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#22 - The Formative Years Series: Session 3 - Sleep
#21 - The Formative Years Series: Session 2 - Fussy Eating
#20 - The Formative Years Series: Session 1 - Potty Training
#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
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?
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...