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Our new online parenting course starts in Spring 2015. Of benefit to parents in all family forms,  parents will receive a weekly email with practical and reflective exercises and can participate in online Q&A sessions. The time commitment is one to hours per week over eight weeks. It is free!

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Professionals

Invest in your professional development in 2015 with our acclaimed Positive Parenting for Changing Families and Family Communications programmes.  These 3-day One Family accredited programmes will enhance your group and one-to-one work with families. The manuals are resources you will use again and again. Call Paula on 01 662 9212 to find out more.

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Registration is now open for our Spring 2015 parenting courses in Dublin 2 and online. Also Welfare to Work programmes including New Futures and Options are enrolling. These programmes for people who parent alone or share parenting offer a range of wrap-around supports including mentoring and free childcare in our crèche.  Call 01 662 9212 or click below to find out more.

 

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Are you expecting a baby or have you recently become a parent? Are you in care or have you just moved into your own place? If the answer is ‘yes’ to both questions, the Pregnancy & Parenting Support Service at One Family is here to help you. This is a free service that you can contact yourself. Text or call us on 086 079 3072 to find out more. Referrals also accepted.

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This short video features three families who currently are not recognised by the Irish Constitution. We believe All Families Matter. Watch and share if you do too.

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We’ve only had Divorce for 18 years – is that why we don’t deal with it well?

We’ve only had Divorce for 18 years – is that why we don’t deal with it well?

February 27th, 2015

Press Release  We’ve only had Divorce for 18 years – is that why we don’t deal with it well? (Dublin, Friday 27 February 2015) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating – reflects today on the 18 years since divorce legislation came into effect in Ireland on 27 February 1997. The passing of the Referendum on Divorce almost twenty years ago was a groundbreaking acknowledgment of the reality that families in Ireland exist in many forms and that marriage cannot always be forever despite best intentions. Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO, comments: “In 2013, Ireland had the lowest divorce[...]

10 ways to understanding Children’s Emotions and The Learning Power of Play

10 ways to understanding Children's Emotions and The Learning Power of Play

February 27th, 2015

Play is an outlet for children to make sense of what they see, think and feel. It allows them the opportunity to express themselves, which is a vital part of their physical, intellectual and emotional development. Children can often struggle with their feelings and this frustration can lead to difficult behaviour, such as tantrums. It is important that parents take an active role in their child's emotional development and to lead by example when it comes to expressing anger, sadness and frustration in a healthy way. The importance of play in a child’s life cannot be underestimated. Play is a child’s work and [...]

The Special Interest Group – Supporting Parents in their Parenting Role

The Special Interest Group - Supporting Parents in their Parenting Role

February 25th, 2015

One Family is a member of The Special Interest Group - Supporting Parents in their Parenting Role. Established in December 2010 by the Centre for Effective Services, The Special Interest Group on Supporting Parents in their Parenting Role is an all-island group with 27 members including statutory and voluntary agencies involved in the delivery of parenting supports, practitioners, researchers and advocacy organisations. On Tuesday 24 February 2015, the Special Interest Group hosted a conference in Dublin Castle entitled Supporting Parents: Sharing good practice, models and approaches. This conference provided an opportunity for those working in or with an interest in services for parents, children and families to share[...]

10 ways to Handle Difficult Behaviour – Part Two

10 ways to Handle Difficult Behaviour - Part Two

February 20th, 2015

Consistency is vital to teaching your children that all behaviour breeds a reaction and whether that reaction is good or bad depends on how they choose to act. Enabling them to make good choices by being consistent in your reaction is a powerful tool in handling difficult behaviour. Consistency is one of the most important factors in successful parenting. A child who knows that their parent always follows through on what they say is more likely to choose a positive behavior. Making better choices makes a child’s life easier and supports him/her in developing responsibility. Inconsistency can cause children to feel unimportant, insecure and c[...]

One-Parent Family Payment Presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection

One-Parent Family Payment Presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection

February 18th, 2015

Press Release Get It Right for One-Parent Families One Family Presents to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection on Impacts of One-Parent Family Payment Changes - Policy Changes will lead to Increased Poverty (Dublin, Wednesday 18 February 2015) One Family – Ireland's organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating - today calls on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection to petition the Táiniste and the Department of Social Protection to Get it Right (#GetItRightDSP) for one-parent families. One Family is invited to present to the Committee today and will stress the reality of the impacts of changes to the One-Parent Fami[...]

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Family Day

Family Day

One Family is the founder of the Family Day Festival, the largest celebration of the diversity of families in Ireland today with 10,000 attending in 2013. Join in the fun and celebrate all families every May!

Single Issue

Single Issue

'Single Issue', the memoir of our founder Maura O'Dea Richards (Poolbeg Press), is available as an e-Book for just €5. It is a moving, funny and fascinating read. Please support our work by purchasing a copy today.