Confessions of a Modern Parent

Confessions of a Modern Parent

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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.

Episodes

EATING DISORDERS & CHAOTIC EATING IN TEENS - WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM NIKKI GRAHAME’S TRAGIC DEATH

This week we hear from former Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten who has struggled with Anorexia and Bulimia about what can be learnt from the tragic death of Nikki Grahame who sadly lost her lifelong battle with Anorexia last week. In what ways can we learn from Nikki’s tragic story and better understand how Eating Disorders have been aggravated by a year of lockdowns, social distancing and isolation. Mark & Nadia hear from daughter Maddie about the chaotic eating that has defined many teenagers lives during the pandemic and how our attitudes to food can easily tip into extremely challenging and potentially life threatening mental health crises. Is Nikki Grahame actually another death caused or aggravated indirectly by Coronavirus? And what strategies can we as parents adopt to better help our kids if we sense they may be struggling in their relationship with food, body image and dieting. Gemma’s story is frighteningly similar to Nikki’s, but is defined by hope in the form of her recovery and her charity SEED that she has set up with her parents to help families struggling with Eating Disorders. SEED ( www.seedeatingdisorders.org.uk ) Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
16/04/2155m 9s

SUMMER OF LOVE or SUMMER OF DANGER

Some are calling it THE SUMMER OF LOVE ... but should we be as gung ho about coming out of Lockdown as many youngsters would like us all to be? YES we are all wanting a return to some kind of normal but is there a real danger that our teens could put themselves in harms way by PARTYING TOO HARD and not looking after themselves enough? Are we PARENTS so keen to get out and enjoy life for ourselves that we could be about to sleepwalk into a combined nightmare of too much drink, too much drugs, too much sex and ALL the consequences that often come with a HEDONISTIC “live fast die young” approach to life? Strap yourselves in guys - we could be about to have the most turbulent of summers yet when it comes to TEENAGERS being released from lockdown! Can we blame them? Wouldn’t we (as parents) want to do the same thing?! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
09/04/2133m 4s

THE HIGHS & LOWS OF BEING IN LOCKDOWN WITH OUR KIDS

It’s been a STRANGE and CHALLENGING year for everyone - but for parents and teenagers the potential for fireworks and conflict has been massive. After all lockdown has been like an enormously LONG episode of BIG BROTHER. We stop to consider the highs and lows of the experience - have we got close to our kids - have they got closer to us? Have we all learnt things about each other and ourselves we didn’t know before the CRISIS? How has a total lack of privacy for us parents impacted on our own relationships - and will we look back on this time as a time of growth or a time to be forgotten?! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
02/04/2137m 28s

CANCEL CULTURE : Are we living in dangerous times - where the slightest foot wrong can lead to you being “cancelled”?

Many of us parents may not even have heard of the phrase - but to be “cancelled” is to be “called out” on “bad behaviour” or to be frozen out of things socially because you’re opinion is wrong or your actions are unacceptable. But who is doing e deciding? We examine the rights and wrongs of cancel culture. Is it a form of sanctioned trolling between and amongst teenagers - is it this generation’s way to rebel against ideas and attitudes they don’t agree with? Is it a form of vigilantism that essentially results in bullying? Or is it an acceptable modern day form of justice? More often than not it is a tool to weed out racism, sexism and attitudes that are disrespectful - BUT is it also a very blunt tool that causes more harm than good? Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
26/03/2144m 15s

THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT FOR OUR DAUGHTERS.

This very harrowing conversation goes to the heart of what Nadia & Mark’s daughters have had to tolerate when it comes to unwanted harassment and attention from men. The majority of those doing the harassing are men in their 30s/40s and 50s. We hear from our eldest Issy and from our 18 year old Maddie about their own experiences of Sexual Harassment and the ways in which the tragic Sarah Everard case has emboldened young women to “reclaim the streets” ... why is there such a problem? What is the potential solution? Are we helpless as parents? Or does the dialogue need to start with our sons at an early age? This is an emotional chat through the realities of what it means to be a young woman in a VERY male world. Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
19/03/211h 10m

NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY ABOUT GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

