May 7, 2021
Friendships are very important in adolescence. In this episode Joanna talks us through how the patterns of friendship change during adolescence and the role of ego in that. She spotlights a situation of a teenager who struggles to make friends and what their worried parent can do about this.
April 30, 2021
In this episode Joanna talks us through the psychological process of mentalisation and how we use this process to fill in the gaps of stories/life events when we don't actually know all of the details. She relates this to parents trying to read the minds of their teenagers when not a lot is being shared and the potential pitfalls of this. This episode is about embracing curiosity over certainty.
April 23, 2021
You are used to hearing Joanna speak about the importance of play in children's lives, well in this episode she is spotlighting the value of play in adult lives too. This episode is for any adult, not just parents! Joanna promotes growing the opportunities for playfulness in line with our own growing adult responsibilities and highlights how healthy a playful state of mind is in adult relationships.
April 16, 2021
Joanna refers to a parenting event she did where she spoke about why our older children still need and benefit from imaginative play after which she received a flurry of questions as to how parents can achieve this. In this episode she talks us through how to keep imaginative play alive throughout childhood.
April 9, 2021
In this episode Joanna talks about eating disorders and disordered thinking around food. She focuses in this episode on the impact an eating disorder can have, not only on the person living with the disorder but on relationships, especially the parent-child relationship.
April 2, 2021
Joanna has received many questions from parents about the fears and phobias their children have developed in recent months. In this episode she differentiates between a fear and a phobia and talks us through how to work through each with our children.
March 26, 2021
Joanna responds to a question from a grossed out parent of a dedicated nose picker while reflecting on the pro-social benefits of habit formation and how we can support our children in moving from some less desirable habits to more positive ones.
March 19, 2021
This episode discusses self-harm. Joanna responds to a question from a parent who feels they did not respond appropriately when they discovered their teenager was self harming. Joanna discusses what might be under-pinning it and what to do if you discover this frightening behaviour in your teenager.
March 12, 2021
In this episode Joanna answers a question from a parent who is struggling to stay calm in the face of their whining child. Joanna explains what whining is about and what it is seeking to communicate to us. By deepening our understanding of this common childhood behaviour we can better and more creatively respond to it in our children
March 5, 2021
Joanna talks us through the early emotional development of our infant babies and how this need to connect with us through play is there from the very beginning. Joanna introduces us to practical play that we can do with our infant babies to strengthen and enhance that connection in a playful and engaging way.