May 16, 2020
This week’s Parents’ Show looked at how Muslim families in St Albans are celebrating Ramadan this year in light of the lock down. We spoke to Monir Ali, Hamna Khiani and Rushna Miah about their individual adaptations to breaking fast and keeping up the community feeling. We will also spoke to Claire Healy from Raring2go [...]
May 1, 2020
On tonight's show we looked at how #Covid19 is affecting families. It is complicated for separated or divorced parents to negotiate shared parenting at the best of times, but Covid 19 is complicating it even further. Beth Woodward @Neves.Solicitors helped us navigate this subject with very practical advice. We asked her what happens when parents have different [...]
April 17, 2020
Pregnancy is a time of great happiness, joy and excitement but there is always concern about whether everything will go smoothly. Given that it can be a time of concern for some, how is the Coronavirus affecting pregnant women and those working to support the safe and healthy birth of babies across the country. We spoke to local Mum of 3 who is 27 weeks pregnant with her 4th child, Becca. She is also a member of the Parents’ Show team! We talked about how different this pregnancy to her other pregnancies and how the Coronavirus is affecting her birth plan. We also chatted to Louise, an Antenatal teacher about how much her world and industry has changed. How is she navigating these tricky times? We then spoke to Julia Flynn, a Doula with ‘Your Virtual Village’ a group of Doula’s providing support to pregnant women in St Albans and the surrounding areas. Later in the show we talked with Charlie Lumsdon from Finishing Touch Sports. They provides after school sports classes locally and has developed a fantastic well-being pack for children and parents to use. We want to tell you all about it.
April 12, 2020
In this episode, we are speaking to Claire Healy from Raring2Go about how local activities and camps have adapted and moved online to keep our children stimulated. Claire also will speak about how local businesses are challenged by Coronavirus lock down.Kathy chats to local mum Lauren and her two children, Ben and James, about the experience of home schooling and plans for the Easter weekend. Sophie Bourne, a pupil at Beechwood Park School, has shown how anyone can help our key workers if they put their mind to it. She has raised the funds, bought the equipment and taken orders to manufacture over 2,000 plastic face masks with 3D printers. Listen as she talks to Steve about how she did it.
April 2, 2020
On the The Parents’ Show this week it was – yes, about the Covid-19 crisis, but here St Albans’ own Daisy Cooper MP spokes to Lydia Elkhouri about all the initiatives for St Albans Residents and how people are helping, while Head of Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield, David Bullock talked to Kathy Weston about a day in the life of a Head Teacher and his school in these unprecedented times.
March 28, 2020
Tune in to hear Kathy Weston interview headteacher Dave Bullock of Onslow St Audrey’s in Hatfield. He describes the day in the life of a headteacher during an unprecedented crisis.  He talks about managing the school, protecting pupils, staff and families, and how schools are pulling together to make it work.  David also shared with us some top tips for successful home learning at this time, which you can download here.
March 21, 2020
In the current climate, there is only one topic to discuss on the show – Covid 19. We had a selection of guests to address the many concerns and worries of parents in the light of the biggest health crisis in modern history. Verity Hill, Virologist will be helping us understand exactly what we are up against in Covid 19. Angela is one of the founders of St Albans Corona Virus Volunteers, she will be telling us about this wonderful and heart warming initiative and also telling us how we can pitch in! With schools closing, we consider what options there are for children to continue their learning with no return date on the horizon. Kate Meeks. Founder and CEO of Your Teacher will be joining us to tell us about this incredible resource. Finally, Dr Kerstin Thirlwall from Reading University has shared some wise words for how to talk to your children about their fears around the Corona Virus. We shared her thoughts.
March 16, 2020
Kathy Weston and Steve Simpson talk to children and authors about children’s poetry. They were joined in the studio by pupils Neve, Daisy, Layla and Bea and Sebi, They also spoke to Chris McCabe from the National Poetry Library plus Niamh Rowland-Sims and pupil Caris from Saracens High school.
