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'Let’s Talk about Parenting' – March & April

This year long series of Parenting Talks has been organised by Kildare Library Service with support from the following agencies and organisations: HSE Primary Care Psychology Team, TUSLA Child and Family Agency, Public Health Nurse HSE, Treoir, Kildare Youth Service, Kildare County Childcare Committee, Teach Tearmainn, Community Awareness of Drugs and is funded by Kildare County Council.

Attendance at all of the events is free of charge and open to everyone but advance booking is required. Please contact the library where the talk is happening to book your place.

A brochure outlining the full programme of talks and workshops for 2017 is available from your local library. For further information please check out www.kildare.ie/library

See below the talks for  March and April with lots more to come in libraries across the county throughout the year.


Parent’s Guide to the Leaving Cert

Presented by Greg McGeough

Maynooth Library : Tuesday 21st March 7pm

Leixlip Library: Tuesday 28th March 7pm

Celbridge Library: Thursday 30th March 7pm

Newbridge Library: Tuesday 11th April 7pm


Which Course? CAO? Points? Change of Mind Forms? What if she doesn’t like the course? What if he fails his exams?

This talk is a free 90 minute seminar aimed at the parents of students who are entering , or currently part of, the Senior Cycle of 2nd level education. In plain English it explains: The Leaving Certificate, The Points System, Course Selection/Application and the “Back-Up Plan”, Future Planning and Study Skills.


Help your Baby or Young Child Sleep Better

Presented by Sinead Lawlor, PHN/Sleep Practitioner for HSE Kildare/West Wicklow

Athy Library – Tuesday 7th March 7pm


Sinead is a Public Health Nurse and Sleep Practitioner for HSE Kildare/West Wicklow. She runs the Pre-School Children’s Sleep Clinic for all of Kildare in the Clane Primary Care Centre.

This session will look at the common sleep problems that infants and young children have. It addresses the causes of these problems and looks at ways that parents can improve the quality and quantity of their child’s sleep. The session is suitable to any parents of young children up to the age of 10.


Helping Our Teenagers Choose Healthy Relationships

Presented by Teach Tearmainn Psychology Services

Athy Library – Tuesday 21st March 7pm

Leixlip Library – Thursday 30th March 7pm


It is normal for disagreements and arguments to occur within relationships and both partners would be able to express their different points of view or concerns and discuss them together safely. It is not normal for one partner to feel threatened, too frightened to fight back, or unsafe to disagree or express their opinions.

This talk is aimed at parents, teachers and young people and will examine how we can help our teenagers to choose healthy relationships by knowing the signs of unhealthy relationships.


The Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Unmarried Parents

Presented by Veronica Black, Information and Training Officer with Treoir

Leixlip Library – Tuesday 14th March 7pm

This talk will focus on The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015. This new legislation has radically changed family law. The talk will brief participants on the main provisions that came into effect on the 18th January 2016.

These provisions primarily relate to guardianship, custody, access and maintenance and includes the following:

A non-marital father will automatically become the guardian of the child if he lives with the child’s mother continuously for at least 12 months, including not less than 3 months with the child, at any time after the child is born. Until now non-marital fathers have never been automatic guardians of their child. This provision is not retrospective: only cohabitation after the commencement date (12/1/16) will be taken into accounts. Veronica will answer any questions or concerns you may have.


Where do I come from, where do I go?

Presented by Kildare Youth Services

Celbridge Library – Tuesday 14th March 10am


This 1.5 hour talk will explore family systems and talk about how the experience of being in a family shapes us as people and parents.


First Aid for Parents

Presented by Siobhan Butler from First Aid for Everyone

Maynooth Library – Thursday 23rd March 7pm


This informative and interactive course will use lots of visual aids in the presentation and there is plenty of opportunity for the participants to ask questions.

