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by Emma Townley

Honest conversations about parenting led by me, Emma from The Non Perfect Parents Club. I'll be delving into each guest's thoughts, feelings and values when it comes to being a parent. I'm not afraid to speak the unspoken or the truths we all sometimes need to hear. Expect swearing, laughter, tears and to be able to sigh a big sigh of relief when you realise you're most definitely not alone when it comes to the rollercoaster r ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 5

  • The Non Perfect Parents Club: The traumatic effects of a misdiagnosis

    The Non Perfect Parents Club: The traumatic effects of a misdiagnosis

    In this episode in our new series, my guest (who wishes to remain anonymous) tells us her 'story' about a situation that her family found themselves in in 2017 when her son was just 3 months old. My guest took her 3-month old son to the GP as he had a mark on his back that she'd not seen before. Medical professionals became concerned as it looked like a bruise, and a Section 47 Enquiry (Child protection assessment) was instigated. The family underwent an incredibly challenging time, before it was discovered that baby actually had a birthmark. Congenital Dermal Melanocytosis (formerly called a Mongolian Blue Spot) is often mistaken for a bruise, leaving families vulnerable to accusations of harm. My guest wants to raise awareness of this misdiagnosis, encourage parents to do their own research and ask questions when faced with difficult health or social care situations, and crucially, ask health professionals to always remain curious, non-judgemental and collaborative when working with families.

  • Season 4

  • The Non Perfect Parents Club: Talking Self Care with Emma Benyon

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    The Non Perfect Parents Club: Talking Self Care with Emma Benyon

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    In this episode I am joined by Emma Benyon, Mum, and self care & motherhood coach and educator. We open up the conversation about self care and the guilt we often feel around it. Emma offers some fantastic practical tips on how to fit self care in and how it shouldn't be something that feels pressured, but something that 'lights us up' and makes us feel good. Can't remember what even lights you up? Don't worry- Emma has some advice for that too! We cover: What self care actually is, How to make time for yourself (and why it's not selfish to put you first!) Examples of ways we can practice self care- Is there a quick fix? What Emma would say to anyone listening who doesn't know where to start with self care, Emma's advice for anyone still 'sat on the fence' about implementing self care into their routine. We also talk ice creams (maybe not the kind you're thinking of) and permission! You can find Emma here: Motherhood Coach for Busy Mums | Self Care Expert | Emma Benyon (@emmabenyon.coach) • Instagram photos and videos Welcome — Emma Benyon Coaching Thank you to Stingrays 315 swim school for sponsoring this episode.

  • The Non Perfect Parents Club: Talking Parental Burn Out with Dr Katy Hill

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    The Non Perfect Parents Club: Talking Parental Burn Out with Dr Katy Hill

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    In this episode I am joined by Dr Katy Hill, a clinical psychologist who specialises in parental mental health with a particular interest in parental stress and burn out. She is also a Mum of 3. Katy reassures us that it's very normal to feel burn out and shares her expansive knowledge with us from a very realistic point of view. We cover: What is burn out? How normal is it to feel burn out? How do we know if it's burn out or depression? Katy's thoughts on how a bubble bath won't help. What are things we can do to help ourselves with burn out? Things that people say that aren't helpful. You can find Dr Katy here: Dr Katy Hill | Clinical Psychologist | Parental Stress & Burnout (@theparentalstresspsychologist) • Instagram photos and videos Links - Dr Katy Hill - Clinical Psychologist Thank you to Stingrays 315 swim school for sponsoring this episode.

  • The Non Perfect Parents Club: Talking periods with Ellie from Nickeze

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    The Non Perfect Parents Club: Talking periods with Ellie from Nickeze

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    In this episode I am joined by Ellie, a nurse, barrister and owner of Nickeze, period underwear and sportswear. We cover: Why Ellie created Nickeze, Tips on how to help parents open up conversations about periods, Do's and Don'ts of what to say when your child gets their period, What's normal when starting periods and when Ellie would suggest to seek medical advice, Challenges for girls with additional needs/ disabilities when they get their period, How we can prepare our children for starting their period. Ellie is a huge advocate when it comes to periods and notes we have to do better. You can find Ellie here: Nickeze (@nickeze1) • Instagram photos and videos Period Underwear | Period Pants | Bladder Leak Underwear – Nickeze

  • The Non Perfect Parents Club: Mother's Day Special

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    The Non Perfect Parents Club: Mother's Day Special

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    In this episode I share a previous experience of my own on a past Mother's Day and some of my thoughts that are hopefully valuable.