Parenting Limerick hosted a morning on Parental Health and Well-being on Wednesday, April 5th in the South Court Hotel. Attendees heard from Marie Grace who recently featured on RTE’s Operation Transformation, and Brian McNulty, author of Embracing Sanity: One Man’s Footsteps who shared their own personal journeys toward health and well-being.
After the presentations parents had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of stands with information on getting healthy, active and connected, getting in touch with your creative side, woodworking, and eating healthily.
Ger Brophy, Area Manager with Tusla – Child and Family Agency, Mid-West and Chair of Limerick Children and Young People’s Services Committee, welcomed everyone to the event noting that “We know that parents need to mind themselves in order to mind their children, but parents often put everyone else first. The purpose of today is to remind parents of the importance of taking the time to look after themselves and to offer some ideas of how to do this.”
Echoing this, Marie Grace said that, “Taking thirty minutes to focus on yourself and exercise will not affect your children in any way, but not looking after yourself might.” She advised parents to follow her example and keep a “damage limitation” pack on hand with healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts and water to resist the temptation to go for unhealthy snacks.
Feedback from participants was very positive with one parent observing that the event was, “Very interesting, loads of information. Really enjoyed all the talks and meeting new people. Greatly organised”. Another said that, “The speakers were an absolute inspiration.”
The event was held in partnership with HSE Mid-West Health and Well-being and the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival.
Parenting Limerick is a network of organisations that provide parenting and family support across Limerick. The network is working together to provide parents with the information and support they need so that they can be the best parents they can. It is part of Limerick Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC), which is a county-level committee that brings together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people. The primary purpose of CYPSCs is joint planning and co-ordination of activity to ensure that children, young people and their families receive improved and accessible services.
To find out more about CYPSCs, click here.
To find out more about Parenting Limerick and Positive Parenting, click here.
To read more stories about Parenting Limerick, click here.