Thursday, 22 October 2015

Miscarriage - What Do We Say? - 8th October 2015

In this edition we speak to Mr Dan Shaffer - a local expert and indeed a bereaved parent himself about how to support friends and spouses when they face the loss of a child  - either before full term or shortly after a live birth.
Dan also trains midwives to help them cope with this difficult element of their work - he's an eloquent speaker.
We also hear from the founder of Aching Arms in the UK - Leanne and find out about sending comfort bears.
And finally we talk to The Miscarriage Association UK and find out how they can support families through the loss of a baby
Please be aware that this show contains some very frank discussion if you have personal experience of this situation. But we sincerely hope it will be of help to you.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Self-harm - 24th September 2015

Joined by Psychiatrist Anne Stewart from Oxford University, Sonia Clarke from Mind in Mid Herts and Sally Graham, educator from the University of Hertfordshire - we discuss why teens self harm and what parents can do if this is happening.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Happiness - 17th September 2015

What does happiness mean? Is this all we want our children to feel? Is this the only thing that will make them flourish or is there a place for sadness and loss. Are we as parents afraid our children won’t cope with sadness etc? 
In this edition of the Parents’ Show we speak to Julie Johnson, child & adolescent systemic psychotherapist & parent coach. She is a leading provider of parenting, children & young people’s workshops and seminars in London. To give us the full picture we also speak to Jane King, pastoral leader at Fleetville Infants School about how these issues are dealt with at school

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Monday, 12 October 2015

The Carers Support Team on Starfish Ward in Watford General - 2nd July 2015

If you have ever had a child in hospital for more than a day you will know that it is a very anxious time. You are thrown into a world that is very different to your everyday life. Your priority is your child’s well-being and health. Then comes the reality you need to eat, drink and sleep occasionally in order to support your child properly. But often you don’t know where to start. We’ve all experienced how fantastic the NHS staff is, particularly in paediatric wards but we often don’t want to bother them with our needs when they have a more important job to do. The Carer Support Team at Starfish Children’s ward, Watford General Hospital are a team of volunteers that give practical support to carers on the ward. We are delighted to have this special edition of the Parents’ Show specifically about Starfish Ward and the unique and wonderful group of mums who volunteer to help carers get through this difficult time. On this show we speak to Suzanne Boon, Team volunteer and manager, Lynne Price, Team volunteer (on ward), Orla Burke, Senior Ward nurse, Trish Barff, Senior Ward nurse and Jo Maher, Team volunteer (fundraising) and Vista CIC (training).

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Tokko Youth Space - 9th July 2015

This week we hear from Executive Manager, Andy Calvert who talks about the opportunities and activities available to teenagers at Tokko Youth Space in Luton.

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Eating Disorders - 11th June 2015

This edition of the Parents Show discusses eating disorders in young people, with accounts from Rebecca Perkins, a coach and mum who has first hand experience of raising a child with anorexia and Deanne Jade, the Founder of the National Centre for Eating Disorders in England

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Mindsets - Growth Or Fixed And Why Do They Matter? - 21st May 2015

We spoke with one of the world's most famous psychologists Carole Dweck about her work on Mindset and how children can be motivated and encouraged to develop a "growth mindset" which is beneficial to learning and life in general.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Eating Your Way Through Exams - 14th May 2015

In this edition we hear from  the amazing Dale Pinnock, ITV’s Medicinal Chef and Katharine Tate – the Food Teacher,  about how to support our children’s nutritional health in stressful periods – especially during the dreaded exam season

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Coding - 19th March 2015

What is coding and why do we need to know about it as parents? Well this show covers the topic for both primary and secondary school children. Shirley Hayman speaks to Nick Yeldham, the head of the Coding Club at Manland School about his coding club and why it’s important for children to start learning from year 2. Providing the secondary perspective we spoke to Fergal Moane of Sandringham School. A fascinating detailed discussion about coding in schools that shouldn’t be missed.

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint - 26th February 2015

How can we as parents can reduce our carbon footprint? We are joined by Catherine Ross from Transition Streets to let us know what her organisation is doing to lessen our impact. Amanda Yorwerth, Friends of the Earth talks about why we should try to not to eat meat on Monday! Local entrepreneur Katie Carr from is on about sustainable clothing and Heather from the Green Cafe near Oaklands talks about her veggie cooking

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Friday, 20 March 2015

ADHD - 12th February 2015

American psychiatrist, Dr Edward Hallowell talks about his strengths based approach to ADHD from his clinical and personal experience of having the condition.

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Monday, 16 March 2015

Letting Our Children Go - 5th Feb 2015

We talk to local mums about how we decide what age it is appropriate to let our children partake in certain activities or to own something such as a mobile phone. We are also joined by psychologist Dr Amanda Gummer who shares her views on the topic.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Tutoring - 28th January 2015

In this show we explore the reasons for, and current methods of, providing additional 1:1 teaching and exam technique practice for our children.
We conclude that with 1:1 high quality teaching and also very small classes, students can make a massive leap in confidence, skills and knowledge.
We also explore the relatively new concept of tutoring over the web.

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Wellbeing For Teens - 14th January 2015

Guests were Ray McGovern, Headteacher of St George's School Harpenden, Paul Brooks, Chairman of Luton Athletics Club and Fairy foodmother Lauren Gayfer to talk about nutrition.

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Choosing The Right Toy - 7th January 2015

Guests include Dr Amanda Gummer from and Professor Becky Francis from UCL, expert on gender and learning.

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Professor Guy Claxton Talks About What Schools Are Teaching Our Children - 21st January 2015

Professor Guy Claxton spoke about parental anxiety and children's education. Professor Claxton is an internationally renowned writer, consultant and academic specialising in creativity, education and the mind. He has a double first in Natural Science from Cambridge, a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Oxford and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. To follow up our interview with Prof Claxton, we spoke to Deputy Head of Beaumont School, Morag McCrorie and Exec Head of the Spiral Academic Trust, Amanda Godfrey

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

How Children Learn - 13th November 2014

What do they need from a school, from home and how we do keep them motivated?
With guests Dame Alison Peacock, Head-teacher at Wroxham Primary School and Caroline Creaby, Assistant Headteacher, Sandringham School, St Albans

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