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Parentline NI - Your Guide to Parenting

Parentline NI

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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#35 - ADHD, the facts and more…
16-06-2022
#35 - ADHD, the facts and more…
Following our recent workshop series delivered together with Rebecca McCullough from Eden Consultancy, Rebecca is back to talk to us again about ADHD.ADHD is one of the most common, yet most misunderstood conditions amongst children and young people. In this podcast we will look into what ADHD actually is, talk about the myths surrounding ADHD, the challenges of ADHD and how to support a child or young person with ADHD through various strategies. We hope you enjoy the conversation, share with friends and family and let us know what you think.Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#35 - ADHD, the facts and more…
16-06-2022
#35 - ADHD, the facts and more…
Following our recent workshop series delivered together with Rebecca McCullough from Eden Consultancy, Rebecca is back to talk to us again about ADHD.ADHD is one of the most common, yet most misunderstood conditions amongst children and young people. In this podcast we will look into what ADHD actually is, talk about the myths surrounding ADHD, the challenges of ADHD and how to support a child or young person with ADHD through various strategies. We hope you enjoy the conversation, share with friends and family and let us know what you think.Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#34 - Sustaining Healthy Relationships
31-05-2022
#34 - Sustaining Healthy Relationships
Parenting/caring for children is both a joy and a challenge and can often have big impact on our relationships with those around us. Life is full of ups and downs and conflict is normal within all relationships, it is how conflict is handled which can impact our children most both now and long term. Listen in as Kerry chats to Kellie from Relate NI all about their new programme, ‘Sustaining Healthy Relationships’. These sessions look at developing skills and tools to manage the rough & tumble that can appear in any relationship; including couples & family relationships, friendships and our relationship with ourselves! We hope you enjoy the conversation, share with friends and family and let us know what you think.Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#33 - Autism, the facts and more… Part 2
13-05-2022
#33 - Autism, the facts and more… Part 2
Our Parent Workshops looking at Autism have been hugely popular with parents and carers and these sessions have proved really supportive so far. We have had huge demand for these and places filled quickly, so we are delighted to have had the chance to record this follow-up podcast with Rebecca from Eden Consultancy to share with you. Kerry chats to Rebecca McCullough all about Autism; what is it, how might it present, what can we learn and how can we support our children. We hope you enjoy the conversation, share with friends and family and let us know what you think.Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#32 - The Changing Face of Family – Raising Kids in the 2020’s. PART 2: Lesley
28-04-2022
#32 - The Changing Face of Family – Raising Kids in the 2020’s. PART 2: Lesley
We continue our series exploring and listening to the diversity of family units across Northern Ireland. Today Kerry chats to Lesley, a kinship carer. Listen in to hear all about what a kinship carer is, how Lesley came to be a kinship carer and her parenting experience in this role. Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#31 - Autism, the facts and more… Part 1
30-03-2022
#31 - Autism, the facts and more… Part 1
Our Parent Workshops looking at Autism have been hugely popular with parents and carers and these sessions have proved really supportive so far. We have had huge demand for these and places filled quickly, so we are delighted to have had the chance to record this podcast with Rebecca from Eden Consultancy to share with you. Kerry chats to Rebecca McCullough all about Autism; what is it, how might it present, what can we learn and how can we support our children. We hope you enjoy the conversation, share with friends and family and let us know what you think.Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#30 - The Changing Face of Family – Raising Kids in the 2020’s. PART 1: George
08-02-2022
#30 - The Changing Face of Family – Raising Kids in the 2020’s. PART 1: George
Traditionally families have been viewed as mum, dad & 2.4 children. But society is thankfully moving forward. Single parents, unmarried mothers and fathers as well as separated and divorced parents are now accepted as the norm.  We may still have a long way to go in Northern Ireland with equality, no less so in truly accepting and including LGBTQI+ parents as the ‘norm’.In this new series of podcasts we aim to normalise and celebrate the diversity of families in Northern Ireland.First up is George who raises his teenagers with his husband. Join the Kerry and George as they chat about his experience of dads raising teens, representing a modern family unit in 2022.Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#29 - Talking Tricky Topics with Teens
18-01-2022
