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Author Archives: Jeanne Ryan

Back-to-School Basics: the Cliff Notes Version

Back-to-School Basics: the Cliff Notes Version

You know that the return to school is imminent when ads for barbecues, ice pops and sunscreens are replaced with deals for uniforms and lunch-box fillers. For children, switching from lie-ins and lazy days back to a tightly scheduled routine can be difficult. With a little bit of planning (and patience!) there are a few things that can make the ... Read More »

Strengthening Families: Three Easy Instant Stress-Busters

Strengthening Families: Three Easy Instant Stress-Busters

Loveparenting.ie is delighted to be able to share some worksheets and tip sheets from the Strengthening Families Programme. The materials provide practical tips and ideas to help parents build strong and healthy relationships with their children. This is the third in the series and builds on the last worksheet, Notice and Compliment the Good Daily which gave some practical ideas ... Read More »

Getting Breastfeeding off to a good start

Getting Breastfeeding off to a good start

Breastfeeding has huge benefits for both mum and baby, but it does take time and practice to get established. The following points will help you to get breastfeeding off to a good start, but it is very important to get hands on help in the early days and weeks. Although the midwives will provide breastfeeding support, be sure to ask ... 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 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 »

Things To Do This Summer

Things To Do This Summer

Summer is in full swing and children are free” from school. While this is a great time for children, it can be a difficult time for parents trying to occupy all that free time and ensure their children are kept somewhat entertained over the couple of months. Many children will attend Summer Camps. There is a huge range and diversity ... Read More »

Tops Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

Tops Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

While it feels like the Costa Del Limerick this week, don’t forget that you don’t need to be on a beach to be vigilant about sun safety. While, as a nation, we’re slightly obsessed about Vitamin D deficiency, it’s all about balance: Babies under 6 months should be kept in the shade and remember to watch out for tiny toes ... Read More »

Finding the Balance between Memory-Making & Quality Time with Your Child

Finding the Balance between Memory-Making & Quality Time with Your Child

As humans, technology and in particular social media has brought is into an entirely new space. One where most information is literally at our fingertips and the concept of privacy has become a lot more fluid. As parents and care-givers, it presents us with additional benefits and challenges. Baby’s first steps can be captured in real time and uploaded to ... Read More »

Report Cards; He’s a really a lovely child, but…

Report Cards; He’s a really a lovely child, but…

He’s really a lovely child, but… It can be a strange experience—opening a report card for the first time and seeing your child judged in black and white. It can raise a whole range of emotions—perhaps pride that someone has noticed their passion for music, their kindness or their mastery of Zeb and Danny. Perhaps relief that the temper that ... Read More »

“Beyond the Stork and Cabbage Patch”

“Beyond the Stork and Cabbage Patch”

Children start to learn about their bodies as soon as they are born.  Babies learn about themselves through touch and by watching and imitating others so cuddles, hugs and kisses from their parents and family are essential. It is important that they see affectionate behaviour between family members as well. Babies begin exploring their bodies from an early age–busy fingers ... Read More »