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To raise thriving children parents need better support. Parentline NI is here for all parents offering support, guidance or advice wherever you are on the parenting journey. We are a helpline for parents operated by Children in Northern Ireland. The Parentline podcasts will explore the ups and downs of parenting with honest and frank discussions to support parents to lay the strongest possible foundations for their children. Find out more information about Parentline NI at http://www.ci-ni.org.uk/parentline-ni
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As we fast approach the one year anniversary of the first COVID-19 lockdown, it is no wonder that many parents are concerned about the future mental health impact of the ongoing pandemic on our children and young people.So, what can we do, as parents, to help safeguard our children against mental health risks? How do we talk to our children about topics like anxiety, depression or even suicide? And where do we turn to, if we need extra help?For some answers to all of these questions and more, our host, Roger Gowdy, recently chatted to Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland.Don't forget you can call our free confidential helpline at Parentline NI, on 0808 8020 400, if you need advice, support or guidance on any parenting issue.
In this episode, we dive in to all things "books and reading". We are encouraged as parents to read to our children from day 1, but just why is it so important? Is the benefit of reading purely academic or is there another side to it that perhaps far outweighs this?How do we encourage our children to continue to read as they grow and develop into teens and young adults?Lucy Lewis from BookTrust joins our host Roger Gowdy to shed some light on these and other questions.Many thanks to all who contributed to this episode - Lucy Lewis, Carolyn Gowdy, Ciaran Traynor, and our fabulous readers, Finn Gowdy, Taliah Bittle and Caleb Bittle.For further information on BookTrust go to www.booktrust.org.uk.Don't forget you can call our free confidential helpline at Parentline NI to chat about any parenting issue on 0808 8020 400.
In this episode we talked to Sarah Wright from Advice Space all about money management - a hot topic for January (and let's face it, the rest of the year too!).If you have concerns about money, listen to find out how to maximise your income, reduce your outgoings and find ways to get immediate help with your finances.You can contact Advice Space on 0300 123 3233 and find more information at www.advicespace.meRemember to contact Parentline on 0808 8020 400 if you need advice, support or guidance on any parenting issue.
Listen to Stevie from Relate NI share information and tips on how to positively communicate with your children about the topic of Relationship and Sexuality Education.  Engagement with children can be difficult as a parent, these are positive ways to bring up the conversation and talk openly.We hope you get lots of value from this episode and don't forget to subscribe to the podcast to receive our next episode hot off the press!Remember to contact Parentline on 0808 8020 400 if you need advice, support or guidance on any parenting issue.
In this episode we talk all things Christmas with our new Parentline Head of Service, June Onyekwelu.The festive period can be the "most wonderful time of the year" as the song goes, but for many families it can come with all sorts of challenges. In addition to this, we are still in the grips of a global pandemic which is set to make Christmas 2020 a very strange one indeed.We talked to June about a host of issues around the topic of parenting at Christmas, including:pressures of buying expensive giftsfinancial pressures in generalimportance of self caremanaging separation and contact arrangements at Christmas...to name a few.We hope you get lots of value from this episode and don't forget to subscribe to the podcast to receive our next episode hot off the press!Remember to contact Parentline on 0808 8020 400 if you need advice, support or guidance on any parenting issue.
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives in 2020. Arguably one of the most affected groups in society has been our children and young people whose education has been disrupted in unprecedented ways.In this episode we speak to Glenda Walsh, Head of Early Years at Stranmillis University College, Belfast about the impact that lockdown had, and continues to have, on children, young people and their parents in Northern Ireland.We also discussed more generally our approach to Education in Northern Ireland and how parents can help our children strike the right balance between academic achievement and wellbeing.You can read the report into homeschooling during lockdown mentioned in the podcast here: https://www.stran.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Research-Report-Homeschooling-in-Northern-Ireland-during-the-COVID-19-Crisis.pdfYou can access the Good Childhood Report, also mentioned, here: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/good-childhoodRemember to contact Parentline on 0808 8020 400 if you need advice, support or guidance on any parenting issue.
The vast majority of the time, care is provided behind closed doors, in people's homes.  It is often largely invisible too.  We chat to Clare-Ann Magee from Carers NI about what support is available to parent carers and what steps can be taken to help. Report Behind Closed Doors can be downloaded here: https://www.carersuk.org/images/News_and_campaigns/Behind_Closed_Doors_2020/Caring_behind_closed_doors_April20_pages_web_final.pdf Carers NI can be contacted here: https://www.carersuk.org/northernirelandRemember to contact Parentline on 0808 8020 400 if you need advice, support or guidance on any parenting issue.
