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Minister For Children Roderic OGorman

Minister For Children Roderic OGorman

June 9, 2021

In this episode we talk to Minister Roderic OGorman about his role as Minister for Children, Inclusivity, Diversity and Youth. 

He discusses what it was like growing up in Mullhudart and his journey into politics.

He discusses the challenges of Ministerial duty in a Pandemic and discusses how the last 14 months have impacted Irish children. 

He discusses the Summer of Play Initiative and his goals for the remainder of his term in office. 

Keywords: young peoples, Minister for Children, lockdowns, pandemic and summer of play

 

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Listeners Questions with Prof Jim Lucey

Listeners Questions with Prof Jim Lucey

May 26, 2021

In this week's episode we speak to Prof Jim Lucey about how things have been for him over the last number months. Jim is a Prof of Psychiatry in TCD, Adult Psychiatrist and the author of the new book 'A Whole New Plan for Living'. He is also a parent of six and he fills us in on how challenging it has been with working from home over the last number of months and how he has coped.

We also answer some really interesting questions where we look at managing aggressive behaviour in teenagers, supporting a child who is displaying early signs of an eating disorder, we discuss the complexity of ASD Diagnoses and how to support a teenager with a stammer.

This is a great episode where we answer a lot of your questions
Keywords: Eating Disorders, ASD, Stammer and Agressive Behavour
 
Young People’s Voices 18-25

Young People’s Voices 18-25

May 19, 2021

In this 3rd of three episodes we interview young adults about their experiences of the last 12 months and what it has been like for them.

The most effective way to improve your parenting approach is to better understand the world your young persons eyes.

These three episodes are edits from a series of interviews with young people who honestly and insightfully share their experiences of living in a pandemic, first year in college, social isolation, dating and much much more.

The young people also provide a report card on how the adults in their lives have done over the last year, identifying what worked well, and not so well.

They provide insights into what they miss the most, what they’re looking forward to post Covid and how it has impacted on them.

This first episode has many voices of young adults aged 20-25

So don’t miss this one it’s a cracker!

Keywords: young peoples voices, young adult perspectives, lockdowns, pandemic and dating

 

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Listeners Questions with Mary O’Kane

Listeners Questions with Mary O’Kane

May 12, 2021

In this weeks episode we speak to Dr Mary O Kane about how things have been for her over the last number months. Mary is a lecturer in Early Childhood studies and author of the new parenting book 'Perfectly Imperfect'. She is also a parent of three and she fills us in on how challenging it has been with the school closures, college from home and job losses over the last number of months and how she has coped.

We also answer some really interesting questions where we look at managing obsessional behaviour in children, supporting a child who wants to become more independent and how to manage communicating the importance of the public health restrictions to a teenager who wants to mix with their friends.

We also discuss in detail how to help someone cope with Panic Attacks and provide practical tips on this topic. 

This is a great episode where we answer a lot of your questions
Keywords: OCD, Obsessionality, Rituals, Panic Attack, Childhood Independence, Parental Control and Public Health Guidelines and Teenagers.
 

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Second Young Person’s Voices

Second Young Person’s Voices

May 5, 2021

In this second of three episodes we interview young people about their experiences of the last 12 months and what it has been like for them.

The most effective way to improve your parenting approach is to better understand the world your child lives in, through their eyes.

These three episodes are a edits from a series of interviews with young people who honestly and insightfully share their experiences of living in a pandemic, school closures, social isolation and much much more.

The children also provide a report card on how the adults in their lives have done over the last year, identifying what worked well, and not so well.

They provide insights into what they miss the most, what they’re looking forward to post Covid and how it has impacted on them.

This second episode has many voices of secondary school young people who describe the challenges of leaving cert, school closures and social isolation.

 

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Listeners Questions with Eleanor Bermingham

Listeners Questions with Eleanor Bermingham

April 28, 2021

In this weeks episode we speak to Eleanor Bermingham about how things have been for her over the last number months. Eleanor is a single parent of two children with autism and additional educational needs and she fills us in on how challenging it has been with the school closures over the last number of months and how she has coped.

We also answer some really interesting questions where we look at managing bereavement in children, supporting a child with Dyspraxia and how to manage communicating those needs to the affected child. The pros and cons of labels are discussed and how we can help parents where sibling rivalry becomes an unmanageable issue.

We also discuss in detail how to help someone cope with Panic Attacks and provide practical tips on this topic. 

Keywords: Autism. ASD. Additional Educational Needs. School Closures. Bereavement. Dyspraxia. Sibling Rivalry and Panic Attacks 

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Young People’s Voices

Young People’s Voices

April 21, 2021

In this first of three episodes we interview young people about their experiences of the last 12 months and what it has been like for them.

The most effective way to improve your parenting approach is to better understand the world your child lives in, through their eyes.

These three episodes are a edits from a series of interviews with young people who honestly and insightfully share their experiences of living in a pandemic, school closures, social isolation and much much more.

The children also provide a report card on how the adults in their lives have done over the last year, identifying what worked well, and not so well.

They provide insights into what they miss the most, what they’re looking forward to post Covid and how it has impacted on them.

This first episode has many voices of primary school children and some secondary school young people too. The following 2 episodes will focus more on teens and young adults.

So don’t miss this one it’s a cracker!

Keywords: young peoples voices, child perspectives, lockdowns, pandemic and school closures  

 

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Anna Daly

Anna Daly

April 14, 2021

In this episode we welcome Ireland AM’s very own Anna Daly to the podcast. 

 

In this episode Anna talks about her experience of growing up in Dublin and her experiences of being parented. Anna talks is through her journey into broadcasting and becoming a parent.

We also discuss parenting in a pandemic solutions to social interaction problems in childhood and managing playground politics. We discuss emotional dysregulation and supporting children with emotional development.

We discuss the impact of school closures and lockdowns on children’s social and emotional development and how they are learning social nuance in an abnormal world.

Keywords: Parenting. Social Friendships. Resilience. Lockdown Parenting

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Listeners Questions with Sarah Courtney

Listeners Questions with Sarah Courtney

April 7, 2021

In this episode we welcome Sarah Courtney Workplace Well-being Parent Coach.

In this episode we discuss solutions to childhood anxiety, social interaction problems, emotional dysregulation and supporting children with irrational fears.

We discuss the impact of school closures and lockdowns on children’s social and emotional development and how they are learning social nuance in an abnormal world.

We also discuss supporting a child with ASD to manage friendships.

Keywords: Parenting. Social development. Friendships. Resilience. ASD, Lockdown Effects.

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Senator Lynn Ruane

Senator Lynn Ruane

March 31, 2021

In this episode we welcome Senator Lynn Ruane to the podcast. In this episode Lynn discusses growing up in Tallaght and her childhood experiences of taking drugs and getting into trouble in her early teens. She discusses how she became pregnant at 15 years old and how becoming a mother in her teens impacted her life. She describes you she became involved in the addiction services and how this was a turning point in her life.

Lynn discusses the important role her parents had in her life and trajectory. Later becoming the student union president and ending up in the Senate. 

Lynn is keen to identify the important role others played in her success and the vital support she received. 

Lynn talks about her question about encouraging her two girls to be independent thinkers, and the challenge that poses as a parent. She also discusses the concept of stepping back as a parent and creating an identity as a person again.

 

Keywords: Single Parenting. Addiction. Moderation. Resilience. Managing child independence

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