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Here’s our entry to the Better Together video competition, our Family Day Festival 2014 video that’s guaranteed to make you smile. Please watch and vote every day until 21 November and help us win €1,000 to support our work for families.

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Review & Demand

Karen and Stuart summarise our Annual Review and state our demands to Government for Budget 2015 in this short video.

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New! Two half-day workshops for professionals working with families have been added to our professional development training calendar: Talking to your child about the non-resident parent and Coaching parents in successful shared parenting. Book now for 29 September and 22 October.

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We have launched Positive Parenting for Changing Families!  This 3-day One Family accredited programme for professionals working with families will prepare you to deliver this great programme to both groups and in one-to-one work with families. The brand new manual is a huge resource you will use again and again and is included in the price of the training.  Also, our Family Communications 3-day programme for professionals is booking now for Dublin, Galway, Tullamore and Meath.

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Registration is now open for our Autumn/Winter 2014 parenting courses! Also Welfare to Work programmes including New Futures and Options are now 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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10 Ways to Nurture Your Role as a Stepparent

10 Ways to Nurture Your Role as a Stepparent

December 12th, 2014

This week as part of our ongoing '10 Ways to' parenting tips series, we explore stepparenting. Television shows like The Brady Bunch or Modern Family might make it seem as though it's pretty much all plain sailing but this is usually not the case. Being a stepparent can be a very difficult role within the family. The level of complexity it brings to the family and the individual is often underestimated by every family member. However, with patience and commitment, the rewards can be immense. Read on for our advice for stepparents on this important role. If you are the stepparent, talk [...]

Expressions of Interest Now Open for One Family Policy Panel 2015

Expressions of Interest Now Open for One Family Policy Panel 2015

December 11th, 2014

Are you parenting alone or sharing parenting? Do you want your voice be heard and to be part of something that matters for one-parent families? One Family is seeking willing participants to engage with our Policy Panel 2015. The Policy Panel will consist of ten-twelve lone parents and/or parents sharing parenting who will collaborate with us throughout 2015 in creating a Manifesto of things that Government needs to change for people parenting alone or sharing parenting and their children so they can create better futures. Panel members will be encouraged to contribute their own lived experience and personal circumstances in order to[...]

10 Ways to Establish Christmas Traditions for Your Family

10 Ways to Establish Christmas Traditions for Your Family

December 5th, 2014

Every family is different and many have their own special traditions at Christmas. Sometimes parents who are parenting alone, or families experiencing separation or in transition, might feel that their Christmas traditions aren't somehow 'as good' as those we're bombarded with on TV and in magazines around this time of year. Remember that those images of 'perfect' smiling families relaxing around roaring log fires with feasts that could actually feed twenty families are just that - images. In real life, a Christmas tradition is simply a shared experience between people who care about each other and enjoy spending quality time[...]

10 Ways to Make Christmas Stress Free

10 Ways to Make Christmas Stress Free

November 28th, 2014

Christmas can be a time of great pressure for many parents, meaning that stress can take much of the enjoyment away. It's important to stop and ask why this is. Is it possible that we're causing some of it ourselves by not managing expectations - our own and others, including our child's. Why not aim to simplify Christmas this year by taking time to reduce stress, expense and over-the-top traditions. This week '10 Ways' in our parenting tips series becomes '12 Ways' as we explore how you can plan to make Christmas less stressful and more fun. Start budgeting and planning everything early o[...]

10 Ways to Develop Play Time with Your Child

10 Ways to Develop Play Time with Your Child

November 21st, 2014

Playtime with their parent is very important to children. Making time to sit down on the floor to play together is one of the best things you can do to support their development and your relationship with them. Some parents find it very difficult to value just sitting and playing. Sometimes a parent might even feel a bit awkward at first - after all, it's probably been a long time since we ourselves did this -  but when you make yourself just do it, you will soon experience the immense enjoyment it can bring to both you and your child. Play is your chi[...]

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