Trigger warning: article mentions eating disorders and anxiety. “𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙢 𝙤𝙛 𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨, 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙢𝙮 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙢𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙖 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙚.”   Mum of two and mental health blogger, Naomi Barr, shares her latest musings on the run-up to the festiveRead More →

In the latest of our series of blog posts on Ni4kids, Northern Ireland mum of two, Naomi Barr discusses her diagnosis with a mental health condition and reveals how it affects her daily life. I am a 34-year-old mother of two girls, aged 8 and 5. In 2012 I wasRead More →

In the first of a new series of blog posts on Ni4kids, Northern Ireland mum of two, Naomi Barr discusses her diagnosis with a mental health condition and reveals how it affects her daily life. I am a 34-year-old mother of two girls, aged 8 and 5. In 2012 IRead More →

Barnardo’s is urgently calling for more people to consider becoming foster carers, after the number of children referred to the charity’s fostering services across the UK jumped by over a quarter in 12 months. * The UK’s largest children’s charity has launched its annual Fostering Focus campaign, which runs throughout theRead More →

You’ll know the physical and mental benefits of horticulture if you’re cultivating your own garden. But did you know many of these also cross over to children – and there are even some added advantages for kids? Here, we’ll cover why gardening is the best activity for your primary school-ageRead More →

New mothers are suffering needless trauma and anxiety due to Covid-19 restrictions during pregnancy and birth, according to a campaign group trying to reform strict Department of Health rules. The Mothers Matter #marchformaternity Campaign group is urgently calling for Health Minister Robin Swann to reconsider the safety rules governing theRead More →

The global pandemic and lockdowns on top of all the usual life challenges can affect children just as much as adults. To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Catherine Lynch provides six stepping stones, and free downloadable resources, to help parents support youngsters to develop good mental health. Read More →

Anxiety in children is not a new condition and it is perfectly normal for children to develop specific fears and phobias as they experience the world for themselves. As children grow, so can their anxiety – especially when big changes take place. It’s only when these anxious feelings start toRead More →

February may be the month in which we celebrate love, but it doesn’t stop our little cherubs from having the occasional meltdown and uttering those three little words we don’t long to hear: “I hate you!” Rebecca Schrag Hershberg offers some calming words of wisdom on how to – andRead More →

With recent data from the NSPCC’s Childline service showing that children as young as four years old are displaying signs of panic attacks, anxiety and depression, Alicia Eaton believes it’s becoming crucial for today’s parents to equip themselves with the ‘first aid’ skills that will support their child’s emotional wellbeing.Read More →

Children have an innate urge to play from birth right through to the teenage years. Freely chosen play (play which is directed by children) is critically important for all children as part of their everyday lives and access to quality, unstructured play is proven to help improve children and youngRead More →