Dr Kathy Weston’s Podcast

This podcast series helps parents get a grip on some of the most important questions in parenting today. Tune in to hear interviews with the biggest influencers and most eminent researchers working in the areas of mental health, wellbeing, psychology and education as well as my thoughts on the things that are going on in the world, of relevance to loving parents everywhere!

Episode 70

Dr Weston Talks with Chief Constable Simon Bailey: Sexual Harassment and Child Abuse - What Parents Should Do

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Chief Constable Simon Bailey about the culture of violence against women and girls, particularly in schools. They outline the key things that parents and schools should do to cultivate open and honest discussion around issues of sexual harassment, sexting and predatory behaviour online.

Episode 69

Dr Weston Talks with Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonalds UK: Being a Dad - A Father's Day Special Edition

In this special Father’s Day podcast, Dr Weston talks with Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonalds UK, about his biggest job – being a dad. They talk about optimal parenting styles, help-seeking, finding a good work/life balance and how many workplace skills can be transferred to family life and parenting.

Episode 68

Researcher of the Month: Dr Serena Bauducco Discusses Improving Teenagers' Sleep

Our researcher of the month, Dr Serena Bauducco, talks to Dr Weston about her recent research project, trialing a universal sleep intervention in Swedish secondary schools. They talk about the importance of sticking to bedtime routines as children grow older and the protective impact that whole-class sleep interventions can have. 

Episode 67

Dr Weston talks with Dr Fiona Vera-Gray: Teen Relationships, the Impact of Pornography and Gender Inequality

Please be aware that this interview contains adult themes and is not suitable for younger ears. The discussion also addresses themes such as sexual harassment and domestic violence.

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Fiona Vera-Gray about the need for change in social discourse around women and girls’ everyday experiences of sexual harassment. They discuss early teenage romantic relationships, the impact of pornography and how parents can help our girls and boys to be agents of change.

Episode 66

Dr Weston Talks with Dr Dasha Nicholls: 'The Silent Emergency' - Eating Disorders and Body Image

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Dasha Nicholls about all the things that parents should understand when it comes to eating disorders. She gives us advice on how to keep a watchful, balanced and empathetic perspective on our children’s eating behaviours and tells us all we need to know about the main types of eating disorders and their triggers.

Episode 65

Dr Weston Talks with Dr Lucy Foulkes: 'What Mental Health Really Is and What It Isn't'

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Lucy Foulkes, adolescent mental health expert, about her new book, Losing Our Minds, and how public discourse surrounding mental health means that we talk about it a great deal, but perhaps without the understanding needed to really get to grips with its complexities. This wide-ranging interview examines the impact of covid, the gender gap and the role of parents.

Episode 64

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Robin Banerjee: Transition, Peer Relationships, Kindness and Success - Rethinking Wellbeing

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Robin Banerjee about the connections between peer relationships, kindness and wellbeing, especially at points of transition or change in our children’s lives. They discuss initiatives to help prioritise wellbeing at the point of entry to secondary school and university, consider systemic social changes that might be needed to really promote wellbeing and chew the fat on how to ensure that young people feel empowered to form positive social connections.

Episode 63

Dr Weston Talks with Rachel Lees: Teenagers and Cannabis Use

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to cannabis use disorder expert, Rachel Lees, to find out the facts about teenagers and cannabis. They discuss what important things all parents should know about the impact of cannabis on teenagers and how to recognise when use might be becoming problematic. Listen to Rachel’s tips on how best to discuss cannabis with young people who already use it, and preventative strategies for younger children.