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Truthbook goes behind the scenes of family life, with open and honest conversations about the best and the worst parenting moments, the sadness and the joy and the successes and the failures. You will let out a sigh of relief knowing it's not just you, be empowered by other peoples stories and laugh at the funnier side of family life. Truthbook will help us be more connected and less isolated, more compassionate and less envious of each other.

Truthbook Kathryn Smith

    • Kids & Family

Truthbook goes behind the scenes of family life, with open and honest conversations about the best and the worst parenting moments, the sadness and the joy and the successes and the failures. You will let out a sigh of relief knowing it's not just you, be empowered by other peoples stories and laugh at the funnier side of family life. Truthbook will help us be more connected and less isolated, more compassionate and less envious of each other.

    The Full Catastrophe- living with a binge eating disorder, being a mum and wine o'clock

    The Full Catastrophe- living with a binge eating disorder, being a mum and wine o'clock

    My guest, Kate Reid, is a fellow Scot with a beautiful voice but she talks about having such low confidence that she struggles to accept compliments. Kate talks about her struggle with a binge eating disorder, how opening up and talking was the single most helpful thing, and we muse over whether we can ever truly understand how the mind works…
    I invited Kate onto Truthbook because I have loved her honesty and openness through poems, songs, and Facebook posts. In her own words, she has always had an insatiable appetite for wanting to understand why she feels the way she feels and has found solace in talking.
    Our paths crossed in the early 2000s, during her days in the Scottish band The Midden-where she was the lead singer and guitarist with her sisters, Meggan and Hazel. A measure of their success-playing in front of 25,000 at Glasgow’s Hogmany in 2004 with Snow Patrol! I remember a particularly vibrant and foot tapping night at the battle of the bands in the Scotia bar in Glasgow and celebrating their win with a pint of Guinness.
    Since then, Kate has continued to keep life interesting; she is a singer, songwriter, she has written a book of poems and has a novel in the making. She spent 9 years teaching French, German and Music and more recently she is a radio presenter with Dunoon Community Radio. She is a Top 200 UK chart singer (check out Kate’s newly released song Caroline below). At the age of 40, in 2019, she became a MUM to Alexander….
    Kate and Alexander live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world on the North Coast of Scotland.
    But behind the scenes of these positive images, Kate has battled with a binge eating disorder pretty much since puberty. I remember when she first spoke about it on FB and thinking wow, I had no idea…
    Get touch if you want to follow up anything from this episode-
    Kathryn- mrskathrynhsmith@gmail.com
    Kate- Katereid@hotmail.com
    Links 
    Kate's website
    https://katereid.online
    Kate's single Caroline
    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id1570666345?app=itunes
    The Midden
    https://www.facebook.com/themidden

    OnTrack Devon
    https://ontrackretreats.co.uk/
    Crunch Nutrition
     https://www.crunchnutrition.co.uk/
    The Binge Eating Therapist
     https://thebingeeatingtherapist.com/ 
    Headspace
    https://www.headspace.com
     

    • 47 min
    Parenting with Rheumatoid Arthritis, proud moments and fitting on a potty

    Parenting with Rheumatoid Arthritis, proud moments and fitting on a potty

    Elaine Kordys shares her Truthbook with honesty and humour. We hear Elaine's reflections on two lots of lock down homeschooling & managing her daughters new found autonomy; parenting with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Arthur as she calls it); the immense pride you can feel as a parent as well as those  Cruella Di Vil parenting moments.  And we finish off with some potty talk!

    Elaine is from Helensburgh in Scotland (my home town) and we became friends when Elaine's daughter Molly and my son Struan were  babies and shared the same childminder.  They were kindred spirits until school age and they went their separate ways. 

    Elaine followed her passion in helping and working with people with Dementia by starting an MSc in dementia studies in 2019 and setting up and running a wonderful series of videos of creative movement for the aged and people with dementia,  called Spin Turn Movements. The videos have been a family affair involving her daughters Robyn (7yrs) and Molly (10yrs) and her husband Myles (seen strumming the banjo in the background).

    Her most recent video,  April 21, was a personal one, because it marked 10 years since Elaine was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  Arthur as she calls it, has shifted, challenged and tested Elaine.  She has now found a way to live with it, after doing a course in Holistic Health Coaching. 

    Please reach out to Elaine (via her spin turn movement FB page) if you are experiencing similar challenges with arthritis or other types of chronic pain. As well as a wealth of experience and empathy you can be sure she will bring a smile to your face. 
    Spin Turn Movement
    Deeper Yoga Thrive Course
    Deeper Yoga & Thrive on Facebook
    Elaine's testimonial for Deeper Yoga Thrive Course

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    • 38 min
    Carry on Camping & What is Home?

    Carry on Camping & What is Home?

