Thursday, 9 November 2017

Neuromyths In Education

Ever heard of left brain/right brain differentiation or learning styles? Or feel that sometimes you only use 10% of your brain? Truth is: these are myths that are baseless when it comes to the evidence. On this episode, we are joined by two of the most influential researchers in this field, Pedro de Bruyckere who has written a book on the topic and developmental psychologist, Victoria Knowland who has also written extensively about neuromyths. We are also joined by David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust who will help us understand why these myths are still being perpetuated by some schools and teachers. 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

THE Steve Biddulph on Raising Girls

In the world of parenting educators and psychologists, there are few more highly respected, followed and quoted than Steve Biddulph. His kind, realistic and constructive approach to parenting both boys and girls has prepared parents all over the world and made them aware of issues critical to parenting happy, confident children. He has explored the relationship between parents and their children from the cradle to teens. We spoke to Steve on Raising Girls and specifically on his new book 10 things Girls Need. We also spoke to local consultant Caroline Walker from Confident Teens on her take on the challenges of being a teenage girl in the UK today.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Raising a Transgender Child

On tonight’s show, we talk to Mienna Jones, mum to a little girl who feels and acts like a boy and academic Theo Gilbert, who previously lived as a woman and who now lives happily as a man, plus the charity Mermaids, a service offering family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children or young people.

Thursday, 28 September 2017


No one takes divorce lightly. It is a complicated process because there can be many people involved and frequently children. Obviously when it comes to children then we have to take care to make sure their well-being is at the centre of decisions made during the divorce. Is it possible to do it amicably and without hurting the children involved? We are delighted to have Mary McEvoy from Neves Solicitors in Harpenden on the show to dig deep on the subject and help us all understand the steps that need to be taken, the cost and the repercussions. We also speak to Brad Robson, a dad of one who is starting divorce proceedings. He will tell us about his experience of managing relationships from a dad’s perspective.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Secondary School Admissions And Children's Eye Health

Back to school and a special look at children’s eyesight and eye health this week with guests: Councillor Terry Douris from Herts County Council, Bhavin Shah, a behavioural optometrist from Central Vision Opticians, young Arthur Miles who will be telling us about his first week at secondary school and Cat St Clair, a London-based clinical psychologist who will discuss the unique challenges that children with any physical disability may have when returning to school and how parents can best support them.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Coping Strategies For Anxious Children - 8th June 2017

Hearing that your child could be anxious or seeing them go through bouts of anxiety can be extremely troubling. Parents want to know what to do in that moment when their child suffers from anxious thoughts. Having a few techniques or tricks to hand can be extremely empowering and helpful. This week on the Parents’ Show we will be speaking Dr Amanda Gummer, CEO and Founder of Fundamentally Children about the role toys can have in dealing with anxiety. We will also be speaking to two local Mindfulness practitioners, Ruth Farenga and Kat Shaw about what they recommend for parents and children to help with anxiety and getting in a good place. 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Helping Parents With Primary School Maths - 18th May 2017

Maths in primary school is a challenge - for parents as much as for children! We all want to support our children but so much has changed - the vocabulary as well as the concepts. Can we credibly help or are we making matters worse! We will be speaking to Maths Lead Teacher Lucille Feather from Fleetville Juniors, St Albans and Nick Yeldham from Manland School in Harpenden who has been involved in a number of Maths research projects with the NCETM (National Centre for the Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics) and Cambridge University. We will be talking about how maths is taught in school today and whether it is possible to inject a bit of fun into maths.
We will also speak to Jo Issa from Primary Maths, Oxford University Press.
Jo will be talking about what strategies OUP has for parents to support children with maths. We will also be asking for more information about Singapore Maths and its place in the UK curriculum.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Camping Or Glamping? - 4th May 2017

We discuss the benefits for the whole family of camper-vanning around Britain with outdoor expert, BBC star Martin Dorey and local dad, Toby Cross who thinks nothing of pitching the tent up in the garden most weekends! Lastly, we are joined by Chris Green OBE from the Summer Camps Trust who fills us in on the benefits of residential summer camps for British children.

Monday, 27 March 2017

The Juggling Act - Making An Informed Choice - 16th March 2017

In this episode of the Parents' Show, we explore the reality of the juggling act that many women in 2017 face and indeed choose ; That of being a working woman and a parent at the same time. We hear from Tina Batchelor, a St Albans mum who constantly has this juggling act and who explains how her husband plays a big part in her being able to work and parent simultaneously. Then lawyer, Emma Gross talks us through the rights of women returning to work after a career break. Dianne Parkes the founder of the Women's Sat Nav to success shares her wisdom and research in this area. And finally Sally Dhillon , founder of the company Career Mums.
Well worth a listen if this is the juggling act you are considering embarking upon.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Private Tuition And The Perceived Benefits And Risks - 9th March 2017

