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Is This Normal?
Is This Normal
Hosted by two seasoned journalists - and perhaps not so-seasoned mums - the show will delve into all the topics parents across Belfast and beyond are desperate to know more about.
Jul 21, 2021
S2 Ep8: NI Screen - Bernard McCloskey
This week on Is This Normal, hosts Sarah and Sheena are joined by Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education for NI Screen. Bernard chats through the endless possibilities for young people in Northern Ireland who are passionate about gaming, coding, film and technology and explains how screen time is not all bad and can have some real educational value for kids.
Jul 14, 2021
S2 Ep7: Nutrition - Dr Kirsty Porter
Sheena and Sarah are joined by Dr Kirsty Porter. From making mealtime more fun, to what foods to avoid or encourage, Kirsty talks through the highs and lows of a toddler's diet.
Jul 7, 2021
S2 Ep6: Play - Agata Young
On this week’s episode of Be’s parenting podcast hosts Sheena and Sarah chat with Agata Young from Simply Grow on how important play time is for children's development. Agata provides some brilliant tips for play ideas and how to make the most out of everyday items that most families already have in their home.
Jun 30, 2021
S2 Ep5: Breast Feeding - Janet Calvert
All mothers have different experiences with breastfeeding and on this week’s episode of Be’s parenting podcast, hosts Sheena and Sarah chat with Breastfeeding Lead at the Public Health Agency, Janet Calvert on some of the obstacles and joys of breastfeeding, as well as some useful tips and advice. Janet is passionate about the benefits of breastfeeding and said that she began her journey as she felt that “every mum should be able to get all the help that they need to be able to succeed.
Jun 23, 2021
S2 Ep4: First Aid - Vicki Campbell
In Episode 3 of Be's parenting podcast Is this Normal? hosts Sheena and Sarah chat with Vicki Campbell from KeepaBeat NI on the topic of first aid. Finding yourself in an emergency situation with a child is every parents worst nightmare but Vicki provides some invaluable tips and guidance on what you should do if you’re faced with an emergency including newborn breathing, choking and burns. She also advises on the must have items for your first aid kit. On the topic of choking Vicki said she has a simple rhyme to help parents recognise when they should intervene. She said: “If they are loud and red we let them go ahead, if they are quiet and blue they need help from you. Series 2 of Is This Normal? is packed with advice from experts on a wide range of parenting topics. Coming up in the series, the girls will also be chatting to experts on screen time, nutrition and breastfeeding.
Jun 16, 2021
S2 Ep3: Pregnancy in the Pandemic - Gemma Winter
Becoming pregnant and preparing to give birth is a wonderfully exciting time for many new mums but it can also come with a whole range of worries and fears. Then add a worldwide pandemic into the mix and a whole new range of emotions can take over. But as we start to look beyond the pandemic and our emergence from lockdown, we spoke to a dedicated Antenatal Education coordinator who gave us some great tips for preparing for labour and how NI health trusts are continuing to support expectant mums round the clock, despite Covid-19 challenges. Gemma Winter, Antenatal Education Co-ordinator for the Southern Trust chatted to Be's parenting podcast Is This Normal? about all things pregnancy.
Jun 9, 2021
S2 Ep2: Sleep - Erica Hargaden
Sleep is one of the most popular topics of conversations for parents. From the moment you bring your little one home, people will ask if they are a good sleeper. But sleep issues are not confined to the newborn stage as challenges continue for parents throughout the toddler years and beyond. Speaking on the first episode of the second series of Be's parenting podcast, Is This Normal, Erica Hargaden, a paediatric sleep consultant with her private practice Babogue, describes sleep in the first three years of a child's life as a "roller coaster". For more info from Erica, visit her Instagram or Twitter.
Jun 7, 2021
S2 Ep1: Season 2 is coming!
Season 2 of 'Is This Normal' starts this Wednesday 9th June.
