We have a series of regular Lives on our MyKidsTime Instagram with experts that we know and trust to be helpful to parents. They will share top tips and answer questions from parents.
Upcoming Live Topics and Experts
If you would like to submit a question in advance to any of our experts, click here and fill out our question form. Our experts will do their best to answer your question during the Live.
Making Christmas Dinner & Entertaining Super Easy with Cepta Mahon
What: Cepta Mahon, Founder of Cookalicious will be joining us live to share her top tips for Making Christmas Dinner and Entertaining Super Easy
Topics covered: Cepta will be sharing her tips, tricks & some get-ahead advice to take the stress out of Christmas Day dinner & make entertaining a doddle! She’ll also be sharing a few lovely recipes that are some of her go-tos every single year – Cracking Red Cabbage, Sticky Spiced Gingerbread, Turkey, Brie & Cranberry Tart
Where: Live on our Instagram page
When: Thursday 9th December
Cepta is a home-chef & cookery tutor, hosting online classes, Live cookalongs and demos. She helps people cook ‘real’ food by showing them how to create food that is fuss-free, fabulous & healthy. With an ability to teach that is infectious & full of energy, Cepta loves nothing more than sharing the passion & giving others the confidence to cook great tasting food too. She shares recipes that people trust and is known for her ability to put a twist on any recipe that provides loads of practical variations. A cooking class with Cookalicious, whether online or in person is peppered with practical tips, tricks & hacks, brand banter, kitchen confessions & there’s always a hefty dose of kitchen craic in there too! Her dessert island ingredient is real butter which she simply could not live without!
Healthy Snack and Lunchbox Ideas for Kids with Deirdre Doyle
What: Deirdre Doyle, founder and creator of The Cool Food School Ltd, will be joining us live to share her top tips for Healthy Snacks and Lunchbox Ideas for Kids.
Topics covered: Importance of protein in snacks and lunches, ideas for snacks and lunches, top tips for successful lunch boxes
Where: Live on our Instagram page
When: DATE TBC
Deirdre is a mum of 3, a health coach and has a degree in hotel and catering management. She set up The Cool Food School to create a better food environment around our children. She does this by making food fun through cooking, interactive food workshops, an online shop with cool stuff and more…
Deirdre is launching her online food education and cooking course for preschoolers shortly. It consists of 6 workshops online with follow up worksheets and parent information sheets as well as a resource box that parents will get to help them complete the workshops. Find out more at www.thecoolfoodschool.ie.
Expert Book Recommendations for Kids of All Ages with Patsy Lyons
What: Patsy Lyons, owner of Tarabookco.ie, will be joining us LIVE on Instagram on November 18th at 8pm to talk about all things books and give her expert book recommendations for various age groups. She will also talk briefly about Irish published, non-fiction and high interest/low vocabulary books.
Topics covered: Age groups covered include:
- 0-4 Board/picture books
- 5-8 Beginner readers
- 9-12 Novels
- 12-15 Novels
Where: Live on our Instagram page
When: Thursday 18th November at 8pm
Tara Book Company is an Independent Irish Company committed to fostering and encouraging a love of reading in children. With their in-depth knowledge and experience of children’s books, they will help you find the right book for your child. Tara Book Company enthusiastically support and promote Irish authors and publishers, and of course, they also offer a huge range of high-quality international literature.
Having left a very “exciting” job in re-insurance Patsy decided to channel her love of books into a business, one that would allow her to work around her young children at the time. That was how Tara Book Company was born, and after 20 years she still love what she does, the business of children’s books is very rewarding. She is always reading and researching books, it’s her job. And to make your job easier in choosing the right books her website is age graded, with categories, to help narrow down the minefield that is children’s books.
So, e.g. if your child is 7 years old, in First Class, you can click on the First Class section and find hundreds of beginner readers, non fiction and picture books to help your child embark on the wonderful and enriching world of reading. Of course if your child is an advanced reader just move up a level.
We have designed our website to be navigated as simply as possible, no flashing images, no adverts popping up, no clutter, no promotions, just books, books, books. We run Book Fairs in schools nationwide, since Covid we now have Online Book Fairs, so schools can still get their fantastic commission of 50% of sales, in free books. Tara Book Company is committed to fostering, nurturing and encouraging a love of reading with children by providing the very best books, both Irish and International.
Tara Book Company also offers book gift sets and vouchers, perfect for Christmas and birthdays and MyKidsTime readers can use coupon code MKT21 to get 10% off book purchases (code valid until 25 December 2021).
How to Teach Your Kids about Money
What: Susan HayesCulleton, author of Money Matters, will be joining us live to share her top tips for How to Teach Your Kids about Money
- how to give your kids good financial habits
- how to reveal your kids worries about money (and yes, they have them) and help them overcome them
- how to give your kids an introduction to the stock market
- how to find financial supports and resources for the family at various life stages
Where: Live on our Instagram page
When: Thursday 4th November 8pm
Susan HayesCulleton, CFA is co-founder of Savvy Teen Academy and author of “Money Matters”. Susan works with thousands of teenagers each year focusing on careers, communication and confidence. She has co-authored the Leaving Cert Economics textbook twice and has a financial training business.
