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Strengthening Families: Notice and Compliment the Good Daily

Strengthening Families: Notice and Compliment the Good Daily

Loveparenting.ie is delighted to be able to share some worksheets and tip sheets from the Strengthening Families Programme. The materials provide practical tips and ideas to help parents build strong and healthy relationships with their children. This is the second in the series and builds on the last worksheet, The Four Family Fun Sheet, which gave some practical ideas on ... Read More »

Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families

Loveparenting.ie is delighted to be able to share some worksheets and tip sheets from the Strengthening Families Programme. These worksheets provide practical tips and ideas to help parents build strong and healthy relationships with their children.  The Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) is an evidence-based 14-week family skills training programme that involves the parents and teens/children in three classes run on the ... Read More »

New Partners or Step-families

New Partners or Step-families

New Partners or Step-families How will our teenage child respond if one, or both, of us have a new partner?  A new partner may signify the end of your son or daughter’s hopes of a reunification between their parents and confirm that their family has changed for good. Research tells us that it benefits children and teenagers if: You wait ... Read More »

Separation: Communicating effectively with your Teenager

Separation: Communicating effectively with your Teenager

How can we communicate positively as parents during and after our separation?  Learning to communicate respectfully as parents is one of the most important ways you can help your teenage child to adjust healthily to your separation. This can be achieved by creating a business-like parenting relationship with your former partner. Do:  Develop a joint ‘parenting plan’ and commit to ... Read More »

Separation: Tips for Coping

Separation: Tips for Coping

Understanding your Own Feelings and Needs during Separation It’s completely normal to have very strong feelings about your separation. These might include: Shock, sadness, regret, loneliness, foolishness, blame, guilt, anger, worry about the future (e.g. about money, your children), grief, shame, jealousy, resentment, disappointment, relief, hopelessness or exhaustion. It’s important not to let your feelings take over. If you do, ... Read More »

A Positive way to Separate: Teenager Welbeing

A Positive way to Separate: Teenager Welbeing

It may help your teenage child cope with your separation better if you:  Take a shared parenting approach This means continuing your joint role as parents, sharing the responsibility as equally as possible from the time of separation. As soon as you stop living together you need a plan so that your children keep seeing both of you. Make this ... Read More »

The Impact of Parental Separation on Teenagers

The Impact of Parental Separation on Teenagers

What can be harmful for teenagers? Research tells us that the factors that put teenagers most at risk of harm are: Conflict between parents before, during and/or after separation Arguments and tension between parents affect teenagers deeply, leaving them anxious, aggressive or withdrawn, and more likely to develop emotional and behavioural problems. Repeated disruptions to their lives This means having ... Read More »

Parents Matter Too!

Parents Matter Too!

Putting your own child first does not mean ignoring your own needs. Happy parents tend to have happy children. So it’s important to spend some time thinking of your own needs and feelings. No matter how much you long to have a baby, in the early days you will probably feel quite overwhelmed by the tremendous responsibility of caring for ... Read More »

Separation or Divorce: Parents are for Life

Separation or Divorce: Parents are for Life

Child-centred advice for parents who separate or divorce Parental separation is a traumatic event for a child or young person. No matter how difficult a parental relationship has been the decision to separate will raise numerous emotions, insecurities and doubts for the children involved. Parents going through a separation have to deal with their own feelings of isolation, despair, guilt and ... Read More »

Supporting Children’s Relationship with Parents in Prison

Supporting Children’s Relationship with Parents in Prison

Imprisonment of a family member is a difficult time for families of that there is no doubt.  Along with the emotional impact, e.g. fear, anxiety, anger, embarrassment, guilt, described in virtually all research done on this subject, there is the added challenge of maintaining relationships with families on the outside – and in particular the fostering of a meaningful relationship ... Read More »