Episode 43


Tweet of the week @TheSleepCharity I was delighted to attend the launch of the Sleep Charity Sleep Manifesto at the House of Commons on Tuesday 24th October. Great to see the @TheSleepCharity launch their fantastic sleep manifesto to raise the importance of sleep within families, – it’s crucial for good mental health, the ability to learn and to the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of the WHOLE family. http://www.thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk/manifesto


 Stay At Home Mums Do you agree with Sarah Vine & Esther Rantzen?

Sue Atkins In Conversation With ….. Mari Nosal.

Mari Nosal from Plymouth, Massachusetts, has used her own experiences of raising a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, now a young man, and her years of professional experience working with both children and parents within the autism community to help and inform others.

 Mari is a published autism author and blogger with over 25 years’ experience of working with children and adults in the field of special needs. She has a Masters degree in Educational Foundations and a B.A. in psychology and has worked with children, parents, and educators within the classroom and the wider community. Mari also presents autism workshops where she shares her knowledge, experience and insights.

Find out more about Mari here:

Ten Commandments Of Interacting With Kids On The Autism Spectrum And Related Commandments



Mari’s Blog Taking The Diss Out Of Disabled



     Don’t Stew – Ask Sue Parenting Q & A


Question ‘Dear Sue, I’ve been divorced 2 years and I’m at a loss what to tell my devastated 9-year-old whose father has been going months without seeing her as he has a new girlfriend. When I asked him why he didn’t return our daughter’s phone calls or texts he replied: “I don’t have anything interesting to say to her”. How on earth do I handle this?’ Rebeecca Long from Toronto, Canada.

Article How to support your children when their biological father doesn’t want contact.

ProductThe Divorce Journal for Children 

Separation and divorce are traumatic events for families.

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As caring adults, we can help by simply acknowledging & listening to how a child may be feeling, without trying to “fix it”.

This Journal is designed to support open and honest communication and to help children feel heard, understood and supported during a time of great upheaval.

Question ‘Dear Sue my son wants to have a tattoo. Is 14 too young?’ Pete Gresham from Tooting, South London.

Article Body piercing, tattoos and the law around all that !

Article Is 14 too young to have a tattoo?

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