Topics covered will include:

-Calling the emergency services

-The First Aid kit




-Temperature/febrile seizures


Nurturing the Seeds of Self-Discipline, independence and Confidence in Children 2- 6 yrs Old

Presented by Bridie Clancy, Support Officer, TUSLA Child and Family Agency

Kildare Library  - *This talk has been rescheduled for Thursday 11th May 7pm*

This interactive session will explore ways in which parents/carers can help young children become self-disciplined and confident. It will also focus on ways to deal effectively with difficult behaviour and how play can help alleviate challenging moments.


Parenting Teenagers – Tips and Tools

Presented by Dr. Eddie Murphy

Leixlip Library – Thursday 27th April 7pm

Dr. Eddie Murphy  Ireland’s leading clinical psychologist, author of the best seller “Becoming Your Real Self – A Practical Toolkit To Manage Everyday Problems” and psychologist on RTE’s Operation Transformation.

In this practical talk Dr. Eddie will look at tools and strategies that you can use straight away. Teenage years can be stressful for some, how can you talk so your teens will listen and how can you listen so your teens will talk. With these tools you and your family will move from surviving to thriving.


The New Single Affordable Childcare Programme and Choosing Quality Childcare in Kildare

Presented by Emily Moore and Marie Dowdall, Kildare County Childcare Committee

Maynooth Library – Tuesday 25th April 7pm

In this session, Emily will firstly give an overview of the new Single Affordable Childcare Programme that was announced in Budget 2017. She will go through the eligibility criteria and give an opportunity for questions and answers.

Marie will then speak about childcare in Kildare and how to choose the right setting for your child. She will take you through the guide on the KCCC website on the different things you should look for in a quality services and important questions to ask.


The Baby Sleep Solution

Presented by Louise Wolfe, Sleep Matters

Celbridge Library – Thursday 6th April 7pm

Lucy will give an introduction to your child’s sleep and tips for gentle sleep shaping from birth to 6 months. Lucy will highlight symptoms of sleep issues that can occur from ages 6m+ and identify the 3 core reasons why your child won’t sleep. Lucy will explain decisions that will need to be made to improve sleep and explain positive sleep practices with a question and answer session at the end of the talk.


Communicating With Our Children

Presented by Dr. Mary O’Kane

Newbridge Library – Tuesday 4th April 7pm

In all aspects of parenting open lines of communication with our children are vital, from preschool children through to our teenagers making the transition to adulthood. In this session Dr. Mary O’Kane considers the importance of how we communicate with our children, and offers practical advice for parents on how to communicate in a positive and proactive manner.


Positive Parenting: skills and strategies to help parents to encourage their children to behave well

Presented by Dr. Julie Connolly, HSE Primary Care Psychologist

Kildare Library – Tuesday 25th April 9.45am

The majority of parents, at some time, have concerns about their child’s behaviour and want to know ways of encouraging them to change what they are doing. This workshop focuses on providing ideas for developing the relationship between the parent and child, along with strategies and skills for parents which can encourage their children to behave in ways that are more helpful to themselves and others. It focuses on ways of both building strong connections in their family and for supporting their children in positive ways to make good choices in how they behave and relate to others.


Continuous Professional Development Certificates of Attendance for all TTT and Let’s Talk about Parenting events in 2017 will only be given in person on the evening/day of the event. So please remember to ask for your cert before you leave as we will not be able to provide them at a later date.

For up to date details of future talks and events relating to the TTT Project please email us and ask to join our mailing list at leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie

Attendance at all of the events is free of charge and open to everyone but advance booking is required. Please contact the library where the talk is happening to book your place.

Sign up for our email service through your local library to receive monthly mailing information on these and all library events.

Athy Library : Tel 059 8631144 Email athylib@kildarecoco.ie

Celbridge Library : Tel 01 6272207 Email: celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie

Kildare Town Library: Tel 045 530235 Email: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie

Leixlip Library: Tel: 01 6060050 Email: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie

Maynooth Library : Tel 01 6285530 Email: maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie

Naas Library: Tel 045 879111 Email: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie

Newbridge Library: Tel 045 448353 Email: newbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie

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