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Yesterday’s News

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Sunday 6 March, 2016

No family are like the Waltons. Some families are a nightmare

When family relationships break down it can be a shock for all involved because mostly they genuinely don’t know why.

Thursday 31 December, 2015

'Breaking up is hard to do, but moving on is sometimes harder'

Christmas time can be tough if you have just recently broken up with someone, writes Bernadette Ryan.

Thursday 24 December, 2015

Going through a relationship breakdown? It's okay if you don't join in on all the Christmas razzmatazz

The end of a long term intimate relationship, whether a marriage or committed relationship, is experienced as a huge loss with all of the complex emotions of the bereavement process.

Sunday 8 November, 2015

'Some parents sadly believe that no one is good enough for their darling daughter or son'

It’s natural to want your kids to choose wisely and above all that they be happy and treated well. However, it’s also important for parents to stand back and let their children make their own choices, Bernadette Ryan.

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Sunday 27 September, 2015

'You're an adult and your parents are fighting, but it's not your job to fix their relationship'

Regardless of your age, if your parents aren’t getting on or are separating, it’s not easy. It is often assumed that adult children can take it on the chin, but it is not that straight forward, writes Bernadette Ryan.

Monday 22 December, 2014

Opinion: The 'perfect' Christmas doesn't exist – so take the pressure off

We insist on buying (literally) into the lie of perfection.

Sunday 19 January, 2014

Column: Got the January blues? Don’t let them drag you down

January can indeed feel miserable, empty and cold after all the warmth and merrymaking that is Christmas – but don’t entertain those negative thoughts that creep in this time of year, writes Bernadette Ryan.

Sunday 22 December, 2013

Column: Separation and divorce is hard for everyone – especially at Christmas

If you’re anxious about how Christmas is going to work out now that your family unit is changing, try to step back and prioritise, says Bernadette Ryan.

Sunday 27 October, 2013

Column: We lack the empathy and support for people going through divorce

As a nation we do ritual so well. Is it time to initiate a new one and embrace the reality of separation and divorce with the dignity and respect that all involved deserve?