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67 minutes | 11 days ago
2.8 Mothers and Dogs
My neighbour, Kate, and I are both first time dog owners. In this episode we go into the challenges we've faced and are still struggling with, and, despite this, the overwhelming love we feel for our dogs. Kate has Toph, a one year old black cockerdor, I have Lola, a 4 year old golden retriever. For more harrowing details on those first six months, see my Wordpress blog theamateurdogowner
70 minutes | a month ago
2.7 Mothers and the Poetry of Motherhood
In just a few lines of poetry my guest, Sarra Culleno, can encapsulate the experience of being a new mother, the deep-rooted impact our own mothers still have on us as mothers, the agony of separation from our loved ones in lockdown, the fear of waiting for a medical test result, the shift in identity between couples when a baby is born or the hurly burly of daily family life. In this podcast we discuss these themes and more, whilst examining the craft and creation of poetry. Sarra Culleno is a British BAME poet, mother and teacher who performs her writing at events across the UK. She is widely published, was longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Prize and for Best of the Net 2020 by iambapoet. Thanks to James Ede, my producer.
67 minutes | 2 months ago
2.6 Mothers and Joy
The cultivation of joy and the virtues which make up a developed character are the subjects of this in depth and thought-provoking discussion with Dr Matthew Kuan Johnson, a Research Fellow on the Oxford Character Project and possibly the leading researcher on the philosophy of joy.
74 minutes | 2 months ago
2.5 Mothers and Play
Playing with children can be great fun, but also hard work, especially at 6am. In this podcast Dr Pat Preedy offers parents excellent examples of how to enjoy our children through play, whether they are 4 months or 14 years old. Dr Pat jointly led the Parents and Carers as Play Partners Project through Middlesex Uni (Dubai), which supported parents in providing their children with play experiences that enhance their development and learning. She has also contributed to The Physical Development Needs of Young Children (2019), highlighting how play and early movements are linked to cognitive development. She is best known for her Movement for Learning project for schools, which highlighted how daily movements based on children's development stages can improve balance, fine and gross motor skills. More details of Dr Pat's work is available on www.neuroway.ae
79 minutes | 3 months ago
2.4 Mothers and the Menopause
Thanks in large part to Diane Danzebrink and Rachel Weiss, my guests on this podcast, the menopause is being covered more often in the media, but there is still a huge amount of ignorance as to what the symptoms are and how to cope with them. Diane, the founder of Menopause Support and the driving force behind the #makemenopausematter campaign, shares her personal experience of the menopause with us, and runs through some of the many and varied symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause. Rachel, founder of the Menopause Cafes outlines why talking about the menopause can be so helpful, and shares the experiences of some of her visitors to the cafe. She is also behind #FlushFest21, details on her website. Please remember support is always available with the Samaritans by calling 116 123.
83 minutes | 3 months ago
2.3 Mothers and Making Money from Home
Finding work which fits around being available full time for your children is challenging. In this podcast I chat with 3 mothers who have managed to achieve this and who are willing to share their advice. Elizabeth is so busy she can now turn away work as she takes on micro jobs for companies such as Appen, Tamsin helps mothers to identify their niche and set up their own companies, and Sarah has set up and runs Curly Cow which sells gluten-free sweets. Many thanks to my producer, James Ede of Be Heard
65 minutes | 4 months ago
2.2 Mothers and Mothers at Home Matter
Celebrating 30 years of the campaign and support group, Mothers at Home Matter, I have the joy of asking the Chair, Anne Fennell, all the tricky questions I've been asked as a media contact, such as 'isn't it a luxury to have a mother at home?' (spoiler alert: yes but it shouldn't be) and 'why do single income families pay more tax?' I also chat with Becca Woollgar about why she set up local groups for mothers and what a joy volunteering is. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join one. Thanks as ever to my superb producer, James Ede at Be Heard and this was recorded on the new fangled Squadcast
76 minutes | 5 months ago
2.1 Mothers and Meals
Welcome to series 2 of the Mothers Matter podcast. I'm joined by Zoe Gilbey, Nutritional Therapist, to discuss the joys of trying to feed our children (and ourselves) food which they like and is also good for them, in the time available. We also discuss how food affects our immune system, the impact of stress on how we digest food, how to use food to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, what that even means, and much more.
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