Dr Mary O'Kane is a Lecturer in Psychology, Early Childhood Studies and Education. Her research interests include childhood transitions; self esteem and wellbeing, and the value of play.

She runs a monthly Parenting Slot on Ireland AM discussing a broad range of parenting and childhood issues while also responding to viewers parenting queries.

She is also a regular contributor to the Alison Curtis Show on Today FM. She gives public talks on a range of topics related to child wellbeing, parenting, and education, and is well known for her humorous down to earth approach.

Raising Resilient Children (for Parents)

Raising Resilient Children

Public Training €20

This parenting course offers practical advice on how we can best support our children in becoming more resilient and having greater confidence in their own abilities.

Supporting Anxious Children (for Parents)

Supporting Anxious Children

Public Training €20

A practical webinar for parents led by Dr Mary O'Kane on anxiety and how to help children to manage their fears and gain confidence.

Parenting with Patience (for Parents)

Parenting with Patience

Public Training €20

This parenting course offers practical advice on supporting children's social and emotional development while managing behaviour in a positive way.

Parenting Tweens and Teens (for Parents)

Parenting Tweens and Teens

Public Training €20

This parenting course offers practical advice on how we can support our teens to grow into the adults we know they can become and achieve all they are capable of.

Parenting in the Online World (for Parents)

Parenting Online World

Public Training €20

In this parenting course Dr Mary O'Kane considers how we can best support our children to not only survive, but to thrive, in their online engagements.

Perfectly Imperfect Parenting (for Parents)

Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Public Training €20

Parenting is often seen as the most high-stakes job of our lives, and many of us seek perfection in the role. The idea of good enough parenting feels like lowering our standards.

Developing a Growth Mindset - from Surviving to Thriving (for Parents)

Positive Communication

Public Training €20

Teaching our children about the value of having a Growth Mindset - the knowledge that putting effort into tasks will help you learn and grow - can empower them to reach their full potential.

Supporting Teens starting Secondary School (for Parents)

Supporting Teens

Public Training €20

In this talk Dr Mary O’Kane offers very practical advice on how we can support teens on their educational journey into secondary school.

Early Language & Communication Development (for Parents)

Early Language Development

Public Training €25

Patricia Curtis shares tips and resources to support parents to interact with and enhance their child's communication development

Supporting the Child with ASD (or Symptomatic ASD) at Home


Public Training €20

This course explains the impact the environment on your child’s sensory system and how to support them at home..

Parenting News

Perfectly Imperfect Parenting: Connection Not Perfection.

In this Blog Post Dr Mary O’Kane tells us a little about her new book, Perfectly Imperfect Parenting: Connection Not Perfection . The title of this...

Supporting Anxious Children

Research studies tell us that by the age of thirteen, 1 in 3 Irish children have experienced some form of mental health difficulty. To put this in...

Parenting in an Online World

Most of us would agree that it can be challenging to raise children in today’s fast-paced, high-tech world. The widespread use of tablets and...