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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 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 throwing children’s birthday parties

Top tips for throwing children’s birthday parties

In an era where children’s parties seem to have grown out of all proportion, reduce your stress level with these handy pointers: Keep it in perspective – yes you want to celebrate your child and ensure they have a great time, but you also don’t want them to develop unrealistic expectations about what a birthday actually is Set a budget ... Read More »

Using Summer as a Time to Take Stock

Using Summer as a Time to Take Stock

The summer holidays bring a change of pace that children and adults alike look forward to every year. Routines become more relaxed and schedules are looser. This year, the unexpected great weather has added new levels of enjoyment – more trips to beaches and lakes, eating al fresco and seeing ice pops as almost medicinal. The only real intrusion on ... Read More »

Top tips for Packing Healthy Picnics

Top tips for Packing Healthy Picnics

In the true spirit of making hay while the sun shines, what better way to spend time with your children than on a picnic? Whether it’s in your back garden, the local park or on a beach, there are a few ways to elevate your picnic from the ordinary to the memorable: Include your child in the planning – where ... Read More »

Helping your Children to Handle the Heat

Helping your Children to Handle the Heat

If the last few weeks have thought us anything, it’s that in Ireland we don’t know what to do with great weather. We rush out to buy barbecues, inflatable paddle pools and garden furniture, for fear it will all end suddenly. We stay up later at night, socialise more and generally revel in the sunshine. Given how rare a heatwave ... Read More »

What our kids really need is….us

What our kids really need is….us

All over the world, parents and non-parents alike have groaned with horror over what is happening to children and parents in Texas. The policy of separating a child from his parents violates something that lies at our very core—a child’s need to be close and connected to their parents. Most parents, while fighting back tears over the images and sounds ... Read More »

Top Tips for Water Safety

Top Tips for Water Safety

Many of us will head toward water to enjoy the warm weather. Whether it’s a paddling pool in the back garden, a river, a lake or the ocean, below are some tips to make sure that your child is safe near water Make sure that an adult supervises children in or around water at all times. Even a shallow bath ... Read More »

Stay Connected with your Teen during Times of Challenging Behaviour

Stay Connected with your Teen during Times of Challenging Behaviour

Many parents find understanding and communicating with their teen challenging. It may seem that you no longer know how to talk to the child that you once knew so well. Below are a few strategies on how to stay connected with your child and deal with challenging behavior. Choose the Right Time Sometimes when you or your teenager are feeling ... Read More »