Friday, 7 November 2014

The Step Family Cycle - 23th October 2014

The average time for a step family to blend is 4 years according to Dr Lisa Doodson, founder of
In this show we find out how to prepare for, and then parent, step children.
We also hear from two step parents about their experiences of living with and caring for someone else's biological children

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

How To Raise Money For Your School - 16th October 2014

We spoke to the business manager of Gardenfields School, Al Green, about how his school goes about raising funds and his tips on the topic. Wayne Chow, founder of My School Lottery, explained an innovative new way for schools to raise funds and finally local PTA Chair of Fleetville Infants School Posy Parsons gives us some great ideas for PTAs to raise money.

Monday, 3 November 2014

How To Choose The Right Secondary School - 9th October 2014

Dani Zur, Director of the talks to us about what she thought we should consider before choosing a secondary school. Deputy Heads of Verulam and Beaumont Schools, David Bullock and Morag McCrorie gave us the teachers perspective.
Excellent insights into how primary to secondary transition might work and what to base your choices on.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Parent Child Conversations About Bodies - To Help Children Keep Safe As They Grow Up - 2nd October 2014

Tonight we're tackling that difficult subject of children's sexuality - How do we support our children to talk about their bodies? Are you unsure what is PC language around this topic?

Marilyn Hawes, founder of Enough Abuse and Catherine Knibbs, CEO of Peer Support UK talk to us about the experience and impact of sexual abuse and child grooming and how as parents we can aim to prevent it.
We also discuss how parents need to teach their children to use the anatomical names for their body parts from day one.

The Benefits Of Philosophy - 25th September 2014

Are children philosophical thinkers? What value is there in having such conversations with our children and how to we have them?
Tonight we hear from Peter Worley CEO of the Philosophy Foundation UK and discuss what parents can doing to extend their child's thinking and why it matters.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Success At Primary School - 18th September 2014

We all want our kids to do well at school, so how can we help them achieve this?

A child’s time in education is like hopping stepping stones over a stream: from nursery they hop to reception class, then to primary school, secondary school and possibly college and university. No two stones are the same, yet Professor Dominic Wyse from the Institute of Education in London believes every parent can help their child make the most of each stage in their education.
Also joining the discussion is the amazing Lucia Federuci, owner of Mount Carmel Kindergarten in St Albans, and mum of ten!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Children's Friendships - 11th September 2014

Tonight we discuss how children make and unmake friendships at school.
We are joined by Ulla Patni from the Herts CC educational psychology team and Professor Ros George from Goldsmiths University.

Helping Children To Communicate Verbally With Confidence - 4th September 2014

On this show we talk about how we can help our children become confident communicators with the excellent Jude Millins from Speaking Works

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Anxiety Issues In Children - 10th July 2014

Dr. Helen Dodd, Clinical Psychologist from the University of Reading joins us to speak about Anxiety in children. It's a fascinating discussion about how we can identify and manage our children's anxieties starting with preschoolers. We also speak to Lucy Mortimer from Harpenden who explains how mindfulness can reduce anxiety and stress in children.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Summer Slide - 3rd July 2014

Tonight we discuss what fun and targeted activities parents can do with their children over the summer to make sure the return to school in September isn't too much of a shock to the system.
We speak to Roy Broadfield from Impact In Learning, Tina Bourne from St John’s Green Primary School in Colchester and Jane Harley from Oxford Publishing about the amazing resources available for children online on Oxford Owl.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Children's Teeth - 26th June 2014

Dr Peter Mc Carron from the Fresh Smile Clinic in Belfast, talks about all aspects in caring for and treating children's teeth. Every question you've ever had is answered in a very accessible and clear way.

Children's Skin Issues - 19th June 2014

On this show we have an in depth and far reaching discussion about all elements of children's skin with Dr Jemima Mellerio, a Paediatric Dermatologist at The London Skin and Hair Clinic

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Unlocking Children's Potential - 12th June 2014

Guests include Beth Parmar from Superkids, coach Neil Kirby from Red Rubber Ball and top head teacher Eddie Gaynor from Astley Cooper School in Hemel Hempstead. The discussion revolves around how we, as parents, can try various strategies to support all our children reach their personal potentials - cognitively, socially, physically and emotionally.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Outdoor Learning - 5th June 2014

This thought provoking discussion with Caroline Langley (a forest school leader and trainer) and Clare Caro (founder of Nature Play UK) considers the benefits of spending regular time in the outdoors with your children - and the benefits are huge.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Fostering - 8th May 2014

We are talking about fostering on this show, joined by Margaret Attwood, senior practitioner with the Fostering and Adoption Team (Herts CC), foster carer, Carolyn Devereux and Tom, who helped us understand the experience of arriving into care at a tender age.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Repetitive Patterns In Children’s Self Chosen Play - 1st May 2014

This show will hopefully inspire you as well as challenge you to really watch your young child at play – You will see patterns in the way they play if you watch for long enough.
During this show on SCHEMAS, we talk about how you can interpret your child's self-chosen play and hear from local expert, Mary Duke, an experienced early years teacher and mummy herself.
As it turns out, our children may not be flitting about with the attention spans of gnats, they are more likely to be busy bees searching for a particular type of play.
Does your child like to move things from one place to another around your house ?
Does she put paper and envelopes in bags ?
Does he drive his tractor about with loads of stuff in the little red trailer at the back?
Does she insist that she moves her friend around in a toy buggy ?
Presenter Shirley Hayman along with Mary Louise Duke, who has spent over 20 years observing children's play, will be sharing their knowledge and funny stories
This could seriously change the way you parent