As kids return to school and parents breathe sighs of relief now that Home schooling is done ... NOT everyone is excited about the prospect. For many - going back to school marks the return of worries, fears and anxieties that have been removed for the past year. Bullying, struggling with learning, exams, cramming and trying to catch up with the teaching time that has been “lost” - are we running the risk of RUSHING our kids back into school and running them back into stress and anxiety? Not ALL parents are keen to get rid of their kids ... and not ALL kids are as excited about going back to school as Politicians and Parents think. We take some time to think of those kids and parents for whom a return to school is something to dread, fear or dread. Where are you on the subject of returning to school ? Will you actually miss your kids? Why is it considered strange to say that you actually enjoyed spending more time with your children? Most kids want to see their friends again - they don’t necessarily want to go back to school to do this. Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
12/03/2142m 42s

HAVE SELFIES DESTROYED THE FAMILY PHOTO?!

Do your teens threaten to disown you if you take a photo of them? Is it now one of the most heinous crimes to post an image of your child on your social media? Has it always been like this or has the SELFIE (with all of its facilities to be stage managed and technologically altered) essentially KILLED the family photo and the family album?! What will we look at in years to come ? Or will there be a photographic gap in time? More and more teenagers do not want theirs photos taken let alone posted out to the world. Mark and Nadia try to get to the bottom of it - and are taken aback by the emotional strength of their daughter Maddie’s thoughts on the subject. Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
05/03/2147m 4s

PARENTAL BURNOUT: Have you EVER had enough of being a parent?

Has there ever been a point when you’ve wanted to throw in the cards and call it a day? Have you ever REALLY regretted being a parent? We are exploring the taboo that IS Parental Burnout. We accept there can be BURNOUT in work - BURNOUT in play - but BURNOUT as a parent ... what should we do if we’ve had enough?! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
26/02/2143m 30s

AMBITION : When we are ambitious for our kids are we actually ambitious for ourselves?

How would YOU feel if your child didn’t have the ambition YOU had - or the ambition you FEEL they need to have in order to succeed? Is ambition in your kids about academic success, financial success, or emotional happiness? At what point does AMBITION morph into selfishness and competitiveness and by extension a potential sense of failure! Are PUSHY PARENTS ambitious for their kids or for themselves? Mark & Nadia attack AMBITION from all angles - and also consider whether they’ve perhaps been over-ambitious as parents - and maybe failed! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
19/02/2150m 21s

DO WE LABEL OUR KIDS TOO MUCH & IS LABELLING THEM A BAD THING?

Were YOU the “smart” one - the “creative” one - the “slow” one ... the “lazy” one? We all do it in some way - but are we (as parents) labeling our kids too early in their lives - at a point when they are still finding out who they are or what they want to be or do? For what reasons do we label our kids or even each other as parents? Is it a way of coping - making sense of the world - or is it an indirect way of actually killing the full potential of our kids and ourselves as parents. In what ways can negative labels continue to reach into grown up life - we hear from our two Young Adults about the pros and cons of labels. NOT fashion labels!! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
12/02/2152m 51s

FEAR OF FAILURE

How much do our teens fear failure / how much do we as parents feel like we have failed them? Should we let our kids fail more - are we reaching them from failure too much ... Do we parent in a society where everything is about success and failure has become the dirtiest and most damaging of words ...? What does failure mean? Is it mostly about academic failure? Once again Nadia d Mark entertain the fact that they have been complete failures as parents Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
05/02/2145m 47s

BODY IMAGE & BODY CONFIDENCE ISSUES IN LOCKDOWN

In lockdown we are ALL on our phones more - scrolling through Tik Tok and Instagram seeing more and more images of supposedly lives and perfect bodies. We are all talking on ZOOM and FaceTime - meaning we are seeing ourselves (unfiltered) more and more! The self critic is at full throttle (for teenagers and parents alike!) Nadia & Mark talk about trying to help YOUNGSTERS feel POSITIVE about their BODIES ... and the ways in which SOCIAL MEDIA can be both a bad place AND a good place when it comes to stopping negative thinking. With Life in Lockdown resulting in us all losing the impetus to look after ourselves - at what point should we (as parents) POINT out to our teens that they are looking out of shape or not caring for themselves - and at what point could this run the risk of damaging their mental health?! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
29/01/2145m 31s

Are YOU as PETRIFIED as WE are about our TEENAGERS Not Sleeping or Doing Enough Exercise???

