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Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

While children look forward to the long summer break with great excitement, the reality can sometimes lead to the dreaded complaint—I’m Bored! Here are a few tips to help you cope. Embace It! Evidence suggests that boredom can be good for children. It allows them time to think, to become comfortable in their own company and to use their creativity ... Read More »

Top Tips for Helping your Teen Stay Healthy

Top Tips for Helping your Teen Stay Healthy

  Provide Lots of Healthy Food and Snacks. Many teenagers have voracious appetites-it may feel like a full time job keeping them fed. If you have lots of filling, healthy snacks on hand (think fruit, cut up vegetables, hummus and pita, wholegrain bagels and peanut butter, wholegrain pasta with tomato sauce), they will be more likely to reach for these ... Read More »

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

In previous columns, we discussed how to avoid getting in to arguments with your teen and how to talk about challenging behaviour. This week, we focus on how to keep the lines of communication open. In the midst of busy lives and the constant distractions of technology, we can easily become isolated from each other. We know, however, that keeping ... Read More »

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

It’s the time of year when many families pack up the kids, the beach gear, the kitchen sink and head off for a long drive. Whether it’s an hour to the local beach or a car and boat trip overseas, below are some tips to keep everyone smiling. Safety First. Make sure all car seats are fitted correctly, and the ... Read More »

Bringing some of your holiday home

Bringing some of your holiday home

Have you ever noticed that getting away from the daily routine and familiar environment-whether it is a day trip to the seaside or a week abroad– can give everyone in the family the space to relax and enjoy each other’s company? Parents can break free of the usual pattern of racing to keep the household routine on track, refereeing disputes ... Read More »

Top tips for throwing children’s birthday parties

Top tips for throwing children’s birthday parties

In an era where children’s parties seem to have grown out of all proportion, reduce your stress level with these handy pointers: Keep it in perspective – yes you want to celebrate your child and ensure they have a great time, but you also don’t want them to develop unrealistic expectations about what a birthday actually is Set a budget ... Read More »

Helping your Children to Handle the Heat

Helping your Children to Handle the Heat

If the last few weeks have thought us anything, it’s that in Ireland we don’t know what to do with great weather. We rush out to buy barbecues, inflatable paddle pools and garden furniture, for fear it will all end suddenly. We stay up later at night, socialise more and generally revel in the sunshine. Given how rare a heatwave ... Read More »

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

The summer stretches before, and many children and teens will have lots of free time. Reading can be such a great pleasure and open up new worlds, but it can sometimes take the back seat to screens. There is overwhelming evidence that talking and reading to babies and young children is critical to their development, but how do we help ... Read More »

What our kids really need is….us

What our kids really need is….us

All over the world, parents and non-parents alike have groaned with horror over what is happening to children and parents in Texas. The policy of separating a child from his parents violates something that lies at our very core—a child’s need to be close and connected to their parents. Most parents, while fighting back tears over the images and sounds ... Read More »

Stay Connected with your Teen during Times of Challenging Behaviour

Stay Connected with your Teen during Times of Challenging Behaviour

Many parents find understanding and communicating with their teen challenging. It may seem that you no longer know how to talk to the child that you once knew so well. Below are a few strategies on how to stay connected with your child and deal with challenging behavior. Choose the Right Time Sometimes when you or your teenager are feeling ... Read More »