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WayMaker launches new parenting journal to support families navigating back-to-school season!

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Located in the heart of Ballymena WayMaker Child Therapy, a pioneering force in children's mental health, is delighted to introduce an invaluable resource just in time for the back-to-school season: the "Parenting the Playful Way" journal.

This innovative journal, written professional play therapist and parenting coach, Eileen Russell, aims to provide parents with the tools they need to navigate the challenges of modern parenting while fostering realistic expectations and joyful connections with their children.

Eileen brings nearly two decades of experience to the pages of this journal, having worked closely with parents across Northern Ireland. Recognising the mounting pressures parents face in today's fast-paced society, Eileen's journal is designed to alleviate the stress of perfectionism and unrealistic standards, offering parents a more playful and compassionate approach.

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Eileen Russell

"As parents, we often find ourselves grappling with societal pressures to be perfect and have perfect children," says Eileen Russell, the author of the "Parenting the Play Way" journal.

"But the truth is, parenting is a journey filled with ups and downs, and it's okay for both parents and children to experience struggles. The journal is a reminder that 'good enough' parenting is not only acceptable but essential. It's about fostering a genuine connection with your child and being attuned to their needs."

The back-to-school season can be particularly demanding for parents, with the transition often bringing its own set of challenges. The journal is thoughtfully timed to provide parents with the support they need as they navigate this transition and beyond. By encouraging parents to embrace imperfections and prioritise connection, the journal paves the way for a healthier and more realistic parent-child dynamic.

Through a series of guided exercises, reflections, and practical advice, the journal takes parents on a unique journey of self-discovery and growth. Eileen’s expertise and insights serve as a gentle guiding hand, empowering parents to find their own rhythm and become more attuned to their child's needs.

The journal is the first unique resource for WayMaker and is testament to their commitment to nurturing families and facilitating meaningful connections. It's not about being perfect; it's about being present.

As families navigate the back-to-school season, "Parenting The Playful Way" journal is poised to become an essential tool in every parent's toolkit. It is now available for purchase through WayMaker's official website,

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About WayMaker

WayMaker Child Therapy is a compassionate social enterprise committed to transforming the lives of children and families through the power of play. With a team of highly qualified therapists, WayMaker utilizes innovative play-based approaches to rewrite the narrative of children's mental health.

Through their work and initiatives like "Parenting the Playful Way" journal, WayMaker seeks to bring joy, connection, and hope to families across Northern Ireland.


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