What Do You Do When Your Child Says I’m Bored?

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Show notes:

In this week’s episode

What Do You Do When Your Child Says I’m Bored?

Boredom – is it Good for your Kids?

How to Handle Anger Positively with your Kids

Plus … 

I am in conversation with Steve Franks, CEO of Water Babies and Lead Spokesperson for the Children First Campaign; to listen to the full interview, please click on the link below: 

Sue in Conversation with Steve Franks


Connect with Steve


Waterbabies Website

Waterbabies on Twitter

Waterbabies on Facebook 

Waterbabies on Instagram  



Children First is a campaign to encourage Government to put children at the heart of all decision-making. Despite increased awareness of rising mental health issues, the dominance of social media and the obesity crisis, there is still no dedicated person with authority to represent children in our Government. Children aged 0-5 do not have a voice in Parliament; they simply do not exist.

Our children are at risk of becoming the least healthy adult population in living memory. 21st Century childhood comes with numerous impacts to a healthy lifestyle, such as decreasing levels of physical activity due to the influence of screen time.

In order to achieve a positive change, it’s important that the Government is seen to openly recognise the fact that improving the current experience of childhood for every child is not a luxury but a necessity. Fire-fighting individual issues is not enough; we need a holistic approach that considers the complex, various issues as a whole.

For more information, please visit the Children First Website

A public petition has also been launched. If you want to make a difference to the lives of our children, please sign the petition by clicking on the link below and show your support

Petition: We need a senior Cabinet Minister with special responsibility for children and young people

The campaign was launched on 16th January 2019 at the House of Commons at an event hosted by Lucy Powell MP and key guest speakers including:

  • Steve Franks, Lead spokesperson for Children First and CEO of Water Babies
  • The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE
  • CEO of the Royal Society for Public Health, Shirley Cramer
  • Peter Andre, Singer, Songwriter, Television Personality and Businessman


Sue also attended to show her support for this important campaign

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Don’t Stew – Ask Sue Parenting Q & A

Q. Dear Sue, my daughter wants to do Netball after school, Ballet, Spanish Club & learn the piano but I feel she’s over stretching herself & I want her to enjoy just chilling after school at least for a couple of days after a busy day at school. What do you think? Siobhan McKiernan from Sligo

Hello Siobhan

Thank you for reaching out to me on this subject, please see below, one of my articles that I hope will be of help to you 

After-School Activities: Striking the Right Balance

Also, I would like to share this true story with you from the Irish Times

Time is precious – don’t use it ALL on after-school activities

I hope that you get on ok – but if you do need any further support, please do not hesitate to contact me 






Q. Dear Sue, I have always been a bit short-tempered and this has transferred over to my parenting. I can easily get wound up by my children, who are aged seven and nine, and I end up shouting at them. Has my shouting damaged my children? Tom Roberts from Torbay

Hello Tom 

Thank you for sharing this with me, I hope that the following will be of help to you. 

First of all, I think it is great that you are being honest about your shouting and willing to take responsibility for the impact on your children.

While of course the ideal is to resolve conflicts calmly, parenting is a very stressful job and most parents end up getting annoyed and shouting at some point.

Whether shouting does damage to children depends on the frequency and severity. The occasional burst of shouting may do no harm at all and may even have the benefit of clearing the air once it is handled well afterwards.
However, repeated bouts of frequent and excessive shouting and negative exchanges are very harmful to your child’s self-esteem as well as the parent-child relationship.

How to handle anger positively with your kids.

Hope this helps, but if not please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance



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