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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Parental Control, Ep 14: Psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE Talks About The Effects Isolation Will Have On Every One Of Us

Julia Samuel is one of the wisest people on this planet and I am so happy to have her on Parental Control discussing what is going on both inside our brains and our bodies during this difficult time of isolation.  At the time of our remote recording, the guidelines on isolation were rapidly changing, so I am sorry if anything discussed is out of date by the time you listen to this.

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Parental Control, Ep 13: How To Nourish Our Bodies Inside & Out During The Pandemic With Jane Clarke

With all this stress on our bodies and minds at the moment, I called on dietitian and cordon bleu chef Jane Clarke to help answer some questions on how to nourish our bodies inside and out. We recorded this bonus episode remotely so I hope you can hear us clearly.  Thank you to Jane for your words of wisdom!

This episode covers the following topics: foods to eat when you’re anxious, how to get a better sleep rhythm and how not to put on too much weight at this time.

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Parental Control, Ep 12: How To Craft Whether You’re 1 Or 100 With Nanny Anita And Maggy Woodley

We thought this brilliant episode with arts and crafts blogger and founder of Red Ted Art, Maggy Woodley and My Baba’s very own craft extraordinaire Nanny Anita was very timely for the moment. We really hope it sparks some great ideas for crafting and getting hands-on with the kids now and in the coming months.

This episode is about crafting, experiments and having fun with kids of all ages. We talk about fine motor skills and educational aspects to crafting and everything in between.

It’s amazing how much can be done with bits and bobs floating around the house. Crafting with kids definitely shouldn’t cost a fortune and I really hope you get inspired by these two crafty queens, whether it be a seasonal craft with the kids or a 5-minute rainy day activity.

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Parental Control, Ep 11: How To Tackle Screen Time As A 2020 Parent

This month, we welcome back to the podcast child psychologist and parenting coach Dr Maryhan Baker. In this episode we asked Maryhan’s advice on managing screen time, technology and how too much of it might be affecting our children’s behaviour.

From Fortnite and Minecraft to apps and dreaded social media, we explore the impact of screen time on children and family life. Dr Maryhan Baker shares some practical advice and tips on how you can embrace the world of technology by implementing a healthy balance that works for you and your family. This is a must-listen for any modern parent or anyone who might feel like a distracted parent.

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Parental Control, Ep 10: Influencer Sophie Stanbury On Beauty, Fitness & Interior Hacks for Mamas

My Baba founder Leo talks to influencer, interior decorator and TV host Sophie Stanbury about everything from beauty and fitness to finding that perfect work-family balance.

Living in London with her two boys, she shares her top tips on interiors, where to go in town and life as an influencer.  This episode is full of Sophie’s tips and tricks on how to look good, including how she looks after her amazing mane of hair, to getting things done at home.

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Parental Control, Ep 9: Everything You Need To Know About Gut Health In Pregnancy & Babies

This month nutritionist Jane Clarke talks to Leonora all about gut health during pregnancy and in babies. What is a healthy gut microbiome? And how can you change it? We talk about gestational diabetes, c-sections and how to get your baby off to a good start.

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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Parental Control, Ep 8: How Can We Control What Our Children Are Eating? & What Impact Does Diet Have On Their Daily Life?

Are children born picky eaters or is it something they grow into? How does diet affect academic and mental performance? And should you ever feed your child snacks before bed?

My Baba founder Leonora invited Lucinda Miller, a naturopath and Functional Health Practitioner, on the show to talk about children and nutrition: why their first foods are so important; how we can teach children to look after their bodies and why she never talks to her own children about good food and bad food.

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Parental Control, Ep 7: How To Spot A Sleep Problem & Eliminate Bedtime Battles

Why is sleep so important? How do you calm them down after a nightmare? And is there a perfect amount of sleep for your child?

Leonora invited Mandy Gurney, a health visitor, sleep expert and the founder of Millpond Sleep Clinic on the show to talk about children’s sleep problems, how to learn your child’s sleep pattern and the things that stop them dropping off to sleep at night.

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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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