The Koemba Forum

A recently formed Facebook page ‘Meath Against Bullies’ has highlighted the issue of children facing severe bullying within the school context. Parent Coach Val Mullally writes a response: ‘When Your Child’s Rejected at School’.

Last edited April 03rd 2012

She Won’t Wee in the Potty

A mum has asked me for suggestions about what might be helpful. Her three year old WON’T wee in the toilet.

Last edited February 18th 2012

Teenage Freedom?

‘How do I give my twelve year old freedom but also keep an eye on her without her thinking that I don’t trust her?’
Parent Coach Val Mullally replies:
I think if I had the conclusive answer on that one I’d have the mega-million book sales. But what I do know is that I would have done differently if I’d known when my kids were in their teens what I know now.
Here’s some key insights to meeting her needs and yours.

Last edited January 17th 2012

The young dad, standing on the street corner is greeted with loud “How ya doin?” and friendly jostling by a group of his peers, all holding the pose of “Single Man” except this man who is toting a toddler in a push chair. The little one seems overwhelmed by the sudden flurry and begins to whimper.
“Whatʼs up with ya then?” and Dad lifts him out of the pushchair and onto the ground. The toddler takes takes a few hesitant steps then starts to cry. Dadʼs caught between wanting to chat with his friends and his responsibility for the little one.
ʻAll right then.ʼ He picks him up and puts him back in the pushchair. The child struggles and wails. ʻAll right, ya want your mam!ʼ says Dad. He takes his mobile phone out of his pocket and gives it to the child. The child stops crying and puts the phone to his ear. Heʼs hoping to hear his motherʼs voice but – nothing.
The child roars and flings the phone. ʻLook what ya did! Ya broke my phone!ʼ
The child is now wailing, nothing is stopping his tears. ʻYa wonʼt get the best of me!ʼ exclaims the Dad. Whatʼs needed for Dadʼs to step into effective parenting and meet the toddlerʼs needs?

Last edited June 07th 2012

Receiving Gifts

Happy Valentine’s Day! Welcome to DAY FIVE of the Koemba Valentine’s ‘Loving Your Child’ series by Val Mullally.

Last edited February 14th 2012

When communities have been ransacked in the UK riots, it makes sense they want change. David Lammy, Tottenham Labour MP, ‘partly blames anti smacking law’. Val Mullally, CEO of Koemba and Parent Coach trainer, comments on the issue of smacking.

Last edited January 30th 2012

How to have a Happy Christmas, despite freezing financial conditions or the risk of family conflict. In this final Christmas letter Santa, Mrs Claus and PercyPostElf share a few words to encourage every parent during the festive season.

Last edited December 07th 2018