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Popular television personality and Loose Women Panelist Nadia Sawalha sits down with her husband, Mark Adderley, to discuss the modern issues that face our teenage kids... and the style in which we parent.
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So much has happened in a relatively short period of time. Since the financial crash of 2007/08, Politics and Economics have been at the centre of our lives. From blanket austerity to a widening gap between the richest and the poorest, our communities and prosperity have paid a heavy toll. And in more recent times, the rise of the political far right, Brexit, Trump, Boris and now a worldwide pandemic which has brought about the makings of a Global recession and perhaps the worst economic collapse for over three hundred years. These are truly unique times and it is no wonder we all feel lost for answers. But where are our kids in all this? A whole generation who have been sold the narrative of economic prosperity in return for working hard at school are discovering that life may not be as straightforward for them. How will young people navigate a job market with little or no opportunities, a lack of training and climate of increasing taxes, high rents, unobtainable house prices. And what will this employment gap mean for the rest of us? Will be be able to retire, or will be be bridging the gap until we kick the bucket? Hear this and much more in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Does how we think about our bodies affect our children's confidence as much as our own? Our self-affirmation is a life lesson we pass down to the generations, and if it's missing, can our children learn bad habits? If so, how can we learn to love ourselves and teach our children to love how they look as much as we do? In this emotional discussion, Mark and Nadia talk through their struggles with living up to a perception of how they feel they should look and reflecting on their past attitudes to body image. They learn healthier ways to approach how they see themselves, and to feel good about how they look. In turn, they learn how to give their children the same confidence. Hear this and much more in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
How is it different to have a gay parent instead of a straight one? Does being brought up by a gay parent change the childhood experience and how? Is being a homosexual parent more of a challenge than being a heterosexual one? In what ways? As society becomes increasingly inclusive over time, and now gay marriage is legal and widely accepted, how does it feel to be the child of a gay relationship? And what challenges or difficulties does being a gay parent present? Nadia and Mark talk about Mark's experience of having a gay mother. How some people were openly hostile towards her and how Mark had to navigate prejudice and hatred for something he knew as harmless and normal. Mark and Nadia invite Nana Di on to talk about her experience of discovering her sexuality while bringing up Mark, and daughter Maddy gives her perspective on relationships and how adults can talk more openly about orientation. Hear this and much more in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
We start as parents with anecdotal advice. At every stage of parenting, we have no experience, there's no rulebook, so of course there's hiccups along the way. When we look back on how we raised our children, it's easy in hindsight to see how things could have been different, or perhaps better. And naturally from feeling that way, comes guilt and regret. We're all carrying our parents mistakes as they are carrying the mistakes made before them. We're left to navigate parenting only by copying the good examples we've seen and the bad we choose to avoid. So how can we frame parenting without guilt and regret? How can we be fair on ourselves whilst owning mistakes we may have made, or forgiving the mistakes of our parents and generations beyond? Nadia and Mark talk about at the complex issue of parental regret. About understanding their upbringing to better understand their choices as parents. In this heart-felt episode, they both face difficult times to explore their success as parents and reflect on times they would change given a chance to do it all again. Hear this and much more in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Cannabis is becoming ever-present amongst our youth. Its common to smell cannabis smoke as you walk around towns and cities, but what are the effects of increased cannabis prevalence? Is this healthy for our children? Can we trust what is in the cannabis they smoke? And how can you talk to your kids about avoiding long term harm from something we don't fully understand. Nadia and Mark talk about at the complicated issue of cannabis use, its role as a gateway to other things and their experiences with the harm it can do to your mental health. This in-depth chat explores how we communicate to our kids and how we could make cannabis use safer. Hear this and much more in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
We all loose our temper, its natural. And in a relationship, its even healthy for us to understand our boundaries and how we fit with eachother. But is it harmful to argue infant of your kids? Or can they learn about relationships from your disputes? Nadia and Mark talk about the effects of arguing in front of kids, how it affects them and where it's appropriate. Hear this and much more in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
