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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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10 Reasons why Children Misbehave and the Power of Positive Attention

10 Reasons why Children Misbehave and the Power of Positive Attention

January 30th, 2015

One way or another children will misbehave, but understanding the reason why can give parents the opportunity to develop positive coping mechanisms to address misbehaviour and in turn develop stronger and more positive relationships with their children. When thinking about the reasons why children misbehave it is perhaps useful to think firstly about what misbehaviour actually is. A lot of behavior is more an expression of energy and enthusiasm than any desire to misbehave. Misbehaviour may be the expression of the need for limits to be set. Building healthy self-esteem requires parents to provide their children with a predictable, safe environment. Positive attention is an[...]

One-Parent Family Poverty Demonstrated By Household Finance and Consumption Survey 2013

One-Parent Family Poverty Demonstrated By Household Finance and Consumption Survey 2013

January 29th, 2015

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the results of the 2013 Household Finance and Consumption Survey (HFCS) 2013 today, which was undertaken between March and September 2013. The HFCS collects data on household assets and liabilities, income, consumption and credit constraints. The figures released  demonstrate the effects of the overt discrimination and disadvantage experienced  by one-parent families in Ireland as a result of Government tactics and policies. This is shameful. Stuart Duffin, One Family Director of Policy & Programmes, responds: "This is yet more very worrying data on the situation of one-parent families, in particular in terms of their level of savings, assets and also debt,[...]

Opportunities for Professionals Working with Families

Opportunities for Professionals Working with Families

January 28th, 2015

Does your work bring you into contact with families, parents or children? Family support workers, social workers, youth workers, therapists, educators, drugs project workers, teachers, counsellors, people who deliver training programmes and other professionals in a variety of roles will gain real value from participating in a One Family professional development programme this Spring. They include our acclaimed three day programmes - Positive Parenting for Changing Families and Family Communications - as well as specialist half day workshops such as Coaching Parents in Successful Shared Parenting and Talking to a Child About Their Absent Parent which are three hours packed full of [...]

Where’s the education and childcare for lone parents for sustainable jobs?

Where’s the education and childcare for lone parents for sustainable jobs?

January 27th, 2015

Press Release “The best way out of poverty is a job,” says Joan Burton. “Where’s the education and childcare for lone parents for sustainable jobs?”asks One Family www.onefamily.ie The routeway out of poverty is a job: education is the ladder. (Dublin, Tuesday 27 January 2014) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone and sharing parenting – reacts to the RTÉ 1 Claire Byrne Show debate  with the Táiniste, Joan Burton  and President of Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams.  The coalition Government promised that austerity would be shared equally between rich and poor, young and old. It hasn’t turned out quite like that. 63% of one-parent family house[...]

10 Ways to Feel Pride in Your Family

10 Ways to Feel Pride in Your Family

January 23rd, 2015

It is important for you and your children to have a sense of pride about your family. No matter what form your family takes, what wealth you may or may not have, or what activities you may or may not do, being secure in one's family and self - which will nurture family pride - is achieved through building strong supportive relationships. It is the quality of these relationships at home that has most importance for a child's outcomes. When every member of the family feels cherished and valued, they experience higher self-esteem which contributes to family self-esteem. To build[...]

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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.