25 episodes

Answering your biggest questions about schooling at home.

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Answering your biggest questions about schooling at home.

    Looking back on lockdown with Tony Law, Sindy and Vanel

    Looking back on lockdown with Tony Law, Sindy and Vanel

    In the final episode in the series frazzled parents Elisha Sessions (BBC Academy) and Deborah James (You, Me and the Big C) hear from parents about what they have learned during this chaotic period. They speak to comedian Tony Law who has realized his flaws as a dad, and Jenny from Sheffield who has had some profound moments of joy with her son. They also speak to Tom who has discovered his children will do anything for ice cream. Debs catches up with Sindy and Vanel from new BBC Sounds podcast ‘Go Ask Your Mother’ to get the truth about their chaotic lockdown household.

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    Presenters: Eli Sessions and Deborah James
    Producers: Lucy Hancock and Georgia Moodie
    Assistant Producer: Troy Holmes

    • 27 min
    How to adapt to big life changes with Candice Brathwaite and Tania Edwards

    How to adapt to big life changes with Candice Brathwaite and Tania Edwards

    Frazzled parents Elisha Sessions (BBC Academy) and Deborah James (You, Me and the Big C) hear from parents whose lives have completely transformed in the pandemic. They hear from comedian and mum Tania Edwards whose career has evaporated overnight and is struggling to come to terms with her new identity as a full time mum. They also hear from Candice Braithwaite, author of ‘I Am Not Your Baby Mother’ and creator of ‘Make Motherhood Diverse.’ She shares her stories of struggling as a young parent, her anxieties about lockdown and how she maintains her identity. She also reflects on the huge positive life changes she has made in response to the chaos of Covid 19 and offers her inspirational advice for how people could find positives in their situation.

    BBC Bitesize, Guardian: Defenders of Mathematica
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd2f7nb/articles/zn2y7nb

    What if lockdown has been a relief for my family? BBC Bitesize Parents Toolkit
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zvy9vwx

    You can find plenty of extra learning resources at bbc.co.uk/bitesize.
    Bitesize daily lessons are available every week day, just search ‘Bitesize’ in iPlayer

    You can find plenty more resources on Bitesize for parents. Go to bbc.co.uk/bitesize and search ‘Parents’ Toolkit’

    Presenters: Eli Sessions and Deborah James
    Producers: Lucy Hancock and Georgia Moodie
    Assistant Producer: Troy Holmes

    • 29 min
    How to keep your cool with Esther Manito and Arantxa De Dios

    How to keep your cool with Esther Manito and Arantxa De Dios

    Frazzled parents Elisha Sessions (BBC Academy) and Deborah James (You, Me and the Big C) hear from comedian Esther Manito who has had enough of homeschooling. She’s tired of shouting at her children and making empty threats to them, and tells Eli how she ended up doing her daughter’s homework in the middle of the night - not very successfully. Deborah speaks to life coach Arantxa De Dios who has found peace in her family life by employing structure and neuro linguistic programming techniques to calm her anger. She shares some practical tips for parents on language and calming techniques that will allow them to stay calm in high stress situations.
    You can find plenty of extra learning resources at bbc.co.uk/bitesize.
    Bitesize daily lessons are available every week day, just search ‘Bitesize’ in iPlayer

    How do you feel after being angry? BBC Bitesize
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z87d7ty

    You can find plenty more resources on Bitesize for parents. Go to bbc.co.uk/bitesize and search ‘Parents’ Toolkit’

    Presenters: Eli Sessions and Deborah James
    Producers: Lucy Hancock and Georgia Moodie
    Assistant Producer: Troy Holmes

    • 21 min
    How to stop competitive parenting with Jessica Fostekew and Katherine Ormerod

    How to stop competitive parenting with Jessica Fostekew and Katherine Ormerod

    Frazzled parents Elisha Sessions (BBC Academy) and Deborah James (You, Me and the Big C) hear from mum Jo who is struggling to work with children at home, but feeling guilty for shooing her kids away. Comedian Jessica Fostekew (Motherland, Hoovering Podcast) gets real about her ‘violent’ four year-old son’s challenging behaviour and confesses to finding him boring at times. She also shares some of her fails in the world of judgemental Whatsapp groups and competitive parenting, something social media expert and author Katherine Ormerod knows well. Katherine reveals why, even though so many people need it more than ever, social media can make parents feel ‘awful.’ She shares some practical tips for parents to forge a healthier relationship with social media and give themselves an easier time of it.

    You can find plenty of extra learning resources at bbc.co.uk/bitesize.
    Bitesize daily lessons are available every week day, just search ‘Bitesize’ in iPlayer

    Pirate Bunnies, BBC Bitesize
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsd8xs/articles/z6vyf4j


    Presenters: Eli Sessions and Deborah James
    Producers: Lucy Hancock and Georgia Moodie
    Assistant Producer: Troy Holmes

    • 24 min
    How to talk to your children about Black Lives Matter

    How to talk to your children about Black Lives Matter

    Elisha Sessions (BBC Academy) and Deborah James (You, Me and the Big C) hear from mum Shanae who has been speaking to her 6 year-old son about his racial identity when he had questions about the Black Lives Matter protests. Shanae shares some of her fears about raising a black son in a society riddled with inequalities and explains why her son needs to see people that look like him in all walks of life. She also highlights what detractors of the movement don’t understand about its purpose. Eli also speaks to CBeebies presenter and Dad vlogger Nigel Clarke who has been speaking to his young sons about race. He tells Eli about his own experiences with racism, why confronting it wasn’t his choice and why the campaign for Black Lives Matter must extend beyond the news cycle.

    Nigel Clarke's list of useful resources:

    Reading list to start the conversation with children about race, diversity and racism.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CBOLHmhlQda/

    Films and TV shows to help adults understand race and the issues of racism
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CBQvNVtlrmR/


    Ks2 PSHE – Bullying and Racism, BBC Teach
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/pshe-ks2-bullying-and-racism/z7tv8xs

    Jessie Lingard, Book Club, BBC Bitesize
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p089rb0v/bitesize-57-year-olds-week-5-1-jesse-lingard-in-book-club

    You can find plenty more resources on Bitesize for parents. Go to bbc.co.uk/bitesize and search ‘Parents’ Toolkit’

    Presenters: Eli Sessions and Deborah James
    Producers: Lucy Hancock and Georgia Moodie
    Assistant Producer: Troy Holmes

    • 26 min
    How teachers are handling the return to school

    How teachers are handling the return to school

    Frazzled parents Elisha Sessions (BBC Academy) and Deborah James (You, Me and the Big C) hear from brilliant teachers all over the UK about their professional view of lockdown. They share their practical tips and insights from their experiences teaching children during this period. Frankie and Natalie tell Eli and Debs what the kids they teach make of Corona virus. Head teacher Dave is still struggling with the decision to reopen the school, while Naveed in Bradford has been innovating by creating a local radio station for children who are harder to reach. Eli speaks to Chloe, who has calming advice for parents and can’t wait to get back in the staff room. Debs speaks to Ryan who has been teaching since the outbreak. He is still getting to grips with smaller class sizes and social distancing measures.

    You can find daily lessons for every school age group on bbc.co.uk/bitesize or search ‘Bitesize’ in iPlayer.

    Yoy can find plenty of resources on Bitesize for parents. Go to bbc.co.uk/bitesize and search ‘Parents’ Toolkit’

    Presenters: Eli Sessions and Deborah James
    Producers: Lucy Hancock and Georgia Moodie
    Assistant Producer: Troy Holmes

    • 24 min

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