March 10, 2020
Lydia El-Khouri and Amanda Yorwerth talk to their guests about books. In the studio, they were joined by Zara, Nora and Callum from Fleetville Junior School and Matthew from St Peter’s School to talk about their favourite books. Ed Vere, author and illustrator, joined the show by Skype and the team also spoke with Gemma Malley from the Book Trust.
February 12, 2020
Tonight we talked about how technology has actually made family life easier or better, with the help of Toby Cross and Kate Bevan from Which Magazine, who chatted with Kathy Weston and Steve Simpson.
January 28, 2020
This week, the Parents’ Show encourages us to talk more openly about the menopause, and is delighted to welcome our guest Dr Heather Currie, who is an Associate Specialist Gynaecologist at Dumfries & Galloway NHS, Trustee and past Chair of the British Menopause Society. She is also the founder and MD of ‘Menopause Matters’, an award winning, independent website providing up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options.
December 17, 2019
This week, we had Father Christmas himself on the Parents’ Show as four local children discussed their present list with him. Local resident and author Marguerite Skinner told us about the Step Outside guides which guide you around London. We also had the fabulous Claire Healy from Raring2Go telling us about all the events in the area over the Christmas period.
December 10, 2019
Calling all Dengineers fans! We met and spoke to CBBC presenter Meryl Fernandez and the show’s designer Emma Kosh. They gave us an incredible insight into how the show is produced. Dengineers is an excellent blend of fun, education and teamwork. We will also spoke to a panel of Dengineer fans from our local area.
October 27, 2019
One of the few good news stories at the moment is Climate Change finally getting the exposure it should and the media lens is on it right now. Extinction Rebellion has successfully put the climate emergency into being and brought the topic into the mainstream. Right here on our doorstep we have great people doing impressive work on the subject. Kate Jeffery, a behavioural scientist who is looking into the psychology behind why we aren’t taking sufficient action to counter climate change will join us. We will speak to local Mum and environmental consultant, Sarah Gillespy, who has decided this topic is simply too urgent to ignore and has made it her top priority in her family’s life now. Local school girl, Rani Taylor, will talk to us about her journey into action on climate change and why parents need to do their bit too!
October 23, 2019
Lydia and Rebecca reflect on the St Albans Raring2Go awards, with organiser Claire Healey, and some of the sponsors and winners  from the event.
October 15, 2019
Steve Simpson and Rebecca Rowe talk about Dads in this episode of the Parents’ Show. They discuss dads as role models, with John Adams, creator of the Dad Blog UK (, and Adrienne Burgess of the Fatherhood Institute (
October 2, 2019
In this episode we talk to local parents as well as educational guru Natalie Lancer about University admissions, our children flying the nest and how both they and we cope!
September 18, 2019
Tuesday was World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a very difficult topic for parents and carers to think about let alone discuss. But it is vital to understand and reflect some factors related to suicide. Fifty percent of youth suicide has nothing to do with mental health but more related to emotional overload. Often when young people are confronted with obstacles they don’t know how to overcome them. It is vital that parents help their children learn the skills to plan and achieve goals so that when they are older, they become more competent in being solution focused adolescents and adults who are able to find positive solutions to their problems. Speaking to us about how to help children about this approach is Debi Roberts who works for Youth Connexions Hertfordshire and is CEO of the Ollie Foundation. We’d like to look at how goal setting works in practice, so will be speaking to Yousef Bakshi, a young man from Cardiff who has just started his first semester at Harvard University and will  be joining us live from the campus to tell us about realising his goal of earning a scholarship to Harvard and what it entails.
July 19, 2019
Finding an author you just love to read is a very special experience. Lydia, Seema and Rebecca guide you through this topic. Christopher is one of those children’s authors. His books include Twelve minute to midnight, The infinite lives of Maisy Day, The Jamie Drake Equation and The many worlds of Albie Bright to namebut a few. He has also written a really helpful guide for children called ‘How to write your best story ever!’ We spoke to Christopher on the show this week about his inspiration and how to write a good story. We also had a panel of book reviewers from our local schools. We spoke to Finn and Louise from Crabtree School in Harpenden and sisters Leilah and Sophia from Fleetville Juniors.  We were looking forward to hearing how they got on reading 4 books by Christopher Edge.