#29 - Talking Tricky Topics with Teens
Parenting teenagers certainly brings its challenges and can have parents questioning themselves day in day out!  Following our popular workshop ‘Talking Tricky Topics with my Teen ’ Kerry is joined by Sara an Education Worker with Common Youth. Sara chats with Kerry all about supporting our teenagers through those tricky conversations and subjects we sometimes shy away from. We hope you enjoy the conversation and share with those with teens at home!  Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#28 - Communicating and Connecting with Teens
05-01-2022
#28 - Communicating and Connecting with Teens
Parenting teenagers certainly brings its challenges and can have parents questioning themselves day in day out!  Following our popular workshop ‘Communicating with my Teen’ Kerry is joined by Ciaran, a social worker and father to twin boys who has survived parenting through the teenage years!! We hope you enjoy the conversation and share with those with teens at home!  Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#27 - Experiences of Christmas growing up in another faith
23-12-2021
#27 - Experiences of Christmas growing up in another faith
It’s that time of year again, Christmas! Twinkly lights, Santa trips, presents to wrap and cards to write! You might say, Christmas is all around! So what might it be like to grow up in a largely Christian society like Northern Ireland as a person of another faith and exposed to all the Christmas hype? In this episode Kerry chats to Bellal Yaqub, about his experiences as a Muslim at Christmas both as a child and now a parent. We hope you enjoy the conversation. Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#26 - Navigating First Year in Post Primary
26-11-2021
#26 - Navigating First Year in Post Primary
As the Christmas break approaches, so ends the first few months in ‘Big School’ for those children who have transferred to post primary this year. Those initial nerves may have eased but at Parentline NI we know that this first year can continue to throw up challenges along the way. As we all know this is the third academic year for our children to be faced with Covid restrictions and for children entering a new school with all that brings it can certainly be an anxious time. Kerry chats with Toni and Anna who work with children and their families throughout this first year in post primary and share their insight, tips and reassurance. We hope you enjoy the conversation. Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#25 - Approaching Challenges at School
17-09-2021
#25 - Approaching Challenges at School
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, on 0808 8020 400, to listen and offer support & guidance on any parenting issue.
#24 - Exam Results: Helping you to feel prepared
11-08-2021
#24 - Exam Results: Helping you to feel prepared
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 maintain communication, strengthen connections and prioritise positive mental health.Remember, the Parentline team is here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support and guidance on any issue.
#23 - The Formative Years Series: Session 4 - Returning to Work After Parental Leave
02-08-2021
#23 - The Formative Years Series: Session 4 - Returning to Work After Parental Leave
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 your family. Navigating the practicalities, the separation and emotions can be a challenging time as you, your child and your family adjust. Kerry chats with parent guest Laura who has returned to work after maternity leave just this month. Kerry and Laura talk about how she is managing this big step, how she has felt, practical tips and most importantly being kind to yourself always. We hope you enjoy the conversation and if you or someone close is returning to work soon this podcast will help support you in your transition.  Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#22 - The Formative Years Series: Session 3 - Sleep
23-07-2021
#22 - The Formative Years Series: Session 3 - Sleep
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 advice on; ·       Bedtime routines  ·       Sleep environments ·       Support to sleep ·       Naps/ nap scheduling ·       Sleep that works for the whole family We hope you take away some helpful tips and strategies to put in place for your family and hopefully catch some more zzzZZZZ’s. Remember Parentline are here on 0808 8020 400 to listen, offer support or guidance on any parenting issue.
#21 - The Formative Years Series: Session 2 - Fussy Eating
30-06-2021
#21 - The Formative Years Series: Session 2 - Fussy Eating
#20 - The Formative Years Series: Session 1 - Potty Training
11-06-2021
#20 - The Formative Years Series: Session 1 - Potty Training
#19 - Mental Health During Lockdown
03-03-2021
#19 - Mental Health During Lockdown
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.
#18 - The Importance of Reading
16-02-2021
#18 - The Importance of Reading
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.
#17 - Money On Your Mind?
12-01-2021
#17 - Money On Your Mind?
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.
#16 - Let's Talk Relationships
18-12-2020
#16 - Let's Talk Relationships
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.