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Dr Kathy Weston's Get a Grip! Parenting Podcast

Dr Kathy Weston's Get a Grip! Parenting Podcast

By Dr Kathy Weston

This podcast series helps parents get a grip on some of the most important questions in parenting today. Tune in to hear interviews with the biggest influencers and most eminent researchers working in the areas of mental health, wellbeing, psychology and education.
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Episode 71 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Seonaid Anderson: Tics and Tic Disorders in Young People

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Episode 122 - Dr Kathy Weston Talks with Dr Leor Zmigrod: Ideological Thinking and Radicalisation in Teens
Episode 122 - Dr Kathy Weston Talks with Dr Leor Zmigrod: Ideological Thinking and Radicalisation in Teens
In this episode, Dr Weston talks with Dr Leor Zmigrod about the psychology of ideological extremism. It's a fascinating discussion which outlines cognitive characteristics that might act as vulnerability factors for radicalisation and ideologically-motivated behaviour in young people, before addressing what strategies  might help to protect young people from this kind of rigid, and potentially dangerous, thinking.
34:53
February 02, 2023
Researcher of the Month: Dr Cele Richardson Discusses the Impact of Parental Warmth on Teens' Sleep
Researcher of the Month: Dr Cele Richardson Discusses the Impact of Parental Warmth on Teens' Sleep
Researcher of the month, Dr Cele Richardson, discusses her 2022 study, which shows that when parents have a warmer relationship with their teens, teens tend to have better sleep hygiene practices, sleep for longer at night and feel less sleepy during the day. Lack of sleep can have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many teenagers. As parents, we are ideally placed to help them form good and healthy habits. Learn more about the impact we can have in this fascinating interview.
28:57
January 14, 2023
Episode 120 - Emotional Literacy at Christmas
Episode 120 - Emotional Literacy at Christmas
Dr Weston delivers a Christmas message focusing on emotional literacy, oracy and zones of regulation.  Music by SoundGalleryByDmitryTaras from Pixabay.
22:22
December 14, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Dr Susie Bower-Brown Discusses the School Experiences of Gender Diverse Teens
Researcher of the Month: Dr Susie Bower-Brown Discusses the School Experiences of Gender Diverse Teens
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Susie Bower-Brown about the experiences of binary-trans, non-binary and gender questioning young people in UK schools. Her research uncovers various ways in which teens who identify in this way often feel invisible or discriminated against. Listen for her thoughts on how schools can best support these young people and improve their mental health outcomes.
24:51
December 14, 2022
Episode 118 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor James O'Higgins Norman: Tackling Bullying
Episode 118 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor James O'Higgins Norman: Tackling Bullying
In this interview, Dr Weston talks to Professor James O'Higgins Norman about bullying. Professor O'Higgins Norman is the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace at Dublin City University, where he is Director of the fantastic National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre. We chat about what bullying looks like in 2022, how schools can best tackle it and the importance of reducing bystander behaviours. Professor O'Higgins Norman also lets us know about some innovative games and websites that can be used by parents, teachers and young people. A must listen for both parents and anyone who works in a school.
37:14
November 21, 2022
Episode 117 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Marc Brackett about Emotional Intelligence: Permission to Feel
Episode 117 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Marc Brackett about Emotional Intelligence: Permission to Feel
Professor Brackett outlines how, far from being a weakness, emotions - and our ability to feel, understand, and use them - are vital to achieving success. He describes his effective, evidence-based approach to emotional intelligence, known as RULER, which is used in thousands of schools worldwide.
44:18
November 15, 2022
Episode 116 - Dr Weston Talks with Ella Podmore MBE: Inspiring Young Engineers
Episode 116 - Dr Weston Talks with Ella Podmore MBE: Inspiring Young Engineers
In this interview, Dr Weston chats with Ella Podmore about her role as senior materials engineer at McLaren Automotive. Ella answers questions from children and young people, talking inspiringly about setting goals and how to work towards achieving them. Passionate about inspiring other girls into STEM industries, Ella also highlights some campaigns and organisations working in this field.
31:43
November 02, 2022
Episode 115 - Dr Weston Talks with Caoimhe Dempsey: Becoming a School Parent
Episode 115 - Dr Weston Talks with Caoimhe Dempsey: Becoming a School Parent
In this interview, Dr Weston talks with PhD student, Caoimhe Dempsey about her research into how parents feel when their children first start school. We know a lot about how to make children 'school-ready' in terms of their learning, but what about how parental attitudes and emotions impact their transition? Do parents tend to feel positively about school starting? How does it impact on their life? Tune in to find out!
31:46
October 22, 2022
Episode 114 - Dr Weston Talks with Rugby Star and PE Teacher Sonia (Sonic) Green
Episode 114 - Dr Weston Talks with Rugby Star and PE Teacher Sonia (Sonic) Green
In this interview, Dr Weston chats to England and Saracens rugby player, Sonia Green, otherwise known as Sonic. They discuss how to encourage sporting participation, how to balance academic pressures with sporting aspirations and the best way to deal with inevitable injuries. A must listen for all parents of young athletes and their children.
34:15
October 19, 2022
Episode 113 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Mina Fazel: Supporting Refugee Children
Episode 113 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Mina Fazel: Supporting Refugee Children
In this interview, Professor Mina Fazel talks to Dr Weston about supporting displaced children once they are in a place of refuge. Listen now to find out about the crucial importance of a sense of belonging and how the outcomes of these children are dramatically improved if they are able to form natural social connections. Teachers and school staff can learn some top tips on supporting the mental health of refugee (and in fact all) children in the classroom. Professor Fazel also points us in the direction of some helpful further resources. 
42:12
October 17, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Professor David Putwain - Is Warning Students of the Consequences of Exam Failure an Effective Strategy?
Researcher of the Month: Professor David Putwain - Is Warning Students of the Consequences of Exam Failure an Effective Strategy?
Researcher of the month, Professor David Putwain, discusses his recent paper which focuses on whether warning GCSE students of the consequences of failure (otherwise known as a 'fear appeal') is a motivating strategy in terms of their levels of engagement and achievement. He outlines the reasons why teachers use fear appeals, how this kind of approach can have very different outcomes depending on the way that individual students evaluate the message, and what this means for classroom practice. He also provides us with some great tips and tools that teachers can use to take a temperature check of their students' levels of test anxiety.
34:53
October 09, 2022
Episode 111 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Deirdre Butler and Dr Paula Lehane: Using Minecraft in Schools
Episode 111 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Deirdre Butler and Dr Paula Lehane: Using Minecraft in Schools
In this podcast interview, Dr Weston talks with Professor Deirdre Butler and Dr Paula Lehane about how Minecraft: Education Edition is being used in classrooms. They discuss the great potential of so called 'sandbox' games in children's learning, outline current gaps in the research evidence and provide useful tips for any teachers wanting to make the most of game-based learning.
28:52
October 06, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Dr Éadaoin Slattery - Do Sustained Attention Training Interventions Really Work?
Researcher of the Month: Dr Éadaoin Slattery - Do Sustained Attention Training Interventions Really Work?
Researcher of the Month, Dr Éadaoin Slattery, discusses her recent paper, which systematically reviews the evidence around popular sustained attention training interventions, which are widely used in schools. She talks us through what sustained attention is, why it is important and whether or not widely used interventions are likely to have a significant impact. We've probably all heard of brain training, but here Dr Slattery also talks us through some other kinds of interventions, which potentially show more promise.
