Let’s Talk about Parenting

This year long series of free 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, Mental Health Ireland, Public Health Nurse HSE, Pieta House, IFPA, An Garda Síochána 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 all the talks and workshops will be available from your local library later this month. For further information please check out www.kildare.ie/library

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

John Lonergan & Caroline Crotty

Parenting : The Challenges and Rewards

John Lonergan served in the Irish Prison Service for over 42 years and retired as Governor of Mount Joy in 2010. He has published a highly acclaimed memoir “The Governor” and “Parenting – Raising Your Child in Ireland Today” and has been presenting talks for parents for over 25 years based on his own experience of parenting. Caroline Crotty is a Counsellor & Psychotherapist with clinics in West Cork, Cork and Waterford. John and Caroline will focus on a number of important issues facing parents of children of all ages..

John and Caroline together will talk about our relationship with modern technology and social media, the challenge of communication between children and parents, the importance of listening and hearing our children, the communication barriers that we as parents create and the importance of praise and positivity.The main emphasis will be on raising awareness for parents by highlighting the simple things that can make a difference.

Leixlip Library : Thursday 11th February 7pm

Colman Noctor

Cop On: What it is and why your child needs it to thrive and survive in today’s world

Colman Noctor is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist. He is a frequent contributor to both the national broadsheet press (Irish Times, Irish Independent) and Newstalk’s Moncrieff.

Colman will discuss how to equip your children to cope with life’s challenges and to foster “cop on” through fostering emotional intelligence , self awareness and adaptive decision- making . He will explain the importance of communicating & learning to see the your child’s world through their eyes. His honest & practical insights offers a roadmap to guide your child to survive and thrive in today’s world.

Naas Library: Tuesday 23rd February 7pm
Leixlip Library: Thursday 3rd March 7pm

Help your Baby or Young Child Sleep Better
Presented by Sinead Lawlor, PHN/Sleep Practitioner for HSE Kildare/West Wicklow

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.

Celbridge Library : Thursday 4th February 7pm

Happy Parent /Happy Teen
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Relationship & Parenting Mentor

Sheila O’Malley is one of Ireland’s leading Professional Trainers/Public Speakers in the area of Well Being. Sheila holds a degree in Relationship Studies in addition to her Parent Mentoring qualification. She has been a Correspondent for Independent Newspapers and ran a TV slot on TV3 as well as on the Pat Kenny show on Newstalk Radio.
Sheila will advise on how to establish a loving, trusting relationship with your teenager and negotiate the minefield of discos, alcohol, and screen time. Sheila will also look at positive relationships, peer pressure, body image and celebrity culture

Athy Library: Tuesday 9th February 7pm


Mental Wellbeing and Self Care Strategies for Parents
Presented by Finola Colgan from Mental Health Ireland

You cannot get water from a dry well – parents must take care of their own mental well being first. Finola will explore our understanding of mental health and wellbeing and how we can develop good coping strategies at stressful and anxious times. This presentation will include the five steps to good mental health
Connect, Be Active,Take Notice, Keep Learning & Give.

Celbridge Library – Thursday 25th February 7pm


Understand Social Networking & Cyberbullying : How to Protect Your Teen Online
Presented by Fiona Ashe from Flashefoward Communicaions

Fiona Ashe is an award-winning digital marketing consultant and trainer. Social networks have become a more dangerous place for teenagers, with a significant rise in cyberbullying. The more parents know about the world of social networking, the more they can protect their children and teens. This training course will look at teenage behaviour online, examine the huge peer pressure on teenagers and the issues of privacy which the internet presents. It will also analyse cyberbullying: what it is, what forms it takes, how to combat it and how to prevent it.

Maynooth Library – Wednesday 24th February 7pm

Continuous Professional Development Certificates of Attendance for all Parenting talks/workshops in 2016 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 in a position to provide them at a later date

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
To find out what’s available in Co. Kildare and West Wicklow for parents check out www.parentingsupport.ie – Providing information on parenting supports and services in Kildare and West Wicklow.

Category: Free Events , Leixlip Library , Parenting Courses , Positive Mental Health