local mums Heidi Ward and Helen Furse about their personal experiences dealing with reflux.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

"Computer Games and your kids - what every parent needs to know"- 9th February 2012

Join Kathy and Lydia during this show which highlights National Internet Safety week - joining the team to discuss the impact of gaming on our children are Carol Bennett, a Senior Advisor in ICT for Herts County Council and her colleague Ann Layzell who is an e-safety officer, both of whom do significant partnership work with schools in the County.

Dr Paul Howard Jones, a neuroscientist in the field of educational policy also features in the show. In his interview, he discusses the impact that computer games have on our children's brains and tackles the thorny issue of how parents should respond appropriately to the range of digital technologies which now feature in homes all over the country. His recent book on the subject covers both scientific fact and also his own personal experiences with his five children.

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Transition to Secondary School- 2nd February 2012

Kathy and Lydia are here this week to talk about the changes when dealing with the transition of going from primary school to secondary school. Joining them tonight is a local dad, Leo Chivers and his daughter Molly to hear their personal account of the subject. They also speak to Amanda Godfrey, the head teacher of Madeville primary school and finally Francis Button, a cabinet member at the Education and Skills committee at Hertfordshire County Council.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Storytelling- 26th January 2012

Kathy and Trevor are back this week to celebrate National Storytelling Week. Joining them are guests Lisa Nicholls from 'The Book Mums' and also Katherine Holt who indulges listeners with a story.

finishing off the hour is Claire Healy with 'Raring 2 Go'

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Fundraising Cocktail Evening for Radio Verulam - 19th January 2012






On Thursday 19th January the Parents' Show team organised another successful fundraising evening for Radio Verulam.  They managed to raise over £750 and photos from the evening can be found here.

Photos courtesy of Function Photos.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Teenagers- 12th January 2012

"Is my teen an alien?" Kathy is back with Lydia for this weeks session on teenagers. They discuss the psychological processes of the teenage mind, and the best methods to guide your child through the pubescent stage in a variety of situations.
Joining them is Dr Eva Hoffman, an independent educational consultant and the co-founder and director of Eva Hoffman Education. Also joining them is David Weston, a secondary school teacher from Watford Boys Grammar.

New Year- 5th January 2012

Lydia and Georgie kick off the new year with ideas and guests to help you regain your footing on your finances after the Christmas period and how to lose those gained pounds from the holidays with a discussion on diet and fulfilling new years resolutions.
To help them, they are joined by Dominic Basalaya of KDW Associates for the finances, and Michelle Lake from Mission Nutrition to discuss diet.

Christmas!- 22nd December 2011

Join Trevor Merridan and Gary Bark this week to discuss the nation's favorite holiday as well as looking back on some of the year's best bits.
Special guests include: Santa!