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Lauren Child on the importance of letting your kid stare into space

The creator of Charlie & Lola and current Children's Laureate explains how you can give the best gift to your kid: imagination. Steve and Rich pop into Lauren Child's kitchen to discuss the importance of stimulating your little one's creativity, the difficulty of writing children's books in the modern publishing world and what dads can do to set an imaginative example to their offspring.


The science of fatherhood: The way every man's brain and body changes when he becomes a dad

Every dad knows his life changes dramatically when he becomes a father. But did you know your body undergoes a series of irreversible physical changes when your baby is born? Dr Anna Machin - an evolutionary anthropologist at Oxford University - has spent 10 years working with new dads to gain a unique scientific insight into what it is to be a father in the modern world. Her new book 'The Life Of Dad', the result of that decade of research, shows how it's not just new mums who undergo...


Dealing with a little dictator: The secret to handling a badly behaved child

Is your child turning into a dictator? Are you struggling to cope with your little one's bad behaviour without losing your marbles? Join the club. Steve and Rich are joined by the Government's former child behaviour czar Charlie Taylor - author of Divas and Dictators: The Secrets To Having A Much Better Behaved Child - to figure out the best way of handling a naughty or angry kid… and discover what makes children behave poorly in the first place.


Are we destined to be dads like our own dads?

Journalist and father of two Stu Heritage joins Rich and Steve to discuss the age old question: are we all destined to turn into our dads? And does that mean we will end up raising our children in the same way they raised us? The guys chat about how the very concept of being a father has changed for this current generation of dads, while realising the key lessons they learned from their own fathers.


Calpol and cow's milk allergies: Doctor explains why we might be very wrong about both

Have you ever given your kid a hit of Calpol to help them settle down? If you're like the vast majority of parents in Britain, the chances are you have a bottle of baby paracetamol in the bathroom cabinet which has come in very handy on a few rough nights. On one of those rough nights with a sick baby, you might also have found yourself wondering if your little one could be allergic to cow's milk. In this podcast, Dr Chris van Tulleken - whose new show The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs in on...


Why becoming a parent triggered my crippling anxiety, with Anna Williamson

Anna Williamson - TV presenter, radio host, podcast star and best-selling author - joins Rich and Steve to discuss the anxiety that comes with being a parent. Anna has suffered with anxiety for many years, but as she tells the guys, becoming pregnant and then having her baby took it to a new level. The conversation quickly turns to what causes the often crippling anxiety that comes with not only a new mum… but a new dad too.


The words you use every day as a dad - but had never even heard of before you had a kid

Muslins. Reflux. Nipple shields. Isofix. There are plenty of words, phrases and objects which are a key part of every first time dad's life - despite the fact that they had no idea what most of them even were before they became a parent. Rich and Steve take a look at some of the ones that still don't quite make sense to them now...


Melanie Sykes on what mums want from dads

The broadcaster and model joins Rich and Steve to discuss everything she has learned from being the mother of two boys. The guys talk about the challenge of getting nutrition and vitamins into your kids, Mel's experiences of bringing up an autistic child and what Mel believes makes a good father. It turns out dads really, REALLY need to get off the phone - and buy a diary. That will make sense once you've listened…


When No2 arrives: The complexities, concerns and considerable delights of being a second time dad

One of the First Time Dads is now a Second Time Dad! Steve is currently getting used to life with two kids, after his daughter Iris was born. In this special episode, Steve speaks to Rich from the (relative) sanctuary of his house, one week into paternity leave. The guys discuss how the birth of baby no2 is both very similar and very different to the first one, and chat about the many different challenges - and delights - of being a dad of two.


Shared parental leave explained… by the politician who introduced it to Britain

Rich and Steve take a trip to the House of Commons, to meet Jo Swinson - the politician who brought shared parental leave to Britain in 2015. Now Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo's role in the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition government meant she was the driving force behind the introduction of the policy. So, three years on, what exactly ARE the benefits of shared parental leave to fathers (and mothers)? Why haven't more men taken up the opportunity? And is the idea of a...


