Mariella Frostrup

Hacking Parenthood
  • Hacking Parenthood

  • Mariella Frostrup and guests debate the complex realities of parenting in today's Britain

    Raising kids is a tricky business. We all want to do the best for our little darlings, but what exactly is 'best'? As the parenting wars escalate, and politicians and childcare gurus lock horns over the right way to bring up our children, Mariella Frostrup provides some much-needed perspective.

    In these 11 episodes from the long-running BBC radio show Bringing Up Britain, she explores the dilemmas of 21st Century parenting, talking to ordinary families and a panel of guest experts to try and make sense of some big parenting questions. Can you boost your child's IQ? How do we help children feel happy? What's the best way to break bad news? And why is it so difficult to talk to kids about sex?

    Whether you're looking for an alternative to yelling at children to get them to do what you want, wondering how to teach them about the value of money or battling with them over their bedrooms, help is here. From dealing with anxiety and aggression to helping kids make friends and become independent, Mariella and her guests have got the topic covered, offering advice, insight and a range of diverse views to guide you through the parenting labyrinth.

    Presented by Mariella Frostrup
    Edited by Philip Sellars

    Episodes
    How to Help Children Feel Happy
    With Stella Duffy, Katharine Hill, Cristina Odone, Professor Stephen Scott
    Produced by Mohini Patel
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24 July 2017

    Shouting at Children
    With Jennie Bristow, Sue Gerhardt, Professor Stephen Scott
    Produced by Sarah Taylor
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 8 April 2009

    Boosting Your Child's IQ
    With Sue Palmer, Dr Stuart Richie, Dr Sophie von Stumm, Hilary Wilce
    Produced by Sarah Bowen
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 2 September 2015

    Bedrooms and Battlegrounds
    With Professor Russell Foster, Dr Sian Lincoln, Dr Pat Spungin, Simon Williams
    Produced by Emma Kingsley
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26 September 2012

    Money Matters
    With Dr Esther Dermott, Anna Foster, Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, Dr Rajiv Prabhaka
    Produced by Emma Kingsley
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 15 January 2014

    Breaking Bad News
    With Erica Brown, Dr Cynthia Carter, Dr Aric Sigman, Jed Smith
    Produced by Sarah Taylor
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 6 October 2010

    Birds, Bees and Blushes
    With Reg Bailey, Simon Blake, Viviane Green, Dr Jan Macvarish
    Produced by Erin Riley
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 21 December 2011

    Butting Out and Letting Go
    With Dr Terri Apter, Dr Helene Guldberg, Deborah Orr, Matt Whyman
    Produced by Erin Riley
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4 January 2012

    Dealing with Aggression
    With Laverne Antrobus, Jane Griffiths, Seamus Oates, Tim Samuels, Debra Spencer
    Produced by Julia Johnson
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 30 July 2018

    The Fiendish World of Friendship
    With Lydia Hartland-Rowe, Anna-May Mangan, Dr Sally Marlow, Liz Robinson
    Produced by Philly Beaumont
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 13 August 2018

    Generation Anxious
    With Professor Tamsin Ford, Jane Caro, Tim Gill, Dr Kathy Weston
    Produced by Katy Takatsuki
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 11 July 2019

Mariella Frostrup is one of the UK's leading journalists, broadcasters and critics. She presents Open Book on Radio 4 and has judged the Booker Prize.

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