Thursday, 15 December 2016

Mental Health And Teens - How Creative Writing Can Help - 13th October 2016

Guests include Megan aged 15 and her teacher, mental health ambassador Pooky Knightsmith, psychologist Dr Jessica Valentine and Nicola Kalozois from the OLLIE Foundation.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Children's Brains - 6th October 2016

Talking to brain scientist, Lorcan Kenny on this show on how children's brains work and also to two children who have been to his brain detective lab in London. Dr. Amanda Gummer from the Fundamentally Children website discusses and recomends educational toys.

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Friday, 9 December 2016

Mums And The Menopause - 22nd September 2016

All about the menopause with top consultant Andrew Hexall. He was appointed to the West Herts hospitals NHS Trust as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in 2002. He is the clinical lead for Urogynaecology (the treatment of female bladder problems and prolapse) for West Hertfordshire and also has special interests in the treatment of pelvic pain and period problems. He has developed a team including physiotherapists and 3 nurse specialists and is primarily based at St Albans City Hospital although he also has clinics at Hemel and operates at Watford. He works on the labour ward at Watford and has an interest in postnatal problems including vaginal soreness, prolapse and incontinence.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

And What Now? Options Post GSCE Results In 2016 - 15th September 2016

There was the sharpest decline in pupils achieving a grade A* to C since GCSEs since they were introduced in the late 1980s down from 69 per cent last year to 66.9 per cent. To tackle the subject from every angle we are speaking to Jemima Durrant a local mum whose son has just completed his GCSE’s this year. Then we will speak to Eric Budge a local student who has completed his GCSEs. Then local careers advisor Louise Knight will talk us through how the career landscape has changed for children post 16. Finally, Sean Scully from Oaklands College will talk to us about the many opportunities available to post GSCE students.

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Helping Children To Memorise - 30th June 2016

Ever wondered if there are techniques out there that can help our children memorise things? pick up a new language? In this episode, we are joined by foreign language teacher Nina Fox from St George's School in Harpenden and linguist Aaron Selby, CEO of Linguisticator who shares his new methods for teaching memory skills to students using "virtual memory palaces"

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Well Being At School - 26th May 2016

Education is constantly changing and has done since most parents were at school. This week on the Parents’ Show we are taking a few topics and seeing how they are changing in the world of education today and also how they are likely to change in the future. To help us explore this subject we are speaking to Ed Balfour, Headmaster, Beechwood Park School in Markyate and David Bullock, Deputy Head at Verulam School in St Albans. We will be looking at well being, technology, parents now and in the future.
Dr. Rachel Brown, is an Independent Clinical Psychologist and the founder of Rise and Shine – a local company that provides mindfulness to parents of children of all ages. We will be speaking to her about why she is bringing Mindfulness to parents.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Confidence And Your Child - 12th May 2016

Do children and teens struggle with confidence issues and resilience more than we did as children? Is the world more complicated than it was and do we need to understand and support our children better when it comes to self esteem and confidence? We will be speaking to local mum Tara Hawes about her experience of raising two girls and how she perceives the issues of confidence and self-esteem today. Caroline Walker, Founder of Confident Teens will be joining us to tell us about how she is helping teen grow in confidence and improve self-esteem. We will also speak to Lucy Atherton from Standing Tall an organisation that uses a unique combination of stage skills, psychology, music and personal interaction to encourage self development in a fun and involving way in children and teens. Finally we will speak to Kellie Ahl from Relax Kids, she will be talking about she boosts confidence and self-esteem in children.

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Parenting Teens and Tweens - 5th May 2016

This week, we discuss parenting teenagers and tweenagers. Patricia Seabright and Kerry Cobb from the National Teen Trust answer questions from some listeners.

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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Post-Birth Gynaecological Issues - 21st April 2016

Local Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Andrew Hextall answers questions in regard to issues faced by women who have given birth. Also, a patient shares her experiences with gynaecological care.

