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Parenting in the Present; Dealing with the Past

Parenting in the Present; Dealing with the Past

A new baby brings new hope. As we cuddle our new little baby, our thoughts might wander and we imagine the endless possibilities stretching before this child; we imagine the moments of joy and fun we will share with them. While the reality of parenting is often full of moments of pure joy, it can also be one of the ... Read More »

Needles are never pleasant but there are a few steps that might ease the ‘ouch’ factor

Needles are never pleasant but there are a few steps that might ease the ‘ouch’ factor

For babies, cuddle them closely. Feeding before or afterwards can offer quick comfort. For toddler and older children, give them notice of what will be happening. A surprise shot could lead to fear or mistrust around doctor’s visits. Explain that they will be getting an injection to keep them healthy. It helps to also explain that the shot takes a ... Read More »

Self Care—What’s That?

Self Care—What’s That?

If you have ever read parenting books or web-sites (including our own loveparenting.ie) or done a parenting programme, you will know that one of the key messages to support positive parenting is that parents need to find time to look after themselves if in order to be able to meet the needs of their children. We know that it is ... Read More »

Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

While children look forward to the long summer break with great excitement, the reality can sometimes lead to the dreaded complaint—I’m Bored! Here are a few tips to help you cope. Embace It! Evidence suggests that boredom can be good for children. It allows them time to think, to become comfortable in their own company and to use their creativity ... Read More »

Top Tips for Helping your Teen Stay Healthy

Top Tips for Helping your Teen Stay Healthy

  Provide Lots of Healthy Food and Snacks. Many teenagers have voracious appetites-it may feel like a full time job keeping them fed. If you have lots of filling, healthy snacks on hand (think fruit, cut up vegetables, hummus and pita, wholegrain bagels and peanut butter, wholegrain pasta with tomato sauce), they will be more likely to reach for these ... Read More »

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

In previous columns, we discussed how to avoid getting in to arguments with your teen and how to talk about challenging behaviour. This week, we focus on how to keep the lines of communication open. In the midst of busy lives and the constant distractions of technology, we can easily become isolated from each other. We know, however, that keeping ... Read More »

Top tips for easing the discomfort of teething

Top tips for easing the discomfort of teething

When your baby or toddler  morphs into a small vampire and everything is fair game for a bite, its good have a few tricks up your sleeve: Use your clean finger or a damp, clean muslin cloth to apply gentle pressure to the gums Keep teething aids (rings, rubber spoons etc.) in the fridge to cool inflamed gums Frozen fruit ... Read More »

World Breastfeeding Week: The Importance of Supportive Partners

World Breastfeeding Week: The Importance of Supportive Partners

The benefits of breastfeeding are both immediate and lifelong – it provides on-tap nutrition as and when baby needs it and creates the building blocks of brain development and immunity that will carry your child through life. The fact that something is natural doesn’t mean that it comes naturally or is easy and breastfeeding is no exception. It takes practice ... Read More »

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

It’s the time of year when many families pack up the kids, the beach gear, the kitchen sink and head off for a long drive. Whether it’s an hour to the local beach or a car and boat trip overseas, below are some tips to keep everyone smiling. Safety First. Make sure all car seats are fitted correctly, and the ... Read More »

Bringing some of your holiday home

Bringing some of your holiday home

Have you ever noticed that getting away from the daily routine and familiar environment-whether it is a day trip to the seaside or a week abroad– can give everyone in the family the space to relax and enjoy each other’s company? Parents can break free of the usual pattern of racing to keep the household routine on track, refereeing disputes ... Read More »