Monday, 30 December 2013

Independent vs State Schooling - 17th October 2013

We are talking about state versus independent schools this week on the Parents Show. What are the differences between the two and what added value, if any, can an independent education offer?

Talking us through the arguments will be Headteacher of Beechwood Park School, Patrick Atkinkson, the Head of Watford Boys Grammar School, Martin Post plus the Good Schools Guide educational consultant Anna Pedroza

Monday, 2 December 2013

Reading - 10th October 2013

Reading is such an important part of every child’s life. We all know how to read but do we know how to get the most out of reading to and with our children? What is the right environment for our children to read in? How often should we correct them? How do we make it fun for them?

We speak to Claire Shanahan from the Book Trust about all these questions and about what the Book Trust has to offer. Our second guest is Parents Show presenter Shirley Hayman who is an early years expert and a devoted parent rolled into one. We will discuss how to integrate a positive reading environment into your home for your children and how to get the most fun out of reading with and for your children. Finally we talk to local author Dawn Finch about her new book Brotherhood of Shades and her inspirations.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Forest Schooling - 26th September 2013

A forest school is a type of outdoor education in which children (or adults) visit forests/woodlands, learning personal, social and technical skills. It has been defined as "an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment".
To learn more about this unique approach to learning we talk to Sara Knight all about Forest Schooling and Author Helen Bilton will also give us her thoughts on the subject. To round up the conversation we will be talking to our guest, dad, trainer and Forest School practitioner Paul Moseley.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Giftedness in Children - 19th September 2013

Tonight’s show is all about giftedness in children. How can we spot a particular gift or talent in our kids? And importantly, how can we nurture it? What problems can arise if a child has abilities beyond their years? How do schools provide for high ability children?

First we talk to Professor Valsa Koshy, eminent researcher in this field and founder of the Brunel’s Able Children’s Education Centre in London. After that, we talk to Peter Hamilton, Headteacher of Haberdasher Aske’s School for Boys - widely considered to be one of the top independent boys schools in the country, Alistair Clarke the gifted and talented coordinator at our top local state school, St George’s in Harpenden, and last but by no means least, James Ball, Cambridge Blue rower

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Getting Organised - 12th September 2013

Ever dreamed of having your own family PA? We are getting organised this week on the Parents' Show - talking about the best calendars, diaries and IT systems that can help get your family organised and the best ways of managing your time as chief cook, taxi driver, teacher, activities organiser etc etc etc! plus the best ways of planning holidays and school breaks with kids
Our guest Sarah Sadler from tells us more about her lovely products. Local mum of three, Rowena, shares her ideas for using her mobile phone as a great organisational tool. We also talk to Alison Fox of Mum's Guide To Harpenden for her super parenting organisational tips.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Reading And Fairy Tales - 18th July 2013

On this week's show we are talking to best selling author Abie Longstaff about her children's books and how she creates such wonderful stories for both girls and boys.
Later in the show we speak to Matt Adams, the Editor in Chief of the Herts Ad about this years exciting Schools Awards and the winners.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Tourettes Syndrome - 11th July 2013

In reaction to an email from a Parents’ Show listener, our show this week is on Tourettes Syndrome. We will be speaking about all dimensions to the issues and how to get the best possible support for your child.
What is Tourettes Syndrome? What are the symptoms? What age groups are affected? What is the impact of diet? Is it possible to cure Tourettes Syndrome and what treatment or therapies might help relieve symptoms?
We will be speaking to Suzanne Dobson of Tourettes Action and Dr Jeremy Stern, Senior Consultant Neurologist from the Tourette’s Clinic at St Georges hospital.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Inspirational Mums - 4th July 2013

This week on the Parents' Show we are highlighting the wonderful and inspiring things that our local parents have started up or been involved in. Be inspired by the Mums Guide to Harpenden crew, PhD student and mum, Jennie Worrall-Lynch, Guinness World record breaking Sandra Smith and Caroline Ainslie plus the amazing Caroline Jones, mum of three and founder of Rewind, the pop club for parents!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Settling Into Herts From Abroad - 27th June 2013