27:02
September 14, 2022
 Episode 109 - Dr Weston Talks with Justin Bowen: Supporting Bereaved Children at School - a Father's Experience
Episode 109 - Dr Weston Talks with Justin Bowen: Supporting Bereaved Children at School - a Father's Experience
In this interview, Dr Weston talks with Justin Bowen about his own family's experience of loss and what prompted him to write support books for parents, schools and children experiencing bereavement. They discuss how schools can best support children who have lost a loved one (and how settings can access Justin's fantastic and practical book, 'Be The Rainbow') and dwell on Justin's personal insights into things that helped him and his family manage through this deeply challenging time. Justin's story is an inspiring and empowering message of hope and optimism, and will help schools to see what an important role they can play in helping to heal children who have experienced the death of someone close to them.
33:44
September 13, 2022
Episode 108: Dr Weston Talks with Victoria Franklin: Working Together to Improve School Attendance
Episode 108: Dr Weston Talks with Victoria Franklin: Working Together to Improve School Attendance
In this interview aimed at school staff, educational consultant Victoria Franklin talks with Dr Weston about key messages from new Government Guidance on school attendance, which is being implemented as of the beginning of September 2022.
34:29
September 07, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Tom King Discusses the Effectiveness of School-Based, Peer-Led Wellbeing Interventions
Researcher of the Month: Tom King Discusses the Effectiveness of School-Based, Peer-Led Wellbeing Interventions
Our Researcher of the Month, Tom King, discusses his recent paper which reviews the evidence for peer-led mental health and wellbeing interventions, widely used in schools worldwide. He talks us through why they are so appealing to schools and outlines the potential benefits and risks. 
23:54
August 11, 2022
Episode 107 - Dr Weston Talks with Bennie Kara: Embracing and Valuing Diversity in Schools
Episode 107 - Dr Weston Talks with Bennie Kara: Embracing and Valuing Diversity in Schools
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Bennie Kara, deputy headteacher, author and speaker on diversity in the curriculum and school environment. Bennie shares her wealth of expertise on how schools can build an inclusive school culture, talks about the importance of language and outlines some key terminology that all educators and parents should be aware of.
55:43
August 10, 2022
Episode 105 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Nikita Hayden: Siblings of Children with Autism
Episode 105 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Nikita Hayden: Siblings of Children with Autism
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Nikita Hayden about the experiences of young people who have siblings with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Research into the outcomes of these children is extremely mixed. Dr Hayden unpacks the complexities of this, highlighting more complex family factors that also impact on young people's outcomes. She asserts the need to target support to those young people who actually need it and discusses meaningful things that schools and families can do to help support siblings and foster good sibling relationships.
37:05
July 18, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Dr Larisa McLoughlin Discusses Cyberbullying and Social Connectedness
Researcher of the Month: Dr Larisa McLoughlin Discusses Cyberbullying and Social Connectedness
Our researcher of the month, Dr Larisa McLoughlin, talks to Dr Weston about her recent paper which examines whether or not social connectedness is a protective factor against cyberbullying's negative impact on mental health and wellbeing. They chat about what social connectedness really is, the best ways to approach conversations about cyberbullying with your children and how schools can support strong social bonds.
25:57
July 14, 2022
Episode 103 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Natalie Brown: The Importance of Menstrual Cycle Education
Episode 103 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Natalie Brown: The Importance of Menstrual Cycle Education
In this podcast, Dr Weston is joined by research scientist, Dr Natalie Brown, to discuss the importance of menstrual cycle education and its current delivery in UK schools. They discuss the everyday effects of the menstrual cycle, including its impact on school attendance, social confidence and participation in sport and physical activity, and explore the general lack of understanding around many of the issues associated with it. Dr Brown outlines the findings of a new study examining teachers' perceptions of menstrual cycle education, chats about the perceived barriers to delivering it and lets us know what her and her team intend to do to help things improve!
32:24
June 18, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Mishika Mehrotra Discusses the Importance of Dinnertime Conversation
Researcher of the Month: Mishika Mehrotra Discusses the Importance of Dinnertime Conversation
Our researcher of the month, Mishika Mehrotra, talks to Dr Weston about the importance of mealtime conversation between parent and child. Join us to learn more about the why mealtimes are so important, what Mishika will be investigating and how to encourage children to open up during family chat around the table. Mishika is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and is definitely a researcher to watch out for in the future!
32:31
June 10, 2022
Episode 101 - Dr Weston Talks with Laura Barrett about Cystic Fibrosis: A Parent's Journey Through Their Child's Diagnosis and Hospital Stays
Episode 101 - Dr Weston Talks with Laura Barrett about Cystic Fibrosis: A Parent's Journey Through Their Child's Diagnosis and Hospital Stays
In this podcast, Dr Weston is joined by Laura Barrett, author of a powerful and moving new book which chronicles her experiences when, shortly after birth, her third son was diagnosed with the life-limiting genetic condition, cystic fibrosis. It is a powerful and inspiring read, imparting a strong message of hope for any parent going through a similar situation. In this interview, published to coincide with Cystic Fibrosis Week (13th-19th June), Laura describes her coping mechanisms, gives us some insight into raising a child who has cystic fibrosis (her baby has grown into a fun-loving, sport mad young boy, raring to start school in September) and provides some general advice on coping with diagnoses and long hospital stays, regardless of the specific condition. 
53:07
June 03, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Dr Ola Demkowicz Discusses Teen Girls' Mental Health
Researcher of the Month: Dr Ola Demkowicz Discusses Teen Girls' Mental Health
Our researcher of the month, Dr Ola Demkowicz, talks to Dr Weston about teenage girls' mental health. We know that girls and women tend to be at greater risk of low mood, anxiety and depression, and that over the last decade or so, more girls are reporting symptoms of low mood and anxiety. Dr Demkowicz joins us to discuss her recent paper which investigates risk factors and cumulative risk exposure in relation to emotional symptoms. Find out more about risk and protective factors as well as what schools can do to cultivate better pupil wellbeing.
42:16
May 13, 2022
Episode 99 - Dr Weston Talks with Patrice Bain: A Parent's Guide to Unleashing Children's Learning Potential
Episode 99 - Dr Weston Talks with Patrice Bain: A Parent's Guide to Unleashing Children's Learning Potential
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Patrice Bain, educator, speaker and author, about her new book A Parent's Guide to Powerful Teaching. In it, they discuss some of the science behind how children learn and Patrice outlines practical and simple strategies that parents can use at home with their children to optimise learning. You'll also learn more about why it's important to discuss learning processes with children, how to help with revision and retrieval and how to avoid cognitive overload. 
40:43
April 29, 2022
Episode 98 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Chris Bowden: Suicide Prevention and Postvention in Schools
Episode 98 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Chris Bowden: Suicide Prevention and Postvention in Schools
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with suicide prevention and postvention expert, Dr Chris Bowden. They discuss the importance of cultivating emotional literacy, developing coping mechanisms and managing impulsive behaviours before considering how schools can best respond in the sad event of a pupil dying by suicide. 
57:30
April 27, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Emre Deniz Discusses Sibling Bullying
Researcher of the Month: Emre Deniz Discusses Sibling Bullying
Our researcher of the month, PhD student Emre Deniz, talks to Dr Weston about sibling bullying. They discuss how common this phenomenon is, how often it goes unnoticed and what it involves. Learn more about predictive and protective factors and optimal ways that parents can respond to bullying in the home. Emre also specialises in sibling relationships for neurodiverse children and he outlines how parents can proactively encourage positive sibling bonds for children with autism.
