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Positive Parenting Seminar in Claregalway

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, March 05, 2019

GRD and TUSLA hosted a very successful Positive Parenting Seminar last year with guest speaker David Coleman, broadcaster and author.

 This year  Galway Rural Development in collaboration with Tusla, Galway Sports Partnership, Aids West, CROI , Galway PPN and Youth Work Ireland will be hosting a  Positive Parenting Seminar to  be held in the Claregalway Hotel on Wednesday the 20th March 2019.

A Talk on ‘Handling Anxiety in Children and Teenagers’ and a talk on ‘Teens and Tweens and Screens’ will be delivered by Stella O ‘ Malley from 10.30 am till 12. 30 pm.

Stella O’Malley is a mental health professional, bestselling author, and public speaker. Much of Stella’s counselling and writing focuses on mental health and the importance of well-being and she is a regular contributor to the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent, Newstalk FM and Today FM. Stella's first highly acclaimed book, ‘Cotton Wool Kids’, was released in 2015 and her new bestseller 'Bully-Proof Kids: Practical tools to help kids grow up confident, resilient and strong' was released in 2017. In 2018, Stella was the presenter of the highly-acclaimed Channel 4 documentary ‘Trans - Kids: It’s Time To Talk’. She’s currently working on her new book ‘Fragile': Why are we feeling more anxious and overwhelmed than ever before’, which focuses on overcoming anxiety and will be released by Gill Books on April 5 2019.

  • 'Handling Anxiety in  Children & Teenagers' Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Ireland today, not only that, but anxiety is often contagious and so anxiety can infect the whole family. Anxiety is often described as an over-estimation of the danger and an under-estimation of your ability to cope. This talk provides helpful tips and strategies for parents to teach their perspective and help their children feel more able to cope.

  • 'Teens and Tweens and Screens’ With the force of a multi-billion Euro industry driving this, many of our children have fallen into destructive relationships with their screens. This talk helps parents regain control of tech use in family-life.

Lunch will be provided from 12.30 pm till 1.00pm

Linda Ford from Sallisford Coaching will deliver an interactive, mini workshop from 1pm till 2pm  on the topic ‘Make time for yourself’ where participants will be able to practice a variety of techniques to reduce stress and balance busy lives.  Linda is a Personal Performance Coach and Trainer specialising in helping clients to achieve success in their business or career.

Techniques will include:  Mindfulness; Recognising and setting down stress;  Finding time to recharge.

Places are limited so book early by contacting  Melinda Coen on 087-3515832 or email

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.