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‘Very enjoyable course and has helped me a lot, especially with my own confidence and reaching out to my children in a positive way.'
Parent
‘I learned how to listen more, to respect your fellow classmates and not let your anger get the better of you.’
Boy (12)
‘I have learned to think before I say anything when talking to my kids. I am also learning to listen better.’
Parent
‘It was very interesting and entertaining, great stories, taught me to think about my choices.’
Teenager
‘I found the course very useful as Clare distinguished many ways of handling conflict as well as ways of communicating effectively.’
Parent
‘We learned how to express our feelings and how to control our anger and stop our fighting.’
Girl (12)
‘The course helped me to listen more and stand back, not to shout, to be a lot calmer.’
Parent
‘I learnt not to put myself down. I felt good about myself afterwards’
Girl (14)
'I really enjoyed doing the role-plays and learned how to stand up for myself and my friends'
Teenager (13)
‘What I found most useful was the tools to be able to listen to your child and how important it is to the child.’
Parent
‘I gained an understanding of how teenagers think and I am learning to stay calmer and have more patience with my daughter. My eyes were opened to a lot of things I was not aware of.’ Parent

Testimonials

Below you'll find testimonials from previous beneficiaries of Family Matters services.

Parenting Course

‘I enjoyed learning from other parents by shared experiences and having Clare’s experience and guidance through her knowledge.’

‘Clare knows teenagers.’

‘Very enjoyable course, it has helped me a lot with my own confidence as a parent.’

‘I found the practical examples very helpful.’

‘Very enjoyable course and has helped me a lot, especially with my own confidence and reaching out to my children in a positive way.’

‘I found it useful to give my children chores and more responsibility as it helped with their confidence.’

‘I have learned to think before I say anything when talking to my kids. I am also learning to listen better.’

‘I realised that my children are the same as everyone else’s.’

‘I gained an understanding of how teenagers think and I am learning to stay calmer and have more patience with my daughter. My eyes were opened to a lot of things I was not aware of.’

‘I found the course very useful. I learned about setting boundaries and how to communicate with my teenager. The course format had a good relaxed atmosphere.’

‘I gained some useful insights from the course.’

‘Your experience with kids added so much to the course.’

‘I learned new coping strategies for dealing with my teenager.’

‘The course dispelled the anxiety of my children becoming teenagers by learning what to expect.’

‘The course has made me more confident in my parenting.’

‘The course allowed me to think about how I was parenting and to evaluate what was working and what wasn’t.’

‘It has opened my eyes to what to expect as the teenage years approach and am more aware of the changes already being experienced.’

‘It was good to be able to talk among a group and get advice on different situations. I found the course covered all the issues we needed so happy with everything.’

‘I found the course very useful as Clare distinguished many ways of handling conflict as well as ways of communicating effectively.’

‘I learned to put myself in my child’s shoes.’

‘What I found most useful about the course was the interaction and discussion of all issues. Everybody’s opinion was valid. There was space and time for everyone to speak.’

‘It made me more aware of the issues facing teenagers and the problems that are important to them.’

‘The course helped me to listen more and stand back, not to shout, to be a lot calmer.’

‘I have given my kids more independence and very happy with the outcome.’

‘I very much enjoyed the relaxed approach you gave us.’

‘What I found most useful was the tools to be able to listen to your child and how important it is to the child.’

‘I found the practical tips, handouts and various scenarios discussed very useful.’

Teachers on Cyber Bullying Talks

‘A very good presentation – very relevant to the class – a lot of them are online. Really made them think about effects of cyberbullying. Thank you for coming to talk to 5th class.’

‘It was excellent. Cyber bullying is definitely in primary schools so advising children on how to use sites carefully is needed for every 5th/6th class. I didn’t realise how much time children spend online until the workshop. As their phones have internet access 24/7.’

‘This was an excellent workshop and the class were really engaged throughout. I thought it was perfectly pitched towards them. I know from their burst of energy doing the worksheets and discussion afterwards they took in everything. The class was full of comments and questions after the workshop. They are extremely aware of cases of cyberbullying portrayed in the media and appreciate being treated as mature and spoken to directly and honestly about the topic. The activities were very engaging: groupwork, ripping up sheets. Excellent!’

"Clare came to deliver an evening seminar in Lucan Educate Together on cyber-bullying. Parents were delighted. They felt she managed to cover many aspects of this vast topic. She explained all the different forms of bullying, and how to deal with it from the perspective of a parent whose child could be bullied, or whose child could be bullying others. A very worthwhile evening."

Boys Group 11/12 Year Olds

‘I learned that feelings are important, that actions have consequences, the best ways to calm down, that bullying is a bad thing and to listen.’

‘I learnt how to control myself, feelings and listening.’

‘It was very good 5 weeks and I learned about controlling my anger.’

‘I learned about anger, to calm down, how to stop bullying and lots more…’

‘We learned about feelings and emotions.’

