Lorraine Candy author "Mum What's Wrong With You?"


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I kick off Season 4 with journalist, editor, co-host of "Postcards from Midlife" podcast and mum of four Lorraine Candy. Formerly the editor in chief of the Sunday Times Style magazine, Elle and Cosmopolitan, Lorraine has been writing about parenting in national newspapers and magazines for more than a decade.

In this episode, we talk about her family memoir “Mum What’s wrong with you” 101 things only mothers of girls know. In the pages of her book Lorraine is lighting the way for other mums facing life with teenage girls, just as they going through their own midlife unravelling.

Join as we talk about:-

The many parallels between the Teenage years and the Menopause and the negative narrative that surrounds both.

The Perfect storm of parenting teens in your mid-40s.

The reasons why Teenagers behave as they do, and the reasons we behave as we do.

The importance of role modelling so our Teenagers can see us caring for ourselves and also dealing and coping with a range of emotions.

How our issues and childhood experiences can affect our parenting

The pressure of parenting perfectionism

How to recognise and recover from those dreadful moments in parenting life and the importance of being able to say sorry and move forward.

The immense brain changes that occur during the Teenage years.

The loneliness and shame that can come with parenting Teens. You are not the only person getting it wrong.

How to deal with messy bedrooms!

The rise of adolescent mental health

Reforming our identity in Midlife

The importance of eye contact and putting down our phones.

Why you mustn’t be your child’s best friend.

Teenagers and phones - the power of The Digital Sunset

Mental health policies, sex education and female financial power in our schools

How and why we experiencing “Living loss”

“Meanagers” and “Moron Mum”

Lorraine’s book Choice

Terra Incognita, Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler
also mentioned in the epsisode

The Orchid and the Dandelion by W. Thomas Boyce

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