The NSPCC have recently expressed concern that children and young people are increasingly being tutored or coached for academic subjects without proper scrutiny being given to the people allowed to work in close proximity with them. In this episode, we explore why tuition is attractive to parents and also how best to safeguard our children from harm. We are joined by spokespeople from the NSPCC, The Good Schools Guide, Justin Craig Tuition, Life More Extraordinary and child protection expert, Ann Marie Christian

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Anger - 3rd March 2017

In this episode of the Parents Show we are taking a closer look at Anger and its management. We as parents we often experience outbursts from our children. When does it actually become a problem. We are delighted to be speaking to top Anger Specialist and therapist David Woolfson about what exactly anger is and what parents can do about it. We will get the parent perspective from Sylvie who struggled with anger issues in her teen daughters.

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Co-habitation - 23rd February 2017

In this episode, we discuss the legal issues surrounding co-habitation and the recent changes in the law. We discuss listener questions with partner in family law firm Neves Solicitors, Mary McEvoy, counsellor, Mary Corbett and hear from a local lady, Sandra currently co-habiting with her partner and thinking of marriage!

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Understanding Self-harm In Teens - 9th February 2017

Self Harm is a concept that is hard for many parents and their children to understand. Why does it happen? Can children recover from it? We will be talking to a variety of guests and experts to help us understand this issue. Firstly we are speaking to Dr Annie Swanepoel is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist working in the NHS in Hertfordshire. She is interested in self-harm and has published in this area. Then we will be speaking to Verity and Anita, Mum and Daughter who have been affected by Self Harm. To roundup the show we will be speaking to NPSCC spokesperson Chris Cloke

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Parenting An Infant (Part 2) - 2nd February 2017

New parents have many challenges. In Part 1 we discussed sleep and now we are discussing the other important pieces of the ‘parenting an infant’ puzzle. Local nutritionist Michelle Lake will talk about the importance of nutrition for new parents and what pitfalls to avoid. Lactation consultant Helen Hughes will be talking about breast feeding and how to succeed with it. We will also be speaking to local Yoga teacher Josie Rasion about what role yoga can play before and after birth for mum and baby

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Parenting An Infant (Part 1) - 19th January 2017

New parents have many challenges. Sleep for Mum and baby are incredibly important to everyone’s well-being. Kate Cohen, certified Sleep Sense Consultant, talks about sleep and babies and indeed children right up to 8 years.

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Should Children Play Contact Rugby? - 12th January 2017

Rugby union and rugby league are the most commonly played collision sports in schools in England. Rugby injury in children is frequent and a significant cause of emergency hospital attendance. Around 20% of children injured whilst playing rugby have been found to have required time off school away from studies. Should we let children play contact rugby at all?

We talk to Professor Allyson Pollock, Tim Simpson who captained England 19 times, Oxford Rugby blue, Will Wilson, women's rugby coach, Gavin Lendon and parent Kathleen Ball (whose son received a concussion injury whilst playing the game).

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Careers Provision In Schools - 8th December 2016

Have you got a child who simply does not know what to do next? Maybe they are unsure how to decide between different career routes? Has the advice been there for them? In this show, we talk to national careers expert, Deirdre Hughes OBE, Susan Smith, who manages career provision at a local secondary school and Liz Sorton, a young person's counsellor.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Talking To Our Children About World Affairs - 10th November 2016

The American election has just occurred and many parents are thinking about how to explain recent events to their children. We talk to the editor of First News (Britain's best newspaper for kids), Nicky Cox, three parents (one in the USA) telling us how their children have responded to recent political events, a representative from child-line and one from the NSPCC.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Grammar Schools - Good Or Bad? - 3rd November 2016

Grammar schools are like Marmite! There has been a great deal of discussion about on the back of the government’s announcement to increase the number of grammar schools in England. How do parents feel about this development? Do we fully understand what this might mean for our children? We are going to speak to an excellent selection of guests to help us understand it. Peter Lilley MP for Harpenden and Hitchin will speak about grammar schools and why the government has taken this decision. Ray Mc Govern, Head Teacher at St George’s school in Harpenden will be sharing his experience and thoughts about grammar schools and finally we will have a panel of parents from the local area to thrash the issue out

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Mental Health In Adolescents - 15th December 2016

Hardly a day goes past without us reading about mental health of children and teens in the news today. There is a reason for that. Research shows that there has been an explosion of mental health issues in children and teens. Two excellent local representatives help us explore this issue in depth. 
On this edition of the Parents’ Show we speak to a young lady and local student Sanyha Aktar who is an outspoken Vlogger and Blogger passionate about improving mental health provision in schools and young mental health in general. Jo Maher from VISTA St Albans talks about the issue and what services are available locally and nationally. Jo shares her thoughts on the current situation.

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