July 12, 2019
Literacy Difficulties – it is suddenly school report season – this is the time parents often get feedback on how their child is doing during the year but for some parents, feedback from school, teachers, and reports might raise questions, worries and thoughts of what help is required next. It is also transition time, when children move between primary and secondary schools. For children struggling with literacy difficulties, this can bring more challenges and for parents, it might feel like starting all over again. Our show tonight raised awareness of literacy difficulties in children. The great news is that our brilliant guests have the knowledge, the information and the resources to help you and your child thrive and come away better informed with lots of ideas to take away. Guests are Chief Executive of Driver Youth Trust, Chris Rossiter. over 10 years’ experience in the field – DYT work in schools all over the country supporting children with SEND difficulties (psychologist by background and chair of governors). Jane Sparrow (parent to Archie) and Sarah Cox – dyslexia specialist and SEN consultant.
July 6, 2019
Kathy and Steve look at where to go with your kids this summer with Claire Healy from Raring 2 Go. Then they chat to a local teacher, Yvonne Crowther about her Nurture Children’s Club. Jessica Antelope Hill from Showtime Circus tells you about children’s Circus Skills lessons. Local mum Sarah Ziman writes her own poetry with a school twist and reads us several wonderful and amusing examples of her work. Closing the show is Mike Jubb, Chairman of The Triathlon Club in St Albans about how children can get involved in this endurance sport. Home
June 22, 2019
The Carer Support Team at Watford General Hospital @CSTWatfordHosp are a wonderful team of  21 volunteers doing kind and meaningful work at Watford General’s Starfish Children’s ward and in Children’s Emergency  To find out more and what we can do to support them listen to Matron of Childrens Services,  Karen Stow, Senior Nurse Orla Burke, local mum Allison Curry, team volunteer Karen Graham and founder and manager Suzanne Boon in this episode. Also doing amazing local voluntary work is Trevor Merriden who is one of 20 Dads from Garden Fields Cricket Club @GFcricketclub – also known as “Men of Fields” who are undertaking an adventure for @renniegrove and @Hospicstfrancis .
June 8, 2019
On this week’s show, Lydia and Steve talk about babies. Louise Brennan is a midwife and runs ante-natal classes for mums-to-be, and tells of her experiences of midwifery and the current practices, then how ante-natal classes work. Angela Spencer joined the show to talk about Babyopothy, and her latest book on the subject.    
June 2, 2019
This week’s half-term special parents’ show is all about transition – helping children move between primary and secondary school seamlessly and confidently! Dr Kathy Weston and Steve Simpson are joined by two experts in their field, Dr Emma Kell and Dr Anna Colton, who will be giving parents the very best tips on how to support their children and signposting parents to the very best resources.
May 24, 2019
It’s Sustainable St Albans aka #SusFest2019 and we spoke to children and young people about their sustainability stories on the show. Students from Fleetville Junior School – Daisy, Daniel and Xander and their teacher Mr James told us about the projects they are working on as part of #SusFest2019. Camp School was represented by Matilde and Maddie and they told us about their school Eco Committee. From the secondary level,  Hannah, Daisy, Francesca and Naree from St Albans Girls School and their teacher Ms. McHugh shared their thoughts on the environment. Many parents say their children are worried about the state of the environment, to the point of being anxious. How should we react? Should we tell them everything is OK and there is nothing to worry about it or is there a more nuanced conversations to be had? We spoke to child anxiety specialist, Prof Cartwright-Hatton and she will advised us how to speak about fears about the global environment with our children.
May 21, 2019
Tonight on the @parentshow we talked about Adolescence and Family Stress. We all have way too much stress in our lives – well most of us. Is there anything we can do about it short of moving to a kibbutz or a remote island? We hope so and put your questions to Professor Deborah Christie about this. She is Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Psychology and Consultant clinical psychologist/clinical lead for paediatric and adolescent psychological services at University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust. We also spoke to Nika Jelendorf from Get The Trolls Out, a project for young people to combat hate online. Nika spoke to us about how young people use social media today and some positive approaches to keep up with young people and not get left behind.
