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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 »

Brain-building: The importance of attachment in the early years

Brain-building: The importance of attachment in the early years

When we talk about children and babies the word ‘attachment’ is often misunderstood. There is an almost hippie legacy, where images of a baby literally attached to a parent with a homemade papoose spring to mind. The reality, however, is very different. Attachment simply means the bond that you create with your baby, even before they are born. It is ... 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 »

Choosing childcare: What do I need to think about?

Choosing childcare: What do I need to think about?

Choosing Childcare is a decision that faces most parents at some point in their parenting journey. It often involves trying to balance the parents’ need for childcare with that of their child. Considerations for parents can include: Practical issues Is it affordable? Paid childcare in Ireland is expensive relative to other European countries. Costs vary considerably between services. You may ... 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 »

Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight

Any conversation with any new parent will always involve the topic of sleep (or lack of it). It takes a while for babies to get into a routine but with a bit of patience and perseverance you will manage. Here are some helpful hints on getting your baby to sleep better:  Develop a bedtime routine as soon as possible so ... Read More »