Tag Archives: Parenting in Northern Ireland

Parenting Childrens Challenging Behaviour- Belfast

Duration: Every Wednesday for 6 weeks beginning on the 2nd February 2022 for 1.5 hours from 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Aim: To help parents understand and manage their children’s challenging behaviours

The Parenting Children’s Challenging Behaviour programme will:

  • Help parents understand children’s behaviours
  • Recognise the triggers to their child’s behaviour
  • Give practical tips on how to reinforce positive behaviour

The programme promotes the Authoritative Parenting style which research shows to be the most effective.

The programme is particularly suited to those parenting children aged 2-10 years old.

For parents living in the Belfast area

Online via Zoom

Call 0808 8010 722 to register!

Keeping Your Cool Programme- Fermanagh

 

Duration: Every Friday for 6 weeks online via Zoom beginning on the 28th January 2022 and finishing on 4th March 2022 for 1.5 hours from 10.00am – 11.30am

Aim: To help parents manage their anger

Anger is a normal emotion, which most parents experience on a regular basis. It is often seen as a negative emotion but it can be used as a motivator to instigate change.

This 6 week online Keeping Your Cool programme via Zoom allows you to explore:

  • Reactions to anger
  • How anger impacts on children
  • How to identify the triggers
  • Find positive ways of managing their anger

Available for parents in the Southern Trust area

To find out more or to register, call us on freephone 0808 8010 722!

Parenting Childrens Challenging Behaviour- Belfast

Duration: Every Thursday for 6 weeks beginning on the 27th January 2022 for 1.5 hours from 10.00am – 11.30am

Aim: To help parents understand and manage their children’s challenging behaviours

The Parenting Children’s Challenging Behaviour programme will:

  • Help parents understand children’s behaviours
  • Recognise the triggers to their child’s behaviour
  • Give practical tips on how to reinforce positive behaviour

The programme promotes the Authoritative Parenting style which research shows to be the most effective.

The programme is particularly suited to those parenting children aged 2-10 years old.

For parents living in the Belfast area

Online via Zoom

Call 0808 8010 722 to register!

Parenting Apart Programme- Mums Only- Southern Trust

ParentingApart

Duration: Every Wednesday beginning on 26th January 2022 for 6 weeks from 7.00pm – 8.30pm online via Zoom for Mums

This programme is aimed at parents whether married or unmarried who are separating or divorcing. The programme provides practical advice and guidance on what children need to know and what parents can do to meet their child’s needs following separation or divorce.

The core objective of the programme is to make parents aware of the ways separation and divorce can impact children and explores ways in which parents can reduce or prevent some of its negative aspects on the child.

For mums in the Southern Trust Area

Call 0808 8010 722 for free to register today!

Parenting Apart Programme- Dads Only- Southern Trust

ParentingApart

Duration: Every Tuesday beginning on 25th January 2022 for 6 weeks from 7.00pm – 8.30pm online via Zoom for Dads

This programme is aimed at parents whether married or unmarried who are separating or divorcing. The programme provides practical advice and guidance on what children need to know and what parents can do to meet their child’s needs following separation or divorce.

The core objective of the programme is to make parents aware of the ways separation and divorce can impact children and explores ways in which parents can reduce or prevent some of its negative aspects on the child.

For dads in the Southern Trust Area

Call 0808 8010 722 for free to register today!

Sink or Swim Programme- Belfast

 

Duration: Every Friday for 6 weeks beginning on the 14th January 2022 for 1.5 hours from 10.00am – 11.30am

This programme provides parents with a greater awareness of mental health issues and deals sensitively with the issues faced by children when a parent is emotionally unwell.  For parents it can be difficult to explain to their children what is happening and for the child it is difficult to make sense of their parent’s attitude and behaviour. 

It offers practical tips and factual information to meet the child’s needs and reduce their anxiety when their parent is experiencing a mental health issue.

Online via Zoom

To register call us on freephone 0808 8010 722!

Parents have little hope for Children’s future in Northern Ireland

Leading parenting support charity have launched the findings from a first of its kind study, revealing the realities of parenting in Northern Ireland.

A survey carried out with 1,192 parents across Northern Ireland in the latter part of 2018 has found that parents are worried about their children’s future. 66% of parents said they were more worried than hopeful about parenting in the future. Parents overwhelmingly identified more challenges than opportunities for their children, with their main concerns being the impact of technology and social media on young people, mental health and the cost of childcare.

Many parents also expressed frustration at the current political uncertainty; they conveyed concern that important decisions are not being made which is having a deleterious impact on health and education budgets. This in turn is putting more pressure on families, with long waiting lists for services and parents being asked to plug the funding gap in schools.

Another worrying figure is that 82% of survey participants said they do not feel parents get enough support. Parents’ answers indicated that they felt that society was not very supportive of those in a parenting role and that more could be done to make parents aware of the services that are available to them.

Jenny Smithson, a mother to 3 daughters, spoke of her parenting experiences,

“I am generally an optimist, but even the most optimistic parent has concerns. And even the most confident parent has moments when they think - I’m nowhere near up to this task.

I have concerns about keeping my children safe online and worry about the impact that social media might have. I hope that it won’t shape my girls identity - that the number of likes/followers or whatever else won’t become more important to them than life outside the screen. I also worry about the impact this has on young people’s mental health and trying to teach my children how to deal with their emotions is something that I have found really challenging.

So much of the concerns of a parent are navigating new fears, things that didn’t exist when we were kids, or maybe even the same things, that now seem very different when it is our children facing them.  The world may in many ways seem more daunting, and unstable than it has been, and in general it seems as though hope is at a low ebb. We must not put our heads in the sand.”

Charlene Brooks, Chief Executive at Parenting NI said,

“The findings from this report are deeply concerning. Parents are telling us that they have serious concerns about their children’s future in Northern Ireland and have little hope that it will get better any time soon. We are calling on those in policy making / commissioning roles to give parents a reason to be hopeful again. A lot of the issues parents are concerned about cannot be addressed without a government; we need to have decisions made on policies and strategies that will work to the benefit of families in Northern Ireland.”

Full Report

Read the full report here

Executive Summary

Look at the key findings from the report

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For media enquiries contact Parenting NI Marketing and Communications Officer Emma Lyttle on 028 9031 0891.