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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 »

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 »

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 »

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

The summer stretches before, and many children and teens will have lots of free time. Reading can be such a great pleasure and open up new worlds, but it can sometimes take the back seat to screens. There is overwhelming evidence that talking and reading to babies and young children is critical to their development, but how do we help ... 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 »

Enjoying the Summer without Breaking the Bank

Enjoying the Summer without Breaking the Bank

With the longest stretch of warm (even hot!) weather in recent memory upon us, there have been plenty of opportunities to get out and about as a family—taking leisurely evening walks, catching up with neighbours as the children play, dusting off the backyard pool. As the school holidays approach, however, talk often turns to summer holidays, and pressure can mount ... Read More »