Money Matters is a financial literacy book for young people weaving together strands of personal finance, investing and entrepreneurship. It was a concept shaped with CFA Society Ireland and is now in every secondary school in Ireland. It’s also available for general sale at www.savvyteenacademy.com.
Follow Susan on Facebook, on Instagram @SavvyTeenAcademy @susanhayesculleton and onTwitter @savvyteens @susanhayes_
Parenting the Screenager with Family Psychotherapist and Author Richard Hogan
Richard Hogan is a systemically trained family psychotherapist and author of the best-selling book, “Parenting the Screenager”. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for his progressive ideas working with teenagers. He writes every Thursday for the Irish Examiner where he outlines strategies for parents dealing with the modern teenager. He lectures in DCU and Antioch Seattle on strength-based psychology.
Richard is a regular contributor on Radio & TV where he gives insights and offers his expertise on human behaviour. Richard’s approach is strength-based and works with families to empower them so that they can communicate in a more effective manner. Follow Richard on Instagram and Twitter.
Car Seat Safety Tips For Parents with Lucy Murphy, Founder of Car Seat Safety Ireland
Lucy is a mom of 2 and has always been interested in pushchairs and car seats. This interest led her to researching Extended Rearfacing car seats after her eldest was born over 10 years ago. She is passionate about extended rearfacing and keeping all children as safe as possible while in the car and has recently set up her own Instagram page carseatsafety_ireland to share easily accessible safety information.
Lucy is also an Admin of the Ireland – Rearfacing Car Seats for Toddlers and Children Facebook group, which has over 19,000 members. Along with car seats, Lucy is involved in her local Friends of Breastfeeding group, loves promoting cloth nappies, and making small everyday changes to help the environment.
Meal Planning Tips for Busy Families with Caitriona Redmond
Missed the Instagram Live? Get Caitríona’s meal planning tips for feeding families on a budget here.
Caitríona has been blogging about feeding her family well on a budget for many years and her cookbook ‘Wholesome – Feed Your Family Well For Less’ was published by Mercier Press. She is a member of the Guild of Irish Food Writers, works with Lidl Ireland as a brand ambassador, and juggles working with parenting, and also parenting with additional needs – very relevant to food and meals, as Caitriona has learned to deal with fussy eating, sensory issues, and food aversions.
Caitriona has a free slow cooking mini-book available to subscribers to her website along with meal planning printables. Visit www.wholesomeireland.com and follow Caitriona on Instagram @caitriona_redmond, on Facebook and on Twitter @WholesomeIE.
Returning to the World of Work After Children with Ciara Garvan, WorkJuggle
Missed the Instagram Live? Get Ciara’s top returning to work tips here.
Ciara Garvan is the Founder of WorkJuggle.com, an innovative, online platform connecting highly skilled professionals with flexible, remote and contract roles. Ciara has been a notable contributor to the Irish technology industry over the past fifteen years, holding senior roles in blue-chip companies, such as Accenture, eir and Meteor. She was previously Chair of Dyspraxia / DCD Ireland and has a passion for Diversity & Inclusion. WorkJuggle has worked with many high profile Irish companies on their Diversity & Inclusion strategy and trained entire organisations on Unconscious Bias and how to manage Inclusively.
WorkJuggle is a curated, digital recruitment platform that connects highly skilled professionals with flexible, remote and contract roles. As we move into a post-Covid world the dynamic around work has completely changed. Working trends such as remote working and flexible working have become everyday realities. Alongside this, the companies are increasingly cost-focused and are reimagining talent. Talent is no longer a fixed permanent employee whom you “own” but it can be a talented contractor hired for a specific skill set for a period of time. This is the space within which WorkJuggle operates.
WorkJuggle were the first company in Ireland to launch Re-entry workshops for women looking to get back into the workforce. Since then they have delivered multiple programs for women looking to get back particularly in the area of Technology on behalf of Technology Ireland Digital Skillnet. If you would like to hear more about their programs please click here. Find out more about WorkJuggle on their website www.workjuggle.com, follow their LinkedIn company page, follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Back to School Tips and Starting School with Sandra Byrne, Creator of Askateacher.ie
Sandra is a primary school teacher of 19 years and mum to four small boys! She created the website www.askateacher.ie where parents can connect with independent primary school teachers for advice, guidance and online tutoring. Sandra has also created courses for parents who want to know what their child should know by the end of each class level, and she has created a starter Irish e-book for parents who want to help their child with Irish.
Follow Sandra on Instagram and Facebook at @askateacher.ie for bite sized info on how to support your child’s learning.
First Aid Tips For Parents with Dave Turner, a Certified Instruction at Parent First Aid
Parent First Aid is Ireland’s leading provider of first aid training for parents & childminders offering classes online and in venues across Ireland. We also offer bespoke first aid training within businesses, schools and sports/social clubs nationwide.