May 4, 2019
Amanda Yorwerth from the Environment Matters programme joins Lydia this week as they interview a number of guests all about the St Albans Sustainability Festival.
April 26, 2019
Food intolerance – what do we actually know about it and where can we go to get our children tested? Food intolerance is extremely common and it is estimated that 20% of people have one or more food intolerances. On the show we had Amber Hill who has been a food intolerance tester since 2015 and is a St Albans mum of two. Amber came on this path after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34. She talked us through the process of testing so we can look after our and our family’s health better. Staying on the topic of food we were also very happy to be speaking to nutritionist, author and presenter Dale Pinnock aka the Medicinal Chef. Like Amber his journey started with his own health and that’s how he caught the nutrition bug. He has written fourteen books on the subject of Nutrition and Health and has been cooking since the age of 4.
April 1, 2019
Having a positive relationship with your child or teen is important to every parent. But there is no magic formula, it takes work and patience and can be very challenging. Lydia and Seema spoke to two guests to help arm us with some positive strategies to building positive relationships with our children and managing family stress. Deborah Christie is Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Psychology and Consultant clinical psychologist/clinical lead for paediatric and adolescent psychological services at University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Co-Editor in Chief of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. And Oona Alexander has 25 years’ experience working with children and families as a teacher, parent and child leader and parenting mentor. She’s a Pikler expert, trained parent educator and has a postgraduate qualification in Early Years. We also spoke to Maddy from the Level Trust. March 28th 2019
March 18, 2019
With the current apparent lack of school places in St Albans, County Councillor Terry Douris talks to Lydia  about the process and the hopes for a satisfactory outcome.
March 15, 2019
With the current apparent lack of school places in St Albans, County Councillor Terry Douris talks to Lydia  about the process and the hopes for a satisfactory outcome.
March 15, 2019
With so little in-home specialist advice for parents struggling with their infants sleep and feeding, Liz Woolfitt and Suzy Lane created Baby Sleep Retreat so that parents could have expert evidence-based advice in real time and within the comfort of their own home. Their approach is nurturing, holistic and completely non-judgmental and they tailor their advice around each individual infant’s personality and family situation. Suzy and Liz answered questions on baby sleep from Kathy and Lydia. We also explored the situation over Schools placements in St Albans, where so far this year, almost 200 students have not been allocated a place at all. We spoke to Herts County Council on what’s being done to redress the situation. The show also featured an interview with Maddy Iszchak, who runs the Level Trust Charity which helps families on lower incomes help with the costs of children’s education
March 8, 2019
St Albans Soroptimists and  The Talent Keeper Specialists hosted a panel debate live from the Sandpit Theatre. The panel and audience discussed the question: Are Women their own worst enemy? Discussions covered themes such as: women and employability, women’s domestic labour, societal and media pressure on women and how women experience the criminal justice system. This event was chaired by Jessica Chivers, coaching psychologist, author and CEO of The Talent Keeper Specialists and the panel featured Chandni Hanif – fashion business director, Min Rodruiguez – head of inclusion and diversity at the Law Society, Danielle Lamaire – law student and college Rep for DUACAS, Claire Harvey – Director of Culture and Inclusion at EDIT Development, Dr Laura Abbott – Senior Lecturer and Fellow of The Royal College of Midwives. The event was organised and hosted by Dr Kathy Weston and Soroptimists St Albans.
March 2, 2019
This week The Parents’ Show talks to Olive Hickmott, Forensic Learning Coach about how mental images that highly visual children are processing on a day to day basis can have an impact on learning difficulties. We talked specifically about children with dyslexia and ADHD and how these images if managed properly can help children learn more successfully. Coinciding with Eating Disorders week, most parents don’t want to think about their child ever having this illness but by not informing ourselves we run the risk of being caught unaware. Eating Disorder Statistics among Children Aged 13-18. Around 5.4% of children between the ages of 13 and 18 will suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Roughly speaking, that’s more than 2.2 million adolescents. We spoke to recovery coach Hannah Brown about her experience and her advice for others.