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Monday, 4 April 2016

The Lasting Trauma Of Adoption - 11th February 2016

In this episode we revisit a topic that we have explored before - adoption. As always we talk to those who are closely involved in the subject - focussing in on the lasting trauma caused by being adopted in this episode. Dr Felicity de Zulueta reveals a new treatment as an alternative to CBT for adoptees. As a writer, playwright, singer and herself an adoptee, Zara Phillips calls us from the states to share some practical and honest points.

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Monday, 21 March 2016

Refugees In Hertfordshire - 4th February 2016

We’ve heard a great deal in the news about refugees and Syrian refugees in particular. There are some great initiatives in Hertfordshire to provide support to refugees and refugees families in particular. On the show will be one group called ‘Herts for Refugees’. Local mums Siobhan Burleigh and Sally Robinson and their children tell us what they are doing and why. Green Councillor Simon Grover led an initiative 12 months ago to get Hertfordshire involved in the government's scheme to relocate particularly vulnerable Syrian refugees. We ask Simon how that went and where we are now. Finally we speak to Mebrat Deres, Systemic psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor. She works with refugees and came to the UK in 1986 as a refugee. Mebrat has over 25 years experience of working with refugees.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

How Can We Get Our Kids To Aim High? - 28th January 2016

Guests: Prof Janet Goodhall, Dr Chris Wilson from The Brilliant Club, Mollie Georgiou from Hertswood Academy and David Weston from the Teacher Development Trust

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Developing Character - 21st January 2016

Guests: Carl Hendrick Director of Wellington College learning Centre and local kids: Zac and Beau

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Parents And Technology – Time To Embrace It - 14th January 2016

So much research at the moment shows parents are way behind our children in terms of technology. Should we be keeping an eye on what games our children are playing and should we have a system of security in place? We are speaking to Graham Bridge who runs many of the coding clubs in Harpenden and St Albans about coding and Minecraft – the game that is a source of obsession for many children. We will also be speaking to Alicia Coad founder of ChatFOSS, a safe and secure chat forum for children. Finally we will be speaking to Elizabeth Milovidov on managing screen time. Elizabeth is a lawyer, law professor and eSafety consultant on Internet safety issues, blogs for the Family Online Safety Institute and coaches parents on best practices in the digital age.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Christmas 2015 Parents' Show - 17th December 2015

We are joined on this magical show by Santa himself and lots of local St Albans children who ask Santa lots of challenging questions! We were also treated to the beautiful voice of a local, aspiring young singer - Sophie Mason from Sandringham School. Guests also included: Marguerite Skinner from the Step Outside Guides.

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Domestic Abuse - 10th December 2015

We are joined on this show by Mary McEvoy from Neves Solicitors, Harpenden and representatives from the women's refuge in St Albans: Liz Perry and Paula Rann

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Parenting Teens - 26th November 2015

In this show, we hear from local teens about what it feels like to be a teenager and also from those working or parenting young people including:  Debi Roberts from Youth Connexions and Anesta Edge, CEO Raphael Counselling.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Fostering - 12th November 2015

On this show we explore what it is like to be a fostered young person as well as to be the foster carer. There are highs and lows.This is an honest and inspiring show if you are interested in this subject.

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Couple Counselling - 5th November 2015

What can couples do when things go wrong? We talk to Sue Wintgens, couples counsellor and director of Encounter Learning Centre on her best advice for moving forward.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Growth Mindset And PTA Social App - 22nd October 2015

This show combine two separate topics. First we spoke to Dr Frances Warren on the concept of Growth Mindset. She tell us how important the way we praise is and how mistakes are not a bad thing. In the second part of the show we speak to Tes McPherson the founder of PTA social – a wonderful fundraising app for schools to use. The app is free and can even be a source of revenue in itself

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Vocational Education - Is It Right For Your Child? - 15th October 2015

In this show, we talk about the option of a university technical education for our young people aged between 14 and 17 and discuss recent research that indicates how parents today feel that the educational system is not supporting the needs of many young people and getting them ready for the 21st century workplace. Guests include: Peter Wylie, Director of Education from Baker Dearing Trust and Paul Quinn, associate principal from Watford UTC

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