Here at “Mumstalk” we provide a range of services for parents including parenting courses and specific counselling services such as relationship counselling, separation mediation, support for parents with sick children etc.
There are times as parents when we worry about our parenting skills, and question what is the “right” or “wrong” way to parent, we doubt our own parenting styles often comparing them negatively to others. In some cases, we find ourselves bemused and perplexed by the behaviour of our young children and do not know where to go for help or advice. These situations can put a strain on parental relationships and cause divisions. Parenting has never been an easy job but it has become far more difficult in recent times as we have moved away from the more traditional “authoritarian” parenting style that causes damage to children’s emotional and psychological well-being but leaves parents without any firm guidelines to draw from.
While our parenting courses here at “Mumstalk” follow broad guidelines for parenting that are prevalent today, we also focus on individual family values and ethics that strongly influence our expectations of ourselves as parents. We, therefore, embrace difference and take into account individual requirements.
New Parents Workshop:
This workshop is held at weekends. The aim of the workshop is to prepare expectant parents for the new world they will soon find themselves in post natal, and ease the relational strains that are common with new parents. There is also a workshop for parents whose baby is already born. It is our experience that while parents are well prepared for what to expect physically, they sometimes find themselves unprepared for the psychological, emotional and relational changes that occur. Key issues such as expectations, division of work, decreased autonomy etc are focused on with each couple, ensuring optimum satisfaction after the birth and identifying areas of potential conflict that can be worked through and negotiated, both before and post birth . The ways in which parents and particularly mothers change are also examined.
Price: 150 per person
Parenting Young Children:
This one day workshop is delivered by Orla McHugh , adolescent psychotherapist and author of Celtic Cubs: Inside the mind of the Irish Teenager. The course focuses on potential issues that may arise during this turbulent developmental stage. As the task of adolescence is for the young teen to take on their own individual identity, parents are helped to understand what they are experiencing and why conflict is an essential element in this stage. All the changes teenagers experience, including neurological change is addressed.
Price: 150 per person
Miscarriage Support Group/Counselling
Parents of Sick Children Support Group
Sibling Rivalry Workshop
Family Counselling and support