32:01
April 18, 2022
Episode 96 - Dr Weston Talks with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs: Advice for Parents about Teens and Drugs
Episode 96 - Dr Weston Talks with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs: Advice for Parents about Teens and Drugs
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, founder of the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, a drug and alcohol education charity that aims to support young people make safe choices about drugs and alcohol and reduce harm. Fiona and her husband Tim set up the charity in response to the death of their son Daniel, having taken ecstasy. Fiona gives factual information about drugs that are commonly used among teens, focuses on social media as a new and developing drugs marketplace and provides numerous actionable tips which focus on good communication with young people about this challenging issue. We also find out about Fiona's books and website, which are packed full of useful, evidence-based resources.
42:36
March 31, 2022
Episode 95 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Rory Devine: Interacting with Children in the Early Years
Episode 95 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Rory Devine: Interacting with Children in the Early Years
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with developmental psychologist, Dr Rory Devine. They focus on what we know about how young children develop control over their own thoughts and actions (their ‘executive functions’), and how they acquire the ability to tune in to the thoughts, feelings, and desires of others (their 'theory of mind'), and the positive consequences these skills can have on children’s social lives, academic success and mental health. This fascinating interview will arm any parent or educator with simple ways to promote the development of these valuable life skills. Teachers can also learn more about a fantastic free tool to assess children's school readiness.
56:58
March 27, 2022
Episode 94 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Karri Gillespie-Smith: Challenges Faced by Children with Intellectual Disabilities
Episode 94 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Karri Gillespie-Smith: Challenges Faced by Children with Intellectual Disabilities
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Karri Gillespie-Smith about the experiences of children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the post-Covid period. They discuss Dr Gillespie-Smith's Road to Recovery project, which aims to build a clear picture of the challenges faced by families with children with intellectual disabilities and how best to support them in the recovery phase of Covid. 
22:27
March 20, 2022
Episode 93: Dr Weston Talks with Dr Kathryn Bates - Key Things to Understand about Neurodiversity
Episode 93: Dr Weston Talks with Dr Kathryn Bates - Key Things to Understand about Neurodiversity
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Kathryn Bates about neurodiversity - the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within the human species. Listen now to learn about helpful resources for parents and educators, useful classroom practices, the benefits of diagnosis and other key things that all parents should know. 
27:02
March 15, 2022
Researchers of the Month: Dr Miriam Rahali and Professor Sonia Livingstone Discuss #SponsoredAds and the Impact of Influencers on Children
Researchers of the Month: Dr Miriam Rahali and Professor Sonia Livingstone Discuss #SponsoredAds and the Impact of Influencers on Children
Our Researchers of the Month, Dr Miriam Rahali and Professor Sonia Livingstone, talk to Dr Weston about their recent report, which examines the impact of influencer culture and embedded marketing on children. Given that 95% of YouTube videos aimed at children aged 8 and under contain advertising, and that 97% of 5-15 year olds use video-sharing platforms (with 57% spending 2.5 hours per day watching), they address the non-traditional marketing opportunities open to influencers and the impact they can have, before turning to recommendations and advice.  
30:07
March 13, 2022
Episode 91 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Vanessa Kurdi: Motivating Children in the Classroom and at Home
Episode 91 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Vanessa Kurdi: Motivating Children in the Classroom and at Home
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Vanessa Kurdi about cultivating positive relationships between pupils and teachers and the impact this can have on their learning. They discuss the need for empathy in our interactions with young people and the ways in which we can nudge them towards feeling intrinsically motivated to learn.
29:41
March 09, 2022
Episode 90 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Melissa Oldham: Teenage Drinking
Episode 90 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Melissa Oldham: Teenage Drinking
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Melissa Oldham about trends in youth drinking. They discuss whether research shows that giving underage teens alcohol at home is a good idea, examine how to have positive conversations with teens about alcohol and consider the importance of what parents model, when it comes to drinking. They also touch on school resources around alcohol consumption.
43:11
February 26, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden Discusses the Importance of Fun
Researcher of the Month: Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden Discusses the Importance of Fun
Our researcher of the month, Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden, talks to Dr Weston about the fundamental role of fun in the development of children's self-concept and self-esteem. Her research shows that, far from being a frivolous extra, fun is at the very core of what matters to young people most. 
44:05
February 11, 2022
Episode 88 - Dr Kathy Weston Talks with Eva Musby: A Parent's Story of Supporting a Child with an Eating Disorder
Episode 88 - Dr Kathy Weston Talks with Eva Musby: A Parent's Story of Supporting a Child with an Eating Disorder
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Eva Musby, author of 'Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders: How to Help Your Child Eat Well and Be Well', about her experiences and the role that parents need to play in the treatment and recovery of young people with eating disorders. Eva brings an important message of hope to all parents going through this challenging experience. 
55:02
February 08, 2022
Researcher of the Month: Dr Rachel Nesbit Discusses Adventurous Play in Schools
Researcher of the Month: Dr Rachel Nesbit Discusses Adventurous Play in Schools
Our researcher of the month, Dr Rachel Nesbit, talks to Dr Weston about her recent paper which explores the importance of adventurous play to children's mental health and development. She talks about barriers to play and gives specific advice on how adventurous play can be successfully facilitated in school settings.
38:56
January 16, 2022
Episode 86 - Dr Weston Talks with Suzi Godson: The MeeToo Mental Help App
Episode 86 - Dr Weston Talks with Suzi Godson: The MeeToo Mental Help App
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Suzi Godson, founder of the MeeToo mental help app, an NHS endorsed app, where young people aged 11-25 can seek help anonymously and receive reliable, age-appropriate and moderated support and advice from peers or trained counsellors.
26:41
December 24, 2021
Episode 85 - Dr Weston Talks with Jen Gale: Making Sustainable(ish) Changes to Our Lives
Episode 85 - Dr Weston Talks with Jen Gale: Making Sustainable(ish) Changes to Our Lives
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Jen Gale, author of 'The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide', a book packed full of practical advice about how to make small changes to our actions and mindset which will make a big difference to the world around us. Listen for tips about Christmas and simple ways that we can significantly reduce our environmental impact.
39:23
December 20, 2021
Episode 84 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Christia Spears Brown: Why Biases Matter and How to Reduce Them
Episode 84 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Christia Spears Brown: Why Biases Matter and How to Reduce Them
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Christia Spears Brown about the impact of bias, particularly in the context of race and gender. They discuss how to identify our own implicit biases, outline practical strategies for reducing levels of bias in the home and consider how to protect young people at risk of being targeted by bias. 
42:10
December 18, 2021
Episode 81 - Dr Weston Talks with Maria Strauss: Responding to the Ofsted Rapid Review into Sexual Abuse in Schools
Episode 81 - Dr Weston Talks with Maria Strauss: Responding to the Ofsted Rapid Review into Sexual Abuse in Schools
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Maria Strauss, partner at law firm Farrer & Co, about how schools should respond to the recent Ofsted rapid review into sexual abuse in schools. Maria outlines how schools can implement effective change and references many relevant resources and reports that can help.
38:11
December 15, 2021
Researcher of the Month: Professor Charlotte Markey Discusses Boys' Body Image
Researcher of the Month: Professor Charlotte Markey Discusses Boys' Body Image
Our researcher of the month, Professor Charlotte Markey, talks to Dr Weston about her forthcoming book, 'Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys'. Due for publication in April, it helps boys to understand and appreciate their bodies as they become young men and to navigate their way through inaccurate health/diet information and unrealistic body ideals portrayed in the media. We caught up with Professor Markey to find out more.