February 15, 2019
For Valentine’s Day, we thought we would do a show on children’s love not of Fortnite or Clash of Clans or the PS4, but of something altogether more interesting – Latin as a language (it might be dead but we have found a whole raft of people who are crazy about it!) Young and old, teachers, parents and professors. All of them featured on this show as we delved into the appeal of this dead language to the living and ask perhaps how an interest in the classical world can benefit young people more generally. We were joined by Mr Bowker and Pat Weston of Lockers Park, Libby and Ella Montgomery (Head of Classics), Michele Anderson (Head of Classics at Beechwood Park School), secondary teacher and tutor of Latin Emma Williams and Professor Edith Hall, Professor of Classics, King’s College London.
February 7, 2019
This week on the Parents’ Show we talked about future-proofing our families (in particular we covered wills and power of attorney) and all the legal stuff with Nina Gurra from Neves Solicitors We also explored resources and organisations out there that can help children actually cope with grief when a family death occurs, talking to Dr Shelley Gilbert of Grief Encounter,
January 25, 2019
We all have that childhood author we love and adore. Helping your child to find that author can be overwhelming, but when you find it, it is worth the search. The Parents Show was asked by 2 children to bring their favourite author onto the show so we could ask some very important questions about the book. Helena Duggan, author of A Place Called Perfect and The Trouble with Perfect, joined us live to answer some burning questions for the author and about her books. We had local children Archie, Callum, Mieke, Noor and Saoirse joining us to ask their questions about being an author and about Helenas’ two books. A Place Called Perfect is The Guardian @crimefest winner, shortlisted @Waterstones Children’s Prize, @WHSmith Tom Fletcher Book. We were also joined by Ms Sims, head of English at Lockers Park school in Hemel Hempstead, to find out how creative writing is taught in schools today and what we as parents can do to best support our children. Finally, we spoke to Victoria Ademosu, the founder of, a growing education service which provides intensive courses, resources and revision workshops for children seeking to pass the 11+ school entrance exams. We spoke to her specifically about their creative writing courses for children.
January 18, 2019
In this episode of The Parents’ Show, Kathy and Seema talk to specialist and author Margo Sharp about speech, language and communication disorders in children, with advice on what signs to look out for and recommendations for more resources and websites. Clare Healey from Raring2Go also drops in to tell the team about things to do in the area.
December 27, 2018
Kathy & Lydia and guests discuss Maths and the best way to teach it, from primary school onwards.
December 27, 2018
In this episode, the Parents’ Show talks about the best books for Christmas! We interview local school children, hear from bookshops and from world famous children’s author Stacy Gregg, all the way from New Zealand!
December 27, 2018
Lydia and Kathy try and get a word in as the kids take over the studio in the annual Christmas special, including a live interview with Santa Claus!
December 19, 2018
Tonight’s show with Kathy Weston looks at how children attach to their parents and other carers and the importance of that. Bowlby was a famous psychologist who developed something called attachment theory and Kathy is joined tonight by two experts in attachment, Dr Andrea Oksis from the University of Middlesex and Felicity De Zuleta (one of the most eminent psychiatrists in the country and expert on traumatic attachment).
December 19, 2018
Lydia and Seema talk to a number of guests who participated in the Sandringham Mental Health conference.
December 19, 2018
Lydia and Seema continue their look at the recent Sandringham Mental Health Conference.
November 1, 2018
In this episode, Kathy talks about the impact that spooky music might have on mental health. When we say spooky, we mean all types of death metal, dark music – perhaps music that mummy and daddy would not approve of, but that young people say is beneficial to coping with life’s stresses and strains. Kathy is joined by Dave Neal of Radio Verulam (a music lover and musician) and by Vlod, a young man who claims death metal helped him coped with troubled times . We also spoke with Professor Rob Poole,  Professor of Social Psychiatry, School of Social Sciences at Bangor University, and Jo Askham, a Freelance arts consultant based in St Albans, two mental health professionals who comment on why they think music is good for the brain and coping in general!
