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Welcome to Not Another Mummy Podcast! Each episode sees host Alison Perry chats to a different guest each episode about parenting and family issues, covering topics like post natal depression, guilt, birth, self-care, body confidence, fertility, juggling work and life, divorce and more...

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Welcome to Not Another Mummy Podcast! Each episode sees host Alison Perry chats to a different guest each episode about parenting and family issues, covering topics like post natal depression, guilt, birth, self-care, body confidence, fertility, juggling work and life, divorce and more...

    Stuart Heritage On How Fatherhood Is Perceived And Portrayed

    Stuart Heritage On How Fatherhood Is Perceived And Portrayed

    On this episode I welcome Stuart Heritage as my guest. Stuart is a dad of two and when his first son was just a few hours old, Stuart started writing a column about fatherhood for The Guardian. Since then he’s written for Esquire, The Times and lots of other newspapers, magazines and websites. His writing on fatherhood is just as likely to make you smile and laugh as it will make you reflect on your own experiences of parenting.


    Stuart’s latest project is writing a children’s picture book Jonathan The Magic Pony, which has been brilliantly illustrated by Nicola Slater. It’s a lovely, funny, story about a rubbish magician.


    Stuart chats to me about what inspired him to write the book and we also chat about how fatherhood is portrayed – both by writers like him but also in children’s TV shows like Peppa Pig. He talks about being a hands-on dad and the amazement and praise he receives when he’s spotted out with his sons, yet (surprise surprise) his wife Robyn doesn’t get the same comments.  


    Follow Stuart on Twitter and Instagram and pre-order Jonathan The Magic Pony.


    If you enjoyed this episode then please leave a rating or review - and you can subscribe to ensure you don’t miss future episodes.  Thank you!


    Not Another Mummy Podcast is brought to you by me, journalist and blogger Alison Perry. I'm a mum of three and I love interviewing people about parenthood on the podcast. You can check out my other episodes and you can come chat to me on Instagram: @iamalisonperry or on Twitter: @iamalisonperry. You can pre-order my book OMG It's Twins (out March 2021) now.




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    • 32 min
    Mark Lemon On Dealing With Grief & How It's Shaped The Dad He Is

    Mark Lemon On Dealing With Grief & How It's Shaped The Dad He Is

    My guest on this episode is Mark Lemon, a dad of two and children’s author who at the age of 12, found his life changed forever when his dad was murdered. Mark talks to me about the huge effect this had on him, as a teenager, and also how it has shaped the kind of person – and dad – he is today.


    Incredibly, Mark turned something tragic into something positive because he now does a lot of work talking about grief, on his podcast Grief Is My Superpower, in his writing and in his role as a bereavement ambassador for charity Winston’s Wish. Mark has also written a children’s book The Magical Wood, which introduces the idea of death to little ones.


    You can follow Mark on Instagram and Twitter, check out his books, listen to Grief Is My Superpower and find out more about Winston’s Wish.


    If you enjoyed this episode then please leave a rating or review - and you can subscribe to ensure you don’t miss future episodes. Thank you!


    Not Another Mummy Podcast is brought to you by me, journalist and blogger Alison Perry. I'm a mum of three and I love interviewing people about parenthood on the podcast. You can check out my other episodes and you can come chat to me on Instagram: @iamalisonperry or on Twitter: @iamalisonperry. You can pre-order my book OMG It's Twins (out March 2021) now.




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    • 39 min
    Dr Pragya Agarwal On Unconscious Bias & Talking To Kids About Racism

    Dr Pragya Agarwal On Unconscious Bias & Talking To Kids About Racism

    Dr Pragya Agarwal is my guest on this episode – she’s an author, a two-times Tedx speaker, an academic, and a mum of three. Her book Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias was published in April and brilliantly, allows the reader to explore the concept of bias in a non-judgemental way. Pragya takes a scientific approach at looking at bias and when I read it, it made me analyse my own biases.
    In my chat with Pragya, we delve into what unconscious bias is and why it exists in us all. We talk about why we gravitate towards people like us, why we exist in echo chambers (both in real life and online) and was talk about when this is OK and when it’s a good idea to push outside of this.


    Pragya also talks to me about how to discuss racism with children and how she is raising her multi-racial daughters in a way that gives them access to their Indian heritage and ensures they’re comfortable with who they are.


    You can buy Sway here and follow Pragya on Twitter here.


