Entries by Comms

Parenting | How to help a child who is being bullied

As children settle back into school after the Christmas break we must think about the children who are suffering from bullying at school. It is agonising for a parent or guardian to suspect or learn that their child is being bullied. The priority if this happens is to understand and support your child, while taking […]

Parenting | Explore Family Routines

A new year has arrived and with it, an ideal opportunity to explore family routines. Following consistency in routines supports parenting and increases your child’s sense of well-being and security. It is as a good time as ever to continue to consider your family’s routines and any changes you would like to make. The following are our […]

Parenting | Parent Self-Care

This week’s ’10 Ways’ offers tips about you looking after you. Especially at Christmas time, parents can become frazzled with all the organising and preparations. It is important to try and carve out even a small bit of time for yourself to recharge the batteries and ensure you enjoy Christmas time too. Read on for […]

Parenting | Shared Parenting at Christmas

Christmas doesn’t have to be a difficult time for parents who do not live together and share parenting of their child. There are, of course, things that will need to be worked out.  Agree your plan as soon as possible to help ensure a happy, fun-filled Christmas for all members of the family, centered around your […]

Parenting | Ten Thoughts for Parents of Children in Care

For a variety of reasons, challenges and difficulties, there are times for some parents when parenting can be a stressful experience which may have led to fractured parent child relationship, and we hear from, meet and support parents whose children are in care. When children go into care, there is usually supported contact of one kind […]

Parenting | Ten Ways to Use ‘Consequences’ in Parenting

We all experience the consequences of our behaviours everyday in both positive and negative ways. When parenting, consequences are used to support children to learn to make the right choices, the choices that will lead them to more positive responses. At times parents can forget this and start to use consequences in their parenting as […]

Parenting | Ten Ways to Incorporate Outdoor Play

Research tells us over and over again how valuable the outdoors is for us all. However how often do we really go outdoors, other than just getting to the car or catching a bus? Although the Autumn/Winter seasons can be a little harsh, children still love the outdoors at this time of year. Children learn so […]

Policy | Back to Education Allowance – What does it mean for Education and Employability?

Stuart Duffin, Director of Policy and Programmes, One Family, responds to the recent findings of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) that there is ‘no evidence that the Back to Education Allowance employment support programme is effective helping unemployed people to find jobs’. The relationship between education and the economy is longstanding. Employers generally […]

Parenting | Ten Ways to Praise Your Child More

Praise is a normal part of life for many but we must not take it for granted. Some children and adults are very rarely praised. Praise has a huge impact on behaviour. The more positive praise we get the more likely we are to have high self-esteem resulting in positive behaviours. Here are some pointers […]

Events | Annual Toy Appeal

 Join our annual toy appeal and make a real difference this Christmas. By organising a collection of toys in your workplace you can help us make Christmas a little bit easier for the families we work with. As we all know, Christmas can be a time of stress and worry for many parents but in […]