Allen of CA Coaching answers several listeners questions about a variety of parenting topics. In this podcast, Allen discusses how to talk to your kids about topics like sex and drugs, how to deal with nieces & nephews and social media concerns, teens spending all summer in the house using social media to stay in touch with friends, teens not wanting to do homework, and how to be a good role model to your children.
Bullying is such a difficult topic for parents and kids alike. Many parents feel that they need to ‘sort out the bully’ or some even bury their head in the sand and hope the problem goes away. Much of this is due to parents not knowing how to deal with bullying, especially when your child is being accused of bullying.
Your child being bullied is one of the most worrying aspects of bringing up kids. It’s a very real issue and can be very difficult for parents to deal with. There are many possible forms of bullying and sometimes your children might not even be aware that they are being bullied.
One of the best things you can do is work with you child to develop strategies for them to deal with the issue themselves. By empowering your kids to tackle the issue, you will be arming your child with invaluable skills, not only for life, but also for preventing them from being bullied in the future.
We’ve put together some of the most effective tips that you can give to your kids to help them deal with bullying in as positive way as possible:
These are just some tips that can discuss with your child. The big thing is to have the discussion, even if you don’t think it’s a major issue. If your child has awareness of what bullying is they will see it and with open communication will be more likely to speak to you about what might be going on for them.
(Check out www.webmd.com for more information and useful tips)
What if your child is the bully?
I think it is fair to say that parents worry about their child being bullied BUT when parents discover that their child is the “bully” they are often shocked and defensive.
So my first point here is to control your own reactions. If a parent, the school or a youth club contacts you to say that your child is bullying another child you need to stay calm and listen to what they have to say. Don’t let your emotions get the better of you. You need to let them know that you are open to working with them to find a solution.
Take it seriously. You may not want to believe it. You may not want to believe that your child could behave in that way. But you need to deal with it.
Take a balanced approach. Sometimes parents will be embarrassed. Others might even be faintly proud that their child is a strong and dominant character. Both reactions are normal human reactions but either way, you still need to deal with this situation.
Listen to what is being said, gather the information and prepare yourself to talk to your child about it.
Talk to your child and be ready to listen.
Ask them about bullying, find out if they truly understand what they are doing:
The next step is to ask them about the incidents that were mentioned to you.
Bullying is a worry for everyone and we need to take positive action for our kids whether they are being bullied or are the bully.
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None of us want to ever be called a pushy parent, but how do you get the balance between actively encouraging your child to be the best they can be and pushing them to the point where they want to give up. By building resilience in our children, we are giving them a tremendous gift that will lead them through life.
In this article we will examine ways to get that balance in place.
We hear the term thrown around a lot but what actually is a pushy parent?
• I suppose the typical view of a pushy parent is the parent who stands on the side line at their kids sports match, shouting and roaring instructions. Then getting home and going over and over the things their child did wrong and how to fix them.
• Another is the parent who has a racquet or club in their child’s hands or have them sitting at a piano from the moment they can move independently.
• There can sometimes be a fine line between being supportive of your child and their interests and slipping into pushy parent mode. I am all for encouraging your children and helping them develop their skills and interests but when it moves into 2-3 hours of practise a day, at a very young age, their needs to be some balance brought to the situation.
• This can be even more difficult if your child shows a higher skill level for a certain sport or activity and you as a parent can feel under pressure from coaches or teachers offering advice on how to get your child to the top.
Is it easy to get the balance between encouragement & pushing too hard?
• The “simple” answer is “not all the time”! It can be difficult because parents feel that sometimes they need to encourage their children to go to activities that they may not be overly interested in at first, but then go on to love, once they begin to see their skill levels increase.
• There is also the difficulty of giving your children too much control over what they do. By letting them drop out of everything because they “don’t want to do it” after only doing two lessons and then giving up, can lead your kids believing that they don’t have to commit to anything, or that maybe they’re not good at any activities as they haven’t had the chance to build a certain amount of skill for the activity.
• It is important that your child needs enough time at a certain activity to see that they are improving. For some this will be rather quick, while for others it may take much longer. The important thing is to continue encouraging them.
What if your child is really gifted…what do you do then?
• The most important element here is to support them and encourage them, without it becoming the complete focus of their lives. By this I mean, your child still needs to have that balance in their lives where they can do & experience other things that aren’t related to the area that they are excelling in.
• Instead of pointing out faults and mistakes that your children make, ask them how they think they might improve their performance. You may be amazed at how much they know and understand themselves. If they are struggling, you can give them suggestions, but try and shape them in a positive learning way.