At the best of times trying to stress the importance of good sleep and exercise to a teenager is difficult - during a pandemic it’s impossible. Mark & Nadia share their fears, abject failures, and their thoughts on how on earth they can lay the groundwork for a healthy life when most teens couldn’t care less about getting fit or sleeping well. Their daughter Maddie shocks them with how futile their task really is. Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
22/01/2145m 1s

How Do We GET OUR TEENS & Ourselves Through a THIRD LOCKDOWN without losing our MINDS ...

It’s got to the point now where our children can see through our well meaning parenting lies, they now know when we are putting a positive gloss on things, they are more plugged into the rules and limitations of lock-down than us parents - so HOW on EARTH do we keep them motivated - how do we guard against them tipping into mental health crises? How can we help ourselves as parents? We talk a LOT about the need for honesty, transparency and a sense of humor in what must surely be our final push towards a return to some kind of normal. We respond to a LOT of listeners comments - many of whom are at their wits end with worry ... Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
15/01/2147m 41s

THE SNOWFLAKE GENERATION

Is this an accurate description of a generation of youngsters who can’t cope with the world or a bullying phrase used by older people to dismiss youngsters concerns? Mark & Nadia interrogate the ways in which the term is used - how it’s gone from something quite lighthearted to something that can be deeply controlling and misogynistic in some circles. Are we actually creating more of a problem by even using the term? Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent.  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
18/12/2045m 47s

CHRISTMAS IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS!

Xmas is a difficult time for us parents at the best of times. Being a parent to teenagers at Xmas is even tougher. Doing it all with lock-downs, different tiers, social distancing and family bubbles brings another layer of difficulty. We hear how our teens are feeling about Xmas ... and we remember the nostalgic days of Xmas back when they were toddlers and there was still the excitement of Santa ... we are brought down to Earth with a bump by Maddie... Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
11/12/2040m 5s

ARE YOU AN EMBARRASSING PARENT??

Today's chat is about how embarrassing we can be as parents. What is it about being a parent that immediately makes us uncool and essentially irrelevant? Nadia & Mark's daughter MADDIE shares some home truths about just how embarrassing they both are - as does Nadia's friend's son Carlitos. When do TEENS start to feel the cringe? And are we doomed from the outset on our parenting journeys? Plus - who is more embarrassing? Nadia or Mark??!! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
04/12/2041m 57s

WHAT DO YOU HATE ABOUT PARENTING & WHAT DO TEENS HATE ABOUT US PARENTS??

A funny AND serious exploration of those elements of parenting we are simply too afraid to admit we don’t like. To suggest you don’t like an aspect of parenting runs the risk of being named and shamed as neglectful - but Mark & Nadia decide to provide ALL parents with a truly confessional hour of revealing what parts of being a parent are boring, tedious, exhausting, and unrewarding. However, the teens can also have a bit of a moan about how embarrassing parents are too!! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
27/11/2046m 55s

WHAT DO YOU HATE ABOUT PARENTING & WHAT DO TEENS HATE ABOUT US PARENTS??

A funny AND serious exploration of those elements of parenting we are simply too afraid to admit we don’t like. To suggest you don’t like an aspect of parenting runs the risk of being named and shamed as neglectful - but Mark & Nadia decide to provide ALL parents with a truly confessional hour of revealing what parts of being a parent are boring, tedious, exhausting, and unrewarding. However, the teens can also have a bit of a moan about how embarrassing parents are too!! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
27/11/2033m 51s

The Headache & Heartache of BULLYING

A subject that never goes away - and is never always the same - to mark Anti Bullying Week - we explore the reasons behind bullying, whether we SHOULD understand the bully, and how to deal with the more insidious low level (and often more damaging) bullying that can occur below the radar of parents AND teachers. It’s another emotional and heated conversation - as Mark & Nadia are reminded of their own difficult encounters with bullying. Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
20/11/2046m 10s

TEENS & THERAPY: Is Therapy a GOOD Thing for Teenagers?