Parent First Aid was set up by Peter Finnegan following his own personal family medical emergency in October 2014, when Peter’s two-year-old son Robbie was unable to breathe and started changing colour as he choked on a piece of fruit in the family home. This frightening incident spurred Peter onto setting up Parent First Aid.
Parent First Aid was established to offer essential medical emergency instruction at a local level and at times that suit busy family lives. All courses are delivered by vetted, fully qualified and experienced trainers. Follow Parent First Aid on Facebook and Instagram
The Importance of Learning Through Play with Tríona Gunning
Tríona Gunning is a stay at home mother and former childcare professional who recently founded Early Years Insights to combine her knowledge of child development research with practical strategies that can be adapted to work in all homes. Tríona’s online workshops support parents from their own home, are fully interactive and are accompanied by resources that can be used easily when needed. She aspires to empower parents with the skills to create joyful, meaningful moments as a family while also fostering your child’s skills to be happy, confident and resilient.
This summer Tríona will be providing two new workshops on her website www.earlyyearsinsights.ie – Preparing for Preschool and Preparing for School. These workshops will provide insights into the importance of transitions for young children, how parents can support them and the practical strategies and items that will make this big step a smooth one. Use exclusive code MYKIDSTIME20 for 20% off upcoming workshops.
Tips for Fertility with Helena Tubridy, Fertility Coach and Therapist
Helena Tubridy MA RGN RN is a fertility coach and therapist.She helps men and women optimise fertility naturally, prepare for IVF success and navigate pregnancy loss. She supports clients during secondary infertility struggles, after miscarriage, stillbirth, and birth trauma. A trained nurse and midwife, she uses medical hypnosis for easier birth, and EMDR for trauma care.
Helena’s new course ‘Fully Charged Fertility’ is designed to help couples achieve pregnancy more easily. Based on her 35 years helping couples have babies, it’s got the accurate fertility know-how you need to know. Packed with video lessons, expert interviews, articles, and hypnotic meditations this course teaches you how to get your fertility fully charged.
Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers with Nicola O’Byrne RCN IBCLC Paediatric Nurse and Lactation Consultant
Missed the Facebook Live? Get Nicola’s expert breastfeeding tips and advice here.
Paediatric nurse and lactation consultant Nicola is a mum of 5 who helps breastfeeding families achieve their goals to feed their babies and children. Nicola offers private online consults, group online classes, antenatal colostrum harvesting packs, and much more. Nicola also offers an online breastfeeding prep class to first time couples or those who would like a refresher course. This course gets excellent reviews from attendees – booking and details here.
Expert Tips for Calming Your Anxious Child
Alicia Eaton is an Emotional Wellbeing Specialist based in London’s Harley Street for over 15 years. She’s also the author of 4 books – the latest being ‘First Aid for your Child’s Mind’. Alicia is also the creator of a programme to help parents, Stop Bedwetting in 7 Days. Visit her website at www.aliciaeaton.co.uk and follow her on Facebook Alicia Eaton Wellbeing and in her Facebook group Stop Bedwetting for Good.
Top Skincare Tips for Teens with Skin Therapist and Dermalogica Expert Claire Baitson
Missed the Facebook Live? Get Claire’s expert teenage skincare tips and advice here.
Claire is a qualified skin therapist and Dermalogica expert who will address top teen skin concerns and how to treat them, the best ingredients to look out for and the best products for teen skin. She’ll also give tips on how to prevent breakouts. Dermalogica are kindly sponsoring this session, visit their website, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Special Offer: If you spend over €40 on www.dermalogica.ie use code MKT1 to receive a Clear Start Hydration Station Kit free.
No Fuss Sleep Tips with Niamh O’Reilly, Author & Baby Sleep Specialist, Thenursery.ie
Missed the Facebook Live? Get Niamh’s expert sleep tips for babies and toddlers here.
Niamh O’Reilly is a Baby and Toddler sleep specialist and best-selling author of “No Fuss Baby and Toddler Sleep”. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and close to 20 years of childcare experience Niamh delivers attentive, professional advice in a warm yet practical manner. Her calm and relaxed approach will immediately put you at ease and her techniques and tools can be easily tailored. As well as being a regular in the Irish media, Niamh is the Sleep Expert with many national publications, helping families worldwide to attain that ‘holy grail’ – nights of uninterrupted sleep. Niamh firmly believes that a little confidence can go a long way when it comes to managing sleep with the little ones.
Niamh offers a service to parents, “Quick Sleep Chat” by phone/zoom to set you up on the path to better sleep for the family, for more info email [email protected]. Visit Niamh’s website at www.thenursery.ie and follow her on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Healthy Recipes for Weaning, Toddlers and the Entire Family with Aileen Cox from Baby Led Feeding
Aileen Cox Blundell is the number one bestselling author of two cookbooks for baby led weaning and founder of babyledfeeding.com. Her Baby Led Feeding community has over 160k followers between Facebook and Instagram with parents from all over the world. The recipes and advice shared helps thousands of children to eat more veggies right from the very start of weaning right up to helping working parents prep lunches and dinners for busy days. It’s all about making life as easy as possible.