Parentline Podcast

Parentline Podcast

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

Episodes

September 17, 2021 49 min

In this episode we talk about back to school and all that brings. 

For some children and their parents school life can bring with it a whole set of challenges.

Kerry chats with one of our Parent Support Workers, Kathy, talking all about some of the tricky issues faced at school including: anxiety, bullying, homework stress, communication with school. 

Have a listen and let us know what you think!

Remember, the Parentline Team are here,...

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In this episode we talk about exam results with our Parent Support Officer, Julie Schiess.

We all know this is an exciting but potentially stressful time for young people and their families. Feeling emotionally prepared yourself and having some resources and coping strategies in place, can really make all the difference.

Kerry talks to Julie about helping families to make the most of any exam outcomes. They focus on strategies to mai...

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For the final episode in our Formative Years series we are talking about transitions. In this podcast we are chatting about transitions we parents make in our parenting journeys, and having a chat with parent guest Laura all about the transition of stepping back into work after parental leave. 

Returning to work after maternity leave, parental leave or career break can be a big step for both your child/children, for yourself and you...

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In this episode we talk all about sleep or the lack of, with infant sleep consultant Susan Wallace from Settled Petals. 

 

Sleep is a fundamental need for us all and getting a good nights rest is crucial for our overall health and wellbeing, but for many parents and children this is easier said than done! 

 

Kerry talks to Susan about how sleeps works and encouraging positive sleep for our children and babies. Susan shares some helpful...

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March 3, 2021 36 min

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 e...

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February 16, 2021 25 min

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...

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January 12, 2021 33 min

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.me

Remember to contact...

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December 18, 2020 22 min

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...

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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 th...

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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...

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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....

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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 kids

The songs that reminded us of our kids were:
Glady...

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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 festi...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 guid...
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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.
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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 Fin...
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