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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 »

Kids Say – Let us Play!

Kids Say – Let us Play!

Physical activity is a vital part of children’s health, according to Maura O’Sullivan-Ryan, Director of the National Certificate in Exercise & Fitness and Senior Facilitator on the Irish Heart Foundation’s Action for Life Programme in primary and secondary schools. Did you know that physically active children have fewer chronic health problems than kids who are inactive? Children who develop good ... Read More »

Restorative Parenting

Restorative Parenting

Being a parent is difficult. When family conflict arises or a child does something wrong, it is hard to respond in a patient or fair way at the best of times. For this reason, it is good to have some effective techniques and tricks up your sleeve for when the going gets tough. A useful tool to have in the ... Read More »

A Guide to Positive Parenting

A Guide to Positive Parenting

What does parenting positively mean? Most parents love their children, but sadly some children do not experience feeling loved. Parenting positively is about understanding each child as a unique individual and knowing how to communicate your love effectively.  It is about listening, understanding, praising, encouraging and being a good role model for your child. As positive parents, we need to ... Read More »

Making Conscious Decisions About Your Parenting Style

Making Conscious Decisions About Your Parenting Style

I have been a parent for over thirty years and I have worked with children and young people before I became a parent and for most of that time. I have been a nursery primary and secondary teacher and I have worked and continue to work as an early years worker caring with the youngest children in crèches and preschools. ... Read More »