DESPITE most children longing for time off school, the long summer holidays all too often lead rapidly to cries of: "I'm bored!" Sound familiar? As a mum-of-two, Team GB Olympic athlete Jo Pavey knows this scenario first-hand. But she's keen to highlight how keeping kids entertained over summer can also be a great opportunity to encourage them to be more active, along with the rest of the family too – something Pavey and her husband Gavin consider central to family life. "As a parent, it's great to aim to be a good role model for your children by being active yourself. I enjoy showing my children that it's fun to be active, and I feel it helps them associate being active with having a happy and healthy life," says Pavey (45), who has joined forces with Simplyhealth (simplyhealth.co.uk) to inspire families to get on board with the idea. "Getting active together as a family is so much fun. It's such a great way to spend some quality family time together, while keeping fit and … [Read more...] about How to keep kids entertained and active this summer
Q: MY seven-year-old son still wets the bed, and both he and I are embarrassed about it. Is this normal at his age, and what can I do to help him stay dry at night? A: Alina Lynden, a helpline adviser for ERIC, the children's bowel and bladder charity (eric.org.uk/bedwetting), says: "Wetting the bed is a common childhood condition affecting half a million children and teenagers in the UK. "Around 12 per cent of seven to nine-year-olds regularly wet the bed. However, it's something which can have a huge impact on a child's day-to-day life, affecting their self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, achievement at school and social life. Children may feel so embarrassed about their bed-wetting that they avoid sleepovers or going on school camp for fear of their 'secret' being discovered. Extra washing to deal with it and disturbed sleep can also take a big toll on family life. "There are lots of things you can do now to try and help him get dry. The most important thing to start with is to give … [Read more...] about Ask The Expert: How can I help my child to stop wetting the bed?
HOW does the possibility of earning around £50,000 in a few years and having the pick of jobs in a thriving industry sound? Appealing, no doubt.Belfast Met's IT apprenticeship programme provides the opportunity to gain IT skills and knowledge alongside that all-important on-the-job experience. Applications are open for the programme and will close on August 26.Possible routes include the level 5 Higher Level apprenticeships in cyber security and networking infrastructure as well as a cloud and application development option. The Level 3 (A Level equivalent) options include digital forensics, networking infrastructure, and software development. Countless apprentices have participated in the programme before and are now successfully climbing the industry career ladder – many in top companies such as Fujitsu and Citi in addition to entering the public sector through the NI Civil Service's participation in the initiative. Belfast Met is in prime position to deliver … [Read more...] about Make IT your career with a Belfast Met apprenticeship
THIS week's High Flyer is Andrew Gowdy, head of property and commercial finance at Whiterock Finance.What was your first job?My first job was working part-time in the Co-Op in Bangor when I was 16. I used to stack shelves before I was old enough to drive the home delivery van. My first full-time role was working in the Corporate Banking NI team at Bank of Ireland.What qualifications do you have?A degree in finance from Queen's University Belfast.What do you attribute your success to?I've always been willing to learn new skills. Interpersonal skills go a long way, especially when we're speaking to new companies who are seeking funding.How would you describe yourself to someone who'd never met you?Approachable, laidback and an aspiring golfer (although my game lately would suggest otherwise). Who do you look up to in business?James Neil from HNH Group has been a good friend and mentor to me since we played hockey together at Queen's University. He helped me through the early stages of my … [Read more...] about Aspiring golfer Andrew has drive to succeed in finance
CO OFFALY’S Shane Lowry held his nerve amid harsh weather conditions to win the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club yesterday. On a day when others faltered around him, Lowry built upon his overnight lead to record a -15 final score – six shots clear of his nearest rival, England’s Tommy Fleetwood. In pocketing the £1.56m purse and his first major title, the 32-year-old became the fifth golfer from the island of Ireland to hoist the famous Claret Jug and the last since Rory McIroy in 2014. It capped a memorable week for Royal Portrush, which hosted the showpiece event for the first time since 1951, welcoming 237,000 spectators over the course of the week and entertaining a global audience of 600 million. The event also represented the largest sporting event ever hosted in Northern Ireland. Lowry's father, Brendan, a celebrated Gaelic footballer and All-Ireland winner with Offaly in 1982, was handed the trophy by his son on the 18th green and … [Read more...] about Tears of joy at home golf club as Shane Lowry wins The Open