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Ask The Pharmacist: Heartburn

Ask The Pharmacist: Heartburn

Heartburn (sometimes referred to as acid reflux), is a common condition that affects one in six adults. It occurs when stomach acid escapes back up into the oesophagus (food pipe).

Because the oesophagus is not as well protected as the stomach the acid can irritate the lining. If this keeps happening, it can interfere with daily life, and you may be told you have a longer-term c...

Claire Edgar

Family Law: Medical Care, Your Rights And Who Decides?

Family Law: Medical Care, Your Rights And Who Decides?

Claire Edgar discusses the legal realities for parents who disagree with treatments recommended by health professionals...

Caring for a sick child comes with the territory of being a parent. From teething, to the latest stomach bug to hit the school playground, all of us will have spent many a sleepless night nursing a cr...

Dr Mark Rodgers

Matters of the Mind: Mental Health

Matters of the Mind: Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) is an opportune time to talk about why good mental health is important in children and young people.

According to the World Health Organisation, mental disorders are the single most common cause of disability in young people and depending on the environment and circumstances, up to 20 per cent of ch...

Editor's Letter

 Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor

Whatever your views on the pros and cons, there’s no avoiding the fact that for many of our children a future career in tech is not only very likely, it’s also what they see their grown-up selves doing.

One of the most daunting dilemmas faced by parents, and the source of endless discussions and stories in the media, is achieving the right balance between giving our children enough access to tech to ...

Family Finance

The Future Of Work

The Future Of Work

William Thompson, Head of Consumer Banking NI Bank of Ireland UK, explains why keeping up with the pace of change is a huge challenge for everyone but especially for parents, like him, who want to guide and prepare our children for a digital world…

We live in a world of rapid change where the advance and impact of technology is felt daily in our homes and our workplaces. I read recently that 85 per cent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’...

Grace McGurk

What’s new?

What’s new?

Ni4kids' columnist Grace McGurk says "Ask a parent ‘What’s new with you?’ and they will probably think of their children first and what’s new with them!"

In the McGurk household it feels like everything happening is new! Daniel and Conor are starting ‘big school,’ as it’s described in our house. New uniform, including a ‘horrid and uncomfortable ...

Guest Columnist

Run, run as fast as you can

Run, run as fast as you can

Guest columnist Lindsay Bond O’Neill shares her love of the open road.

I don’t feel like a runner. But I am a runner. You too can discover the joy of running. You can find out how easy it is to take some exercise by simply running out your front door. You don’t need expe...

Jason Holmes

Saving Summer

Saving Summer

As if we did not realise already that children cost a fortune and life is getting more expensive, summer and its potential expense arrives.

It’s been a difficult year for many with food bills getting higher and the cost of filling the car increasing. It used to be for our family that spending over £100 in Tesco was a rarity, now it is co...

Lyn Magill

 My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

Camping late in the season always has its risks but not wanting to give in to the blatantly obvious signs of autumn nor the televised flood warnings, we continued to squeeze every last piece of equipment into the car.

With every orifice filled, our two children plus our eldest daughter’s friend were now concealed in the back by a wall of pillows, duvets and sleeping bags. Two hours later and we were the first f...

Mini Money Matters

Mini Money Matters

Mini Money Matters

Jill Smyth believes you don’t need to be a financial expert to talk to your children about money. Using real life examples will make it easier to dispel common misconceptions.

Getting your kids to understand the value of money is an ongoing challenge and that, coupled with myths about money, only makes it harder. Kids learn what they live and parents are often their biggest...

Ni4kids Archive

Empowering young people with autism for educational inclusion

Empowering young people with autism for educational inclusion

The Autism charity Parents Education as Autism Therapists, have completed 2 years of a project to promote educational inclusion for young people aged 8-20 who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder and are facing some sort of disengagement from their education.

PEAT is the Northern Ireland Autism Charity employing appropriately qualified professionals to deliver services using evidence-based practice for positive behaviour support in family homes, in schools...

Rebecca Reid

Battle of the Ages

Battle of the Ages

Rebecca Reid, local author and mum-of-four talks, small, medium and large syndrome…

I’m not too sure if this happens in all families, or if it’s just us, but there are definitely a few little syndromes bopping about our four walls. Namely, small, medium and large syndrome. Aka – el...

Stephanie Berkeley

Style Counsel with Stephanie Berkeley

Style Counsel with Stephanie Berkeley

After what seems like an eternity, it is finally time to leave Dry January behind and embrace fabulous February…

You know that January is well and truly over when the shops start to clear their sale items, colour creeps into the windows and pink and red hearts appear in the ‘Seasonal’ aisles in Tesco and Sainsbu...

Tom Briggs

Diary of the Dad

Diary of the Dad

Award-winning parent blogger and proud dad-of-three Tom Briggs reveals the unknown dangers of malevolent meatballs...

Last week, I caught Dylan and Xander subjecting Amelie to an immensely irritating episode of Team Umizoomi – entitled ‘Meatball Madness’ – for the umpteenth time. It seems though that, far from just s...








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