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Building your child’s self esteem

Building your child’s self esteem

How do I help my child have self belief? Believing in yourself is often termed ‘self esteem’. Self esteem is based on three main components: Self confidence A sense of belonging (connectedness) A sense of self worth (value) How do I help my child to develop self confidence? Self confidence comes from being competent, from knowing ‘I can do it’. ... Read More »

Importance of Routine

Importance of Routine

Mummy! I can’t find my shoes? I don’t want to wash my face! Brush your hair! Eat your breakfast! Hurry up or we’ll be late!!  I forgot my bag. The above should sound familiar to many families rushing to get themselves and their children ready in our ever busier mornings. Rather than struggling through the same sprint everyday there is ... Read More »

Play Therapy

Play Therapy

Play Therapy in Ireland Studies have shown that 1 in 5 children in Ireland show some form of emotional, social or behavioural problems, ranging from ADHD, anxiety and conduct difficulties to depression, low self-esteem and violent behaviours. Often, children get stuck in their development because of something that has happened, maybe incidents of bullying, a loss in the family, significant ... Read More »

Don’t get Stressy, Just get Messy!

Don’t get Stressy, Just get Messy!

Have you ever thought about how much creative play we do as adults? Many of the activities we think of as work or daily chores could easily be seen as adult creative play. We cook, bake, do the garden, arrange flowers, decorate our homes, dress up for special occasions, write, paint, knit, sew … the list is endless. Have you ... Read More »

Creative Arts Therapy for Children

Creative Arts Therapy for Children

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso  What is Creative Arts Therapy? Creative arts therapies with children provide alternative means of expression for children who have difficulty finding words to express themselves. The creative arts used in the therapy can be art, music, play, drama or dance. Creative ... Read More »

The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading

Children and stories go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. I read stories to a group of 3 to 6 year olds each month in my local library, and I can safely say I get as much pleasure out of it as they do – few things are more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up when he or ... Read More »

Promoting Positive Behaviours

Promoting Positive Behaviours

Being a parent is the most wonderful thing in the world. It certainly isn’t the easiest job but can be a very positive experience. We all need a little bit of support in our lives and some of us are more open to asking for that support than others. Nobody hands us a book of instruction when we have our ... Read More »

How to Support Your Child through Bullying: Part 1

How to Support Your Child through Bullying: Part 1

Bullying facts: Sometimes, when we talk about bullying, we aren’t sure about what it actually is. Bullying can include hurting another person’s feelings and undermining their confidence and self-esteem through words, actions or social exclusion. It is usually a pattern of behaviour rather than a one-time occurrence.  It can sometimes be difficult for parents to recognise the signs of bullying ... Read More »

How to Support Your Child through Bullying: Part 2

How to Support Your Child through Bullying: Part 2

With technology developing so quickly it can be difficult to keep up with all the advances and new forms of communication our children can be exposed to. Parents and children need to stay up to date on the risks, and children need to know how to look after themselves whenever they use the internet or their mobile phones. Here are ... Read More »

The Power of Play

The Power of Play

Why is it important to play with your child? Children learn through play.  It is their language.  As they roll around on the ground, play pretend games or paint and draw, they test their physical strength, they set up problems and they find solutions; “Teddy has a broken leg, we must find ways of making teddy better”.  As they talk, ... Read More »