Back to School

Back to school

One of the busiest times of the year for parents in Ireland is in full swing now, getting the kids back to school. The holiday in Spain seems like a distant memory, and the evenings are starting to close in. Our thoughts have turned to traffic jams, school uniforms, the book-list handed out by the schools and what to put in the kids’ lunch box. For many, this is one of the most stressful times of the year. Read more

The Challenge of Co-Parenting

The Challenge

In the last couple of days we came across a recent interview given by Ronan Keating. Normally, celebrity interviews don’t quite catch our attention. When we heard that co-parenting was a topic discussed, our interest was piqued. Bath Avenue Counselling Centre have in the past held courses on the very topic of co-parenting, and we were very interested to hear what the former Boyzone star had to say on the matter and the challenges faced in such a situation.

Co-parenting is a challenge that is facing an increasing number of parents in Ireland. Many couples no longer stay together ‘for the sake of the children’, instead seeking a more appropriate and healthier situation in which to live and parent. With the stigma associated with divorce and separation dissipating slowly, parents are now much more likely to find an alternative to living together in what may well be an acrimonious and unhealthy atmosphere.

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Parenting and Child Development in the Modern Age

Parenting and Child Development can be one of the most wonderful experiences in life. Parenting and Child Development is also one of the greatest challenges. There is a myriad of decisions to be taken, and it is hard to know if we’re making the right ones. The element of surprise also faces us each and every day; a child will never stick to the plan!

Winnicot Psychiatrist has something interesting things to say on Parenting and Child Development. The first is that you do not need to be the perfect parent. Indeed, is there such a thing as the perfect parent? Can the pursuit of being the perfect parent be counterproductive in some ways? He maintains that we should be providing the support and encouragement to allow the child to find its own path in the world. Read more