    Rosie Butler shares her truthbook about what really went on behind the scenes of what looked like an idyllic family camping trip, being a third culture child, having a natural affinity with swans and the desire to be independent from her family, just for a week...

    Rosie is a fellow Brit in Penguin, Tasmania, hence we became instant friends. I asked Rosie to come on Truthbook after she shared a photo of a family camping trip, that looked awesome but later over a coffee, she told me what really happened...

    Rosie also has a lot going on behind the scenes. At the age of 16 after, she decided to leave her parent’s home in Dubai and go to boarding school in Durham, England, to repatriate her roots.  After some colourful boarding school and uni antics she passed Occupational Therapy with a 1st. At the age of 21, she decided she was going to live in Australia. Tasmania offered the best job & visa opportunities, so she found herself living in a wee town called Penguin, (that we both now call home). Shortly after arriving in Tassie, she met Andrew, her now husband, who she has two children with, aged 5 and 3. Having had enough of working for health services, and with her ability to make bold decisions, in 2018 she set up her own OT private practice; Penguin OT. And her physio husband has recently joined this business- Penguin Physio! ( folk from Penguin love their town name and name everything after it!). 

    Links;
     https://www.penguinot.com.au

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    • 45 min
    Being a step-mum, Asking how I want to be as a parent, Climate action & Swapping roles

    Being a step-mum, Asking how I want to be as a parent, Climate action & Swapping roles

    On this episode, we have a clinical psychologist interviewing a clinical psychologist both of whom are a little bit daunted by this prospect, hoping that our mutual feeling of ‘imposter syndrome’ is somewhat reassuring…


    Louise, brings her infectious passion and wisdom to talking about step parenting, the grief when a family is separated, the difficult emotions that come with facing climate change and how we help our kids take action and not become overly anxious. And we ponder what it would be like to swap roles and be a man for the day…until we got lost and neither of us wanted to ask for ‘directions”…


    Louise Shepherd is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and director of The Sydney ACT Centre (ACT-Acceptance and Commitment Therapy more info on below).  She is also a mum and step mum to three girls aged 16, 9 and 7. It is her girls that have driven her passion for improving support and knowledge about step families and an active interest in climate action, acutely aware of the world they are growing up in. When I was put in touch with Louise, through a psychologist in Brisbane, she was keen to come on Truthbook, to share her experience in the hope that it will resonate with and help others. It has been a pleasure getting to know Louise as we have prepared for this podcast.


    Links…
    The Sydney ACT Centre
    Podcast on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- Psychologists Off The Clock Top Five Regrets of the Dying Blog by Bronnie Ware
    Outrage + Optimism- How to Face the Mess we’re in without going Crazy with Joanna Macy
    Project Drawdown-The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions
    2040 Film
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    • 41 min
    Crying about shit feels good!

    Crying about shit feels good!

    My ‘Truthbook’ conversation with this episode’s guest, Peter, started over a few beers at our kids class get together at the local bowls club. I mentioned my podcast to Peter as we regaled how toxic social media had been during lock down. Peter was immediately engaged, eager to share his behind the scenes, in the hope that his ‘Truthbook’ would reach out and help others. Peter works in Risk Assessment- an asset when it came to preparing for a pandemic, a hinderance when it came to managing feelings he had no control over. Peter and his wife Miledy (which can also sound like he’s saying ‘My Lady’!) have three kids spanning 8 to 13 years. 
    We launch straight into conversation about when he first realised all was not well emotionally and that he needed professional help…Peter got his confession in early so he was let off the hook at the end! 
    If anything in this podcast has led you to think you may also benefit from help managing sad or depressed feelings or thoughts of not wanting to be here, reach out to friends and family or seek advice from your GP or a mental health trained professional. You may also find these apps helpful…
    Headspace
    Smiling mind
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    Made you think? If you have comments you’d like to share- pop them in a review, facebook or email. I love hearing from you. 
    Or even better, come on Truthbook- your story of how you have navigated family life, will inspire and become part of someone else’s family survival guide. 
     

    • 37 min
    Single Parenting, dealing with 'Neville' & Tasmanian humour

    Single Parenting, dealing with 'Neville' & Tasmanian humour

    Tasmanian author, mother and all round country girl, Rachael Treasure, tells her story of being launched from a toxic patriarchal society into single parenting, how she deals with anxiety and maternal guilt and connects with mother nature. Heads up, Rachael doesn’t hold back with her truthbook confession

    If Rachael’s reference to numnuts confuses you, check out the first episode where my husband explains all…
    Check out the links from the show...

     BSc in Regenerative Agriculture
     Rachael Treasure
     Down the Dirt Road

    The Artists Way, Julie Cameron

    Mama Gena

    • 29 min

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