Empty nesters get full-on adventurous

Margaret Jennings finds that parents of kids living abroad are signing up for adventure breaks and long haul travel... and touching base with family members on the way.

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Working life: Suzy McMullan, psychotherapist

6am
I’m an early riser, the legacy of a paper round I did when I was 10. 

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Natural health: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, reactions to perfume

Our doctor has just diagnosed my daughter with Polycystic Ovaries. She is only 18, and I have no idea what this means for her.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on sun damage and repetitive strain injury

I’m going on a sun holiday with my two young daughters (aged six and eight). We are all fair but my youngest daughter has pale skin and freckles.

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Three months after baby and still no sex

My wife had a baby three months ago and she still won’t have sex with me.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

PARENTING epiphanies are like buses; nothing coming for ages and then, almost mockingly, two come along at once.

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Why wicked play is powerful for kids

Helen O’Callaghan hears kids wanting to be a baddie is good.

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10 picnic ideas for the summer season

Roz Crowley offers some savoury and sweet picnic ideas to sate the palates of all the family with a bit of forward planning this summer season.

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Muscle in on the online fitness craze

Tanya Sweeney looks at ‘fitspo’, a new beauty craze that claims to empower its followers but may just be an alternative form of body fascism.

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Why are more men turning their back to sex?

Stress and depression are causing more and more men to turn their back on sex, Deirdre Reynolds explores the problem, how it is affecting healthy marital relationships, and how it can be resolved.

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The shape I’m in: Liz O’Donnell, chairwoman for the Road Safety Authority

LIZ O’DONNELL says she’s enjoying her “very challenging” role as chairwoman of the Road Safety Authority. 

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Practice yoga for a healthy heart

Want to keep your heart healthy, but not a fan of traditional cardio workouts? According to new research, practising yoga might just be the answer.

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Keeping babies and toddlers safe this summer

Kya deLongchamps looks at the planning needed to keep those uncoordinated, but fearless, babies and toddlers safe wherever they might be this summer

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Advice on children engaged in rituals

YOUR four-year-old has to ask a certain set of questions before she settles down to sleep — or eat her food in a certain order or line up her dolls just so before she leaves her bedroom.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on diabetes and psoriasis

My mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago and controls it well. I am hoping to start a family soon and wonder if this increases my risk of gestational diabetes.

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Natural health: natural iron supplements

Can you please recommend any natural iron supplements, as I find the usual ones to be very constipating?

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Can I take her back after she was unfaithful?

I’m 72 and my relationship with a woman 20 years younger has ended after she was unfaithful. 

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Get totally toned with this Pilates workout

Firm up those jiggly bits ahead of your holidays with this total-body Pilates workout — no studio required, says Amanda Khouv. 

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How juicing helps Diet Coke man stay in shape

Lydia Slater is disappointed that the Diet Coke hunk Andrew Cooper kept his shirt on but is won over by his juicing ethos and the obvious physical benefits that come with it.

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Go with Gray and still feel young at 70

Old people’s bodies aren’t more susceptible to disease argues a new book. It’s just the longer you live the more likely you are to pick something up along the way writes Margaret Jennings.

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