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

PTA Social - A Tool To Help Create A School Community - 24th April 2014

Tonight on the Parents' Show we talk to local mum of three and entrepreneur Tes Macpherson. Tes started PTA Social, an excellent social media application, and will be telling us all about it.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Children's Feet And Posture Issues - 3rd April 2014

On this week's show we are joined by chiropodist Sue Greenwood and Harley Street podiatrist, Simon Costain who specialises in children's gait and posture issues.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

No Longer Needed To Be My Child’s Taxi Service! - 27th March 2014

This show gives teenager’s parents expert advice on how to get their teenage learner driver through their test safely and efficiently.
We hear from Crispin Moger the Founder of the young person's car insurance company Marmalade and Fiaz Bhatti, a manager of 5Day, an intensive driving course company in North London. We also hear from a real life teenager who passed her test recently and who tells us what teenagers really get up to once they pass!
The black box is a must in our opinion – listen to this informative show.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Home Schooling - 27th February 2014

In this week's this show we discuss the pros and cons of home schooling your child. We explore the practicalities and reasons why parents choose, or are indeed pushed in to home schooling their children.
We speak to experienced home schooling parents and to 21 year old Gemma Roberts, an undergraduate from Herts Uni, about her memories and feelings about having been homeschooled.
We hear too, how hard it can be when a parent starts off with limited knowledge of the support networks around the home schooling community.

Monday, 3 March 2014

The Reasons We Need To Dance & Move - 13th February 2014

Why are parents so shy to dance in public? Why do dads get teased for dad dancing? Is dancing  actually something our bodies were made to do?

In this show we speak to Professor Peter Lovatt, a world famous expert in the psychology of dance. We ask him about the benefits of dance and movement for children and adults and he shares lots of the studies he and his team at Herts University have conducted in to the benefits of dance and movement.
We are also joined by St Albans' business women, Zoe Jackson from Livin' The Dream Dance Company and Sue Wybrow, the creator and owner of Pop Dance plus teenage dancer Chloe Paige Herron from STAGS school and Millie a student from Livin' The Dream.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

How Do Schools Assess Your Child? - 6th February 2014

Ever wondered how schools assess your child? What exactly do assessment tests involve for different ages? Do school use different systems and if so, why? Can and should parents prepare children for these tests? What do schools do with all the information?
Our guests on this show are: Ben Fuller, Joint Lead Assessment Advisor for and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, David Weston.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Unauthorised Absences And Financial Planning - 30th January 2014

We are getting to grips with the hot topic of the moment - authorised and unauthorised absences from school. It used to be at the discretion of our head teachers but the rules seem to have changed and there’s confusion about where the buck stops and what the process is now. We're hearing rumours about big fines being imposed on parents. Is it true?

To get to the bottom of this subject we have invited legal expert Mary McEvoy from Neves Solicitors, to ask her if we can take our children out of school during term time under exceptional circumstances or not. What are the rules and how can we as parents understand our position?
We then speak to Mary Bainton, Central Attendance & Employment Support Team Manager, from Hertfordshire County Council who tells us where we stand.

Good financial planning is important in any household. Financial adviser, Simon Beedle from Wagstaffs Wealth Management is talking about what we can do to secure our children’s financial future.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Brain Tumours - 16th January 2014

Brain Tumours are the leading cause of childhood cancer deaths in the UK. Around 500 Children and young people are diagnosed with a tumour each year. In this show, you will hear from parents whose children were diagnosed with such a tumour.  They bravely share their stories and their advice to other parents. We also talk to charities who offer help to families in this situation.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Educating Boys - 9th January 2014

This show discusses the particular needs of boys when it comes to education. Our guests include David Bullock, Deputy Head of Verulam School in St Albans, and Trefor Lloyd, a developmental psychologist from the Boys Development Trust in Peckham. From listening to this show you will be able to learn more about pedagogical approaches that bring out the best in boys, how schools might accommodate them and lastly, what can parents do to help raise boys' learning and attainment?

Homeopathy And Its Benefits To Kids - 12th December 2013

Homeopathy for kids is the topic of tonight's show. What foods can we give our children that might help fight off bugs? What can we do to build their immune system?

We are joined by Galina Boggis-Rolfe, a local homeopath and mum of one, to discuss homeopathic remedies and approaches to boosting children's immune systems.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Children's TV - 21st November 2013

On the show this week we discuss the content of children’s TV and what goes into making programmes for our children. What are good programmes for them to watch? Which support their learning and development?
We speak to the controller of CBeebies, Kay Benbow, who has been instrumental in bringing shows such as Zingzillas, Octonauts, Timmy Time, Driver Dan and The Tweenies to our screens. We also talk to local celebrity Bob Golding from the Tweenies and the St Albans Panto

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Infertility - 14th November 2013

Many people have been, or are, coping with ‘involuntary childlessness’ – when being a mum or dad is a delayed experience or even denied us. Tonight we explore how we come to terms with the struggle to become a parent.
The guests will be Karen Veness from Infertility Network UK, who have a support group in St Albans, Russell Davis – from The Fertile Mind who is a successful fertility hypnotherapist, author, speaker and coach and Jennie Hunt, the Senior Infertility specialist counsellor from The Hammersmith Hospital. We are also joined by local parent Rebecca who has first-hand experience of this issue

Emotional Resilience - 7th November 2013

This week we are talking about emotional resilience in children. What is it and how do we help our children build up self-esteem to protect themselves from life's challenges?
To discuss this topic we are speaking to Emma Judge co-founder of How To Thrive, Fiona Brooks, professor of Adolescent and Child health, Jo Maher from Vista St. Albans and a teacher and two pupils from Monk's Walk school in Welwyn who are involved in the Penn Resilience program.