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Halloween Fun for all the Family

Halloween Fun for all the Family

Halloween is coming, and you can barely make it through the shops with all the Halloween decorations vying for space with the Christmas stuff.  Sometimes, the ready to go spider webs and garlands of ghosts can be too difficult to resist to make the house look festive in a hurry.  Halloween and autumn in general, however, can be a great ... 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 »

The Community Mothers Programme Manual Launch

The Community Mothers Programme Manual Launch

The Community Mothers Programme with in Limerick Social Services Council – are pleased to announce the official Launch of their Community Mothers Programme Manual. The Community Mothers Programme, established in Limerick in 1993, is a universal home visiting service offered to families with new babies and young children in Limerick city and county. A Community Mother is an experienced mother ... Read More »

Dogs and Children 

Dogs and Children 

The Hidden Benefits of Having a Family Dog     For many years the benefits of guide dogs for the blind and assistance dogs has been recognised and well documented. Therapy dogs provide much joy and benefits to those they visit in hospitals and nursing home settings. The value of owning and caring for a family dog is, in my ... Read More »

Parent’s Guide to Dyslexia

Parent’s Guide to Dyslexia

Dyslexia can be a very scary word for a lot of parents to hear and digest. When you first hear or suspect that your child may have a learning difficulty, your mind goes wild– will they ever get to college? Will they get a a job that will provide for them and allow them to be self sufficient? The answer ... Read More »

Lying & Lies: What to do when children lie

Lying & Lies: What to do when children lie

Kids begin to tell lies for lots of different reason.  It’s normal and natural for them to lie to get themselves out of trouble.  However, we want our kids to tell the truth and I often hear parents say that they are more cross about their child lying to them than they are about the thing itself. So what can ... Read More »

Taking the ‘Ouch’ Out of Sibling Rivalry

Taking the ‘Ouch’ Out of Sibling Rivalry

It’s a universal issue the world over – the see-sawing of emotions between siblings. Best friends, outright foes and everything in between. Sibling relationships are very complex but also extremely unique because nobody else understands the context of your upbringing or your family’s dynamics like your sibling(s). If you are a parent of more than one child, whether toddlers, tweenies ... Read More »

What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?

Sometimes when I ask someone this question I get “I don’t know” as the answer.  Our busy lives have helped us forget a very simple thing – what makes us happy. Think back to a day that you spent doing stuff you loved to do and remember that feeling you had at the end of the day.  How can we ... Read More »

Exam Stress: Parents must stay calm and confident

Exam Stress: Parents must stay calm and confident

With exams here, it’s important for anxious parents to find the balance between supporting their children’s efforts and nagging them to distraction. The reality is that we parents often worry more about the work that needs to be done than our teenagers do. We will all have certain expectations for how our teenagers should perform in their exams. When our ... Read More »