Is it ALWAYS right for teenagers to go into therapy? Do teenagers need therapy and counselling today more than ever or have we got too soft and “namby-pamby” and in fact, youngsters need to just pull their social up and get on with just being teenagers? Is therapy a middle-class phenomenon? When could it be a lifesaver? With all the pressures of lockdown, the increased availability of drugs and alcohol, and continual reports suggesting that mental health issues for youngsters are on the increase - do all teenagers deserve some form of therapy or counselling: a safe space to share their emotions? We hear from teenagers who have had therapy and parents who worry that bad therapists can often trigger even worse reactions in their kids. Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
13/11/2055m 17s

How Do We ALL Get Through LOCKDOWN 2 - as TEENS and PARENTS?!

How are we going to get through lockdown 2.0??? How do you even sell this to your teenager when you are finding it a bitter pill to swallow yourself?! How can we even put a silver lining on missing an important year of their lives? A year to be carefree, not stuck at home with boring parents!! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
06/11/2053m 23s

MOODY TEENAGERS!!!

How to Cope with them and WHATS Going on For them? When is a moody teenager just a moody teenager and when are they struggling with a mental health crisis?! What do TEENAGERS hate most about the term “MOODY TEENAGER”? Are they justified in their MOODYNESS? Or do they need to get a grip?! Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
30/10/2044m 33s

IS IT EVER OKAY TO BE FRIENDS WITH OUR KIDS?

Where is the borderline between being a parent and being a friend. Is it ever inappropriate to try and be BESTIES with your teenage children. Should we simply be strict disciplinarians - or is it actually important to be approachable? It is a difficult balancing act being an approachable parent and Nadia and Mark explore the parenting minefield of whether it's right or wrong to try and be friends with your teenage children. Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
22/10/2049m 7s

Are We PARENTS Fighting a LOSING BATTLE when it comes to TEENAGERS & DRUGS?

As more Covid restrictions loom, Nadia & Mark try to tackle the big TABOO of Teens and Taking Drugs - and the inevitability that this is increasingly the NORM. Have PARENTS already lost the BATTLE? Are Teenagers MORE drawn to DRUGS in the age of COVID than before? Nadia & Mark hear some uncomfortable truths from MADDIE and CARLITOS (the resident teenagers) ... What CAN we do to combat DRUG TAKING amongst our Teenagers? Should we TRY? Should we be MORE strict or LESS STRICT? Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
15/10/2054m 48s

The perils & fears surrounding face tuning apps

Mark & Nadia delve deep into the psychology of the selfie and explore whether teenagers obsession with looking perfect is in fact a dangerous dance with devil. Are we all falling victim to insidious tech, or is it just harmless fun? Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
09/10/2044m 18s

When does it become an issue for your child to have a member of the opposite sex stay the night?

At what age does your "parent sense" tingle when your child wants to have a friend stay over who's the opposite sex? At what point in our child's life do we decide that something that was innocent is now mischievous? And why is it only the opposite sex that concerns us? Mark & Nadia were once kids themselves and remember what they got up to and spoiler sometimes, it wasn't about sex at all. Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
01/10/2051m 21s

Winter is Coming : Our Worst Parental Fears & Worries For Coping with 2nd Wave & 2nd Lockdown

Mark & Nadia Check the pulse of the parenting nation as we stand on the edge of a second wave and second lockdown - what can we actually say or do to help our youngsters ? What advice can we give them? In what ways are our Teenagers coping or dealing with their own fears and frustrations. Should we approach things with optimism or do we need to be realistic? What about blaming teenagers for bad behaviour? Are we on the cusp of creating a deep seated generational rift? As Winter is Coming Nadia and Mark dust themselves down and prepare for even more testing times ahead. Find out answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Confessions of A Modern Parent. 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
24/09/2055m 18s

Empty Nest Syndrome

Mark & Nadia get mucky talking about the emotional highs and lows regarding Empty Nest Syndrome ... what are the DOs & DON’Ts when it comes to how you should behave as a parent when your child leaves for University or to travel the world?! Is it important that as parents we HIDE our emotions? How can we better develop a thick skin when it comes to suddenly finding yourself in an empty and silent house. Mark & Nadia talk through their fears of living without children in the house - the different experiences of blended families and how Flying the Nest can potentially be a cause for celebration not just LOSS. They discuss their own experiences of leaving home - as well as considering just how difficult it must be (in the pandemic) to say farewell to our children when the world is such an unsafe place. Find out answers to these questions and many 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
18/09/2043m 37s

Why do we have children in the first place?

