‘Real world’ solutions for carers so they can understand the meaning behind a child's behaviour.
In this weeks episode I am joined by Ireland AM’s lovely Laura Woods. In this episode we discuss many topics including Laura’s experience of growing up as an only child. She also discusses the parenting challenge of raising boys and mastering the balance between being fair and equal but also acknowledging their individuality when they earn reward or sanction. We also discuss the challenges of managing children of different ages when it comes to video games and different activities. We also discuss the balancing act of scheduling extra curricular activities for children and knowing how much is too much when it comes to involving children in sports and groups. Keywords: Only Child, Parenting Boys, Dealing with equality and difference in parenting. Deciding on how many extra curricular activities are enough for young children. Don't forget, if you have any parenting questions and would like to get in touch you can do so viaemail : firstname.lastname@example.org twitter : @Asking4aParentinstagram : asking_for_a_parent
Listeners Questions with Catherine Sharkey
In this weeks listeners questions episode I am joined by my sister Catherine Sharkey where we discuss many topics that have been sent into the Asking for a Parent Podcast. We discuss the challenges of parenting teens who have become vampires over lockdown, sleeping all day and awake all night. We answer an interesting question about managing the role of step-parent. We explore what to do to manage an overly attached 4 yr old who’s struggling in lockdown. We explain how tummy pains can be used as a means of trying to get out of going to school. We discuss the issue of child to parent hostility and the complexities of parenting adult children. And we discuss a number of questions about how staff can manage while working in an early childhood environment. We conclude the show by demonstrating ways in which we can maintain some balance in our lives so as to do the best we can to maintain our mental well-being in these messed up times. Don't forget, if you have any parenting questions and would like to get in touch you can do so viaemail : email@example.com twitter : @Asking4aParentinstagram : asking_for_a_parent
In this episode we take a different direction and talk to a father about his experience of parenting in the pandemic. This weeks guest is RTE Radio One’s host of Rising Time, Shay Byrne. In this episode we discuss the challenges for parents of children who have missed out on core aspects of their experiences as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. Where Shay discusses how his children missed out on Transition Year, Irish College and a Confirmation. We discussed the ways in which we as parents discuss disappointment when things don’t go to plan and how this year we have had to become adept at that skill. Shay also talks about his own childhood and tells some humorous stories about his experience of growing up and how he followed his ambition and heart into a career in media. We also discuss the pressure on parents to put expectations on children and how this can sometimes jar with out own value system. Shay also discusses his role as a funeral celebrant and we discuss the complexities of loss and grief. We also discuss the thorny issue of how best to introduce teenagers to have healthy relationships with alcohol and ways in which we as parents can manage societal expectations in these challenging times. Don't forget, if you have any parenting questions and would like to get in touch you can do so viaemail : firstname.lastname@example.org twitter : @Asking4aParentinstagram : asking_for_a_parent
Listeners Questions with Miriam Kenny about ASD
The volume of questions we have received about parenting challenges that involve children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) has been considerable. In light of this, we have decided to stockpile the themes of these questions and dedicate this episode to this topic. Given the complexity of ASD, I decided to ask an expert guest to join me to discuss the issues. Miriam Kenny is the parent of a child with Autism, and she set up the “Involve Autism” organisation which campaigns for educational provision for children with ASD. In this episode we discuss the challenges for parents of children with ASD and answer the questions that have been sent to the Podcast. We discuss ways to support children with ASD. Managing parental differences in managing ASD. We also discuss the deficits in services and how best to engage in meaningful inclusion, integration and understanding. Miriam offers and unique understanding of how the world is experienced as a parent of a child with ASD and she describes support services and strategies to help both the parent and child navigate the social landscape. Even if you are not directly connected to a child with ASD, chances are that you know a child in your own child’s class or a neighbour’s child or a relative with ASD. This episode aims to highlight the ways in which we as parents, schools and communities can help to make meaningful change in terms of inclusion and integration of children with social communication challenges. Don't forget, if you have any parenting questions and would like to get in touch you can do so viaemail : email@example.com twitter : @Asking4aParentinstagram : asking_for_a_parent
In this episode Mairead and I talk about coping as a parent through the pandemic and Lockdown 2. We go on to discuss how our experience of being parented has an impact on how we become parents ourselves. Mairead discusses the challenge of raising children with long age gaps between them, and wonders about the different parenting approaches to boys and girls, sons and daughters.We discuss the challenge of deciding when and how we introduce our early teen to technology and social media. We discuss the strengths and risks of introducing technology too early or too late and explore how we can encourage a child to have their voice and nurture their self-worth. Keywords: Surviving Lockdown 2, Parenting Boys and Girls, Blended families, introducing children to Social media and nurturing self worth
Listeners Questions with Petrina Tighe
In this episode Petrina Tighe and I answer the questions submitted by listeners. We talk about coping as a parent of teenagers through the pandemic and the importance of cutting them some slack. We answer questions about managing sibling rivalry and supporting healthy sibling relationships when sharing and compromise is difficult. We also have an interesting discussion about responding to parental separation where the one parent is attempting to alienate the other. Following on from our episode with Alison Curtis, who spoke really candidly about losing both of her parents in her teens. We answer questions about supporting children through grief and loss. We then discuss knowing when to refer a child to receive professional help. Colman speaks honestly around the deficits within the national systems of support and helps parents to access the correct service to support their child. We talk about supporting non-sporty children who struggle to make friends and discuss the importance of helping them to find their tribe. This is followed by a discussion about how to promote self-worth in children if the parent themselves has poor self worth in themselves. Colman finishes the episode by talking openly about his own parenting challenges. Keywords: Supporting teens in Lockdown, sibling rivalry, Grief and Loss, parental separation, when to seek professional help, and supporting parents who have poor self worth.Don't forget, if you have any parenting questions and would like to get in touch you can do so viaemail : firstname.lastname@example.org twitter : @Asking4aParentinstagram : asking_for_a_parent
Customer ReviewsSee All
Excellent insights into the world of children
This podcast has really helped me gain an understanding into my children’s behaviour. It has provided clarity on what age appropriate behaviour is and allowed me feel confident in my parenting.
It all just makes so much sense! Parenting advice presented in a down to earth, common sense fashion without preaching perfection. Keep them coming Colman.
Such a refreshing approach to discussing parenting challenges. Particularly the diversity of the challenge rather than a one size fits all. Can’t wait for the next episode.