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In Conversation with Birth Photography – Episode 009 - Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks

Is the UK ready for Birth Photography? Should it not be as important if not more important than having our wedding photos taken? We never get the day our children are born back. Do we, however, have to address what birth is first? For too long birth has been seen as something scary and not embraced, rather than documented as an emotional and natural event. When we learn to love birth will the idea of birth photography become more popular and successful? In this episode, I speak to Hannah...

Duration: 00:24:28

Nature, Nurture Myth – Episode 008 - Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks

A new year brings new goals and exciting new adventures. It's most popular of the year for people to focus on setting goals of self-development and a great time to draw a line under the previous 12 months. With it though comes the return to reality, the change from the excitement of the break over the festival holidays back to the norm. This is not only for children but for parents too. it can be altogether very overwhelming. Is how we deal with this though down to our own upbringing? Many...

Duration: 00:30:05

The Hippy Myth – Episode 007 - Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks

It wasn't so long ago a close friend said not to turn into a hippy as they were "weird". Looking back now I actually feel sorry for that friend, that she was so wrapped up in consumerism that she saw love, compassion, living a chemical free, meat-free life and looking after my children in an instinctive way, weird. In fact, it was this reaction that led me to create the title "Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks", taking a step to own the insults given to parents who follow natural...

Duration: 00:27:07

In conversation about Breastfeeding aversions – Episode 006 - Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks

There is a certain stigma around breastfeeding, certainly after a certain age. I've talked before about my own inability to share my breastfeeding photos. In the UK after 6 months, only 1% of women are exclusively breastfeeding their child. Now, imagine someone told you that breastfeeding can be a highly irritating and agitating experience! Is it not really selling it is it? The problem is that breastfeeding support is poor in the UK at the best of times, let alone supporting mothers who...

Duration: 00:45:19

The Respect Myth – Episode 005 - Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks

How do we teach our children to respect their elders? Our children are the most vulnerable of society and yet somehow they become the most disrespected of the generations. If we want our children to respect us, aren't we responsible for teaching them what respect is? Don't we have to model it to be able to achieve that? Or is really right that we punish them whilst they learn and find enjoyment in watching and sharing their struggles and frustrations. We have to start and stop and think....

Duration: 00:28:19

In conversation with Three Good Things – Episode 004 - Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks

As part of the in conversation series I find out what is "Three Good Things" How can it benefit not only our lives but our children's too? I talk to Tamara Waugh about her wonderful work with mental health, looking at alternatives to medication and how this simple practice has changed her life. Tamara and I talk in depth about this gratitude program and what the future holds for her. Three Good Thing links - Facebook, Website, Instagram, Email Shawn Anchor Happiness at work - ted talk...

Duration: 00:44:20

The Reception Years Myth Episode 003 - Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks

Are children in reception years really playing too much? Ofsted seems to think they are. Should we really expect our 5 years to be able to read and write? or is it time we start looking at a more progressive model similar to the Scandinavians. Telegraphy article mentioned Alfie Kohn reading suggestion Ken Robinson YouTube Intro:

Duration: 00:30:49

The Christmas Myth – Episode 002 - Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks

Should we be present rather than buying presents? Is it right to tell our children Santa is real? Should the lead-up Christmas be all about bribes and threats? and do we need to remember how hard it really is for children at Christmas? Musing's about the upcoming festive period. Kindest Elves Article mentioned by G.Monbiot Intro music

Duration: 00:26:55

The Selfish Mother Myth – Episode 001 - Knitting Yogurt in Prada Birkenstocks

Is there such a thing as the Selfish Mother - Or are we do we actually need our "me time"? A conversation about getting the right balance of "me time: so you can deal with those everyday stresses or parenting. IntroMusic:-

Duration: 00:31:42