Learning Points: Saying ‘no’ often means giving them much more

Learning Points: Saying ‘no’ often means giving them much more

Saying “no” to your child can be a very difficult thing to do, especially when the child in question is demanding and won’t rest until they hear ...

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Learning Points: 'Help! I’m afraid my son is being led astray by bad friends'

Learning Points: 'Help! I’m afraid my son is being led astray by bad friends'

My son has started to hang around with a bad crowd and I’m worried about him.

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Learning Points: Protecting our children from pornography

Learning Points: Protecting our children from pornography

The recent conviction of two schoolboys for the heinous murder of Ana Kriegel finally brought to conclusion one of the most unsettling and shocking crimes on this ...

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Learning Points: Compassion and care is only fair – for everyone

Learning Points: Compassion and care is only fair – for everyone

One of the most challenging and rewarding occupations is care-giving.

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Learning Points: Being happy isn’t a magic trick, it takes hard work

Learning Points: Being happy isn’t a magic trick, it takes hard work

HAPPINESS can be such an elusive concept. What does it truly mean anyway? When everyone’s idea of happiness is unique to them. I regularly hear the same declaration ...

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Learning Points: Badjao families spend most of the day together

Learning Points: Badjao families spend most of the day together

Over the last four weeks, I had the privilege of hosting three members of the Badjao tribe from the Philippines in my house.

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Learning Points: ‘We broke up and I feel like I’ve let our son down’

Learning Points: ‘We broke up and I feel like I’ve let our son down’

I really need help with my teenage son. I recently went through a very difficult separation, we are still not out of it yet but things are

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Learning Points: Give your child a bad label and he’ll live up to it

Learning Points: Give your child a bad label and he’ll live up to it

Parents often come into my clinic because living with their teenage son/daughter is incredibly problematic. They seek therapy after a particularly unpleasant experience. ...

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Forgiveness allows you to break free from bad baggage

Forgiveness allows you to break free from bad baggage

WITHOUT doubt one of the most significant themes I meet in the therapeutic setting is that of, forgiveness.

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Learning Points: School bullies grow up to be work bullies

Learning Points: School bullies grow up to be work bullies

As we move out of our adolescence and into adulthood, we can often feel relief, especially if our teenage years were punctuated by negative experiences like bullying, ...

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Learning Points: What to do when it turns out your child is the bully

Learning Points: What to do when it turns out your child is the bully

The majority of children who bully are struggling with issues. Try to discover what it is that your child is dealing with, writes Richard Hogan

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Learning Points: It is the bully who has the problem, not you

Learning Points: It is the bully who has the problem, not you

Last week’s article explored bullying and how parents can support their bullied child. This week, I’m going to offer advice on how you can rebuild self–esteem ...

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Learning Points: What do you do if your child is being bullied?

Learning Points: What do you do if your child is being bullied?

One of the most stressful events you can experience as a parent is to watch your child suffer at the hands of a bully.

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Learning Points: He stays in his room and refuses to go to school

Learning Points: He stays in his room and refuses to go to school

My 13-year-old son has changed a lot in the last year.

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Learning Points: Game, set, and match for toxic masculinity?

Learning Points: Game, set, and match for toxic masculinity?

Toxic masculinity. Nothing has divided public opinion quite like this topic in recent times.

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Learning Points: Jeers to alcohol abuse on St Patrick’s Day

Learning Points: Jeers to alcohol abuse on St Patrick’s Day

Our nation, and maybe especially Dublin, the capital, is bracing for the devastation that this weekend’s St Patrick’s Day festivities leave in their ...

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Learning Points: Getting to the root cause of a child’s anxiety

Learning Points: Getting to the root cause of a child’s anxiety

In this week’s column I am going to outline how parents can support their child suffering with anxiety.

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Learning Points: Facing our fears is the best way to conquer anxieties

Learning Points: Facing our fears is the best way to conquer anxieties

FEAR is one of the most significant and important survival mechanisms we have as mammals, says Richard Hogan.

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