No matter how close you are with your child, some subject matters can be difficult to discuss, particularly at a very young age. New research*, carried out by Ni4kids on behalf of the PSNI, has revealed that online grooming and sexual exploitation is now the biggest safety concern ofRead More →

We think it’s important that children are aware of how to keep themselves safe when they are playing away from home or hanging out with their friends. Detective Sergeant Elaine McCormill, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Public Protection Branch, has some good advice to share…   We’ve allRead More →

After being diagnosed with post-natal anxiety and birth trauma following the birth of her first child, Anna Williamson went on a mission to uncover the real thoughts, feelings and behaviours that so many of us experience in the first few weeks of parenthood. Here, the television presenter, life coach and MindRead More →

Every year, the equivalent of two children in every primary school class in the UK have suffered abuse or neglect. But the majority are left without the support services they so desperately need. Ni4kids has teamed up with the NSPCC to offer parents advice on what to do if theyRead More →

According to the Office of National Statistics NI there are more than 13,700 step-families across Northern Ireland, highlighting the urgent need for greater guidance for parents and support from family specialists. Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White – fairy tales created for children are full of horrid stepmonsters who goRead More →

We wanted to know what local parents really think about gender neutral parenting and took the debate to our readers to find out! Did you watch the recent BBC 2 series No More Boys and Girls? In the two-part programme, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim tried to discover is the way parentsRead More →

Do you think sweet packets should carry cigarette style health warnings with pictures of children’s decayed teeth to try and cut down on the amount of sweets children eat? Health professionals and dentists have recommended the move but do parents agree? We took the debate to Ni4kids’ Facebook community toRead More →

Be honest. How many times today have you picked up your smartphone to check for a new email or to see how many likes you got for your last post or tweet? And how many hours in total do you devote a week to social media? As much as youRead More →

Stand-up comedian Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. Here, Sam shares some of the important lessons he has learnt about life after kids and the joys of fatherhood… Changing Nappies You know you really love someone when you can’t waitRead More →

“Hello, This is the President of the USA talking. A fire?! I’ll be there straight away. After I make myself a cake. Bye, Bye!” George 5 We all know that kids say the funniest things, but do we really understand what they are trying to tell us? Creator of theRead More →

It’s back to the classroom for our primary school children but teaching them about the importance of a good night’s sleep is an essential life lesson. Sleep expert Dave Gibson, founder of thesleepsite.co.uk and Co-author of The Art of Falling Asleep has this advice for parents… 1)  Work out how muchRead More →