When do teens start drinking?
Headstrong, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health recently reported that for school teens, problems are most pronounced in third and fifth y and h year. Third year was identified as the most vulnerable year. Fifteen year old students are facing the Junior Cert, and it is the stage when most […]
When do teens start drinking?
We all want to be a happier parent and to enjoy happier children.
1. Ease up
Easing up on yourself and others makes a huge difference in taking the pressure off. When we slow down and let some of the less important things go, we put the focus on the relationship rather than on behaviours. The stronger […]
What can a parent do?
The strength of your relationship is ultimately the best control you have over your teen
As the parent of teenage girls I am aware of the dangers of teenage drinking. However, as I journey through the minefield that is parenting teens, I am more and more convinced that the strength of my […]
Parenting at exam time can be stressful, what makes things easier?
Leaving and Junior Cert Parenting tips
I remember being told that the Leaving Cert was a stressful year – having been through it twice with my two teenagers, I now see there are things you can do to keep a calmer house and support your exam […]
What to do when you are about to ‘lose it’ and start shouting
How to Stay Calm and create a calmer house
My experience: If you want to go from being Reactive (raise your voice, shout, lose it etc) to Calm, do this!
Breathe to self Calm
Throughout the day, particularly when you’re about to go from 0-10, Stop, […]
Exam stress for any Leaving or Junior Cert parent is an issue
Stress at exam time
Talking to parents of Leaving Cert and Junior Cert this week, I am hearing of their teens vomiting due to exam pressure, experiencing symptoms similar to panic attacks and parents concerned with state exams pending. The number one tip is this: […]
I remember the excitement of going to my first few discos with friends, the endless conversations with the girls, looking forward to the night, and planning what to wear was a big part of it
Teenagers will make a mistake and learn from it
As teens we made mistakes, as our teens will. Yet, now we […]
Parenting Teens is not easy but there are things you can do that make a difference.
How to reduce conflict in your home
There are so many situations where we can end up in conflict with our teens on a daily basis. What else could we do that may help the situation. If what you are doing […]
The Junior Certificate results are out shortly and the newspapers will highlight again the problem of underage drinking.
Irish teenagers are one of the highest binge drinkers in Europe. Binge drinking can directly cause accidents and injury as well as depression, anxiety, suicide and attempted suicide. Alcohol consumption has risen 48% in the past ten years. […]
As the parent of teenage girls I am aware of the dangers of teenage drinking.
Relationship is No 1 between parent and teen
However, as I journey through the minefield that is parenting teens, I am more and more convinced that the strength of my relationship with them is ultimately the only real control I have over […]