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Our new online parenting course starts in Spring 2015. Of benefit to parents in all family forms,  parents will receive a weekly email with practical and reflective exercises and can participate in online Q&A sessions. The time commitment is one to hours per week over eight weeks. It is free!

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Invest in your professional development in 2015 with our acclaimed Positive Parenting for Changing Families and Family Communications programmes.  These 3-day One Family accredited programmes will enhance your group and one-to-one work with families. The manuals are resources you will use again and again. Call Paula on 01 662 9212 to find out more.

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Registration is now open for our Spring 2015 parenting courses in Dublin 2 and online. Also Welfare to Work programmes including New Futures and Options are enrolling. These programmes for people who parent alone or share parenting offer a range of wrap-around supports including mentoring and free childcare in our crèche.  Call 01 662 9212 or click below to find out more.

 

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Are you expecting a baby or have you recently become a parent? Are you in care or have you just moved into your own place? If the answer is ‘yes’ to both questions, the Pregnancy & Parenting Support Service at One Family is here to help you. This is a free service that you can contact yourself. Text or call us on 086 079 3072 to find out more. Referrals also accepted.

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10 Ways to Support Your Children Through Times Of Change

10 Ways to Support Your Children Through Times Of Change

March 27th, 2015

At times we make big changes in our lives and we plan around how we can manage these changes for us as adults. However, it is important also to explore what changes are taking place for your child and to support them through this. At times children don’t react to change immediately but a little later on. This can even be a few months in, when they realise the change is permanent. There are many things to watch out for in children during times of change such as: Change in sleeping pattern. Crying more than normal. Feeling that other children are not their friend – a s[...]

In His Own Words | Dean’s Story – When My Parents Separated, Part 2

In His Own Words | Dean’s Story – When My Parents Separated, Part 2

March 26th, 2015

Dean contacted One Family because he wished to share his personal experience of when his parents separated. In the second of a series, this is Dean’s story in his own words. He is now 16 years old. “But why? But what about? But how?” These questions are always synonymous with any major change in life. The thing is, your parents often don’t know the answers to the questions you’re asking. This is why they might appear dismissive and reluctant to answer you. By no means let this stop you from asking questions: you should ask, it affects your life as well. For many [...]

In His Own Words | Dean’s Story – When My Parents Separated

In His Own Words | Dean's Story - When My Parents Separated

March 25th, 2015

Dean contacted One Family because he wished to share his personal experience of when his parents separated. In the first of a series, this is Dean's story in his own words. He is now 16 years old. When people tend to bring up living in a house with separating parents, it always seems to be a rather saddening story; a tale of sorrow and anguish. Sometimes this can be true but for the majority of cases, mine included, it doesn’t live up to the tumultuous stories of the past. Perhaps it was because the whole situation began when I was aged 12, b[...]

10 Ways to Travel On Public Transport With Young Children

10 Ways to Travel On Public Transport With Young Children

March 20th, 2015

Travelling anywhere by any means with young children can be a challenge. These tips are intended to support you when travelling mostly on a bus or by train with young children. Boredom. Try to understand how boring the trip may be for your child. How can you make it less boring? You may feel you are also bored and that is just the way it is, but try telling your young child that and see how far you get. Distraction. Try to have lots of things in your bag that you can use to distract your child. Maybe have something like a[...]

10 Ways to Parent Through Stressful Times

10 Ways to Parent Through Stressful Times

March 13th, 2015

Parenting can bring many challenges and when you are stressed these challenges can seem even more difficult to face. Here are some tips on how you can manage your stress levels and teach your children that while it may be unpleasant, stress is a part of everyday life. However, it is also important to show them how to manage stressful situations and to help them develop their emotional strength in order to cope with life's challenges. It is vital that parents learn to manage their stress and to develop strategies for dealing with difficult life and relationship issues. When parents cannot manage[...]

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