Parental Control is a monthly parenting and lifestyle podcast created by My Baba and hosted by the website’s founder Leonora Bamford. The first episode came about when Leonora became increasingly frustrated at how challenging it is to keep her children safe online and wanted to find out what teenagers really think about being online and staying safe. Parental Control is about feeling in control as a parent or prospective parent and feeling confident tackling problems head-on. Each month, we’ll discuss current and on-going issues that affect mums and dads throughout parenthood and tease out the solutions with the help of some brilliant guest and expert speakers.

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Episode 6: How To Raise Well-Behaved Children & Why You Should Never Tell Your Child To Calm Down

Why don’t children do what you ask them? How do you help them understand when they’re embarrassing you? And what should you do when your child says ’I hate you’ ?

Leonora invited child psychologist and parenting coach Dr Maryhan Baker on the show to talk about behaviour and rewards, helping your child manage their emotions and why she believes parenting books don’t work.

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Episode 5: Why Do So Many Of Us Have Gut Health Problems? How To Boost Your Family’s Healthy Gut Bacteria

How much is your gut having an impact on your health and wellbeing? You might be surprised…

Leonora invited nutritionist and dietician Jane Clarke on the show to talk about how gut health and the impact it has on our physical and mental health, and the simple changes we can make to improve our family’s health and wellbeing.

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Episode 4: Are We Too Impatient About Getting Pregnant? How To Boost Your Odds Of Conception

How can you assess how fertile you are? Does mental health have an impact on fertility? And are you falling for the common fertility myths?

Leonora invited fertility expert Zita West, who has helped thousands of couples through their pregnancy journey, on the show to talk to us about the common issues couples face when trying to conceive, lifestyle adjustments you can make to improve your fertility, and whether medical intervention is always necessary.

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Episode 3: Why Do Our Children Have So Many Allergies? Are We Too Clean?

Why do people get allergies? What does an allergic reaction look like? Are vegan and gluten-free diets contributing to intolerances? And how can we help our children develop healthy immune systems? Leonora invited Dr Tom York, full-time GP and first-time dad, on the show to talk about allergies, why allergy rates are increasing in children, how to spot an allergic reaction and whether our overly clean lifestyles are damaging to our health.

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Episode 2: Why Is Sugar So Addictive? & How Can We Teach Our Children To Make Healthy Food Choices?

Why is sugar so addictive? Why are schools still feeding our children so many sugary treats? And how has eating sugar in our own childhoods affected our health and current relationship with the sweet stuff? Leonora invited Lizzie King, a nutritional health coach and founder of Lizzie Loves Healthy, onto the show to talk about sugar and the potential damage it’s doing to our children’s health.

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Episode 1: Internet Safety — What Teens Really Think About Staying Safe Online

Leonora interviews four teenage girls about their lives online. From the right age to give your child a smartphone to getting around safety barriers to what teens are doing to protect themselves on the internet, here’s what all parents should know about online safety.

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