In this episode we sat down (virtually) with Q Radio Presenter and Parentline Ambassador Ibe Sesay. Ibe and our host Roger Gowdy chatted all things fatherhood in the modern era.Topics covered, among other were:- the joys and fears of witnessing the births of our children- the changing role of being a dad- where our parenting styles comes from- the values we want to instil in our kidsThe songs that reminded us of our kids were:Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train To Georgia: https://youtu.be/s4KZs0mLJiQPaul Simon - Father And Daughter: https://youtu.be/COQPSoRFdwgBarry White - My First My Last My Everything: https://youtu.be/tB54XUhA9_wCamelPhat & Elderbrook - Cola: https://youtu.be/LcNXG-6SqWAPhats & Small - Turn Around: https://youtu.be/2kXMcjKhBgUJohn Mayer - Daughters: https://youtu.be/rZLbUIa7exETo find out more about Ibe's radio show go to https://www.goqradio.com/on-air/q-rad...Remember to contact Parentline on 0808 8020 400 if you need advice, support or guidance on any parenting issue.
In this podcast we talk to Joan Burney Keatings MBE, CEO of Cinemagic. Cinemagic is a local charity, founded in Belfast over 30 years ago, and each year they put on the Cinemagic International Television and Film Festival for young people which is running for the month of October in 2020.We talked about:- the highlights of the festival this year and how parents and young people can get involved- the challenges of scheduling a festival during a global pandemic- how parents can encourage their kids to use technology and encourage creativity in the home while staying safe- the booming TV industry in NI at the moment and how young people can embrace the opportunities that will come from thatIf you want to find more information about the festival go to https://filmfestival.cinemagic.org.ukRemember to contact Parentline on 0808 8020 400 if you need advice, support or guidance on any parenting issue.
Life under lockdown can be especially tough for parents.  Our professional Parenting Support Officer Julie talks about life during lockdown and shares some tips for helping with the educational side of things, looking after yourself and dealing with those tough situations which you feel you can no longer cope.Remember Parentline is here for you so please call 0808 8020 400 if you wish to discuss anything in this podcast.
Parenting can be a challenge for us all, but when a child has disabilities, a further set of complex challenges are added to the parenting role. We sat down with our parent advocate Marian Bradley whose daughter Meabh has lived with severe disabilities from birth.   It was deeply moving to discuss the achievements and challenges of Marian's parenting journey.  We got to ask her some questions that some people may be too afraid to ask.  We really hope this rich conversation helps you on your journey as a parent.   Remember Parentline is here for you so please call 0808 8020 400 if you wish to discuss anything in this podcast.
In this podcast we talk to Lindsay Robinson about maternal mental health during pregnancy, after having a baby and in general. She shares her journey past and present and debunks the notion that there is such a thing as the perfect motherhood. Listen now to hear about Lindsay's journey as well as information on where to go for help and support.Remember to contact Parentline on 0808 8020 400 if you need advice, support or guidance.
Christmas is just around the corner. During this festive season there is no doubt that parents feel some degree of stress or anxiety. Whether it’s the financial pressure or living up to expectations, this podcast is all about you having a stress free family Christmas. We hope these tips will help you as parents relax and enjoy the day.Remember to contact Parentline on 0808 8020 400 if you need advice, support or guidance.
Modern fatherhood comes in various forms. Fatherhood today is no longer the traditional breadwinner role, they can be a stay at home dad, an adoptive dad or a step-dad. What we do know is that fathers’ affection and increased family involvement help promote a child’s social and emotional development. In this podcast, Alex Kane, political commentator and father of three discusses his experience of modern fatherhood with Ellen Finlay, Policy Officer at CiNI.You can call Parentline on 0808 8020 400 or chat online at www.ci-ni.org.uk
All children are capable of extraordinary things. We as parents can't change what challenges they may face as they grow but we can teach them the skills so these challenges can be overcome. We can build their resilience. Listen to Social Worker Ciaran Traynor on how to build resilience in your child.You can call Parentline on 0808 8020 400 or chat online at www.ci-ni.org.uk
It’s never easy being a mum trying to juggle family life with work life. We chatted to broadcaster Kerry McLean about how mums can get closer to reaching an ideal work life balance.You can call Parentline on 0808 8020 400 or chat online at www.ci-ni.org.uk
Caring for children doesn't come cheap, and with costs continuing to rise many parents are resorting to using savings, credit cards or payday loans to cover the cost.In this episode, we talked to Aoife Hamilton from Employers for Childcare to find out what help is available for parents and get some top tips on keeping a handle on childcare costs.You can call Parentline on 0808 8020 400 or chat online at www.ci-ni.org.uk
The internet has become a part of everyday life, and it’s hard for the younger generation to imagine a day without it. Used for the right reasons, having access to the online world has so many benefits for children. As well as playing games, children can increase their knowledge and also keep in touch with friends. However, there are risks parents should be aware of. Listen to Ciaran Traynor, Social Worker, offer tips to ensure younger members of your family develop good internet habits and stay safe online. You can call Parentline on 0808 8020 400 or chat online at www.ci-ni.org.uk
As we enter exam season, is the stress temperature in your household going through the roof? Preparing for and sitting exams can be a very pressured time, and it doesn’t seem to end when the exams are finished. There is the countdown to the results. Ellen Finlay, Policy Officer at CiNI sat down with Parent Support Officer Julie Schiess who shared her top tips for helping parents turn exam stress into parenting success!
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