I heard someone say that 'lockdown-time' is like 'airport-time', red wine and a burger for breakfast, so what! So how have you been coping with life indoors? Have you gained weight, bad habits, drunk too much too often? And what example are we setting for our kids? Do they see excessive indulgence as an acceptable coping mechanism? And are we more present online than with our families? Nadia and Mark talk about the effects of lockdown and our coping mechanisms. Lots of us have been turning to vices in order to cope. They discuss the example we're setting our kids as well as how necessary indulgence is for our mental health. Hear this and much more in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Sometimes it's all too much. And when that wave of emotion crashes over you, it's only human to cry. Some people find crying cathartic, and some find it shameful. Whatever your opinion, crying is something that happens to us all. As a parent you want to protect your kids, so should you cry infront of them? Is your crying damaging for them, or a lesson in emotional growth? And what in what context is crying in front of your children appropriate? How do you explain crying to them? Nadia and Mark confront a difficult issue for all parents, and discuss whether we can cry infront of our children. They recount times they have come to tears and how they have explained their feelings to their kids. And they hear from the teens about their experience of witnessing their parents crying. Hear this and much more in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
As lockdown restrictions in England relax, yet remain unchanged in the rest of the UK, do the risks outweigh the benefits? Is our government moving to start the economy too soon and at what price to our communities and families? And what opportunities for change does stopping and starting the world in this way provide for better ways to live, earn and learn? Nadia and Mark talk through the recent changes in policy in England and how they are negotiating the risks to their family. Hear from their children and friends, how the world may change for ever and their sincere wish for a kinder world. Hear this and much more in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Understandably, we're all getting fed-up with staying indoors, but in the week that the UK becomes the country with the most COVID-19 related deaths in Europe, should we be relaxing the rules? It's well documented that our government could have acted sooner and mistakes have been made, so how much can you trust government advice? Are you comfortable with the lockdown rules being relaxed, or do you think it's too soon? And what right do you have to refuse to follow, if the government starts opening schools and workplaces? Nadia and Mark talk through their worries and concerns for the future, and how we might better find a safe path through to a new normal. Can we come out of lockdown safely? Find out in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Our families have been home for a month and a half. By now, we've fallen into our routines. So what does work, play, school and rest look like during lockdown? And how can we keep our kids interested and motivated? Plus, with such an uncertain future - how do we keep our children looking forward to the life ahead of them? Nadia and Mark look at the pressures our teenagers and young children face during lockdown. What's a reasonable amount of screen time? What are the alternatives? How do you keep homeschool fun? How can you keep the lines of communication open? Find out in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
As we enter the fifth week of lockdown in the UK, we're still not sure how long this will last. Some sources are telling us that we could be out of our homes in around a month or so, whereas others are telling us to expect to remain indoors until next year. With our children hearing mixed messages about what to expect, how is their mental health being affected? Are we witnessing the birth of a socially awkward age, marred by time in isolation? Or is there an unseen positive outcome from time spend indoors? Nadia and Mark look at the pressures our teenagers and young children face during lockdown. As the initial euphoria of time away from the classroom fades, how can we keep our children mentally and physically healthy? And what can we do to bridge the loneliness and social cravings our teenagers face. Find out in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
We've all been home for the best part of a month. What once seemed very alien is now becoming more normal. Sure, popping to the shops is a military procedure, but inside our homes now some time has past, people are beginning to notice that life inside isn't all bad. From the massive shift in pace, life pressure and the relentless cycle of capitalist earning and spending, what are we learning now our previous routines have been disrupted? Some appreciate their family more, some are exercising more. Whatever we are all doing to fill our days, it's likely that during lockdown you've had more time to yourself and started doing different things with your time. So what are the positives of lockdown? What silver lining can be found? And will elements of this changed routine actually be desirable after the pandemic? Will the way we live change? Nadia and Mark look at their altered reality during lockdown to find the positive opportunities within. More time with family, and more time to discover past-times they never had a spare moment for in the past. What parts of their new-normal do they hope to keep? And what do their listeners think? Find out in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Still enduring lockdown in our homes, when are able to go out and meet each other, what will have changed? Will we find out for the first time, about distant friends and colleagues who haven't made it through? Will travel and free movement be restricted for years to come? And can we be sure that this won't happen again in the near future? What can we look forward to? And how long with the threat of pandemic's be a reality in our lives? Nadia and Mark try their best to come to terms with their new normal. They reach into their kids experiences and compare with their own adolescence. In this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent, Nadia and Mark try to find ways to help themselves and their children to remain positive and informed. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