October 26, 2018
We are in a wonderful part of the world for many reasons : historic city and beautiful surrounding countryside, excellent amenities and not least GREAT schools. We spoke to two of our St Albans Schools. First, we talked to Mr. Paul Ramsey, Head Teacher at Verulam School., which has just had its second Ofsted inspection in the past year and the results were great. We asked Mr. Ramsay about this experience and about the many wonderful initiatives going on at the school to support mental health. We also spoke to Karen Thomas, Deputy Head at STAGS about their well being village they ran last week and STAG’s support for mental health at school. We also talked to Heather Lee, a year 13 student at STAGs and a STAGs parent who benefited from the WB village.
October 21, 2018
In this episode of the Parents’s Show, Lydia talks about adoption. Adopting a child is a process filled with anticipation, giving a secure home to a child who needs a family and possibly also fulfilling the dreams of parenthood for those who don’t want to or can’t have a child. It’s such a beautiful picture – a child in need finds a home and new life and a happy ever after. But is adoption that simple? Is it positive for all parties involved or are there fundamental discrepancies in the process? Lydia delves into the subject this week, and will be joined by Zara Phillips, author, professional speaker, recovery specialist, singer, performer and nationally recognized speaker on adoption. They will also be joined by Ella and her mum Debbie who will tell Lydia about their experience of adoption and share some of the lessons they have learnt for others to consider. To help frame the issue, Debi Roberts from YC Hertfordshire joins the show and will help to unpick this incredibly sensitive and complicated topic.
October 12, 2018
In this episode, Kathy Weston talks to studio guest children Sebi, Freya, Evie and Isobel about their hopes and aspirations for the future – what they want to do for a career and who inspires them. We also talk to Dr Ger Graus OBE @GrausGer about Kidzania @KidZaniaLondon, Professor Lucinda Platt from the LSE and circus school Showkids owner Jessica Antelope Hill @showkidscircus Home
October 11, 2018
Kathy Weston and The Parents’ Show discusses the topic of bone marrow transplants in children with inspirational guests Holly and Rupert Cross, Steve Simpson, Sarah Rogers from Anthony Nolan and music by local pupil, Ben Summers from Onslow St Audreys School in Hatfield.
September 23, 2018
It is back to school, most of us have forgotten there was a summer holiday at all. So let’s take stock of what going back to school means for parents and more importantly for children. Some children sail through the doors of school and don’t look back. Others struggle either because they tend to worry a little more than others or because they are at a transition that is a bit trickier than others – starting infant school, leaving infant school for juniors or from primary to secondary. Transitions can provide uncertainty and can lead to bigger anxieties if they are not handled properly. We spoke to local author and Early Years Specialist (specialising in separation anxiety) Stacey Turner about this topic. Is back to school back to stress? Of course we need to involve teachers in this conversations because they really can make the difference so Head Teacher Andrew Farrugia, Head Teacher, Garden Fields JMI School will speak about the transitions and what schools recommend we do to help. Speaking of making a difference, we were joined by two wonderful local brothers who have had enough of sharks being killed in unfathomable numbers – many just to have their fins put in a soup. So they decided to do something about it. Listen in to hear what Benji and Oliver Furse have done and how you can   follow their lead. Finally we spoke to Claire Stanley who is leading a worthy local fundraiser.
September 23, 2018
St Albans’ New Museum – have you been? If not, why not? It is not just a modern state of the art and beautifully renovated building in the centre of our city, it is also a fantastic resource for parents who want to know the history of it. Firstly we spoke to Eleanor Payne and Caroline Eldred about the project from the start to now. They talked us through what it has to offer local families. Do you know what the Family Trail is? Well there’s another good reason to listen and hear from Helen Burridge about what it is and why BID is sponsoring it. While the project was being developed, there was a teacher consultation process with local schools. We’re delighted to have spoken to Fae Honeybell from Bernard’s Heath Juniors about her experience.
