Parent Coach

Parenting Seminars and Associated Services

Our resident parent coach, Marian Byrne, outlines her services for you here on Marian Says, “My parenting seminars and programmes have been developed in response to what I have found to have made the most difference to parents in

Effective Communication For Parents

Effective Communication – (Seek first to Understand) Amidst all the books there are on parenting, one of the best titles I have come across is ‘How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk’. This book,

The Rules For Parents Are But Three

“The rules for parents are but three… love, limit, and let them be” Elaine M. Ward Last month I mentioned research that highlights how the nature of our interaction with our children can often be more negative than positive. Eight

Your children need your presence more than your presents

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” (Jesse Jackson) What wise words and a great reminder at this time of uncertainty and unrest. Priorities have changed and this may or may not mean a change in the time

Change is inevitable – Except from vending machines!

As August comes to an end, attention for a lot of parents turns to the begining of a new school year. Each year is important whether they are starting creche, playschool, school, new class, secondary, exam years, college etc….. They

Parents – Holding On Or Letting Go?

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. Herman Hesse ‘Ahh…….’ When working with groups of parents, this is nearly always the first response I hear when I put up a picture of

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. (Walt Streightiff) This is not meant to take the place of the fabulous range of resources that are available to answer specific

Children need our love – especially when …

Children need our love – especially when they don’t deserve it! June brings the school year to and end and so the summer begins. (We live in hope anyway!) Are you looking forward to it or are you dreading it?

Tantrums – the 1 2 3 of dealing with them

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you” – Robert Fulghum Life as a parent is busy. I am, therefore, guessing that I do not need to use some of the time you

Engaging Co-Operation For Parents!

I know that time is very precious when you are a parent, so the following is a very brief summary of the do’s and don’ts of ‘how to engage co-operation’. It is a summary/combination of the wisdom from the book

Moving home. Smoothing the transition for children

Whether you are moving by choice (which is a positive and pro-active reason) or force (change of circumstances) or are being forced to make a choice, the following are just some ideas and tips which may help to make the

Sleepover or Wakeover

So what is a sleepover? Well, according to Wikipedia: ‘A sleepover, also known as a pajama party, is a party most commonly held by children or teenagers, where a guest or guests are invited to stay overnight at the home

Just 3 Questions For Parents

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” Stacia Tauscher Who, other than yourself and their other parent do they respond well to and why? When I work with groups of

New School Term – Going with the flow!

September and back to school – or maybe it is September and time to start school! Each new year brings change in lots of ways but starting play school, big school, secondary or college are very much transitions. As parents

Food For Thought!

What you should know! Recent opinion favours leaving the move to solid food until after the  six month stage when babies digestive systems are ready and able to cope with it. Any earlier may increase the risk of food allergies.

Sibling Rivalry

When you have one child you become a parent. When you have two (or three or four….) you become a referee! (Not sure who said this, but they definitely must have had more than one) I have often heard parents

The 1-2-3-4-5 of Parenting

1 Thing A Day You are the expert on you and on your child. You can read books, articles (and thank you for taking the time to read this) and listen to all the ‘experts’ to get information but only

Putting the sleep back into bedtime!

I am a good parent if my child sleeps through the night….. He/She is a good baby because they sleep through the night…….. Everyone else’s child seems to go to sleep or stay asleep…….. Is it always going to be

Coming back from ‘Meltdown’!

Coming back from ‘Meltdown’! ‘There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes.’ Dr. Who There is much written about tantrums and children. What are they? Why do they happen? What should a parent do before,

Parenting rules you know you will break

‘No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.’ Bill Cosby As parents, we absolutely want to do our best and be the

God Parents – A Little Advice

o be or not to be – that is the question? Those famous words are often quoted and I do so again here in relation to the whole area of Godparenting. If and when it is relevant, it is an

Christmas – Enjoy or Endure?

‘Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.’ Charlotte Carpenter It is nearly that time of year again and all the fabulous snow last week makes it easier to get the sense that