Impacts of Divorce on Children

Debbi Carberry Children, Divorce/Separation

Listen and ReassureChildren are usually unsure of what is happening when their parents separate. You may feel unsure yourself and find it hard to answer your children’s questions. So what are the impacts of divorce on children? Some things to remember: It can be a stressful period for children but most cope over time Children from separated families can develop ...

How young is too young?

Debbi Carberry Children, Electronic Devices

Play DeficitAs I walk through shopping centres, go to restaurants or sit in a park, I will usually see a little person fully engaged on either a mobile phone, iPad or tablet. It seems that electronics have become the new playground for many young children. I don’t want to sound like a dinosaur but what happened to interactive tactile play?   ...

Selfies and mental health

Debbi Carberry Social Media, Teens

70 % of Adolescent Girls Don’t like the Way They LookThe word selfie has only been round for a short time but has become such a popular concept that the Oxford Dictionary named it word of the year in 2013!!! The time of teenage girls sitting at home on the landline chatting with friends for hours is gone – now ...

Plugged in parents for socially exposed kids

Debbi Carberry Children, Internet

Whether we like it or not social media is here to stay and our kids seem to love it. I believe that it is important for us to teach our children about safe and appropriate use of social media and the internet in general. Kids do some of their studies online, they engage with friends and they have social activities ...