32:40
December 14, 2021
Episode 82 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Gemma Lewis: Teen Mental Health and Evidence-Based Early Interventions
Episode 82 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Gemma Lewis: Teen Mental Health and Evidence-Based Early Interventions
In this podcast, Dr Weston chats with epidemiologist Dr Gemma Lewis about her research into the causes of mental health problems in teenagers. They discuss the differences between boys' and girls' mental health, the potential impact of academic pressure, mental health for university students and universal interventions that could be impactful. 
37:43
December 05, 2021
Episode 80 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Duncan Astle: Neuromyths, Memory, Revision and Helping Struggling Learners
Episode 80 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Duncan Astle: Neuromyths, Memory, Revision and Helping Struggling Learners
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with brain scientist, Dr Duncan Astle, about how to consolidate learning in our memory and finds out some actionable and evidence-based revision tips. They debunk some common neuromyths and explore why we need to change the way we think about intervening to help children who struggle with learning.
41:12
November 29, 2021
Researcher of the Month: Dr Jo Van Herwegen Discusses the Impact of Neuromyths on Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Researcher of the Month: Dr Jo Van Herwegen Discusses the Impact of Neuromyths on Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Our researcher of the month, Dr Jo Van Herwegen, talks to Dr Weston about her recent paper, which examines the prevalence of neuromyths surrounding common neurodevelopmental conditions, particularly among educators. They discuss the detrimental impact that neuromyths can have on young people and why it's important for parents and school staff to understand more about neuromyths and for teachers to receive more training in this area.
35:39
November 02, 2021
Episode 78 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Katherine Davies: Negotiating Family Dynamics, Politics and Sibling Relationships
Episode 78 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Katherine Davies: Negotiating Family Dynamics, Politics and Sibling Relationships
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with sociologist, Dr Katherine Davies, about her research into the nature of family relationships. They talk about Dr Davies' recent project examining the impact of Brexit on family life and delve into her work on the complexities of sibling relationships and the impact that brothers and sisters can have on our sense of identity.
43:52
October 19, 2021
Researcher of the Month: Nora Trompeter Discusses Eating Disorder Symptoms and Mental Health Literacy
Researcher of the Month: Nora Trompeter Discusses Eating Disorder Symptoms and Mental Health Literacy
Our researcher of the month, Nora Trompeter, talks to Dr Weston about her recent paper, which examines the differences in eating disorder symptoms between teens who are in treatment and teens who are not. Along with her findings, they discuss the importance of mental health literacy, the wide-ranging impact of poor body image and the differences in motivations for disordered eating behaviours between boys and girls.
27:17
October 13, 2021
Episode 76 - Dr Weston Talks with Sarah Dowey: Metacognition in the Classroom
Episode 76 - Dr Weston Talks with Sarah Dowey: Metacognition in the Classroom
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Sarah Dowey about implementing metacognitive teaching practices. Sarah is a secondary English teacher and is currently studying for her PhD, which focuses on teacher understanding and awareness of the use of metacognition and self-efficacy in face to face teaching. They discuss effectively modelling techniques, dispel some myths about metacognition and reference some further resources of use to teaching staff everywhere.
38:13
October 07, 2021
Researchers of the Month: Dr Hope Christie and Dr Lucy Hiscox Discuss the Impact of the Pandemic on Parents
Researchers of the Month: Dr Hope Christie and Dr Lucy Hiscox Discuss the Impact of the Pandemic on Parents
Our researchers of the month, Dr Hope Christie and Dr Lucy Hiscox, talk to Dr Weston about their recent paper, which examines the impact that lockdowns had on parents. This 'rapid review' of 32 other studies was commissioned by SAGE and the Department for Education and will inform government policy. They discuss the various harms experienced by parents and interventions that might be able to mitigate the negative effects, consider the role of schools in identifying and helping children at risk of domestic violence and explore the link between parental mental health and that of children.
30:49
September 09, 2021
Episode 74 - Dr Weston Talks with Julie Kettlewell: Metacognition in the Classroom
Episode 74 - Dr Weston Talks with Julie Kettlewell: Metacognition in the Classroom
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with memory and metacognition expert, Julie Kettlewell, about the importance of teaching children metacognitive strategies and the potential impact on their educational outcomes. They clarify exactly what metacognition is, have an in depth discussion about best practice in the classroom and outline practical tips for teachers to employ. Julie talks us through various evidence-based strategies that educators can use flexibly in the classroom, in response to their pupils' individual needs. Throughout this podcast, Julie refers to some graphics. If you'd like a copy of these, please email us on research@tooledupeducation.com.
58:54
September 06, 2021
Researcher of the Month: Stepheni Uh Discusses Early Predictors of Self-Harm
Researcher of the Month: Stepheni Uh Discusses Early Predictors of Self-Harm
Our researcher of the month, Gates Cambridge Scholar, Stepheni Uh, talks to Dr Weston about her recent paper, which examines how teenagers at greatest risk of self-harming could be identified almost a decade before they self-harm. They discuss some distinct profiles of young people most likely to self-harm and look at significant risk factors, including a history of psychopathology, low self-esteem, poor parental mental health and lack of sleep. They also consider useful interventions.
25:18
August 06, 2021
Episode 72 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Tamsin Ford: Emerging Patterns in Young People's Mental Health
Episode 72 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Tamsin Ford: Emerging Patterns in Young People's Mental Health
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Tamsin Ford CBE about mental health post-pandemic. They discuss some emerging patterns impacting on the wellbeing of children and young people and focus on strategies for creating a mentally healthy school environment for both staff and pupils.
47:35
July 31, 2021
Episode 71 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Seonaid Anderson: Tics and Tic Disorders in Young People
Episode 71 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Seonaid Anderson: Tics and Tic Disorders in Young People
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with psychologist and neurodiversity consultant, Dr Seonaid Anderson, about the development of tics in childhood. They discuss the features of tics and optimal ways for parents to respond if their child develops one. They talk about pathways for clinical care and focus on a dramatic increase in new tics presenting in teenage girls during the pandemic.
51:40
July 23, 2021
Episode 70 - Dr Weston Talks with Chief Constable Simon Bailey: Sexual Harassment and Child Abuse - What Parents Should Do
Episode 70 - Dr Weston Talks with Chief Constable Simon Bailey: Sexual Harassment and Child Abuse - What Parents Should Do
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Chief Constable Simon Bailey about the culture of violence against women and girls, particularly in schools. They outline the key things that parents and schools should do to cultivate open and honest discussion around issues of sexual harassment, sexting and predatory behaviour online.
30:06
June 24, 2021
Episode 69 - Dr Weston Talks with Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonalds UK: Being a Dad - A Father's Day Special Edition
Episode 69 - Dr Weston Talks with Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonalds UK: Being a Dad - A Father's Day Special Edition
In this special Father's Day podcast, Dr Weston talks with Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonalds UK, about his biggest job - being a dad. They talk about optimal parenting styles, help-seeking, finding a good work/life balance and how many workplace skills can be transferred to family life and parenting.
43:33
June 11, 2021
Researcher of the Month: Dr Serena Bauducco Discusses Improving Teenagers' Sleep
Researcher of the Month: Dr Serena Bauducco Discusses Improving Teenagers' Sleep
Our researcher of the month, Dr Serena Bauducco, talks to Dr Weston about her recent research project, trialing a universal sleep intervention in Swedish secondary schools. They talk about the importance of sticking to bedtime routines as children grow older and the protective impact that whole-class sleep interventions can have.  