This is a very simple question, yet the answer is huge. Mark and Nadia reflect on their own journeys into parenthood and talk about success, ego, and if they'll ever be grandparents. Find out answers to these questions and many 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
13/09/2044m 12s

Why are our kids so unhappy?

A recent report suggests that British kids are the most unhappy in all of Europe. Mark and Nadia deep dive into this to try and unpack some of it. Could it be school? Their diets? Their families? Or could it just be the terrible state we're leaving the planet for them? Find out answers to these questions and many 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
03/09/2039m 0s

The stresses of birthdays!

When your youngest child becomes a teenager, it's bound to stir up a lot of emotion. We want to mark the occasion, we want to spoil them, we don't want to put pressure on them, we don't want to overdo it, we... well, we're not sure. It's very stressful indeed. At least there's cake... There is cake, right? Find out answers to these questions and many 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
27/08/2040m 23s

Where did all the time go?

When one of your children is on the verge of turning 18, you can't help but wonder where the time has gone. Mark and Nadia are doing exactly that. They reveal their fears, their anxieties and their hopes. Warning - there will be tears! Find out answers to these questions and many 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
20/08/2038m 52s

Examining Exams.

Our friends - the government - handed in their work late and it's had a stressful impact on students everywhere. Mark and Nadia get passionate about the state of things and the way young people are assessed. Perhaps a one size fits all approach isn't in everybody's best interests. Find out answers to these questions and many 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
14/08/2045m 51s

Worries that are worrying the worriers.

What kind of world are we leaving for our children? Can you imagine their careers, families, social lives? We're not only thinking about the far-flung future but how will things look after the COVID crisis has eased. What kind of mess will they inherit? It's enough to make you worry. Find out answers to these questions and many 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
06/08/2044m 10s

Obesity Pandemic: Are kids addicted to food?

The modern world is getting fatter. In the West, our children are the largest generation yet. But what is at the route of this? It's common to blame junk food, advertising, too much sugar and fat. But is there something more? Are we becoming addicted to food? And is it ultimately a personal responsibility, or does the government and the food economy play a larger part than we realised? Join Nadia and Mark as they discuss all these points and more. In this heartfelt conversation, both discover the role food has played in their lives and how some of these bad habits may have trickled down. They learn how to positively approach meal times and snacking and discuss the role of the media, advertising, large corporations and governments in keeping us healthy and safe. Find out the answers to these questions and many 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
31/07/201h 3m

I just want a break! Is family harmony an illusion? How to holiday with teens.

"We're all going on a summer holiday" or are we? This week, Nadia and Mark discuss the thorny subject of bringing your moody teens on holiday with you. But is that the right way to think of it? Is it their fault they are moody, or should we be considering the needs of the whole family more? How can we come away from a fortnight with happy memories for everyone and a sense of family harmony? And what age is the right age for our kin to spread their wings and go their own way on holiday? Or should we keep tempting them to join us with free trips as bribes? Find out the answers to these questions and many 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
24/07/2044m 20s

How Can we parent better? Seven mistakes parents make

Are you the perfect parent? If you answered yes something is immediately wrong! We all make mistakes, it's part of how we learn and the rules haven't changed when we approach parenting. But how aware are we of our habitually poor parenting tendencies? It could be that we're too busy to really listen to our children, or we tend to lecture and fix things rather than help our kids to sooth themselves. Maybe we're trying to re-live our young lives and fix our childhood problems? Our children may choose another path that we know nothing about, so should you forget your dreams of your teenager growing up to be a doctor, or should you double-down? Nadia and Mark talk to each other about the seven mistakes that parents commonly make, with expert views from leading child psychologists, they compare their parenting approaches with recommended methods and see how they fair. Together they learn the appropriate boundaries to set for our kids, and how to teach them to become communicative, respectful, self-sufficient and aware of their emotions and surroundings. Nadia and Mark get the final word on how well they have succeeded as parents when they invite their daughter and her friend to give a synopsis on their parenting skills. 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
17/07/2057m 52s

"The kids don't stand a chance": Are our kids facing the bleakest outlook ever?