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    Not Another Mummy Podcast is brought to you by me, journalist and blogger Alison Perry. I'm a mum of three and I love interviewing people about parenthood on the podcast. You can check out my other episodes and you can come chat to me on Instagram: @iamalisonperry or on Twitter: @iamalisonperry. You can pre-order my book OMG It's Twins (out March 2021) now.




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    • 31 min
    Zoey & Kelly Allen On Life As a Transgender Family

    Zoey & Kelly Allen On Life As a Transgender Family

    On this episode I’m joined by Zoey and Kelly Allen who are, along with their two kids and dog, an LGBTQ+ family. 18 months ago, Zoey came out as transgender to her wife Kelly and they started a new phase of their lives. Through their blog – Our Transitional Life – they document their journey and offer support to the LGBTQ+ community, showing that coming out can, overall, be a positive experience. The blog has gone on to win awards and was recently named the No.1 LGBTQ+ blog by Vuelio.
    During our chat, Zoey tells me what it was like to slowly realise that she is a trans woman and talks about the fears she had, knowing that she had to tell Kelly.


    Kelly talks about it from her side too, and it’s heart-warming to hear how she reacted to the news with love and support. I ask them what life as a trans family is like (“normal-ish!”) and how they told their kids and wider family.


    You can read their blog here and follow them on Instagram and Twitter. Zoey and Kelly also recently launched their own range of Kelzo handmade jewellery which you can check out here.


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    Not Another Mummy Podcast is brought to you by me, journalist and blogger Alison Perry. I'm a mum of three and I love interviewing people about parenthood on the podcast. You can check out my other episodes and you can come chat to me on Instagram: @iamalisonperry or on Twitter: @iamalisonperry. You can pre-order my book OMG It's Twins (out March 2021) now.




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    • 29 min
    Candice Brathwaite On Black British Motherhood

    Candice Brathwaite On Black British Motherhood

    My guest on this episode is Candice Brathwaite, mum of two and author of the Sunday Times Bestselling book I Am Not Your Baby Mother which has been described as a “thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational guide to life as a black mother”. In it, Candice writes about her experiences growing up in South London and shares her story of motherhood so far. She challenges the stereotypical version of motherhood that we see in the British media, pointing out that it’s wholly unrepresentative of our society at large.


    During our chat, Candice talks about what it’s like to live with daily racial micro-aggressions, how a friend warned her to be extra nice to the midwives when she was giving birth just to ensure she got a basic level of care and how she’s raising her kids, equipping them with the tools they need to navigate what is still undoubtedly a racist world. It's a valuable insight into what it's like to be a black mother in Britain today.


    You can buy I Am Not Your Baby Mother and follow Candice on Instagram. You can find Make Motherhood Diverse on Instagram too.


    If you enjoyed this episode then please leave a rating or review - and you can subscribe to ensure you don’t miss future episodes. Thanks!


    Not Another Mummy Podcast is brought to you by me, journalist and blogger Alison Perry. I'm a mum of three and I love interviewing people about parenthood on the podcast. You can check out my other episodes and you can come chat to me on Instagram: @iamalisonperry or on Twitter: @iamalisonperry. You can pre-order my book OMG It's Twins (out March 2021) now.




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    • 39 min
    Penny Wincer On Being A Carer

    Penny Wincer On Being A Carer

    In Carers Week, my guest is Penny Wincer. Penny is a mum of two and she is carer to her 10-year-old son Arthur who has autism and learning difficulties.


    Penny talks to me about spotting the signs that Arthur was struggling with certain things when he was little, getting the diagnosis of autism when he was three and balancing caring for Arthur with parenting his 8-year-old sister Agnes.
    She talks about how her caring journey started at age 11 when her mum’s mental health started to deteriorate, and with a dad living in the States following divorce, caring for her mum was left to Penny and her two brothers.
    We discuss what self care looks like for her as a carer, what her support network looks like and how we can care for carers that we might know.


    Penny’s brilliant book Tender: The Imperfect Art Of Caring is out now and in it, she describes her journey in a beautiful way, talks to other carers about their experiences and answers many of the questions we didn’t even know we had about caring.


    You can buy Tender here and follow Penny on Instagram and Twitter.


    Not Another Mummy Podcast is brought to you by me, journalist and blogger Alison Perry. I'm a mum of three and I love interviewing people on parenthood on the podcast. Go check out my other episodes and you can come chat to me on Instagram: @iamalisonperry or on Twitter: @iamalisonperry. You can pre-order my book OMG It's Twins (out March 2021) now.


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    • 39 min

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