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31 Jul, 2020

Helping your children to cope post-separation

The Parents Plus Parenting When Separated programme offers important tips for helping children to cope when the relationship between their parents breaks down and there is a separation. If you are finding parenting challenging because you are going through or have gone through a separation you can talk to one of the Family Support Workers […]

31 Jul, 2020

What to expect in the third trimester of pregnancy

There is useful information in this piece from the HSE.ie website about what to expect during the last three months of your pregnancy. There may be changes to some aspects of care due to the restrictions surrounding the Coronavirus but check with your GP or antenatal clinic. Your antenatal care Week 28 until the birth […]

29 Jul, 2020

My little girl whinges all the time

Here is some good advice from John Sharry in the Irish Times Parenting section about how to deal with a child who is inclined to whine. Ask the Expert: My little girl whinges all the time John Sharry Whining time again: plan your responses to manage your child’s angry behaviours. Photograph: Thinkstock Q: I have a […]

28 Jul, 2020

Nursery Rhymes

Do you remember the nursery rhymes you learned as a child? Do you know that as well as being fun, nursery rhymes are a great way to build our children’s language and literacy? Here are the words of lots of the favourite nursery rhymes, from the Early Childhood Ireland website. Just click the link https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/work/information-parents/resources-parents/nursery-rhymes/  

28 Jul, 2020

Supporting your child’s literacy and numeracy skills at home

The Early Childhood Ireland website has some great information and resources for families like these ideas for supporting literacy and numeracy skills at home Supporting your child’s literacy and numeracy skills at home: A list of fun and practical activities Research shows that families are the most significant influence on their children’s learning and development. […]

23 Jul, 2020

North West Donegal Community Directory

Tá Eolaire Pobail Iarthuaisceart Dhún na nGall ar fáil anois. The North West Donegal Community Directory is now available. It covers the areas of Derryveagh, Gaoth Dobhair, Fintown and the Rosses. You can download it here:- https://www.cypsc.ie/_fileupload/Documents/Resources/Donegal/2020%20directory%20Working%20FINAL.pdf?fbclid=IwAR24Gvf5UdBICRr44NCP_TibOy7W11B33lEEirTssrJQC36ZccvsOeCO_tE Beartaíodh an t-eolaire gairid seo ag cruinniú de chuid Líonra um Thacaíocht Leanaí agus Teaghlaigh an Iarthuaiscirt mar […]

22 Jul, 2020

Books for children and young adults

Here are some great book ideas for children and young people from the Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/life/family/parenting/ The best children’s books for all ages to enjoy over the summer break Kids need to escape into a world of the imagination more than ever (Míp by Máire Zepf and Paddy Donnelly, published by Futa Fata) Books are passports […]

22 Jul, 2020

Helping small children deal with big feelings

Little children need our help to learn how to deal with big emotions. Here are some tips from The Growing Child newsletter distributed by Lifestart When adults with psychological problems go to a therapist, they usually must learn how to express their feelings adequately. Children, on the other hand, have a natural tendency to express […]

22 Jul, 2020

Children learn through play – and they know it!

What do children think about play? Do they see it as an opportunity to learn? Here is what the researchers at the Child and Family Blog  https://www.childandfamilyblog.com/child-development/children-learn-through-play/ found out. Children are aware that they are effectively learning through the medium of play. When we watch children play, we are often struck by their intensity and […]