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Month: April 2020

30 Apr, 2020

Supporting young people to stay positive and motivated – a Jigsaw webinar

Supporting young people to stay positive and motivated This has been reproduced from the Jigsaw website and the original is available here https://jigsawonline.ie/parents-and-guardians/webinar-supporting-young-people-to-stay-positive-and-motivated/?utm_source=CM&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Updates_7   We ran a webinar for parents on Monday, 27 April where two Jigsaw clinicians gave a presentation on supporting young people to stay positive and motivated. They then took questions from […]

30 Apr, 2020

Jigsaw offers online group chat for young people to support their mental health

Jigsaw provides on line group chat opportunities facilitated by Jigsaw clinicians for young people aged between 12 – 25 living in Ireland. You can get more information about them and sign up here https://jigsawonline.ie/young-people/live-group-chats/?utm_source=CM&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Updates_7 Here is a timetable of which topics are covered during the week and at which times: Monday at 12 pm: Managing Isolation […]

30 Apr, 2020

Let’s Play – what about screen time?

Published: 24 April 2020 From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs Screen time during the emergency Here’s what the International Play Association has to say on the subject of screen time: Most families want to find a reasonable balance between time spent on screens and time for other types of play and activities, including family time. […]

29 Apr, 2020

Let’s Play – Ideas for Families

Let’s Play – Ideas for Families Published: 24 April 2020 From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs While there are lots of ideas around for different age groups, here are some ideas that the whole family can enjoy together: have a movie night, choose a movie together and add some popcorn play a game of chess, […]

29 Apr, 2020

The right to play

We might think that play is “just play” but as we can see here in this piece from Let’s Play Ireland https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/why-play/ so much is going on in play! Children are exploring who they are, what they can do and what the world around them is like when they play. Play is so important that […]

29 Apr, 2020

Let’s Play Ideas

Here is another good piece from the Government website Let’s Play Ireland  https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/lets-play-ireland/ Published: 24 April 2020 From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs Here are some ideas for play that cost very little: take out frustration by squashing pillows or stamping cardboard boxes until they are flat draw pictures on card and cut them into […]

29 Apr, 2020

The importance of play during a crisis

Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency. They have some excellent resources available at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/lets-play-during-covid-19/ but here at Parent Hub Donegal we are going to post the individual articles to make them as accessible as possible for you. The first piece in […]

28 Apr, 2020

Encouraging our children to be responsible

One of the challenges of living with social distancing is that we need everyone to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Below are some tips on encouraging our children to become responsible from the Center for Parenting Education. This article was posted before our current Covid19 lockdown but many of the ideas are very useful. […]

28 Apr, 2020

Tips for dealing with anger

The Cycle of Anger One of the more surprising things about being a parent is the intensity of frustration and anger that parents sometimes feel toward their children. For most, these strong emotions do not match the image they had formed prior to becoming parents. In addition, when children are frustrated and irritated, their parents […]