Parenting Seminars and Workshops across Ireland
Prior to 2020, Mary delivered conference presentations, parenting seminars, and professional development workshops across Ireland. However due to Covid 19 restrictions on large groups meeting face to face, her talks now mostly take place online. Hopefully, these circumstances will change in the future, but for now, here are some of her forthcoming Webinars, with details on how to make a booking.
Zoom Webinar on Raising Resilient Children
Resilience is key in supporting our children to cope with the ups and downs that life throws at them – it is what helps them to bounce back from adversity. It helps our children to work towards developing solutions when faced with challenges and gives them the internal self-belief to overcome difficulties.
In this seminar, Dr Mary O’Kane offers practical advice on how we can best support our children in becoming more resilient and having greater confidence in their own abilities.
This webinar covers:
- The importance of ‘one good adult’ for resilience
- Developing problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Links to self-esteem and feelings of capability
- Supporting healthy risk-taking
Zoom Webinar on Supporting Anxious Children for Parents/Educators
All children worry at times, but for increasing numbers of young children it can be a real challenge to manage their anxiety. As preschool practitioners focus on the wellbeing of the children in their care, it is important that they understand how best to support anxious children and their families. In this talk, Dr Mary O’Kane explains exactly how anxiety works and how it impacts young children physically and emotionally. She will also offer practical advice on how to support these children helping them to manage their fears and gain confidence.
Zoom Webinar on Parenting Tweens and Teens
Adolescence is seen by many as a challenging time for parents. Your teenager is developing a new identity and becoming an independent adult. Maintaining connection with your teen can help you to reduce conflict and increase cooperation while you negotiate rules and boundaries. In this Webinar, Mary explains some of the changes taking place in the teenage brain, and how they impact on social and emotional development. She offers practical advice on how we can maintain positive family relationships while we support our teens to achieve all that we know they are capable of.
Zoom Webinar on Parenting With Patience
Parents often cite challenging behaviour as one of the most stressful aspects of parenting. From tantrums for the little ones to negotiation with older children, managing children’s behaviour in a positive way is very important in terms of supporting their social and emotional development. In this Webinar, Mary supports parents in framing behaviour management in a positive way, giving practical advice on best to support positive behaviour using connection to help us parent with patience.
Zoom Webinar on Parenting in the Online World
Most of us would agree that it can be challenging to raise children in today’s fast-paced, high-tech world! The widespread use of tablets and smartphones, the rise of social media, and our children’s digital engagement create a whole new range of questions for parents.
In this parenting course, Mary looks at some of the latest research on the impact of technology on our children, considering online contact, content, and conduct. From the question of how much is too much, to the impact of screens, she considers how we can best support our children to not only survive, but to thrive, in their online engagements.
Zoom Webinar on Perfectly Imperfect Parenting
Parenting is often seen as the most high-stakes job of our lives, and many of us seek perfection in the role. The idea of good enough parenting feels like lowering our standards. But to be the best parent we can be means being human. While we should be caring and empathetic, we do not have to be faultless. In this webinar Mary discusses:
- Why our flaws are necessary for independent development to take place
- Outlines why a picture-perfect parenting style does not produce the results we are aiming for, and
- Explains why we should aim for connection instead of perfection
Zoom Webinar on Developing a Growth Mindset – From Surviving to Thriving
Teaching our children about the value of having a Growth Mindset – the knowledge that putting effort into tasks will help you learn and grow – can empower them. When our children know that their brains grow as they are used, it helps them to try harder to achieve, and to see that mistakes are how we learn. In this webinar, Mary considers the importance of the child’s internal voice, and outlines how to support them to develop a growth mindset, with an inner voice that helps them to reach their full potential.