Learning Points: Give Madeleine McCann's family the space to put their lives back together

Learning Points: Give Madeleine McCann's family the space to put their lives back together

It is the fourth of May, 2007. I am coming home from work, tired and scrolling through images of Trapani, Sicily - our holiday destination in a few weeks. Nothing ...

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Richard Hogan: When it comes to sexual identity, don't label your child, let them be who they are meant to be

Richard Hogan: When it comes to sexual identity, don't label your child, let them be who they are meant to be

Ireland has long since moved from a homogenous insular society to one that is diverse and progressive. The 2015 same-sex referendum illuminated just how far we had ...

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Learning Points: Do you feel well in work?

Learning Points: Do you feel well in work?

The Covid-19 crisis shifted the tectonic plates on which our personal and working lives sat steady for so long. It dramatically disrupted industries and economies ...

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Richard Hogan: Moral leadership needed if we are to thrive again

Richard Hogan: Moral leadership needed if we are to thrive again

They say a week is a long time in politics. Well, in the Trump administration a day seems like a year.

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Learning Points: Will it be hard for children to let go after lockdown?

Learning Points: Will it be hard for children to let go after lockdown?

Time is precious. One of the positives of this pandemic is that it forced us to stop, slow down, and spend time with our family.

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Learning Points: Poetry can help us make sense of the world, especially in lockdown

Learning Points: Poetry can help us make sense of the world, especially in lockdown

In Sulawesi, Indonesia, scientists in 2019 discovered, on the walls inside a dark cave, the earliest picture ever made by Homo sapiens.

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Learning Points: Let’s have the vision to open our ears to the truth about climate change

Learning Points: Let’s have the vision to open our ears to the truth about climate change

I had watched many Ted talks by Bill Gates over the years where he outlined the imminent threat we faced as a species but no collective response was undertaken.

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Learning Points: Testing time ends as Leaving Cert is finally cancelled

Learning Points: Testing time ends as Leaving Cert is finally cancelled

The cancellation of this years Leaving Certificate examination took us all by surprise.

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Learning Points: pandemic parenting – it’s not just mum’s job

Learning Points: pandemic parenting – it’s not just mum’s job

My husband and I are now both working from home. We have 4 children. We are taking turns in the office, but he seems to think I should be doing all the work with ...

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Learning Points: Selfies and selfishness won’t serve us in future

Learning Points: Selfies and selfishness won’t serve us in future

WE WERE in the age of extreme individualism before Covid-19 brought our lives to a stark and sudden halt. We had reached the nadir of our evolution with the arrival ...

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Learning Points: Don’t mask your feelings, it’s ok to want alone time

Learning Points: Don’t mask your feelings, it’s ok to want alone time

A healthy family allows for each member to be a part of and separate from it.

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Learning Points: Helping your teen to study during Covid-19 lockdown

Learning Points: Helping your teen to study during Covid-19 lockdown

This summer Leaving Cert students are facing something we've never asked of students before writes Richard Hogan.

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Learning Points: Keeping children on a healthy and happy regime

Learning Points: Keeping children on a healthy and happy regime

Over the next three weeks, I am going to outline how you can support yourself and your family over this period of lockdown, writes Richard Hogan.

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Holding on: how to help your child through the crisis

Holding on: how to help your child through the crisis

Richard Hogan, family psychotherapist, addresses a reader's question about life during lockdown

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Learning Points: Delve into family history for magical stories

Learning Points: Delve into family history for magical stories

I was 10 years old the first time I visited a hospital.

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Learning Points: Get creative to keep the family ticking over

Learning Points: Get creative to keep the family ticking over

So, now that we are into our second week staying home and play dates are no longer an option to keep our children entertained you might possibly be finding it hard ...

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Learning Points: Parents must model calm during lockdown

Learning Points: Parents must model calm during lockdown

We are in unprecedented times, and this can be a scary situation for children. Richard Hogan has tips on keeping calm and carrying on

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Learning Points: Why does panic spread quicker than any virus?This story is enriched with multi-media content

Learning Points: Why does panic spread quicker than any virus?

The Grim Reaper has such an impressive array of tools in his deadly arsenal and, by golly, is he ready to launch them at any given moment, says Richard Hogan.

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Learning Points: The conflict, not the separation, hurts children

Learning Points: The conflict, not the separation, hurts children

WHEN we begin a relationship, we rarely think about what will happen if we separate. We are too busy building towards the future to allow such negative thoughts. ...

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Learning Points: The reality is we all play a role in cancel cultureThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Learning Points: The reality is we all play a role in cancel culture

The recent death of Caroline Flack has once again brought the issue of internet trolls and cancel culture back into public discourse.

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Learning Points: Light at the end of the tunnel for mental health?

Learning Points: Light at the end of the tunnel for mental health?

THE number of children with mental health issues presenting to the paediatric emergency department in Temple Street has increased dramatically, according to a study ...

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Learning Points: Phillip Schofield’s sexuality is none of our business

Learning Points: Phillip Schofield’s sexuality is none of our business

William Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer to have ever lived. Yet, we know very little about him.

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Learning Points: A helping hand to confront bullying in the workplace

Learning Points: A helping hand to confront bullying in the workplace

You survived it. So, you are resilient and you are strong. A lot stronger than you give yourself credit for.

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Learning Points: Hired and tired? Let’s all strive for work wellness

Learning Points: Hired and tired? Let’s all strive for work wellness

Corporate wellness is a relatively new concept. But it doesn’t take a huge leap of progressive thought to know healthy workers make a healthy company and the ...