Becoming daddy… again! The fear, excitement and dread of knowing baby No2 is imminent

With Steve little more than a week away from the due date for his second child, this episode sees our co-host become a special guest - as Rich grills his co-presenter on how he feels about the imminent arrival of his daughter. Turns out it's difficult to know exactly how to feel when you're about to be thrown back into the madness of newborn babies.


The importance of reading to your children, with top kids author Rob Biddulph

Award-winning children's author and illustrator Rob Biddulph joins Steve and Rich to explain what he has learned about talking to kids through his books. The guys also discuss what makes a great kids' book, the joy of reading to your child… and the very strong feelings Bono from U2 has on this subject.


How much does how you act in front of your baby determine who they are?

Have you ever wondered how much damage you might be doing to your child if you shout in front of them? Have you every worried that, by getting angry in front of your little one, you have psychologically scarred them in some way? You are not alone. Rich and Steve have asked themselves those questions on many occasions - so they invited clinical psychologist Dr Lucy Maddox onto the podcast to give them some answers. Lucy, author of Blueprint: How Our Childhood Makes Us Who We Are,...


Life as the gay dad of an adopted son: pressure, prejudice and (lots of) pride

Pablo Fernandez and his husband Mike adopted their son Charlie when he was six years old. Pablo joins Rich and Steve to talk about being a gay father. He explains the challenges and the rewards of adoption, the added scrutiny which comes with being gay parents and leads our hosts to the realisation that parenting is parenting… whatever your situation.


The rollercoaster of IVF: Julia Bradbury reveals just how stressful fertility treatment can be

TV presenter Julia Bradbury went through FIVE rounds of IVF treatment before having her twin girls at the age of 43. But what does that ACTUALLY mean? Injections, miscarriages, strained relationships… and that's just for starters. Julia joins Rich and Steve to explain what her and her husband went through during the all-encompassing, life-altering emotional rollercoaster of fertility treatment.


What happens when mummy dies? Widowed dad reveals the challenges of raising his little girl after losing his wife

It's one of every young father's worst nightmares: losing the mother of your child. Mark Duffy lost his wife Nicola to cancer last year and has been writing a blog - - about raising his daughter Grace while dealing with his grief. So, when the worst happens and mummy dies, what does life for a now one-parent family look like? How do you continue to function? And how does your relationship with your child change? In this podcast, Mark tries to answer all those...


So… everything you think you know about baby sleep is pretty much wrong

You know how we all struggle to get our kids to sleep? Turns out it's because we've all been doing it wrong. Both exhausted thanks to their children refusing to go down at night, Steve and Rich invited Sarah Ockwell-Smith - renowned parenting author and mother of four - onto the podcast to discuss her extensive scientific research into the art of getting babies to sleep. After a long chat about lighting, sound, sociology, evolution, physics and everything in between, both Steve and Rich...


Katie Piper on the perils of online parenting

Fresh from having her second child, the TV presenter tells Steve and Rich about going anonymous in online forums, what a mum needs from her husband second time around and why she doesn't want to be an over protective parent.


When baby drives dad to drink: How much is too much when it comes to boozing as a parent?

Clare Pooley thought she was a normal, successful mother of three… until she realised the pressures of parenthood had taken her alcohol intake to dangerous new levels. Ten bottles of wine a week, to be precise. Now teetotal and author of the critically acclaimed 'The Sober Diaries', Clare joins Rich and Steve to discuss how and why having a baby can make any mum or dad turn to a bottle of their own…


The nightmare of nursery selection: Why picking the right place can send Dad crazy

You're settling into life as a dad. Your little guy or girl is starting to get used to you and your partner. You are beginning to feel like you might just about be getting the hang of this parenting business. And then, BAM! Suddenly it's time to send him or her to nursery… and you're back to being entirely clueless. Join Rich and Steve as they discuss/rant about the horrors and pressures of finding the right nursery for your child - and explain why the whole process can quickly make you...