32:44
June 11, 2021
Episode 67 - Dr Weston talks with Dr Fiona Vera-Gray: Teen Relationships, the Impact of Pornography and Gender Inequality
Episode 67 - Dr Weston talks with Dr Fiona Vera-Gray: Teen Relationships, the Impact of Pornography and Gender Inequality
Please be aware that this interview contains adult themes and is not suitable for younger ears. The discussion also addresses themes such as sexual harassment and domestic violence. In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Fiona Vera-Gray about the need for change in social discourse around women and girls' everyday experiences of sexual harassment. They discuss early teenage romantic relationships, the impact of pornography and how parents can help our girls and boys to be agents of change.
55:30
May 17, 2021
Episode 66 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Dasha Nicholls: 'The Silent Emergency' - Eating Disorders and Body Image
Episode 66 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Dasha Nicholls: 'The Silent Emergency' - Eating Disorders and Body Image
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Dasha Nicholls about all the things that parents should understand when it comes to eating disorders. She gives us advice on how to keep a watchful, balanced and empathetic perspective on our children's eating behaviours and tells us all we need to know about the main types of eating disorders and their triggers.
47:36
May 12, 2021
Episode 65 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Lucy Foulkes: 'What Mental Health Really Is and What It Isn't'
Episode 65 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Lucy Foulkes: 'What Mental Health Really Is and What It Isn't'
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Lucy Foulkes, adolescent mental health expert, about her new book, Losing Our Minds, and how public discourse surrounding mental health means that we talk about it a great deal, but perhaps without the understanding needed to really get to grips with its complexities. This wide-ranging interview examines the impact of covid, the gender gap and the role of parents.
38:57
May 12, 2021
Episode 64 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Robin Banerjee: Transition, Peer Relationships, Kindness and Success - Rethinking Wellbeing
Episode 64 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Robin Banerjee: Transition, Peer Relationships, Kindness and Success - Rethinking Wellbeing
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Robin Banerjee about the connections between peer relationships, kindness and wellbeing, especially at points of transition or change in our children's lives. They discuss initiatives to help prioritise wellbeing at the point of entry to secondary school and university, consider systemic social changes that might be needed to really promote wellbeing and chew the fat on how to ensure that young people feel empowered to form positive social connections.
41:32
May 06, 2021
Episode 63 - Dr Weston Talks with Rachel Lees: Teenagers and Cannabis Use
Episode 63 - Dr Weston Talks with Rachel Lees: Teenagers and Cannabis Use
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to cannabis use disorder expert, Rachel Lees, to find out the facts about teenagers and cannabis. They discuss what important things all parents should know about the impact of cannabis on teenagers and how to recognise when use might be becoming problematic. Listen to Rachel's tips on how best to discuss cannabis with young people who already use it, and preventative strategies for younger children.
33:33
May 04, 2021
Episode 62 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Naomi Flynn: Supporting EAL Children in the Multilingual Classroom
Episode 62 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Naomi Flynn: Supporting EAL Children in the Multilingual Classroom
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Naomi Flynn about what makes a great teacher of children with English as an additional language (EAL). They discuss the significance of assessing English proficiency, fantastic classroom practice and the importance of getting to know and welcoming each individual child and their family.
39:41
April 23, 2021
Episode 61 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor David Gadd: Domestic Abuse and Teen Relationships
Episode 61 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor David Gadd: Domestic Abuse and Teen Relationships
In this episode, Dr Weston talks with Professor David Gadd about domestic abuse and violence against women and girls. Harnessing Professor Gadd's extensive knowledge of domestic abuse prevention education, they discuss the best ways for parents and schools to teach boys (and girls) about good relationships and examine issues of consent and boundaries.
58:06
April 22, 2021
Episode 60 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Praveetha Patalay: Young People's Mental Health and Mentally Healthy Schools
Episode 60 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Praveetha Patalay: Young People's Mental Health and Mentally Healthy Schools
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Praveetha Patalay about the evidence surrounding young people's mental health in the UK. They focus on Dr Patalay's work in schools, where she has found that having a safe school climate impacts significantly on young people's mental health outcomes. They discuss the gender gap and address wider societal questions which should be pursued if cultivating good mental health (rather than simply treating difficulties) is to become a real priority.
50:38
April 16, 2021
Researcher of the Month: Dr Jerica Radez Discusses Help-Seeking for Teenagers with Depression and Anxiety
Researcher of the Month: Dr Jerica Radez Discusses Help-Seeking for Teenagers with Depression and Anxiety
Our researcher of the month, Dr Jerica Radez, talks to Dr Weston about barriers and facilitators to help-seeking for teens with anxiety or depression. They discuss Dr Radez's recent paper, examining how parents, schools and GPs can best encourage adolescents to seek help when they need it and Dr Radez tells us about her new simple screening tool, for use in any setting.
54:59
April 13, 2021
Episode 58 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Victoria Murphy: Supporting Bilingual Children
Episode 58 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Victoria Murphy: Supporting Bilingual Children
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Victoria Murphy about the misconceptions surrounding children with English as an additional language (EAL) and how teachers and parents can better support emergent bilingualism. They discuss the main stages of children's second language development and address how bilingualism should be considered a huge benefit, both to the child and to their school class as a whole. We discover that given that almost 25% of UK children having EAL, this is a subject that requires much more research.
48:35
March 28, 2021
Episode 57 - Researcher of the Month: Dr Jesus Alfonso D. Datu Discusses the Power of Kindness
Episode 57 - Researcher of the Month: Dr Jesus Alfonso D. Datu Discusses the Power of Kindness
Our researcher of the month, Dr Jesus (Jess) Alfonso D. Datu talks to Dr Weston about the importance of teaching children to be kind and the far-reaching psychological and social consequences of kindness. They discuss Dr Datu's recent paper which examined whether fostering kindness in young people could promote media literacy.
41:06
March 19, 2021
Episode 56 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Anna Conway Morris: Young People's Mental Health, Body Image and Digital Life
Episode 56 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Anna Conway Morris: Young People's Mental Health, Body Image and Digital Life
Dr Anna Conway Morris returns to our podcast series to discuss life as a child psychiatrist during the pandemic and the impact of lockdown on young people's mental health, social development and body image. She talks about digital literacy, pornography and self-harm, and gives us her top tips for future-proofing our children.
54:29
March 10, 2021
Episode 55 - Dr Weston Talks with Barry Cooper: Developing Positive Parent Partnerships
Episode 55 - Dr Weston Talks with Barry Cooper: Developing Positive Parent Partnerships
In this episode, Dr Weston talks with experienced teacher and educational consultant, Barry Cooper, about the greatest untapped resource of all schools; parents. Get some top tips about the best ways to engage parents, build sincere and lasting partnerships and improve outcomes for all of your pupils.
46:19
February 26, 2021
Episode 54 - Researcher of the Month: Simon Brett Discusses Encouraging New Findings about Treating Teen Depression in School Settings
Episode 54 - Researcher of the Month: Simon Brett Discusses Encouraging New Findings about Treating Teen Depression in School Settings
Our researcher of the month, Simon Brett, talks to Dr Weston about his project which assesses the impact of using a specific type of therapy to treat teen depression in school settings. They discuss the barriers to conventional treatment for teenagers, the way that Brief Behavioural Activation therapy works and the important role that parents can play. 
37:32
February 23, 2021
Episode 53 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor William Pickett and Professor Wendy Craig: Social Media Use and Cyberbullying
Episode 53 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor William Pickett and Professor Wendy Craig: Social Media Use and Cyberbullying
Episode 53 - In this episode, Dr Weston talks with Canadian researchers Dr William Pickett and Dr Wendy Craig about their findings linking intense and problematic social media use with cyberbullying, particularly for girls. They discuss the findings of their research and give advice to parents on how to educate children about digital literacy, to lower the risk of being bullied, or bullying, online. They also talk about the impact of COVID-19 on social media habits and sexting.