• There is no guarantee of success. The reality is that your child may go on to become the next world superstar but the majority won’t. 1% of young people will make it to the top of their chosen field so maybe this shouldn’t be the complete focus of their childhood. We all know the stories of people like Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters in tennis, where they seemed to be bred to be the best, but there are as many Padraig Harrington’s who went onto be Major champions having started in their teens.
• There have been many many junior champions or “would-be” world beaters, who packed it all in or decided they didn’t enjoy it anymore, because it stopped being fun. This can be very frustrating for parents who have invested lots of time and money in their child’s development and can cause issues within the family. Keep in mind, if your child ends up regretting dropping out, they have to live with that, not you.
• It can be important to ask yourself, who is this for? Is it for your child or is it for yourself. Your child’s enjoyment needs to be the overriding reason for them taking part in an activity, and not focusing on having to be the best or worrying about becoming a professional.
Many adult children are still living, or have moved back, into the family home for many different reasons. For some people this can bring about a very different dynamic to the family set up, which can sometimes be the basis for conflict. We’ll delve into ways to manage this situation.
So why do adults stay living with or move back in with their parents?
So where and how can issues come about?
None of these situations are easy to deal with so what can the parent do?
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It’s a time that both kids and parents look forward to and dread in equal measure. The summer has been a time of playing with friends, taking part in summer camps and having the normal routine relaxed…and in some cases completely thrown out the window. The summer can be stressful for parents trying to find things to do for their children.
With children starting back (or even just starting) at school, it can be a really good time for parents to take control and set a new routine and boundaries for their children.
Okay so what can parents of young children do to ease the transition into junior infants or back into school for those who may have completed a year of school already?
First things first, let your child, no matter what age they are, know that school is important. If you place importance on school, your child is more likely to pick that up.
There are a few different variables for kids starting school for the first time. If they have been in Montessori or crèche already, they will have been prepared quite well for this transition and may well be going to school with friends. For those that may be going to school straight from home having not had experience of being in large groups with other kids or the structure of school, here are a few tips:
After the summer and the boundaries relaxed, is it important to get a proper routine going for school?
What advice would you give to those parents with children who are making the transition from primary to second level school?
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Allen of CA Coaching answers several listeners questions about a variety of parenting topics. In this podcast, Allen discusses teaching your kids about budgeting and saving money, how to handle an argumentative child, how to support and talk to your child when they or their friends are involved in petty crime, supporting your adult kids as parents, finding alternatives to hitting as punishment, and what to do when your child interrupts you while talking. Allen also gives advice on smartphones, your kids, and how to reconnect, the importance of making time for yourself and your interests as a single parent, and what to do when your teenager refuses to go back to school.
In this podcast, Allen O’Donoghue answers listeners questions about parenting and discusses how to handle bullying in crèche or or pre-primary school aged kids, tips for helping to empower your child, build resilience and self-esteem, and teaching them about community and volunteering. Additionally, Allen talks about how to handle a fussy eater, offers suggestions on how to get your kids to eat fruits and vegetables, and the importance of getting your child involved in dinner preparation. The final topic discussed is how to handle disrespectful and/or argumentative behaviour in your teenager, ways to improve communication and discuss feelings, and the importance of boundaries and consequences.
Allen of CA Coaching discusses how to handle financial pressures and various types of conflict and tension parents can feel at Christmastime. In this podcast, Allen discusses budgeting and setting realistic expectations for the holidays, the importance of keeping debt in check, and gives advice on how to maintain your budget during the holiday season. Allen also talks about tensions that can arise between separated parents, how to handle conflict and make Christmas more enjoyable for your kids, the importance of seeing Christmas through your child’s eyes, how to handle family conflict on Christmas Day, and the importance of relaxing and being present to make Christmas pleasant and memorable for everyone.
In this podcast, Allen O’Donoghue discusses kids going back to school. Allen talks about preparing your child for their first day of school, gives tips for successful drop off and pick up, discusses the importance of good nutrition, and gives advice on how to establish good routines both before and after school. Allen also discusses the transition to secondary school, how to communicate with your child, changes you can expect as they make the transition from oldest child in the school to the youngest, bullying, and the importance of establishing relationships and open lines of communication with teachers and principals.
Allen O’Donoghue of CA Coaching discusses the importance of getting to know your kids’ friends, discusses tips to help you get to know your child’s friends, keeping an eye on your child’s behaviour and influence friends may have, the importance of teaching kids to respect themselves and others, and how to handle bullying or aggressive behaviour. Also addressed is what to do when you do not want your child to spend time with another child and how to talk to them about it. In this podcast, Allen also discusses what to do if your child gets in trouble with the law, consequences, the importance of supporting other children in the house and taking care of the entire family, and how parents can take an active role in helping their kids to turn things around for themselves.
