A NEW website to provide aid and advice to Limerick parents in raising their children has been launched.
Loveparenting.ie will help parents to find their way through the ‘Ages & Stages’ of their child’s development and offers practical advice on building strong relationships through positive interactions, and was launched in Thomond Park recently.
Parenting Limerick – who are working in conjunction with Limerick Children and Young People’s Services Committee and Start Right – were all delighted to see the new website go live on the web.
“It’s very important that from the very beginning the parents realise that the support websites are there and that we listen to them,” said Jan O’Sullivan.
The website itself is well designed and the information is easily accessible. From ‘top 10 tips for brand new dads’ to ‘learning about playing with your one year old child’, it has a lot to offer parents.
Pauline Walsh of Knocklong and Knocklong Parenting Toddler Group said the service was “especially vital” during the first six months.
“Parents are very agitated during the first six months of the child’s life. ‘Is there something wrong with my child? Am I doing this right?’,” she explained.
The website offers links to information that parents may need when facing a certain issue with their child and Pauline feels this will help parents tenfold.
“If you’re looking for information on bullying, the website will have links that lead you to people that you can talk to,” she said.
Gillian Moloney, a member of ISPCC, believes “bringing everyone together” is one of the most important aspects of the website. “Easy access to information is vital too,” she explained.
Parenting is a hard job so the more information we get and the more resources at our disposal, the more we can empower the parents to do the best job they can, said Gillian, whilst also providing assistance to numerous parents on the day.
Two parents gave their opinion on the service and shared their experiences as parents. Katriona Murphy is of the view that “if it benefits myself and my kids I’ll do it”.
Amy Quinn, the second parent to speak, talked about how her son was seen by psychologists at Start Right after numerous attempts with other organisations. Her son has now been diagnosed with mental coordination disorder.
Also attending the launch was Eileen Humphreys, author of How Are Our Kids? and sociologist at University of Limerick.
“We must intervene as early as possible in the life of a child if we want to make a difference,” she said.
With approximately 100 or more people attending the event, the website is set to be a hit with the parents of Limerick over the coming years.