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
10/07/2048m 3s

Negative Body Image: How we affect our kids body image without knowing.

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
03/07/2055m 50s

Parenting and Sexuality: How do we react and how can we support?

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
26/06/201h 5m

Our Guilt & Regrets: How can we face our guilt and regrets as parents?

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
19/06/201h 2m

Future mental health crisis? Are all kids doing Cannabis? More harmful than we realise?

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
12/06/201h 4m

Permanent harm: Arguing in-front of your kids, is it ok?

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
05/06/201h 2m

Has lockdown caused mass addiction and poor health?

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
29/05/2042m 20s

Is it ever right to CRY in front of your KIDS?

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
22/05/2040m 49s

A Better World? Is Covid-19 the catalyst?

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
15/05/2044m 15s

Are you safe? Can we trust our government advice? Do you have a right to refuse?

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
08/05/2050m 6s

Covid 19 Lockdown: How can we carry on?

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
01/05/2045m 29s

Mental health time-bomb: How are kids coping? What are the long term effects of Lockdown on teenagers?

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
24/04/2050m 19s

Is it all bad? Are there positives to the Covid-19 lockdown? What might change for good?

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
17/04/2040m 29s

The World after Covid-19: What will have changed? Will life ever be the same?

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
10/04/2053m 1s

How Coronavirus reaches inside your home and affects your family. What can you do to stop it?

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
03/04/2053m 56s

Am I going to ruin my kids life? How to home-school with Nadia and Mark.

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
27/03/2059m 0s

How can you help your bullied child? Is doing nothing the only option?

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
20/03/2047m 9s

Are you anxious and is your child? How do you deal with it?

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
13/03/2052m 57s

Is your kid lonely? How do you teach friendship to your children?

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
06/03/2052m 57s

Helicopter parents; the balance between mollycoddling and supporting our children, with Stacey Solomon

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
28/02/2045m 24s

Tattoos and Piercings. Teenage expression without future regret; Can it be done?

Have you got a tattoo or piercings? Do your teenagers talk about getting them? How do you handle the conversation? Is it a straight no, a straight yes, or have you found another way? Join Nadia and Mark as they discuss tattoos and piercings. As our teenagers blossom into adults, their yearning for the freedom to express themselves as they choose often comes out at all angles. Just like the freedom to vote and drink are markers for the teenage progression into adulthood, so how you mark or adorn your body becomes their choice. But how much of the threats to colour their bodies or put holes in funny places will result in a trip to the tattoo parlour, or is a lot of it just talk. As how much does the parents reaction entrench our kids resolve to have their way? Listen to this week's episode to find out! Nadia and Mark listen to heartfelt voice notes from their teenage daughters and their friends, to hear what teenagers think coming of age and having the freedom to pierce and tattoo at will, 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
21/02/2047m 14s

Teens and Valentines; has the romance gone?

Remember your first date? Your first kiss? Did you go on dates? How did you negotiate relationships in your teens? And how did you express your feelings to people you were attracted to? Join Nadia and Mark as they look at teens and romance. Are we looking at our teenage years with rose tinted glasses and remembering more romance than there really was? Or are today's teens less sensitive to being wooed by a suitor? And has romance become a commercial and cynical venture? Listen to this week's episode to find out! Nadia and Mark listen to heartfelt voice notes from their teenage daughters and their friends, to hear what teenagers think about romance, 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
14/02/2040m 38s

Blended families: Smooth and easy or embrace the chunks?

Are you in a 'blended family'? As divorce rates creep up, step families and non-biological parents are more and more common. But what challenges does parenting step-children bring? And what difficulties do step-children face? Nadia and Mark negotiate how to bring up step-children alongside their own in this moving episode. And with a little help from their daughter, they begin understand the challenges our step-children face. 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
07/02/2050m 14s

Is the internet a healthy place? Is time online driving us apart?

