Parenting Week!

There will be 3 events across the county. Each event will run from 10-2 and consist of 4 half hour information talk slots. In addition to the talks there will be information stands at each from a variety of services from the Community, HSE and Tusla Services. It has also been agreed to run the Fair to coincide with the Minding Me Sessions that ParentStop have done over the past number of years in the various areas. Therefore there will be therapies and other treatments available at the sessions.

The talks will last for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes question and answer sessions. At each event the running order for the talks will be
• 10 -10:30am Managing Sleep Difficulties in Children and young People Denise Gillespie (Denise’s times for Donegal Town will be 12:15)
• 10:45-11:15 Managing challenging Behaviour in Children and Young People Representative from CAMHS
• 11:30-12:00 On Line Safety in Donegal Representative from DYS
• 12:15-12:45 Minding Me Parental Self Care Representative from ParentStop.

The session in Donegal Town is on Tuesday 20th October is being hosted by the Donegal Town FRC and been supported by Parentstop and Tir Boghaine Teo.

The Session in Inishowen is being held on Wednesday 21st October and is being hosted through IFAN and will be held in Spraoi agus Sport in Carndonagh, supported by Parentstop.

The Session in Letterkenny is going ahead on Thursday 22nd October and is being hosted through the Library and supported by Parentstop.



Parents Plus Parenting When Separated

Parentstop Ltd in collaboration with the Parent Hub Donegal and with funding from IPB is offering the Parents Plus programme entitled Parenting When Separated. The programme is being rolled out across Co Donegal and is coming to a venue near you soon.

This programme is for parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation or divorce.  It is about:

  • Solving co-parenting problems in a positive way that focuses on the needs of children
  • Coping with the emotional impact of separation and learning stress management techniques
  • Helping your children to cope with the impact of the separation both emotionally and practically
  • Enhancing communication with your children and with the children’s other parent


 Previous participants on the programme shared the following:

“I have to accept that we are no longer partners but we will always be parents.”

“I need to be considering the situation from my child’s point of view.”

“It was an eye opener to hear different point s of view on co-parenting.”

“I need to be really listening to my child’s voice.”

Places are free to all who are co-parenting. If you are interested in attending or want more information please give Gertrude Houton a call on 074 9177249 or text on 086 8863674.

Take the Barnardos Cost of School Survey 2014

Each year Barnardos surveys parents on the real cost of sending their children to school. We use the results from these surveys to lobby our Government on reducing the cost of education, to ensure that it is as fair as possible.

We need your help!  Please take five minutes to fill out our School Costs Survey – we have separate surveys for primary and secondary school pupils.  If you have a child in each we would really appreciate you taking the time to fill in both surveys!

We’re aiming to reach 1,500 parents this year – please share this with anyone you know with school age children.  Thank you.

The Cost of School in 2014

Barnardos Cost of School Survey 2014

Parentstop available in Downings

Parentstop is now available in Downings through our outreach service. Phone Parentstop for Downings on 087 7149789  Call into the Meevagh Family Resource Centre and make an appointment with Sarah Devenney  our outreach Parent Support Officer who offers Parentstop support for a 1/2 day each week.

This outreach service is about bringing support nearer to you and is supported by Parentstop Ltd, Meevagh FRC and the Local HSE National Lottery. Other outreach supports – either one-to-one or group sessions are available in Inishowen (Carndonagh; Moville; Buncrana; Newtowncunningham); Dungloe and Donegal Town.

It’s the Summer…….

It’s not that routines are out the window for the summer time it’s just that as a family you need to adapt to a different routine – like learning a new dance. Agree the limits beforehand. For example negotiate the ‘screen time’  or the ‘out time’. Consider when the broadband is to be on or off. Make and agree some plans for the week – small steps for jobs around the house and garden – with a natural family treat as a reward – like a trip to the beach; BBQ; time for friends; whatever works for your family.

Parentstop will celebrate National Parents Week October 20th to 26th 2014

[headline][/headline]National Parents Week is in October 2014 – the theme has been about taking small steps to make one small change in how you live life as a family – think about making one small change for you and your family this year. Some ideas from families in Co Donegal last year –

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recognise and compliment the good behaviours;

have a family meal at the table and take time to chat and talk afterwards;

go for a picnic at the last minute when the sun shines;

take a walk out and about once a month as a family;

enjoy the local park or playground;

visit grandparents and ask them to tell you about life when they were a child;

smile and laugh a little bit more;

no matter about the mess – get cooking together;

try not to ‘sweat the small stuff’;

if it’s getting on top of you talk to someone;

take time out for ‘me’. [/button]


Parentstop is a free and confidential parent support service based in Co Donegal. Parents can call Parentstop for a chat or make an appointment to talk to one of our Parent Support Officers  who are located across the county. Any parenting challenge can be talked through and taking small steps parents can work through it.