32:43
February 17, 2021
Episode 52 - Dr Weston Talks with Peter Worley: 'Doing Philosophy' with Children
Episode 52 - Dr Weston Talks with Peter Worley: 'Doing Philosophy' with Children
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Peter Worley about how to cultivate philosophical enquiry in children. They discuss what philosophy is, what sort of questions will get our children thinking philosophically and what the benefits are, both at home and at school. Peter, who is CEO of The Philosophy Foundation, outlines his own dialectical method for teaching children philosophy in classrooms
45:35
February 10, 2021
Episode 51 - Dr Weston talks with Andy Robertson: The Benefits of Gaming
Episode 51 - Dr Weston talks with Andy Robertson: The Benefits of Gaming
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to gaming and family technology expert Andy Robertson. They discuss all of the positive learning opportunities that games can offer and the optimal ways to engage with children about their digital world. They explore games which promote critical thinking, empathy and better communication and examine how the skills developed through gaming can translate to other scenarios.
49:39
February 08, 2021
Episode 49 Dr Kathy Weston Talks with Jacqui Oatley MBE: Parenting in a Pandemic (TUE)
Episode 49 Dr Kathy Weston Talks with Jacqui Oatley MBE: Parenting in a Pandemic (TUE)
Episode 49 - In this special episode, guest presenter Jacqui Oatley MBE turns the tables and interviews Kathy to help parents get a grip on the key issues of parenting through the pandemic. They discuss ways to juggle home-learning and home-working, ways to bring routine into your daily life and how to support children through the challenges of lockdown. Jacqui Oatley MBE is a sports presenter, well known as the first female commentator on BBC One's Match of the Day.  She is an FA qualified football coach, an ambassador for Women in Football and a committee member of the Football Writers' Association.
01:15:51
February 01, 2021
Episode 50 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Michael Lamb: Building Parental Confidence and Successful Co-Parenting
Episode 50 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Michael Lamb: Building Parental Confidence and Successful Co-Parenting
Episode 50 - In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Professor Michael Lamb about building parental confidence and self-esteem. They discuss how both biological and step-parents can improve and maintain healthy, strong and loving bonds with their children, as well as focusing on the benefits of an authoritative parenting style. 
50:05
January 28, 2021
Episode 42 - Dr Kathy Weston Talks with Professor Susan Golombok: Non-Traditional Family Forms
Episode 42 - Dr Kathy Weston Talks with Professor Susan Golombok: Non-Traditional Family Forms
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Professor Susan Golombok about non-traditional family forms. They discuss the research evidence showing that children from families with same-sex parents, single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies generally thrive, in many cases more so than children from more traditional families.
48:28
January 15, 2021
Episode 48 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Michaela James: Encouraging Teenage Girls to Be Physically Active
Episode 48 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Michaela James: Encouraging Teenage Girls to Be Physically Active
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Dr Michaela James about declining levels of physical activity for teenage girls. They discuss teenagers' thoughts about school PE lessons and examine what the research shows would increase participation. Listen out for some great, simple ways that you can nurture a love of physical activity in your children, which, if sustained, will have long term physical and mental health benefits. 
43:03
December 17, 2020
Episode 47 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Helen Dodd: The Importance of Play
Episode 47 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Helen Dodd: The Importance of Play
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Professor Helen Dodd about the crucial importance of play in children's development. The examine the relationship between adventurous play and anxiety and discuss how parents can facilitate effective play. As a leading expert on children's mental health, Professor Dodd also describes the main features of anxiety and when parents should worry.
01:03:45
December 09, 2020
Episode 46 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Jeffrey DeMarco: Parenting in the Digital Age, Radicalisation and Sexual Exploitation
Episode 46 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Jeffrey DeMarco: Parenting in the Digital Age, Radicalisation and Sexual Exploitation
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Dr Jeffrey DeMarco about how we should engage with our children about the online world. They discuss the importance of teaching skills such as digital literacy, fact-checking and critical thinking, to ensure that children can access the amazing resources on the internet safely. They also talk about online radicalisation and sexual exploitation, and how to protect children against these threats.
55:05
November 26, 2020
Episode 45 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Siobhan O'Neill: Children's Mental Health in Northern Ireland
Episode 45 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Siobhan O'Neill: Children's Mental Health in Northern Ireland
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Professor Siobhan O'Neill about her research into mental health in Northern Ireland. They explore issues relating to trans-generational trauma, suicide and self-harm, as well as discussing all the simple and effective things that parents can do to build children's resilience. 
55:51
November 25, 2020
Episode 44 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Hope Christie: Parenting with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Episode 44 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Hope Christie: Parenting with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Dr Hope Christie about her research into the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on parents, and the ways in which experiences of trauma affect their parenting and the wider family dynamic. The message is one of admiration for how parents suffering from PTSD manage to cope with the many everyday challenges that they face as parents. Trauma, and its impact, needs to be better understood by all of us. In learning more, we give ourselves and our children a better chance of thriving if and when it ever affects our own family. 
49:03
November 17, 2020
Episode 43 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Elena Martellozzo: Young People, Pornography and Online Safety
Episode 43 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Elena Martellozzo: Young People, Pornography and Online Safety
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to criminologist, Dr Elena Martellozzo, about her research into young people's feelings about, and experiences of, online pornography. They discuss how parents should approach conversations with their children about pornography and relationships, and also what Dr Martellozzo's research found that young people would like to learn and talk about during sex education at school. They also explore the issue of online safety and how sex offenders operate in the online world.
55:10
November 16, 2020
Episode 41 - 10 Common Mistakes Loving Parents Make
Episode 41 - 10 Common Mistakes Loving Parents Make
All parents want the best for their children, but it's easy to fall into behaviour traps that will actually hinder them, rather than help. Listen to Dr Weston's top 10 common parenting mistakes to avoid!
12:03
October 27, 2020
Episode 40 - Wednesday Wisdom: Learned Happiness
Episode 40 - Wednesday Wisdom: Learned Happiness
Episode 40 - In this episode, hear Dr Kathy Weston's thoughts about happiness and how, far from being simple to achieve, it takes hard work and effort!
05:32
October 26, 2020
Episode 39 - Dr Weston Talks with Adrienne Burgess: The Impact of Fathers and Engaging with Fathers at School
Episode 39 - Dr Weston Talks with Adrienne Burgess: The Impact of Fathers and Engaging with Fathers at School
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Adrienne Burgess, joint Chief Executive of The Fatherhood Institute, about the impact of fathers on their children. They discuss how fathers' mental and physical health has direct consequences for their children, the impact fathers can have on children's academic skills and how schools can engage with dads more directly.                                                 
47:29
September 15, 2020
Episode 38 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Neil Mercer: Oracy and the Power of Speaking Well in School and at Home
Episode 38 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Neil Mercer: Oracy and the Power of Speaking Well in School and at Home
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Professor Neil Mercer about the importance of oracy. They discuss how parents can have a huge impact on developing and cultivating children's talking and listening skills through simple family conversations at home.  They also talk about the important roles schools should play in oracy eduacation and Professor Mercer gives simple tips for teachers to apply in the classroom, to encourage their pupils to 'talk well'.              
48:52
September 15, 2020
Episode 37 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Darren Moore: School Attendance, Parental Engagement and Returning to School
Episode 37 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Darren Moore: School Attendance, Parental Engagement and Returning to School
In this Get-a-Grip podcast Dr Kathy Weston talks to Dr Darren Moore about school attendance, easing the return to school, homework and how schools can better engage parents.
