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June 2017

Letter from the editor

Every now and again life has a way of giving us a little shake to stop us becoming too complacent about whom we hold dearest.

For me and my family, it was a recent dash to A&E with my four-year-old son followed by emergency surgery to remove his ruptured appendix. I counted my blessings many times over the next few days while at his bedside in hospital, one morning waking up to hear the terrible news of the atrocity in Manchester and trying to imagine the horror and fear of parents searching for their children who should have been having the time of their lives, not caught up in an evil nightmare.

Recent events have more than ever proved to me that you should always trust your parental instincts, especially when it comes to health. We should remember every day to treasure who and what we have, and I include in that sentiment not just our loved ones, but also the hardworking staff of the NHS and the teams at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children to whom I will be eternally grateful. I have now made a blood oath to never ever complain again about being made to watch the same favourite episode of Scooby-Doo on looped repeat… in fact I can’t wait.

As we approach Father’s Day (don’t forget Sunday June 18) let’s hear it for the boys as Kerry Thomson reflects on how sometimes it’s the smallest things which remind us how great dads are, I chat to hilarious best-selling children’s author Jeremy Strong and we reveal the out-of-this-world dads, along with many other shining stars, who have been selected as our finalists for the 2017 Ni4kids Family Awards.

Take care of you, and them.


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