Tips for Positive Parenting

Top Tips for Positive Parenting

No one ever said Parenting was easy! As one unknown author says “The trouble with bringing up children is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed”. Here are 8 Top Tips for positive parenting that every parent should know:

#1. Hug Them

We all love a hug, and even as your child gets older, it’s important to make some time regularly for hugs and cuddles!

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#2. Read with Them

ReadingDon’t stop reading with your child. Bedtime stories can tail off when the child learns to read by themselves but reading together gives time for cuddles and you can talk about the story and take it in turns to read.


Even older children enjoy being read to (ask any teacher who reads to their class) so make some time together to read together.

10 Good Reasons to Read To your Child and 10 Great Stories for Kids You Should Have in Your Home

#3. Ask About Their Day

Even if all you get is “it was fine”, make sure to ask them about their day. Sometimes at bedtime is when kids open up as well and you often get the best chats and the best time as they get sleepy.

#4. Tell Them You Love Them

mum teen daughterWe so often get caught up in the daily routine, that we forget to tell our children, regularly, that we love them. You are at no risk of spoiling your kids, by telling them you love them, as spoiling is usually the result of giving kids things in place of love.


#5. Tuck them in with a goodnight kiss.

Establish a ritual whereby no matter what age, you tuck them in with a goodnight kiss.

#6. Always Listen

In our busy worlds, full of noise, and electronics, need to remember to keep listening. They might be telling you something very important! Don’t avoid discussing issues such as drinking and drugs and sex. Make it clear to them that you are there to listen any time they need you.

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#7. Try Not To Lose Your Cool

Tough one, we know, but one to which we would all like to aspire! Most children respond better to a calm, reasonable request or command. Save yelling for emergency situations when you really need to get your child’s attention. If you do lose your temper, take time to say sorry afterwards and explain why you got het up.

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#8. Spend Time With Them

Don’t forget to spend time individually with your child.

child and parent at pianoWe get caught up in busy family life and sometimes taking an hour with your child alone to do something nice together is a great tonic for both of you.

Here are 50 suggestions for things to do with your child that cost nothing but time and tips on spending quality time together.

“The trouble with bringing up children is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed” – Author unknown.

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Beacon Family Support

We are Beacon Family Support Services operating in Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford. Fully qualified and accredited counsellors offer support, guidance and information in a friendly and safe environment and will work with the young person to help them through difficulties. Be it a once off court case or family dispute boiling over into child/adolescent behaviors.

Our aim:

To help young people and families to deal with issues such as:

Anxiety and depression

Relationships Parent

Family issues

Peer pressure

Substance abuse

Mental health

Self harm


School pressure

Suicidal idealisation

Our activities:

Family Support Services provision for young people 12-21 years of age.

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Beacon Parenting & Family Support Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford

Contact our Parenting and Family Resources & Advice

Organisation: Beacon Parenting & Family Support Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford
Contact name(s): P.J. Brennan
Address: Cappoquin, Co. Waterford
Mobile: 085 7627 329


Programme Details

Target audience: Parents of children 6-12, Parents of children 13-18
Theme/subject matter: General Parenting, First Time Parenting, Behaviour Management, Post-separation parenting, Drugs-misuse/prevention
Method of delivery: One-to-one work, Home visiting
Programme aims: To provide a confidential one to one service to parents struggling to cope with their child, teenager or indeed their own behaviours with support, information and guidance.
Resources used: HSE trained Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) facilitator.

About the Facilitator

Name: P.J. Brennan
Qualifications: Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) facilitator; Masters Degree in Community & Voluntary Sector Management; Bachelors Degree in Youth and Community; Diploma in Social Studies; Certificate in Childcare.
Experience: 15 years supporting children and teenagers with challenging behaviours and their families.

Location & Duration of the Programme

Parenting and Family Resources in Counties

Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford
Local venue: In parents own home
Other details about the location of the programme:
Number of sessions: 3-5
Frequency of sessions: Fortnightly
No. of hours per session: 1 hour approximately
When is the programme held? Depends on the needs of the participants

Booking the Intervention

How do I book a place on the programme ? Self Referral, Phone: 085 7627 329 call or text
Total cost incl. materials: €50 plus travel.


Beacon on Triple Parenting Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Cork

Beacon Parenting – P.J. BRENNAN

Located in Dungarvan, Waterford, Ireland serving Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Cork.
Your home, schools, community rooms 0857627329

Text your name and location for callback or simply ring and/or leave a

I have over 15 years experience working with families. I am fully qualified and Garda Vetted. I am available for ONE TO ONE CONFIDENTIAL SESSIONS with just you the parent(s) and me IN YOUR OWN HOME. Group sessions also available. Parenting support and information available to parents in Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, South Kilkenny. I’m a parent too and I don’t always get things right either!!!

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