01:52:39
September 08, 2020
Episode 36 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Pooky Knightsmith: Returning to School Post Lockdown and School Avoidance
Episode 36 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Pooky Knightsmith: Returning to School Post Lockdown and School Avoidance
In this Get-a-Grip podcast Dr Kathy Weston talks to Dr Pooky Knightsmith about returning to school after lockdown, nurturing children’s wellbeing and emotionally based school avoidance.
01:01:15
August 28, 2020
Episode 35 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Tracey Wade: Perfectionism, Social Media and Eating Disorders
Episode 35 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Tracey Wade: Perfectionism, Social Media and Eating Disorders
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Professor Tracey Wade about the impact of perfectionism on young people. They discuss the potential negative impact of social media on young people's body confidence and eating habits as well as exploring the warning signs of eating disorders. Professor Wade shares advice on how parents can help to educate children about body image and healthy eating habits.
56:25
August 28, 2020
Episode 34 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Jarlath O'Brien: Special schools, behaviour management and building a parent partnership
Episode 34 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Jarlath O'Brien: Special schools, behaviour management and building a parent partnership
In this Get-a-Grip podcast Dr Kathy Weston talks to Jarlath O’Brien about special schools, behaviour management in schools and building a parent partnership.  They also discuss the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown on behaviour as schools fully open in September. 
56:15
August 10, 2020
Episode 33 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Ellen Townsend: Young people and self harm, the importance of listening.
Episode 33 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Ellen Townsend: Young people and self harm, the importance of listening.
In this Get-a-Grip podcast Dr Kathy Weston talks to Professor Ellen Townsend about young people and self-harm. They discuss the importance of listening to young people and recognising that self-harm is an expression of distress and emotional pain and should always be taken seriously.  Professor Townsend also shares some thoughts about the effects of the global pandemic lockdown on the development and mental health of children and young people.
54:57
July 20, 2020
Episode 32 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Anna Hemmings and Megan Pengelly of GamCare: The importance of teaching young people about gambling
Episode 32 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Anna Hemmings and Megan Pengelly of GamCare: The importance of teaching young people about gambling
In this episode Dr Kathy Weston talks to Anna Hemmings and Megan Pengelly about the importance of teaching young people about gambling, so they can make informed choices about this common risk-taking behaviour. 
40:52
July 07, 2020
Episode 31 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: Teenage behaviour, brain development, technology, and long term consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown on teenagers
Episode 31 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: Teenage behaviour, brain development, technology, and long term consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown on teenagers
In this Get-a-Grip podcast Dr Kathy Weston talks to Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore about research on teenage behaviour and brain development, including the influence of technology, and how the coronavirus pandemic lockdown may have long term consequences for teenagers.
53:06
May 15, 2020
Episode 30: Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Michael Gradisar: Sleep difficulties during adolescence and strategies to promote better sleep
Episode 30: Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Michael Gradisar: Sleep difficulties during adolescence and strategies to promote better sleep
In this Get-a-Grip podcast Dr Kathy Weston talks to Professor Michael Gradisar about sleep difficulties during adolescence, including why so many teenagers have sleep difficulties along with the most effective strategies to promote better sleep.
53:17
May 12, 2020
Episode 29: Dr Kathy Weston talks to Professor Charlotte Markey about how parents can help their children maintain a positive body image.
Episode 29: Dr Kathy Weston talks to Professor Charlotte Markey about how parents can help their children maintain a positive body image.
In this episode Dr Kathy Weston talks to Professor Charlotte Markey about body image and how parents can help their children, especially girls, navigate the adolescent world of puberty, social media and relationships and maintain a positive body image.
41:08
April 28, 2020
Episode 28: Dr Kathy Weston talks to Professor Howard-Jones about the challenges of school closures and how to motivate and reward learning
Episode 28: Dr Kathy Weston talks to Professor Howard-Jones about the challenges of school closures and how to motivate and reward learning
In this episode, Dr Kathy Weston speaks to Professor Howard-Jones about the challenges for parents and teachers during school closures and how to motivate and reward learning. They also discuss the research regarding the effects of videogames on learning and Professor Howard-Jones dispels some unhelpful misconceptions about the brain and learning.
53:57
April 28, 2020
Episode 27 - Dr Kathy Weston talk with Professor Adele Diamond: Executive Functions, why they are so important and how parents can help to enhance their development in children.
Episode 27 - Dr Kathy Weston talk with Professor Adele Diamond: Executive Functions, why they are so important and how parents can help to enhance their development in children.
In this episode, Professor Adele Diamond talks about executive functions, why they are so important and how parents can help to enhance their development in children.
46:38
April 22, 2020
Dr Kathy Weston - Thoughts on positive family mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 Crisis
Dr Kathy Weston - Thoughts on positive family mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 Crisis
Listen to Dr Weston's Thoughts on positive family mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 Crisis.
26:14
April 08, 2020
Episode 26 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Sir Anthony Seldon: The challenges and opportunities presented by the Corona virus pandemic
Episode 26 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Sir Anthony Seldon: The challenges and opportunities presented by the Corona virus pandemic
In this episode, Sir Anthony Seldon about the challenges and opportunities presented by the Corona virus pandemic, especially with regards to students, parents, school leaders and the whole education system.
29:25
April 01, 2020
Episode 25 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Shirley Reynolds: Supporting young people during the Coronavirus Covid 19 outbreak and depression.
Episode 25 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Shirley Reynolds: Supporting young people during the Coronavirus Covid 19 outbreak and depression.
In this episode, Dr Kathy Weston speaks to Professor Shirley Reynolds about the Coronavirus Covid 19 outbreak and depression in young people and the role parents can play in spotting symptoms, understanding the disorder and supporting recovery.
57:08
March 24, 2020
Episode 24 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Peter Clough: Mental Toughness
Episode 24 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Peter Clough: Mental Toughness
In this episode, Dr Kathy Weston speaks to Professor Peter Clough about Mental Toughness, especially in children and young people and the importance of understanding how different children will have different levels of mental toughness and will therefore need different types of support and challenge.
59:01
March 24, 2020
Episode 23 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor McHale: Sibling relationships and how parents promote sibling harmony.
Episode 23 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor McHale: Sibling relationships and how parents promote sibling harmony.
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to leading US-based researcher, Professor Susan McHale on the topic of the sibling relationship.
39:53
February 20, 2020
Kathy Weston on Jeremy Vine Show
Kathy Weston on Jeremy Vine Show
Kathy Weston on Jeremy Vine Show
10:26
February 03, 2020
TUE Aspiration Podcast
TUE Aspiration Podcast
TUE Aspiration Podcast
13:29
February 03, 2020
TUE Christmas Screen Time Advice
TUE Christmas Screen Time Advice
TUE Screentime
09:29
February 03, 2020
Episode 22 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Dr Reenee Singh: Supporting Children through Parent separation
Episode 22 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Dr Reenee Singh: Supporting Children through Parent separation
In this episode. Kathy talks to Dr Reenee Singh about how best to help children when parents separate and think through some of the difficulties that arise particularly at Christmas and holiday times.
58:16
December 10, 2019
Episode 21 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Bhavin Shah: Introduction to Behavioural Optometry
Episode 21 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Bhavin Shah: Introduction to Behavioural Optometry
In this episode Dr Kathy Weston speaks to Bhavin Shah about behavioural optometry and how assessment and intervention can help learning and performance.
