From rows over messy bedrooms to how to feed your teens well, Lorraine and Trish, who have five teens between them, explore all the brilliant and not so brilliant aspects of parenting adolescents during this stage of life.Everyone’s hormones are fluctuating and the house can sometimes feel like a warzone as midlife mums navigate the teenage years - the podcast quizzes experts in teen mental health as well as guests who are mothering teens themselves for tips, tricks and advice on how to have a more harmonious home life. They investigate how to talk to teens about everything from sleep patterns to friendship worries and empower listeners to set realistic boundaries. Experts like the parenting guru Phillipa Perry, psychotherapist Alicia Drummond of the support service Teen Tips and Suzi Godson of the teen app MeeTwo explain all aspects of. teenage life, including the most difficult subjects too, like drink, drugs and sexual intimacy. With celebrity guests such as TV presenter Beverley Turner, writer Caitlin Moran and author Amanda Prowse, Trish and Lorraine carefully explore the personal stories of families managing life at home with teens, whether that’s coping in a single parent household, eating disorders or depression in their children. Mothers who have made it through the other side, keeping careers on the go and conquering empty nest syndrome on the way join the discussion too. And not forgetting all the weird and wonderful ways teenagers make life on the domestic front ever more colourful.
Trish and Lorraine discuss reaching a midlife career crossroads and talk to best-selling author Amanda Prowse about how at 42, she went from living on the breadline to becoming a multi-millionaire. Amanda also talks candidly and movingly about her son’s suicide attempt and mental health struggles and offers great advice for parents.
How do you cope as a parent when two pairs of hands become one? Lorraine and Trish talk to the television and radio presenter Beverley Turner about her experience of parenting after divorce, from the everyday practicalities to the sometimes overwhelming emotional labour.
Psychotherapist and parenting guru Philippa Perry gives Lorraine and Trish some tried & tested advice on theirs - and other listeners’ - midlife problems, from finding harmony at home in lockdown, to unexpected confidence crashes and a peri-menopause identity crisis. Plus what it’s like living with her award-winning artist husband Grayson Perry, and getting creative for a new series of their hit Channel 4 art show.
Trish and Lorraine delve into midlife hair issues, from thinning to greys and the impact of oestrogen deficiency. Plus, teen-parenting expert Alicia Drummond tells us how to set boundaries and tackle the most tricky and sticky situations our adolescent children put us through.
Busting the “have it all” myth, Lorraine and Trish discuss the realities of building a successful career or business while bringing up a family with the straight-talking entrepreneur, C-suite consultant and mother of 10 (yes, 10) children, Danusia Malina-Derben.
In a rare interview photographer, food writer, film maker, meat-free campaigner and mum of four Mary McCartney talks to Lorraine and Trish about feeding families well across the generations - from living with dad Paul in lockdown to continuing mum Linda’s vegetarian legacy. She also shares her easy peasy, favourite recipes.