I’ve been writing this column for over a decade and every time September rolls around I wonder where the year has gone but this year it’s different… Life happens so intensively and so rapidly we don’t get many chances to reflect on it. Parenting is a long and important partRead More →

Here we are again in September, and like many parents, Ni4kids’ columnist Alan Meban’s thoughts are returning to children’s education, exams and employment. On one day this August, three press releases hit my beleaguered inbox. The first heralded the latest set of Labour Market Data to be published by NorthernRead More →

Do you ever scroll through Facebook and raise your eyebrows at some of the updates describing perfect family outings? Do you feel deeply inadequate at the scenes of cross-generational harmony, big joyful smiles, out in the open air, without a screen or piece of technology in sight, and none ofRead More →

‘The Flack is back’ as Love Island has returned to our screens – an announcement that I know will be met by hurrahs and boos in equal measures (I’m in the hurrah camp btw) and this can only mean it’s nearly summer holiday time… While this news is indeed welcome,Read More →

By Alan Meban What advice would I give my 25-year-old self? That question rattled around my head for days on end. I knew that I needed a pithy answer before sitting down with Vinny Hurrell in a radio studio to record an interview for his Monday night show and podcast.Read More →

With recent temperatures soaring, and the shops full of tempting textures and textiles, this is the month to tastefully transition your look from spring to summer without being caught out by a cold snap. I love the month of May but it can also be a challenging month to lookRead More →

The Easter Parade Call it uncertainty surrounding Brexit (yes – I used the “B” word) but there’s definitely a ‘making the most of the clothes you own’ mood permeating the atmosphere and even I’m not immune says Stephanie Berkeley… In the past, I’ve spouted the “buy less and wear more”Read More →

Author and mum-of-four from Bangor, Rebecca Reid,is teaching her kids the concept of gratitude and that good things come from hard work… In an era of instant gratification, in one aspect of parenthood our generation has it harder than ever. I sound like my mother (or all our mothers combined)Read More →

Hallelujah January is over! We can officially ditch the diet and detox and get back to eating warming winter pies and slow-cooked stews. ‘Girl’s gotta eat for heat’ as they say. Welcome February – oh how I do love thee. Some people slag off the month of February like thereRead More →

Author, and mum-of-four from Bangor, Rebecca Reid believes it’s time to make the new year all about you… Happy New Year everyone! And what a fabulous one I hope it will be. There’s nothing like the great fresh start that a new year brings. There are endless possibilities in the weeks andRead More →

Happy New Year readers! It’s new year’s resolution time and, like many of you, I’m going to try to become more active, drink less and eat healthily in 2019. I have also added a new resolution to the usual list of promises I will probably break in a week orRead More →

Rebecca Reid, author and mum-of-four from Bangor, is making the festive season all about memories rather than presents this year… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – that’s the feeling we’re getting in our house. And why not? There is so much to look forward to. All theRead More →