31:00
November 25, 2019
Episode 20 - Dr Kathy Weston - Thoughts on Grief.
Episode 20 - Dr Kathy Weston - Thoughts on Grief.
Episode 20 - Dr Kathy Weston - Thoughts on Grief. Here are Kathy's thoughts on Grief and Loss and how to best support children and young people in these circumstances.
12:23
November 12, 2019
Episode 19 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Sarah Halligan: Childhood trauma and the development of PTSD in children.
Episode 19 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Sarah Halligan: Childhood trauma and the development of PTSD in children.
In this episode, Kathy talks to Professor Sarah Halligan about childhood trauma and the development of PTSD in children.
37:36
September 19, 2019
Episode 18 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Cameron Norsworthy: Flow
Episode 18 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Cameron Norsworthy: Flow
In this episode, Kathy speaks to Cameron Norsworthy about Flow and talks about it in relation to raising and teaching children.  Cameron, father of two children ages 2 and 5, shares his thinking on how to help children experience Flow and the benefits this provides.
55:03
September 19, 2019
Episode 17 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Tamsin Ford: How to improve Young People's Mental Health
Episode 17 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Tamsin Ford: How to improve Young People's Mental Health
In this Episode Kathy talks to Professor Tamsin Ford about her latest research exploring how parents, teachers and young people can work together to improve young people’s mental health.   
01:00:07
August 12, 2019
Episode 16 - Dr Kathy Weston on BBC Radio 4 with Mariella Frostup: Generation Anxious
Episode 16 - Dr Kathy Weston on BBC Radio 4 with Mariella Frostup: Generation Anxious
Recently, Kathy was invited as part of a panel to join Mariella Frostup for a discussion about childhood anxiety. Some interesting contributions from the other guests too. Jane Caro is the Head of the Mental Health Foundation, Rob Gill, author of Rethinking Childhood and Professor Tamsin Ford is Professor of Psychiatry. Lots of food for thought for us all! Watch out for a new podcast coming where Kathy interviews Professor Tamsin Ford for a whole hour! 
41:38
July 18, 2019
Episode 15 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Dr Anna Colton: Body Image, Eating Disorders, Self-Esteem and Performance Anxiety
Episode 15 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Dr Anna Colton: Body Image, Eating Disorders, Self-Esteem and Performance Anxiety
 Dr Kathy Weston talks with Dr Anna Colton.  Dr Anna Colton is a London-based clinical psychologist with an interest in areas such as body image, eating disorders, self-esteem and performance anxiety. Dr Weston and Dr Colton cover a wide range of topics of great interest to parents today.  
47:06
July 17, 2019
Episode 14 - Dr Kathy Weston - Thought for the Day: 5 Top Tips on Transition
Episode 14 - Dr Kathy Weston - Thought for the Day: 5 Top Tips on Transition
 Transition can be an anxiety-inducing time for children and parents, but it really doesn't have to be. Listen to Dr Weston's top five tips for parents - designed to ensure successful transition from primary to secondary school. 
09:55
July 12, 2019
Episode 13 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Dr Thomas Curran: Perfectionism in young people
Episode 13 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Dr Thomas Curran: Perfectionism in young people
Tune into this podcast interview with one of the top researchers in the country in the area of perfectionism: Dr Thomas Curran. Perfectionism in rising in young people; we need to understand why and get a grip on it as early as possible. 
31:58
July 12, 2019
Episode 12 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Kathryn Almack: Same Sex Parenting
Episode 12 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Kathryn Almack: Same Sex Parenting
In this episode, Kathy talks to Professor Kathryn Almack about the challenges that same sex parents (particularly lesbians) face on their parenting journeys 
46:11
June 13, 2019
Episode 11 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Ger Graus OBE: Aspiration
Episode 11 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Ger Graus OBE: Aspiration
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Ger Graus about ways to provide all children with the experiences to support aspiration and achievement. 
01:04:48
June 13, 2019
Episode 9 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Julia Samuel MBE: Child bereavement and grief
Episode 9 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Julia Samuel MBE: Child bereavement and grief
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to the Honourable Julia Samuel MBE, author of Grief Works, about child bereavement, grief and how parents and teachers can support children and young people when someone they love passes away.
41:17
May 13, 2019
Episode 10 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Cathy Creswell: Childhood Anxiety
Episode 10 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Cathy Creswell: Childhood Anxiety
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Professor Cathy Creswell of Oxford University about the latest research findings on childhood anxiety. They discuss the best evidence-based tips and strategies that parents should use to support their children. 
59:35
May 13, 2019
Episode 8 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Clarissa Smith: Teens accessing Pornography
Episode 8 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Clarissa Smith: Teens accessing Pornography
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Professor Clarissa Smith about the concerns parents have regarding their teens accessing pornography and ways to promote healthy sexual development in our young people. 
56:42
April 25, 2019
Episode 7 - Dr Kathy Weston talks to Dr Rachel Hiller: Sleep difficulties in school-aged children (aged 5-12)
Episode 7 - Dr Kathy Weston talks to Dr Rachel Hiller: Sleep difficulties in school-aged children (aged 5-12)
in this episode, Dr Weston talks to Dr Hiller about sleep difficulties in school-aged children (aged 5-12).  Together they cover bedtimes for children, common sleep problems, myths about sleep and share arrange of evidence-based approaches that really work.
53:23
April 24, 2019
Episode 6 - Dr Kathy Weston - Thought for the Day: Young people's use of Pornography
Episode 6 - Dr Kathy Weston - Thought for the Day: Young people's use of Pornography
Listen to Dr Weston as she takes you through some of the most important evidence-based facts parents need to know about young people's use of pornography. 
17:49
March 12, 2019
Episode 5 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Fiona Brooks: Adolescence and Child mental health
Episode 5 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Fiona Brooks: Adolescence and Child mental health
In this episode, Dr Weston interviews medical sociologist, Professor Fiona Brooks, expert in all things related to adolescence and child mental health. They discuss some good news relating to outcomes for teens nationally as well as areas of concern. Topics include: gaming, mental health, social media, pornography, parenting, self-harming, gender differences and teacher connectedness as a feature of teens' lives that is hugely beneficial to them
56:05
March 12, 2019
Episode 4 - Dr Kathy Weston - Thought for the Day: Raising Resilient Children 
Episode 4 - Dr Kathy Weston - Thought for the Day: Raising Resilient Children 
Dr Kathy Weston's - Thought for the day
03:39
February 06, 2019
Episode 3 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Dr Anna Conway Morris: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in children and young people
Episode 3 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Dr Anna Conway Morris: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in children and young people
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr Anna Conway Morris about her research into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in children and young people.  It was an enlightening interview that highlighted the particular struggles that children who suffer from OCD face in the school environment. #OCD #learning #classrooms #mentalhealth #anxiety
43:43
February 06, 2019
Episode 2 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE: How children and young people engage in the digital world
Episode 2 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE: How children and young people engage in the digital world
In this episode, Dr Weston talks to one of the foremost experts on how children and young people engage in the digital world, Professor Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics. Topics covered: screen-time, children's use of smartphones, family use of digital technology. #digitalworld #socialmedia #screentime 
55:11
February 06, 2019
Episode 1 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Natasha Devon MBE: Children's Mental Health
Episode 1 - Dr Kathy Weston talks with Natasha Devon MBE: Children's Mental Health
In this podcast, mental health campaigner, author and speaker Natasha Devon MBE shares her view on how we should be talking to our children and young people about mental health. #talkingmatters #mentalhealth #mentalfitness #socialmedia 
42:49
January 23, 2019