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Preparing child for the transition into Primary School

Preparing child for the transition into Primary School

Moving on… to Big School Moving on means change and change can be hard. It can also be exciting and a little bit scary. You can help your child to make these very big life changing moves easier with a little bit a planning and preparation. This is your child’s first step into formal education and it marks a new ... Read More »

Getting Creative with Play

Getting Creative with Play

    Creative play is a type of play in which the child utilises their body and a wide variety of materials to express themselves and their imagination. As parents we often have the tendency to dominate our children’s play by telling them what to do. It can be difficult to step back and let the child to take the ... Read More »

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 »

Temper Tantrums

Temper Tantrums

As most parents will probably tell you, they have gone through any number of embarrassing situations where their little angel has burst out in the most almighty tantrum in the middle of the supermarket or parking lot, or anywhere where there’s lots of people present to witness the event. This is a particularly stressful event for parents. We can be ... Read More »

The reason your child didn’t sleep last night

The reason your child didn’t sleep last night

It can be very frustrating when your child does not sleep well.  It is a place that you may feel only you inhabit and also, you may sense that your child is just a “bad sleeper”.  Healthy sleep habits do not always come naturally for some children, in fact depending on what study you read 30-50% of families report sleep ... 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 »