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‘Tweenies’ – The Twilight Zone of Childhood

‘Tweenies’ – The Twilight Zone of Childhood

Childhood, for the large part, is divided into clear blocks, usually according to developmental milestones. We see our children develop from infancy, through toddlerhood, middle childhood and into adolescence. However, as middle childhood usually refers to that period from 6/7 to 10 years-old, there is a cohort that science seemingly forgot to name. They are what have become known as ... Read More »

Talking to Your Teenager about Alcohol & Substance Misuse

Talking to Your Teenager about Alcohol & Substance Misuse

When your child reaches adolescence, you may well find that your communication style changes (in brief, you talk, they don’t).  While it can be frustrating, it’s important that your teen knows that you are still available to them. For the first time since you brought your bundle of joy home as a baby, there are things going on in their ... Read More »

Communicating and Connecting with your child

Communicating and Connecting with your child

The excitement and anxiety at the beginning of the school year has now eased, and most parents have settled in to a daily routine, even if it feels chaotic at times. The rush to get ready for school in the morning and the evening routine, with homework, after school activities, friends, lunches and dinner can feel overwhelming for both children ... Read More »

Navigating your Child through their Teenage Years

Navigating your Child through their Teenage Years

 The teenage years are a time of intense changes. Hormonal changes leading to dramatic physical growth are one of the most obvious. But there are also immense changes in a teenager’s emotional and social development and therefore their reasoning and understanding of things. Negotiating these changes is a normal part of a teenager’s journey towards independent adulthood and can be ... Read More »

Love Parenting Survey

Love Parenting Survey

At Love Parenting we really value your feedback! We are always trying to improve our website and can only do this if you tell us what you like and what information you find helpful.   This survey will take approximately two minutes to complete and  if you wish you may enter a draw for two €25 Boots voucher.   *Please be aware that we ... 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 »

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 »

Staying Calm when your teen gets angry

Staying Calm when your teen gets angry

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret”- Ambrose Bierce. Sound familiar? Do encounters with your raging teen often leave you with feelings of regret, frustration and helplessness? If they do then you are part of the majority of parents. If they don’t, enjoy the fact and can I suggest maybe you ... Read More »

Is my Child a Cyberbully?

Is my Child a Cyberbully?

 What can I do if I suspect my child is a cyberbully? We have been highlighting the plight of the victim as well as how to prevent cyberbullying and how to respond to it. But who is the bully? You will want to be sure it’s not your child. Every child and young person needs to understand How much all ... Read More »

Primary to Secondary School Transfer Programme: Support For Parents

Primary to Secondary School Transfer Programme: Support For Parents

Having heard the concerns of parents about the challenge of guiding their children through the difficult transition from primary to secondary school, the Limerick Home School Community Liaison Coordinators worked on a guide to support parents through this transition. This programme is called ‘My Child, My Vision’. While the input of parents’ views and meeting their needs is important, the ... Read More »