Dec 4, 2020
S1 Ep9: Is This Normal? - Dr Malie Coyne - Part 2
Part 2 of our bonus episode as part of Belfast Live and Electric Ireland's Power of Pause campaign, looks at children and parents entering school age and beyond, with guest Dr Malie Coyne. Malie has written her first book 'Love In Love Out' a guide to empower parents to understand and recognise anxiety in their children. Links to resources mentioned; Headspace Compassionate mind approach Netmums Infant Mental Health The Invisible String
Nov 27, 2020
S1 Ep8: Is This Normal? - Dr Malie Coyne - Part 1
In this bonus podcast as part of Belfast Live and Electric Ireland's Power of Pause campaign, hosts Sheena McStravick and Sarah Scott are joined by Dr Malie Coyne. Malie has written her first book 'Love In Love Out' a guide to empower parents to understand and recognise anxiety in their children. In part one of this two part podcast Malie talks about parenting and infant mental health in the years before school. Links to resources mentioned; Headspace Compassionate mind approach Netmums Infant Mental Health The Invisible String Part two of the podcast will be released 4th December.
Jul 3, 2019
S1 Ep7: Is This Normal? - Vaccinations
On this week's episode of our parenting podcast Is this Normal? we're chatting to Jillian Johnston from Public Health Agency (PHA) who talks us through babies and kids vaccination programmes, pregnancy vaccines, HPV vaccine for boys and of course the MMR vaccine. This is the last in the current series, so thanks for listening and stay tuned on Belfast Live for series 2 later in the year!
Jun 26, 2019
S1 Ep6: Is This Normal? - Dad Life
Q Radio host and dad Ibe Sesay joins parenting podcast Is This Normal? He's known for his awesome presenting skills on the radio, but Ibe Sesay is a seasoned dad too, with kids ranging from eight to 16. With two girls and two boys, Ibe opens up about the differences between the genders - and reveals there IS a difference. Ibe also talks about his recent appointment as an ambassador at Parentline NI. For more info visit the Parent Line website, Facebook or Twitter. For all things parenting visit the Is This Normal? hub.
Jun 19, 2019
S1 Ep5: Is This Normal? - Online Safety
With a generation of 'digital natives' coming up behind us, NSPCC expert Margaret Gallagher talks to Belfast Live parenting podcast 'Is This Normal?' about the dos and don'ts when it comes to digital. For more info from the NSPCC visit Twitter or their website.
Jun 12, 2019
S1 Ep4: Is This Normal? - Childcare Costs
Aoife Hamilton from Employers for Childcare tells Belfast Live parenting podcast Is this Normal? how mums and dads can find out exactly what they're entitled to when it comes to financial support. For more information from Employers for Childcare visit their website, Facebook & Twitter or call them on 0800 028 3008.
Jun 5, 2019
S1 Ep3: Is This Normal? - Sleeping
Sleep expert Susan Wallace from Settled Petals opens up to Belfast Live's parenting podcast Is This Normal? about the secrets to a perfect night's sleep with little ones in the house. Susan also reveals the perfect temperature for your baby's room - and explains why new parents need to give up their 'Insta-worthy' life goals and embrace the sleepless nights in those early weeks. For more from Settled Petals, visit their Facebook and Instagram.
May 29, 2019
S1 Ep2: Is This Normal? - Weaning
This week we talk to paediatric dietician Ailish McVeigh from First Foods Weaning. Ailish takes us through her tips on how to know when your baby is ready for solids, how to pick between spoon feeds and finger food, and when is the perfect time to introduce allergens into your child's diet. With useful insight into the true dangers of sugar for the little 'uns, Ailish is an expert who's well worth a listen. For more from Ailish, visit her Facebook and Instagram.
May 16, 2019
S1 Ep1: Announcing; Is This Normal? from Belfast Live
Hosted by two seasoned journalists - and perhaps not so-seasoned mums - the show will delve into all the topics parents across Belfast and beyond are desperate to know more about. Chatting to experts about everything from paediatric nutrition and childcare costs to online safety and getting babies to sleep through the night, presenters Sheena McStravick and Claire O'Boyle will ask all the questions mums and dads want to get to the bottom of. Episode one will hear from nutritionist Ailish McVeigh from First Foods Weaning for the inside steer on what really works when weaning your child. Sleep expert Susan Wallace from Settled Petals will take the reins in episode two, to reassure parents with little ones that sleepless nights are normal - and that they won't last forever. Next up, Is This Normal? will feature Aoife Hamilton from charity Childcare for Employers, to help parents break down the facts and figures to help get the best value childcare they possibly can - and to make sure…