Are you listening to this on your phone? Are you growing the web at the same time? Or looking at social media? Do you watch TV and surf the internet at the same time? You're not alone, but what example are we setting for our kids? Join Nadia and Mark as they try to work out the line between acceptable internet use and destructive time online. Never before has a young generation been so defined by their online presence. So what is an acceptable level of contact for kids and the online world? And is it fair to just cut them off from the internet, or does that hurt them more? Listen as they discuss how to navigate this tricky issue. Nadia and Mark listen to heartfelt voice notes from their teenage girls and their friends, to try to understand the challenges our teenagers face, 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 Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
31/01/2042m 20s

Are you lonely even though you're not alone? How can we feel better?

Are you a lonely parent? Do you feel unsupported by your family, or miss the days your kids were younger? Do you wish you'd made more of the time before you had kids? Join Nadia and Mark as they look at how lonely parenting can be sometimes. It's difficult to maintain a social balance in your life, as kids take over so much. But does our commitment to our family come at a price that is fair on us individually? And can you seek an active social life in balance with being a doting parent? Listen to this week's episode to find! Nadia and Mark listen to heartfelt voice notes from their teenage girls and their friends, to hear their take on why teenagers isolate their parents, 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 Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
24/01/2041m 24s

If we don't accept ourselves, how can we be the example of a healthy body image?

Is there something you'd like to change about your physical appearance? Too fat? Too thin? More muscles? Bigger boobs? We tell our kids to be happy with who they are, yet too often we don't set the example with our body image. So how can we expect any different for our kids? Join Nadia and Mark as they try to work out the minefield that is body image. Growing up in an environment that places increasing importance on how you look, it's more important than ever that our children feel confident to be who they are. Many kids suffer the anxiety and pain of wishing they could change their appearance. Is social media exacerbating this and how can parents support and intervene? Nadia and Mark listen to heartfelt voice notes from their teenage girls and their friends, to try to comprehend the body image challenges our teenagers face, 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 Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
17/01/201h 3m

We Don't Talk Anymore. Chatting with teenagers.

Why don't teenagers talk to us? What can we do? Was Harry Enfield right? Join Nadia and Mark as they try to work out how to talk to their teenagers. When is it right to leave them space, when is it right to intervene? Sometimes it's a thankless task but in the end what things will your kids reflect on and thank you for, and where should you let go of the reins? Join Nadia and Mark as they listen to voice notes from their teenage girls and their friends, to try to comprehend the adolescent mind, 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 Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
10/01/2052m 0s

Kids and Alcohol: Does your child have a drink problem?

Does your child drink alcohol? Is it a problem? Could it become uncontrollable? Join Nadia and Mark as they discuss the tricky subject of teenagers and alcohol. How can we teach our children to be responsible with alcohol when so many of us were not when we were their age. Recovering alcoholic Mark tries to find the right language to teach his kids how to have a better relationship with drink than his own. Join Nadia and Mark as they tackle these issues, and a whole load 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 Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
03/01/2052m 29s

You Can't Go Out Like That! What's Acceptable for Teenagers to Wear?

You can't go out dressed like that! There will come a time when we'll all say or at least think it. Yet are the revealing clothes our teenagers choose about pushing boundaries, or are we in danger of mollycoddling our kids? Do we need to learn to let go and accept our teenagers are growing into young adults, or is it our responsibility to dictate what they can and cannot wear? And how can we encourage our kids to be safe, feel attractive and not shamed or embarrassed by our best intentions? Join Nadia and Mark as they answer these questions, and a whole load 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 Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
27/12/1947m 44s

How to have a magical (stressful?) Christmas

Christmas magic, so special for kids and a time of stress and anxiety for some parents. But are we missing the point of it all? Wouldn't a simpler, less excessive Christmas be enjoyed by everyone and serve the point of the season as a marker of togetherness, peace and love? Try telling that to a teenager! From moaning about gifts to spending all their time hanging out with friends and neglecting the family, our teenagers rebel against everything. And Christmas is no exception. How do Nadia and Mark manage Christmas in their home and how can we all improve our approach? Join them both as they answer these questions, and a whole load 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 Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
20/12/1950m 51s