We are joined in the studio this week by three local mums - Aga, Lina and Josephine - all of whom have experienced arriving in Hertfordshire as a foreigner.
What were their first impressions? What challenges did they feel they faced when they settled here? How did they overcome these? What advice should we give to new arrivals? What are the best networks to link into? What should parents think about or consider when moving with kids?
We also talk to Chris Flint, writer, editor and teacher of English as a second language.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Exams - 20th June 2013

We're talking about helping teens cope during exam time on the show this week.  What strategies do parents use to help them get through this challenging time? What needs do children have? How do parents manage their own stress? Is it possible to tutor your child? Should you reward your child for doing well at exams and school grades or perhaps just for effort and attitude?

Helping us discuss this in the studio is local GP, Dr. Harriet Strain, mother of 4 teenagers and very experienced at supporting teenagers through public exams.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Premature Babies - 13th June 2013

This week on the Parents Show we are talking about babies being born prematurely. How do we deal with them being in hospital and what should we do when we bring our babies home? What are the effects of being born early on children? Can they still reach milestones at the same time as full term babies? What support is out there for parents to provide the best care for their babies?
We will be speaking to Dr Su Laurent, consultant paediatrician and author of Your Premature Baby. We will also be speaking to Zoe Chivers from Bliss, the UK charity working to provide the best possible care and support for all premature and sick babies and their families. And lastly we will be speaking to local mom Sally Ripley about her experience of her child being born prematurely.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Hyperactivity In Children - 6th June 2013

Join us this week on the parents show when we discuss hyperactivity in children. Topics discussed will include: reasons for hyperactivity in young children/ADHD – signs and symptoms, nutrition and sleep related advice.
Guests include: Lauren Gayfer, nutritionist and founder of the Fairy Food Mother company based in Redbourn, Anne Ross, a behavioural psychologist specialising in autism and ADHD, and local sleep expert Pam Clarke.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Childbirth - 23rd May 2013

Childbirth is can be one of the scariest or equally sublime experiences in a person’s life. Is there any point in having a ‘birth plan’? Do we have any control over the birth? Why is guilt so often attached to the kind of birth you have? How can you and your partner best prepare yourselves for what’s coming next? How do you choose a birth partner? What role do they have in the birth? and why are they important? What is hypno-birthing all about? To get to the bottom of all these questions, we will be talking to Elva Ainsworth, Doula, change consultant and coach plus Kicki Hansard, one of the UK's leading Doulas.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Why Music Matters To Kids - 16th May 2013

This week on the Parents’ Show we will be talking about the role music should play in your child’s life. Most know it is important but how do we got about integrating it into our lives especially if, as a parent, you haven’t had any experience in playing a musical instrument or singing.
We will be talking to Simon Smith, violinist (soloist and chamber musician) and violin lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire about how to go about it and about the ‘Talent Myth’. We will be joined for a song by Phelia, two soprano mums based in St Albans and finally we will be speaking to Gill Johnston, Director of Harpenden Musicale.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Speech And Language Problems In Children - 9th May 2013

This week's theme deals with a range of speech and language problems that often crop up in children and young people's lives.
We are joined by top local expert, Sarah Moore, who answers all your questions. Sarah is an experienced speech and language therapist. Whilst she originally specialised in cleft palette, she is now very experienced in helping children on the autistic spectrum as well as those with all types of delays and disorders. She Has 4 children herself aged between 7 and 17 and lives just outside Harpenden. She has been in practice for last 20 years. Later in the show, we are joined by a representative from the communication organisation, Signalong, who tells us about the wonderful work that they do.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Role of School Governors - 2nd May 2013

This week we look at the topic of school governance...What exactly do school governors do and why do they do it? What should they be doing? Why should we care? We talk to James Brown, Secretary of Herts School Governors Association and Lesley, a parent governor. Tune in if you want to know more about how to become a school governor or if you want to know if your school governors are doing a good job.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Parenting Styles And How They Affect Child Development - 25th April 2013

