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Junior Cert Night

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 [...]

Helping children through breakdown – Tom Cruise, Katie and Suri

Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are in the headlines this week as Katie has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise. Breakup need not mean family breakdown It appears Katie Holmes was becoming increasingly concerned about the effect the Scientology organisation might have on her child. We need remember that marital breakup need not necessarily lead [...]

Children behaving badly

There are so many situations where we can end up in conflict with our children on a daily basis. What else could we do that may help the situation. If what you are doing is not working, you may need to do something different How to manage conflict with your children Be the change you [...]

Parenting Tips to help stay cool with your kids

Boredom is often what results in poor behaviour outside the home or when travelling. Keep your children engaged to avoid trying times Trying Times with your kids So much of Parenting is about being a step ahead of your children, anticipating in advance what will make a difference in keeping boredom at bay so you [...]

TIME OUT not working? Try this

Just imagine you were two or three years of age and you were put out to sit on the Naughty Step by a very agitated parent , how would you feel? When I ask parents this the responses are "Sad, upset, distressed, confused, alone, angry". TIME OUT not working? Is there a better way? I [...]

Sibling Rivalry

"You love her more than me! Everything was fine till she came along, now everyone hates me!" Sibling Rivarly: Child feel insecure about being loved Imagine your husband comes home tonight with a tall Swedish blond and says: "You know I love you so much; I decided to get another wife just like you! But [...]

First Day at Primary School

The First day at School is a milestone for any child and parent. Practical Parenting tips  to ensure its success and that your child will settle well. The importance of  the child being well rested, with a set routine in place in the week before school and a calm parent is crucial. Routine is essential [...]

Good Parenting is about how I relate to self & others

Observe my responses and if they are defensive - it's an offortunity to explore and an invitation to change Positive Parenting Relationship with self is key to effective parenting. If how I relate to myself is poor, then it is likely that my parenting is going to reflect that. If I am self critical, then [...]

First Holy Communion

Maybe with the recession it’s time to look at the hype surrounding the First Holy Communions. We have read stories about false tans, sunbeds, hair extensions and limousines to the Church over the Celtic Tiger years. Last year I remember laughing at a story of a girl who had received communion and as she turned [...]