About us

Raising children in our ‘always on’ digital times is the defining challenge for modern parents. Planet Parent is a positive response to that challenge – a source of information and advice on demand, via your smartphone or smart speaker.

Our Goal

We want to ease the demands of modern parenting by sharing positive support, advice and information to create better informed and happier, healthier families.

What We Do

Planet Parent offers time-poor mums and dads with all they need to know about latest facts, trends, tech, memes, gadgets and innovations – good and bad – that can have an impact on their household and everyone in it. 

Our Guests

We help parents survive and thrive in today’s demanding world and invite guests who can offer information and advice, entertainment for when things are tough – and reassurance that they’re doing OK.

Behind Planet Parent: Mark and Ben 

Mark Woods

Mark Woods

Host

Mark started his writing career as a news journalist for the UK’s national news agency the Press Association. 

After covering everything from the war in Kosovo to a pair of brave pigs escaping from an abattoir, a move into television followed where he attempted to make ONdigital and then ITV Digital a huge success.

The enormous corporate disaster that followed allowed Mark to concentrate on writing and he joined Comic Relief where he’s helped to make the charity’s biggest fundraising moments  famous. 

The birth of his first son inspired Mark to write the best-selling Pregnancy for Men which has since gone on to become an international best seller.

Babies and Toddlers for Men, published in spring 2012, mixes the wisdom of experienced fathers and the latest research with Mark’s many mistakes to help the modern day Dad make the best fist of the most important and enjoyable job he will ever have.

His third book Planet Parent looked at the world’s best ways of bringing up children.

All three titles have established Mark as the exact opposite of a parenting expert – as his wife and three children know only too well.

Ben Ayers

Ben Ayers

Producer

Like Mark, Ben started his career as a journalist, reporting for the Daily Echo newspapers on the south coast.

Having weighed up the option of writing for a national newspaper for about five minutes before deciding it wasn’t for him, Ben joined the PR team at Comic Relief where he’d also meet Mark.

After Comic Relief Ben worked in marketing and communications for some of the UK’s best-loved brands including the BBC, ITV and the Science Museum. Becoming a dad to daughters Daisy and Bo and working at internet company TalkTalk piqued Ben’s interest in the impact technology has on parenting, both good and bad.

The huge  boom in podcasting  led to discussions with Mark about producing content that would help parents stay ahead of the curve and eventually to Ben’s first attempt at producing podcasts.

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