This week on the Parents' show we will be talking about parenting styles though the generations...what are the various known parenting styles? which factors influence them? how have styles evolved over the years? Why have they evolved in this way? 
We speak to some women with oodles of experience, Shirley Hayman former owner and manager at Riverbanks Nursery School in Harpenden and Mavis Collis, whose career in childcare spans 40 years.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Helping Your Child With Homework - Some Top Tips - 4th April 2013

We’re talking about homework at the primary school level on the Parents’ Show this week. Do our children really need to get homework and do they need so much? What is the thinking behind homework? How big a role do we as parents have in making sure it is done? 
To lead the discussion we will be speaking to David Weston, a former secondary school teacher and now Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust. We will also speak to Roy Broadfield, Primary National Consultant , IMPACT.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Child To Nursery Worker Ratios - 28th March 2013

On this week’s Parents’ Show, we are talking about the Government’s proposed changes to increase the child to nursery worker ratios and whether these changes might impact on the quality of childcare our children receive. Critics of these proposals argue that it may lead to poor quality childcare and even to more accidents in early year settings. Those in favour maintain that by relaxing the staff-to-child ratios for certain age groups, nurseries could reduce costs and possibly make childcare more affordable. 
Our guests this week will be Peter Lilley, MP for Harpenden, Neil Leitch, Pre-School Learning Alliance, Ben Black from My Family Care and Shirley Hayman, early years’ expert.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Guilt - 21st March 2013

Guilt – all working and non-working parents have it at some point - some more than others. Why do we feel like this? Is there anything to feel guilty about? How can we just focus on making the most of the quality time we do have with our children? We will be talking to Jessica Chivers, the thinking woman’s coach and author of ‘Mothers Work’ about how to ease our guilt and rationalise our feelings. Jessica will have top tips for us on how to ‘get a grip on guilt’

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Division Of Labour In The Home - 7th March 2013

This week on the Parents' Show we are talking about division of labour in the home between partners, mums and dads - how do you decide who does which jobs? Which jobs does no-one want to do and why? Do you expect your hubby/wife to do particular jobs around the house and if so, why? What is the best system to put in place? How do we avoid or resolve conflict over jobs around the house?

Expert guests include Professor Lynn Cook, Professor of social policy, from the University of Bath and psychologist Catriona Wrottesley, couples therapist, from the Tavistock Centre in London.

Monday, 13 May 2013

The iPad - 28th February 2013

Tonight's show discusses topics relating to children owning and using an iPad - we discuss popular apps for kids, common pitfalls to be watchful for when kids use technology and ways of overcoming those. We talk about recommended screen time for kids and the main strategies we parents might adopt to help our children get the most out of iPad use.

Guests include: Carole Bennett, Head of Business Services for Schools, Chris Carter, eDevelopments Adviser - Herts county council and Lee Bolger from the St Albans branch of Solutions INC.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Talking To Our Children About Sex - 21st February 2013

On the Parents' Show this week we discuss sex and how we deal with our children and young people's questions and queries about the topic. We will be talking about the considerable social and societal pressures that our children and young people are up against, and why the relationship that we have with them, as parents and carers, is so vital to them establishing the self esteem, and inner resolve to deal with the pressures and situations that they will undoubtedly encounter in their lives.

Our experts us on the show this week are Professor Fiona Brooks, Head of Adolescent and Child Health, University of Herts, and early years expert and Director for the Centre of Coaching and Mentoring at University of Hertfordshire, Sally Graham.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Sleep - 14th February 2013

On this edition of the podcast of Radio Verulam's Parents' Show Lydia El-Khouri & Georgie Tovell explored the topic of sleep.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Helping Children Through Divorce & Separation - 7th February 2013

On this week's podcast Lydia El-Khouri and Kathy Weston focus on how to help our children through parental separation and divorce.

Raising Girls - 31st January 2013

Kathy Weston & Lydia El-Khouri were joined by special guest Steve Biddulph to discuss the subject of raising girls.

Managing Children's Anxiety - 24th January 2013

On this week's show, Lydia El-Khouri & Kathy Weston explored the subject of managing children's anxiety.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Gap Years - 10th January 2013

On this week's show Lorenza, Lydia & Kathy explore the topic of gap years.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Miscarriages - 3rd January 2013

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