Christmas is an enjoyable but sometimes stressful time of year. Allen of CA Coaching talks about conflict during Christmastime and how to handle new relationships and your children. During this podcast, Allen gives tips on how to deal with tensions, when to make conflict resolution a top priority, taking time out and putting time aside for family, and the importance of seeing Christmas through your child’s eyes. Allen also discusses how to handle new relationships with your kids, including when and how you should introduce your children to your partner, how to handle discussing your new relationship with your old partner, what to do when preparing to move in together, and how family contracts and setting parameters help to pave a peaceful road for the future.
Join Allen as he gives advice about talking to your kids about money. In this podcast, Allen discusses when to start talking to your kids about money, teaching kids about the value of money and importance of saving in a time of instant gratification, and when to introduce chores and pocket money. Allen also tackles when and how to discuss family financial hardships and setting realistic expectations when money is tight, handling peer pressure, financial pressures during the holiday season, and how to talk to your kids about having to scale back.
Allen of CA Coaching discusses the importance of good nutrition and exercise. In this podcast, Allen gives parents advice on when to start getting your kids exercising and gives tips on how to make good nutrition and exercise part of your daily life. Allen also discusses the benefits of getting kids involved in sports, teaching kids to make good food choices early, reading and understanding food labels, getting your kids involved in cooking, and teaching them that treats can be separate from food.
Allen O’Donoghue of CA Coaching discusses education and your child. In this podcast he provides tips on how to handle the first day of primary school, the transition to secondary school, exam years and preparation for exams, how to build a positive relationship with teachers and principals, and taking an active role in your child’s education. Additionally, Allen also discusses how to communicate with your child about school and gives advice on ways to help your child with homework.
Allen O’Donoghue answers listeners questions on a variety of parenting topics, including finding common ground with your partner when parenting styles differ, setting boundaries to avoid shouting at your kids, handling bedtime struggles, and tips for communicating with kids when parents have separated. In this podcast, Allen also covers teaching your kids about self worth and being a good role model as a parent, how grandparents can help adult children as they become parents themselves, handling bed wetting, what to do when your teen wants to start dating, and teaching your kids about money and the value of money.
Join Allen of CA Coaching as he discusses the topic of children and drugs. In this podcast, Allen discusses when to start talking to your kids about drugs, gives tips on how to talk to them about the facts and dangers of drugs, the types of drugs that are the greatest risk, and what age kids might start doing drugs. Allen also discusses what to do if you find out your child is using drugs, how to talk to them, how to protect yourself and younger siblings, and available resources for help and guidance.
Allen O’Donoghue gives advice on summer planning and keeping kids of all ages occupied during the summer holidays. This podcast covers camps, clubs, and various activities to keep kids busy and safe as well as the importance of playing outside and having downtime. Allen also discusses ways to keep secondary school age kids busy, getting your kids involved with volunteer work and giving back to the community, setting boundaries when kids go out with friends, talking to your children about safety concerns, and tips for handling the summer holiday when you are a working parent.
In this podcast, Allen of CA Coaching covers how to support your child during exams and positively deal with exam stress. Allen discusses how to encourage and support your child without putting too much pressure on them, how to define a study plan for your child that eliminates distractions, provides adequate breaks, and helps prepare them in the best way possible. Additionally, Allen discusses the importance of proper nutrition and sleep, advice for the night before and the day of exams, as well as managing expectations, natural consequences, and how to handle when your child doesn’t want to study.
Allen O’Donoghue reviews the three step approach to positively dealing with bullying, as well as how to work with your child to build up confidence and self esteem. Allen also discusses what to do when your child is acting as the bully, how to communicate with them about bullying, and teaching them respect for themselves and others. Additional topics include how media, technology and social media have impacted bullying in recent years.
In this podcast, Allen O’Donoghue of CA Coaching discusses how to teach your kids to safely use the Internet. Topics covered include when to allow your child to start using the Internet and what types of rules to put in place, the importance of parental controls, handling social media and cyberbullying, communication with your teen and keeping them safe online, and how to talk to your child when they are visiting inappropriate sites.
Allen O’Donoghue of CA Coaching tackles the topic of bullying. In this podcast, Allen discusses what constitutes bullying, the impacts bullying can have and changes in behavior to look for in your child, tips on how to talk to your child about bullying, how technology and social media impact bullying, developing listening skills as a parent, guidelines as to when parents should get involved, and how bullying can occur in the home.