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Learning Points: It’s not about the phone, it’s about you and your teen

Learning Points: It’s not about the phone, it’s about you and your teen

What is it about the teenage years that are so problematic for families? Why does the teenage soul rage against the machine of the adult world?

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Face off: Don’t compare your child to others

Face off: Don’t compare your child to others

How can we help our children to be happy, asks Richard Hogan.

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Learning Points: Find happiness within yourself, in little moments

Learning Points: Find happiness within yourself, in little moments

Everywhere you look this time of year, we are bombarded with ubiquitous ads offering; better,healthier, fitter and happier you.

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Learning Points: There is no straight road to becoming a hero

Learning Points: There is no straight road to becoming a hero

There is this idea in Jungian psychology known as the circumambulation, and it refers to the notion of how we move towards reaching full potential.

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Learning Points: 'I’m dreading the tension at family Christmas dinner'

Learning Points: 'I’m dreading the tension at family Christmas dinner'

I never really had a good relationship with them and I find that they can be rude to my husband and they make subtle jokes about our relationship.

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Learning Points: Ryan opened his arms and embraced us all

Learning Points: Ryan opened his arms and embraced us all

RTÉ lied to us. The theme of this year’s ‘Toy Show’ wasn’t ‘Frozen 2’, but inclusion.

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Richard Hogan: Managing great expectations at Christmas time

Richard Hogan: Managing great expectations at Christmas time

The arrival of Ryan Turbidy on our screens last Friday night, dressed as Olaf, not only signalled the beginning of ‘The Late Late Toy show’ but also ...

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I’m worried my daughter is being bullied again

I’m worried my daughter is being bullied again

My daughter was bullied this time last year. Her friendship group turned on her after she had an argument with one of the main girls. It was very difficult to watch, ...

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Learning Points: Just say no, there’s power in that little word

Learning Points: Just say no, there’s power in that little word

No. It is such a small word, yet at times, something many of us find difficult to utter. The inability to say no to work, friends or family can cause so much stress ...

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Learning Points: Hardcore porn can pollute our children’s minds

Learning Points: Hardcore porn can pollute our children’s minds

The recent sentencing of two teenage boys for the murder of Ana Kriégel has once again brought the issue of pornography into public discourse. The details ...

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A child that can manage stress well is a resilient child

A child that can manage stress well is a resilient child

Remember, a child who is resilient is not immune to stress, but rather is a child that can manage that stress, writes Richard Hogan

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Learning Points: Freeing the kid inside is true Halloween magic

Learning Points: Freeing the kid inside is true Halloween magic

Halloween is one of those special nights in a child’s calendar. Where nearly every neighbour, except, of course, the ones who turn off the lights and sit in ...

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Learning Points: Early diagnosis is critical for dealing with ASD

Learning Points: Early diagnosis is critical for dealing with ASD

WHEN we decide to have children we never think that our child will be anything but healthy and happy so a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) can really ...

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Learning Points: A viable plan to support homeless families is needed

Learning Points: A viable plan to support homeless families is needed

As a systemically trained family psychotherapist, much of the work I do is with families in crisis.

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Learning Points: It’s okay for a sixth-year not to know their future

Learning Points: It’s okay for a sixth-year not to know their future

We are now five weeks into the school year and filling out their CAO form to decide their future is becoming a reality for sixth-year students.

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Learning Points: Nichola Sweeney's parents should not have to suffer further

Learning Points: Nichola Sweeney's parents should not have to suffer further

Cork is one of those special cities. A place where everyone is somehow connected to each other, where your neighbour has your house key and is there when you need ...

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Examine Yourself: We have to listen to our bodies if we are to survive

Examine Yourself: We have to listen to our bodies if we are to survive

IN MY work, as a systemically trained family psychotherapist, I am always looking at the ecologies in which we live.

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Learning Points: I’m worried about my teenage son after school move

Learning Points: I’m worried about my teenage son after school move

My 16-year-old son changed school this year due to bullying in his old school. I was very worried about him last year and really was at a loss as what to do.

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Learning Points: Taking a risk is worth it to build child’s resilience

Learning Points: Taking a risk is worth it to build child’s resilience

In last week’s article I wrote about the urgent need for parents to teach their children how to cope with adversity so that they can successfully manage many ...

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We need to teach our children how to be resilient

We need to teach our children how to be resilient

The number of students on heavy psychotropic drugs has quadrupled in the last five years. Alarm bells should be ringing, writes Richard Hogan

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Making the grade in life, as well as in State exams

Making the grade in life, as well as in State exams

This week, more than 59,000 students will begin the long nine-month trek to the Leaving Certificate exam, summiting in mid June. For many, this test of endurance ...

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Learning Points: Top tips on coping with back to school stress for you and the kids

Learning Points: Top tips on coping with back to school stress for you and the kids

It’s that time of year again; the long summer days are numbered, summer’s lease is all too short as she takes her last few breaths.

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Learning points: There are many routes to one destination

Learning points: There are many routes to one destination

richard hogan This has been a very long week for nearly every young adult and their families on this island. Tuesday revealed the results of the Leaving Certificate, ...

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Learning Points: Parental alienation not good for the nation

Learning Points: Parental alienation not good for the nation

The World Health Organisation recently recognised the existence of parental alienation as a condition. The concept of parental alienation was first coined by Dr ...

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Learning points: Love thyself, but not to the point of narcissism

Learning points: Love thyself, but not to the point of narcissism

OUR world has changed dramatically. Technology permeates every facet of our lives.

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Outrage at free speech leads to censorship

Outrage at free speech leads to censorship

When you replace what you can’t say with what you have to say you have the same outcome — censorship, writes Richard Hogan

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