City Hallowe’en festival a chance for parents to ‘make it special’ for kids
LONDONDERRY’S Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival - the biggest in Europe - is one of a range of events allowing parents ‘make a special moment’ for their children next week.
Children love it when their parents spend time with them, so Parenting NI is encouraging as many organisations as possible in Londonderry to host events as part of Parents’ Week, which takes place from Monday 22 to Sunday, October 28, 2012.
Amongst the organisations involved are Derry City Council, which is holding The Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival in the city.
Up to 30,000 people are expected in the city to join in the festivities with ghostly tours, spooky shows, terrifying tales and wacky workshops in the weekend ahead of Halloween on October 31, when the festival will draw to a spectacular close with the magic and mayhem and a fantastic fireworks display.
Speaking on behalf of Parenting NI, Alison McNulty, a Director in the organisation said: “Sometimes it can be difficult to give children undivided attention and just have some fun.
“So, this year we are emphasising the importance of parents spending quality one-on-one time with their children. To provide more opportunities to do this we are inviting children’s centres, nurseries, libraries, charities, businesses and other organisations to host a ‘Make a Special Moment’ event.
“Hundreds of events have been organised throughout Northern Ireland and we are delighted to have Ulster Bank supporting this week which celebrates parents and families. This is a week to reflect on the often difficult but rewarding job that parents do.”
Recent studies show that for parents, simply spending time with children and sharing activities is the foundation on which a close emotional bond can develop.
Parents’ Week creates opportunities for families to spend more quality time together and will promote a ‘family friendly’ society where parents feel supported in raising happy and confident children.
Top tips include: try to avoid raising children’s expectations about such things as treats and holidays; think about how to avoid involving children in money worries; consider using outside support to discuss options and to help cope emotionally; look out for signs that the children may be anxious if financial circumstances change.
Parents’ Week will see a raft of ‘Family Friendly’ events taking place across Northern Ireland with many organised by families themselves. Activities can include events being held on a regular basis, such as story time, music classes, messy play, or may involve organising a special event such as a family bbq.
Any organisation involved in hosting such an event for their community can register to receive an activity pack with further suggestions and promotional materials.
To find your closest event or to register your own event visit www.parentingni.org.
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