Episode 147: How to be a Better Parent with Philippa Perry

Episode 147: How to be a Better Parent with Philippa Perry

By Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn

The Scummy Mummies Podcast

Thursday, 21 May

OLD GOLD! As we are all in a new era of parenting in a pandemic, we thought that we would re-release this episode with the fabulous psychotherapist Philippa Perry. This was recorded back in early 2019, when we could all hug each other, but listening to this will be like having an audible hug. Enjoy!

Podcast Details:

Is your child a Dandelion or an Orchid? What's the one piece of advice every new parent needs to hear? And how do you get kids to put their bloody shoes on? Answering these questions is brilliant psychotherapist Philippa Perry!


She tells us all about her fantastic new book, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did). We talk about why our childhood experiences are so important when it comes to bringing up our own kids, and the best way to cope when they're driving you loopy.


There's some chat about sleep, Philippa's opinion of the "crying it out" method, and what she suggests as an alternative. We get some advice on managing screentime, giving praise, dealing with lying and helping kids when parents separate.


Philippa's new book is properly one of our favourite parenting guides ever, and it's out now. She's on Twitter @philippa_perry. You can hear her Radio 4 programme about lying on iPlayer. And do check out our previous podcast with Philippa, where we talk relationship advice, managing the arrival of a new sibling, and much more.


The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon review!


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