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22 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – talking about anxiety

It is normal for our bodies to prepare us for challenges by giving us an increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, muscle tension, sweats, shakes and a feeling of butterflies in the stomach (this often happens when making a speech or doing an interview), this is anxiety. Anxiety is worry. It is an emotion that […]

21 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – tips if you suspect your child is being bullied or is a bully

Tips if you suspect your child is being bullied or is a bully. Unfortunately, bullying isn’t uncommon, and in some surveys up to 40 per cent of children report experiencing or being involved in bullying at school. Many children who are targeted are already marginalised or struggling. Up to half of those who are bullied […]

20 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – talking to your teenager about a problem

Talking is healing:  Your older child might be happy to talk to you about things that are bothering them.  However, sometimes they feel unable to talk to their parents.  Encourage them to talk to someone they trust. Emotional Well-being: How a young person deals with the ups and downs of everyday life can have an […]

19 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – do you know who your teenager’s role model is?

Do you know who your teenager admires, who their role model is? Do they emulate their behaviour in any way, and how do you feel about that person’s behaviour and values? Teenagers select role models, whether good or bad, to emulate. As they strive to develop a sense of identity and purpose, role models become […]

18 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – children, teenagers and self harm

It can be a very worrying time for you as a parent when you suspect that your child or teenager is harming themselves.  Self-harm means harming yourself as a way of dealing with emotional distress. Sometimes distressing problems may feel like they will never go away. It can seem that things will never get better. […]

17 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – Safety first, let’s talk about sexual health

Sexual Health: Talk about sexual health with your teenager. Remember sexual health isn’t only about having safe sex, it is also about how your teenager feels about their developing body, their understanding of being attracted to somebody and being intimate and developing and maintaining respectful relationships. It is important that we enable our teenagers to […]

16 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – Safety first, let’s talk about drugs and alcohol

It is important to discuss smoking, alcohol and drug use with your teenager. This does not encourage them to use cigarettes, alcohol and/or drugs. Talk with your adolescent about the consequences of using cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Not talking to them about these issues will not protect them. Have clear rules and guidelines about smoking, […]

15 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – Safety First teenagers and social media

Communication is the key: Keep the channels of communication open with your teenager at all times. Ultimately you want them to be able to come to you with any issues or concerns that they might have, whether it be in relation to friendships, social media, sexual health or other areas. Talk to your older children […]

14 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – a positive parenting style works

Are you a positive parent? Positive parenting makes a real difference to child development and children’s behaviour is strongly influenced by parenting styles and practices. Research suggests growing up in nurturing, secure family environments, for example, is important as it is associated with positive child wellbeing and the development of pro-social behaviours as well as […]

13 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages – tips for a healthy diet for you and your teenager

Children form their eating habits from a young age, therefore, it is important to guide them in the right direction and give them an understanding of a balanced nutritional diet mixed with an active lifestyle. There are many different websites and publications that can help you choose the best types of food for your child. […]