We're all currently in lockdown, stuck in our homes. The threat and reality of the novel coronvirus is now very real and is affecting those we know and love. This is unknown territory. Never before has a worldwide threat and response been so invasive and demanding of the global population. Never before have parents been so unable to provide assurance and normality for their children. What the future holds? We just don't know. Nadia and Mark try their best to come to terms with their new normal. They reach into their kids experiences and compare with their own adolescence. Their first summer of freedom looked very different to the coming summer, and many teenagers will have been stripped of their social expectations. So how can we lessen the blow? What can parents do to make this easier, and what other ways is Coronavirus reaching into the home and affecting our lives. In this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent, Nadia and Mark try to find ways to help our children to remain positive and informed, while not overloading with information, news and social media. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Now the school's are closed your kids education is in your hands. So what do you do? How do you become a teacher? Do you need to buy a chalkboard and a pair of varifocals, or is their another way? Can teaching your kids actually be a time of bonding and fun? Join veteran-homeschoolers Nadia and Mark as they give their best tips on home-schooling and home education. The pair show that this can be an enriching and fun time for you and your kids, that you can bond and learn together and the pressure of knowing everything is one you unnecessarily put on yourself. Listen to find out everything you need to know about home-schooling, in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Have you been bullied? Has your child? What did you do about it? And how do you help your bullied child? Join Nadia and Mark as they discuss the challenges our teenagers face and the anxieties modern life can cause. How do you prove bullying? Especially since bullying can be through social media and omission, often these go missed by the school. Does inaction work? Ignore them and they'll get bored? Or should you fight back? And can you say anything, or will you just make things worse? Listen to this week's episode to find out, in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Are you an anxious parent? Are you children anxious? How do you talk to a teenager about complex emotions as they begin to feel life's pressures more deeply? Join Nadia and Mark as they discuss the challenges our teenagers face and the anxieties modern life can cause. What's the best approach to get your teenager to open up and talk about how they feel? And is there a bad approach? One that closes everything down? Listen to this week's episode to find out, in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Does your kid(s) have friends? Or are they lonely? Are you mates with your kids, or do you stay on the parent-side of the fence? We all want our kids to have active and fulfilling social lives, but how much can we help them and how much do they have to figure out themselves? Nadia and Mark listen to heartfelt voice notes from their teenage daughters and their friends, to try to work out how to support their children in making friends and negotiating complex teenage relationships. To hear all, listen to this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
Do you step in to protect your kids from harm? Or is an amount of facing problems part of how they learn? When is it harmful to get involved? And when is it damaging not to? Listen to this week's episode to find out! Nadia and Mark listen to heartfelt voice notes from their teenage daughters and their friends (this week features a clip from Stacey Solomon!), to try to work out how to tread the line between helicopter parenting and being supportive. Is it so bad to be a helicopter parent? Find out in this episode of Confessions Of A Modern Parent. And they take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting question or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley
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Michelle Welsh-Andrew

wow you speak for so many parents Maddie is so right how the young ones not meet friends but then be expected to go to school with those friends? Thanks for helping me see it from my 18 year old daughters point if view I'll now be sitting down and asking her how do you feel about the future. xx

Jun 2nd
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Rachel Lloyd

This is the 1st ever episode of your podcast I've listened to, I'm a sub on YouTube (relatively new and shy so don't comment), but I wanted to leave a note to tell you how much I enjoyed it and love you all

May 12th
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stacey absalom

I'm new to podcasts and this has been very helpful. I have mental health problems myself with 2 kids and I am very honest with them about my health, this i think has made my son more open with me about how he feels ect. it's nice to hear I am not the only one out there being so open with my kids.

Dec 19th
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