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Parents: Practical and Positive Supports

This series of Parenting Talks has been organised by Kildare Library Service in partnership with HSE Primary Care Psychology Team and Mental HealthIrelandand is funded by Kildare County Council.

Attendance at all of the events is free of charge and open to everyone but advance booking is required. Please contact the library where the talk is happening to book your place.

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Athy Library : Tel 059 8631144 Email

Celbridge Library : Tel 01 6272207 Email:

KildareTownLibrary: Tel 045 530626/520235 Email:

Leixlip Library: Tel: 01 6060050 Email:

Maynooth Library : Tel 01 6285530 Email:

Naas Library: Tel 045 879111 Email:

Newbridge Library: Tel 045 448353 Email:


Babies and Toddlers

First Aid for Parents

Presented by Siobhan Butler from First Aid for Everyone


This informative and interactive course will use lots of visual aids in the presentation and there is plenty of opportunity for the participants to ask questions.

Topics covered will include:

-Calling the emergency services

-The First Aid kit




Temperature/febrile seizures


Naas Library: Thursday 7th May 11.30am

Newbridge Library: Tuesday 26th May 7pm

Athy Library: Tuesday 9th June 7pm


How to Help Babies and Toddlers Build a Sense of Security

Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service

This talk is aimed at parents of children from birth to two years of age. It will explain the ideas behind attachment and bonding and include strategies and tips to help children develop a secure attachment.

Leixlip Library: Thursday 16th April 7pm

Newbridge Library: Friday 1st May 10.30am



Supporting Parents to Help Their Children to Behave Well

Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service


This talk introduces basic ideas and strategies that can be of help to parents to reduce their child’s undesirable behaviour. It will include tips and strategies to encourage children to behave in ways that are more helpful to themselves and others.


Athy Library: Tuesday 21st April 7pm



Helping Children to be Resilient and Develop Skills to Cope with the Challenges of Life

Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service

This talk explores the support and experiences our children need to develop   resilience or mental strength. It will help parents develop their children’s ability to thrive despite life’s challenges e.g. growing up, bullying or living with difficult circumstances; and to bounce back from adversity.

Kildare Town Library: Thursday 30th April 11.30am


Games & Technology to Enhance Learning

Presented by Michael Hallissey, Director of Learning for The Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA)


Young people interact with apps, eBooks, digital games and worlds in many ways – many productive but unfortunately some are not so productive. Michael will look at how some of these tools and services can enhance learning and how to channel technology in a positive way. Michael will also locate this talk in the context of the new Digital Strategy for Schools.

This talk is for parents of 8 – 15 year olds.


Maynooth Library: Wednesday 22nd April 7pm

Naas Library: Tuesday 28th April 7pm


Helping Children Deal with Bullying

Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service


This talk explores possible origins of bullying behaviour, the potential impacts of bullying such as feeling upset, hurt, rejected, afraid and isolated.  It will also introduce strategies to support children to develop skills such as positive peer social interactions and enhanced assertiveness to overcome the negative impact of bullying.


Celbridge Library: Tuesday 5th May 11am


Helping Children Who Worry Too Much

Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service


This talk explores many of the common factors which can cause and increase worries for children.  It will include strategies to help children to manage and overcome their worries so that the worries becomes less powerful in their day-to-day lives.


Maynooth Library: Wednesday 20th May 7pm


Yuck I’m NOT eating that!

Toddler and Childhood Nutritional Challenges.

Presented by Paula Mee, Dietician

Paula will give an overview of our children’s common nutrition challenges and needs as they grow. She will cover food intolerances and allergies; parental feeding concerns e.g. what to feed young children and what to do if they are faddy and won’t eat fruits and veg; when to consult with a specialist. Come along and ask your questions.

Naas Library: Thursday 21st May 7pm


Older Children & Teens

Teenage Wellbeing & Positive Mental Health

Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Relationship & Parenting Mentor


‘All we seem to do is argue!’

Parenting Teenagers can be challenging and there may be concern around eating, drinking or self-harm. Sheila  will look at how to build self-esteem, establish better communication and problem solving skills.


Leixlip Library: Thursday 7th May 7pm


Social Networking & Cyberbullying Training

Presented by Fiona Ashe from Flashefoward Communicaions


This training course will give a simple overview of social networking, describing current social media trends. Fiona will look at teenage behaviour online. She will examine peer pressure, privacy issues and cyberbullying: what it is, what forms it takes, how to combat it and how to prevent it.


Leixlip Library: Wednesday 13th May 7pm



Time Management for Working Parents

Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Relationship & Parenting Mentor


Do you have too little time with too many demands? How do you manage time or does it manage you? Come and learn practical tips and skills to get more time for you!


Naas Library: Tuesday 12th May 7pm

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