‘We learned about feelings and to not hurt other people’s feelings.’

‘I learned how to listen more, to respect your fellow classmates and not let your anger get the better of you.’

‘I learned about listening, feelings and how to stop bullying.’

‘I thought it was cool because we know everybody better.’

‘I thought it was very good and helpful.’

‘Very good, lots learned.’

‘I learned about consequences and feelings.’

‘I learned about consequences and had fun with Clare.’

‘We learned about feelings, consequences and actions.’

‘I learned that you can calm yourself down.’

‘It was good and interesting and we learned about consequences.’

‘It was educating and I enjoyed it thoroughly, we learned about what happens if you hurt someone.’

‘I learned how to control my anger.’

Girls Group 11/12 Year Olds

‘Clare is so kind, I learned not to bully....thanks Clare.’

‘Clare is so nice and we are all sad that she is going. We are all happy about what she learned us about bullying …thanks Clare.’ ‘interesting..learned about life situations.’

‘Clare was a great help with our problems. Thank you.’

‘We learned how to express our feelings and how to control our anger and stop our fighting.’

‘I learned to control my anger and to treat people differently. I think these sessions helped a lot and it was great that Clare is here to help us.’

‘Well there is nothing bad to say about this, it was really good. It helped us with our relationships; we are all friends (not best friends) but friends and we are going to miss Clare, she really helped us all be friends and it really helped us with our anger, fights and friends.’

‘We learned how to control out anger, stop fighting with our friends, stop calling names and about bullying.’

‘I learned about fighting and name-calling and we all got emotional about friends and family.’

‘I learned about bullying and girly things. Nothing could have made it better, I enjoyed everything.’

‘We learned how to control our anger and we shared our feelings with each other; we played a few games and had fun.’

‘I enjoyed talking about our feelings in our class with our girls and stuff about happening in our families. I enjoyed everything. Thanks Clare.’

Teenager Workshops 13-15 Year Olds

On Choices and Consequences

‘I learnt the importance of listening to myself and to discuss problems.’

‘I learnt how to stand up for myself.’

‘We looked at the consequences of making a bad decision and I learnt to think before you make a decision.’

‘I like the way Clare listened to us and gave us a chance to talk.’

‘The session was so open and fun. I learned about how choices can affect us.>’

‘I learnt new stuff about different ways of reacting and how to make choices.’

‘I learned about the PCCC framework for making good choices.’

‘I liked the way everyone was involved and we learnt how to make the right choices.’

‘The stories made us aware of consequences and the choices we make.’

‘It was very interesting and entertaining, great stories, taught me to think about my choices.’

‘I learnt about the PCCC rule and that it helps a lot to think before you do something.’

‘It was very interesting and helped us to stop and think before we make choices.’

‘You can talk about different things in confidence.’

‘I learnt about controlling my anger.’

‘I learnt how to keep calm.’

‘I liked that I could speak out and have an opinion.’

‘I learnt to take more responsibility.’

‘I learnt how anger can affect you and your life.’

Body Image and Self Image Workshop Girls 14 Year Olds

‘I learnt how to be more self confident and that personality means more than looks.’

‘I learnt what people think of me and what people are like – everyone was really honest.’

‘I learnt not to care what other people think. I liked the activity where people wrote nice things about you.’

‘I learnt about friendships.’

‘I learnt not to put myself down. I felt good about myself afterwards.’

‘I like talking to other girls and learned not to be who other people want me to be.’

‘Image isn’t everything. The workshop made a difference of what I feel about myself.’

‘We could express our feelings, it was nice. A lot of people think nice things about me.’

‘I liked the talking and that we all feel the same and wear emotional masks.’

‘Not to buy into all the magazines and celebs etc just be yourself.’

‘I liked the way I can be honest and not care what anyone thinks, it made me feel good. To not be lured into “Beauty” 21st century style.’

‘I learned that inner beauty is more important.’

‘I found out there’s other people with the same feelings as me. I’m not lonely. I learned the outside doesn’t really matter as long as you’re pretty on the inside.’

‘Inner beauty is better. I liked ripping the bad things up exercise.’

‘I feel more confident after the workshop.’

Bullying & Friendships 13 Year Olds

‘I really enjoyed doing the role-plays and learned how to stand up for myself and my friends.’

‘I learned what bullying really is and how to stick up for your friend.’

‘I learned that name-calling really hurts people’s feelings.’

‘I learned to treat everyone nice and not be mean.’

‘I learned about how to calm myself down so I don’t react to things.’

‘I learned how to control my temper and I found it interesting to learn about the different ways we behave and how to get from being a shark to a bear.’

‘I learned that even though we are different all people are the same and that it is important to talk about things and sort them out.’

‘I learned about feelings and how we should treat each other.’

‘I liked learning about how to respect yourself and to respect others.’