September 23, 2018
In this week’s show we spoke about the possible implications of Brexit on family law in the UK. There are changes happening in the UK that potentially affect children living in Britain who have parents from within the EU and the UK. What exactly is ‘settled status’ and who fits the criteria? To help parents understand what will or might happen in March 2019 we invited two family law experts – Estelle Lear, Family Law Barrister, Tanfield Chambers in London and Mary Mc Evoy, Family law partner, Neves Solicitors in Harpenden to help us understand where parents stand legally and how that might change after March 2019. We will also speak to a couple of local parents who are from mixed EU/UK marriages about how this might affect them. We also spoke to Claire Healy from Raring2go about summer activities for children in the St Albans Harpenden area.
September 22, 2018
We live in a multi-cultural country yet for some reason, talking about race, ethnicity and how we live together is often taboo. We are raising children in a world that is some ways seems increasingly intolerant to diversity. Why is it important to acknowledge difference? How do we talk about difference? How do we talk to our children about how different they are or might seem to other people? On this week’s show, we talk to Dr Pragya Agarwal, Head-teacher Amelia Whitehouse, Shiraz Aqbal and mum of one, Kelly Coeur de Lion.
June 30, 2018
Listen to the entire awards ceremony where all the finalists and winners in the Herts Ad School Awards 2018 were announced by Radio Verulam’s own Kathy Weston of the Parents’ Show and the fantastic sponsors. Hear interviews with finalists and winners by Parents’ Show presenters Lydia El-Khouri and Seema Barker.
February 16, 2018
Everyone has experienced an angry child or teen. How regularly does it have to happen for parents to consider it a problem?  Do parents need an insight into how anger works? Is there any chance to manage it? There are few people better qualified in the UK than our guest Professor Stephen Scott CBE, Professor of Child Health and Behaviour at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Kings College London who talks us through these questions and help us understand anger in children and teens better. We also speak to Ruth Farenga from Mindful pathways in St Albans about possible approaches to dealing with anger.
February 13, 2018
There is a general consensus that as a country, it is important that our children both show and interest in and passion for science, after all so much of the world’s needs are based around and even dependent on scientific discovery and solutions. So how we are doing as a nation when it comes to teaching science and how can we as parents help children to develop a passion for this critical subject? We are joined by Dave Allen from University of Hertfordshire, Mr Bowyer from STAGS in St Albans, Diane Secker and her daughter, keen scientist, Hana Rathor and the editor of science mag for kids, AQUILA, Freya Hardy.
February 11, 2018
Being called a perfectionist was generally a compliment and something people aspired to be known as. Schools too push our children to strive for perfection. But what happens when it stops being a healthy aspiration? Prof Roz Shafran – is one of the world’s leading experts on Perfectionism. What exactly is clinical perfectionism and when does attention to detail become unhealthy? We will explore this mental health problem with Prof Shafran who is Professor of Translational Psychology at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and a Clinical Psychologist.
December 7, 2017
A talk by Dr Emma Short, hosted by Soroptimist International, about Cyberstalking.
November 9, 2017
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.
October 31, 2017
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.
October 10, 2017
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.
May 26, 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.
May 25, 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.
March 27, 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.
January 23, 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).
January 19, 2017
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.
January 18, 2017
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.
January 17, 2017
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
January 11, 2017
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.
December 15, 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.
December 14, 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.
December 9, 2016
All about the menopause with top consultant Andrew Hexall. Andrew 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.
November 15, 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.
November 3, 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”
September 1, 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.
August 17, 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.
June 8, 2016
This week, we discuss parenting teenagers and tweenagers. Patricia Seabright and Kerry Cobb from the National Teen Trust answer questions from some listeners.
June 5, 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.
April 4, 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.
March 21, 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.
February 23, 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
February 22, 2016
Guests: Carl Hendrick Director of Wellington College learning Centre and local kids: Zac and Beau
February 18, 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.
February 16, 2016
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.
February 15, 2016
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
February 15, 2016
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.
February 10, 2016
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.
February 9, 2016
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.
February 5, 2016
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.
February 5, 2016
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.
October 22, 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.
October 20, 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.
October 19, 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
October 12, 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).
September 2, 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.
August 21, 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
June 3, 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.
May 20, 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
April 28, 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.
April 24, 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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