Nadia and Mark Recommend...Mother's Meeting Podcast

Thank you so much for listening to Confessions of a Modern Parent. As you like this podcast, Nadia and Mark would like to recommend another show that you will absolutely love: Mother's Meeting with Louise Pentland. Join Youtuber and Mummy Blogger Louise Pentland as she talks to some of Britain's best loved Mums about all things to do with motherhood. From baby blankets and #MumHacks to daily struggles and adoption, Mother's Meeting covers it all, offering insight into different parenting styles, personal struggles and the joys of being a Mum. Listen and subscribe to Mother's Meeting on Global Player or wherever you get your podcast and Confessions of a Modern Parent will be back with you on Friday.
18/12/193m 20s

Kids and Pornography: Are your kids watching porn?

Are your kids watching porn? Do they have a phone, tablet or laptop connected to the internet? What do indecent images do to young minds? Are young adults repeating what they see on screen? Join Mark and Nadia as they discuss how to navigate the online plethora of pornography. If your child has access to an internet enabled device, its likely that they have been exposed to pornography. So what damage is done when young minds see this material and how can we teach our kids to understand the context of pornography compared to healthy relationships in the real world. Should we sit down and look at porn with them? Or pretend it's not happening? And what sexual pornographic acts do our kids think are normal? And Nadia and mark 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 Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
13/12/1947m 6s

Kids And Discipline: Do you hit your kids? How do you do rules?

Hitting kids: When is it alright? Where you smacked or hit as a child? Do you agree with physical discipline? How do you get your kids to obey you? Or is that the wrong approach? Nadia Sawalha and her husband Mark discuss their experiences of discipline growing up. Does smacking work, or does it just build emotional frustration and resentment? Is there even a time when hitting your child is justified? Or will reasoning always be the better example? Who is the more strict parent? They discuss the answers to these questions and more, in their common pursuit of raising reasoned and well rounded children ready for the complicated adult world. 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 Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
06/12/1949m 50s

Mental Health and Parenting: How can you prepare and protect your kids?

Are you alright? How is your mental health? Have you suffered from mental illness? How can you prepare your children to understand mental illness and emotional awareness? And how can you protect them? Nadia Sawalha and her husband Mark discuss how they understand mental health and emotional awareness. They look at their desperate childhood examples, and how their different journeys affects their well-being and approach to mental illness. Nadia and Mark compare their failings and worries in order to piece together the best strategy to raise emotionally healthy kids, ready for the pressures of the modern adult world. And the pair take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting questioner suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
29/11/1959m 20s

Good Cop vs Bad Cop: What's your role?

Are you a good cop? Or do you run a tight ship? What is your parenting role? What were your parents like? Nadia Sawalha and her husband Mark battle it out in the studio arena to understand why they feel the need to play opposite roles as parents. Listen as Mark tries to convince Nadia of the merits of junk food, bad movies and less rules. Nadia has different ideas and can't understand why Mark doesn't value her approach. It's a heated discussion, that digs deep into the good cop - bad cop parenting roles. And the pair take questions and suggestions from listeners on their experiences in parenting roles. If you have a parenting questions or suggestion for Mark or Nadia, you can get in touch at: Twitter @mark_adderley @nadiasawalha Insta @nadiasawalhaandfamily @mark_adderley Thanks to Google, the sponsors of this podcast, we’ll be talking about internet safety and ways that we can help children become safe and confident explorers of the online world. Find out more about their programme Be Internet Legends here - https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/. Or check out the Family Link App here - https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/.
22/11/1943m 50s

Listen and subscribe to Confessions Of A Modern Parent, with Nadia Sawalha, now!

Are your teenagers bringing you to tears? Does your brood put you in a bad mood? Sometimes being a parent leaves you confused about which way to turn. Our children love to test boundaries and is never truer than of the teenage years. Join Nadia Sawalha and her husband Mark, as they discuss how to navigate the mine-field of parenting teenagers into well-adjusted adults. From pornography to alcohol, mental health to sibling rivalry, Nadia and Mark work through it all. And each episode, the pair select a couple of questions from their social media feed. Hear Mark and Nadia's advice for the parents who turn to their socials for help. Listen and subscribe to Confessions Of A Modern Parent now! On Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
13/11/191m 12s
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