Parenting

Family-friendly tips when travelling with kids

There are many family- friendly measures to help when travelling with kids — from concierge services to check-in services on the previous evening, says Marjorie Brennan.

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How to keep kids well when travelling by car

FOR many families this summer, the excitement of a holiday trip can be punctured by the words ‘I’m sick’ coming from the back seat of the car.

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How to get your baby to sleep tight

NEW research from Swansea University has found that more than three- quarters of babies aged between six and 12 months still regularly wake at least once in the night, with six out of 10 of them having one or more night-time milk feeds.

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TOP TOYS: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… for toy retailers anyway. Argos released the first list of Top Toys for Christmas 2015 in June and some are already available in stores.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

THE path of true parenting rarely runs smooth. So when last week myself and Ciara had a rare moment of pater et mater harmonium we were a little tickled.

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When is the best age to have a baby?

Women tend to think the best time to start a family is when they’re ready, but experts warn against delaying parenthood, says Áilín Quinlan.

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Lisa Lamert was ’morbidly obese’ and is now Unislimmer of the Year

After seeing a doctor write the words ‘morbidly obese’ on her chart after she gave birth, Lisa Lambert resolved to change her life, says Clodagh Finn.

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What to do if your child is being ignored by a grandparent

IT’S common enough for children to perceive that a grandparent prefers a sibling or cousin over them.

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DOWN ON THE FARM: Urban farm and food gardens Airfield has lots of activities to keep families entertained over the summer.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

IRELAND’S literary (or perhaps that should be literacy future) is safe. 

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How to deal with the terrible tweens

Obama’s daughters famously rolled their eyes at their father’s attempts to crack a joke on stage. Dave Robbins knows how Barack feels — his daughter is 10 and already he’s been dubbed an ‘embarrassing dad’. 

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Teething can be a frustrating and unsettling time for babies and their parents

My eight-month-old daughter is teething and is dribbling. What should I do so that it doesn’t irritate her skin?

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Nurture your child with nature

Helen O’Callaghan hears how some niche early childhood educators are helping children to connect with and respect nature, themselves and each other.

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What to do if your offspring wants a sibling

FOR whatever reason — perhaps medical or financial — you’ve decided one child is all you’re going to have.

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Carry on camping: If your dad is the outdoors type why not treat him to some of Lidl’s camping gear, now available in stores.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

LAST weekend I posted a picture on Facebook. It showed the two boys, Fionn (3) and Luke (1), sitting on two separate couches in the living room watching television.

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Are we too clean for our own good?

Our chemically washed, hygienic environment may be posing a threat to our children’s health. Helen O’Callaghan weighs up the evidence.

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Take no blame when dealing with embarrassing behaviour

YOU have to give me back my socks — my child screamed, as her play-date headed out the door with her mum, the socks she’d borrowed earlier from my daughter still on her feet. 

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Lark in the park: Families are invited to a free afternoon of arts entertainment and activities in Fitzgerald’s Park on Sunday with some of Cork’s favourite street and circus artists from 12-5pm. 

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

LAST weekend, Ciara took a much deserved break and went to London for a night. 

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Overcoming self-harm and suicidal thoughts

In a desperate attempt to cope with emotional distress, some teens resort to self-harming. A calm, compassionate response is needed, an experienced psychotherapist tells Marjorie Brennan.

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Getting to know your child's friend's parents is important

PERHAPS work commitments rarely allow you to drop off or collect your child at school. 

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If you are thinking of getting a new car seat for your little princess this summer, there’s 25% off Disney Frozen car seats at Argos until June 9.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

I’M in an artist’s studio in Dublin city centre on a Wednesday evening. 

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Tolerance and understanding - the complex issue of self-loathing

WHEN a child says ‘I’m stupid, I hate myself’, it can upset parents.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

AN interesting report recently landed on my desk about how much time modern fathers spend with their children. Well OK, it was a piece that I saw online while having some Maccheroni fired at me by a one-foot human but you get the drift, and in the end research is research.

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Online and in the shops: Stress busters

Many people first discover Rescue Remedy when they feel stressed during exams. The combination of five Bach Original Flower Essences has been used for more than 80 years to provide support in times of emotional demand and was voted Best Stress Supplement in the Boots Ireland Vitamins Awards.

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Junior foodies: Neven Maguire’s food bible

Parents looking for healthy options for their children can now turn to top chef Neven Maguire’s homegrown food bible for recipe ideas, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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KIDS COUNT: Young children can often find the passage of time difficult to comprehend, so WOW Toys have developed Countdown Calendars, designed to help little ones look forward to and prepare for a special event like starting pre-school or going on holiday. 

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Relieving the boredom for teenage patients

Long-stay teenagers fall between the cracks in hospitals and it requires imagination and creativity to relieve their boredom, writes Helen O’Callaghan. 

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

“DID you hear that?” asked Ciara as she ended a phone call with her mother. “Mum’s going to come over on Saturday night so we can go out.”

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I don’t want to see granny

YOU’RE about to visit Granny when your child announces he doesn’t want to go.

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Get smart with phone app, SMS Tutor, aimed at helping exam students

Helen O’Callaghan talks to former TV musical director Frank McNamara about his phone app aimed at helping Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students study for their exams.

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Be upfront about injections to your child

WHEN psychologist Jennifer Ryan’s five-year-old son had his vaccination in school, the parents weren’t told the exact day of the jab.

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Capital idea: Some of the world’s best wakeboarders will be in Dublin this weekend for the Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival in Grand Canal Dock. 

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

THERE I was about to sit down to write this column when a message popped up on my Gmail account. ‘Larry’, it said.

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Is a loving familial relationship more important than perceived normalcy?

Liz Dunphy explores current thinking on the concept of family and talks to an eminent researcher, a donor-conceived adult and a constitutional expert on the current family values.

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Maura Derrane on the joys and challenges of raising a baby in her 40s

It’s Friday afternoon of the May Bank Holiday weekend and Maura Derrane is in full mammy mode.

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Keep children safe on farms

Helen O’Callaghan says the dangers on farms can be underestimated.

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Information deficiency: Over a quarter of Irish children think eating less healthy food like cheeseburgers gives them energy and makes them better at sport, while almost half (47.2%) cannot name any vitamins or minerals. 

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

IT’S been one of those roller-coaster weeks with its randomly shot milieu of great achievements, bad luck, giddy frustrations, and little accidents.

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Obesity linked to poor sleeping habits

WHY is one in four Irish schoolchildren overweight or obese? Poor diet. Tick. Lack of exercise. Tick. Lack of sleep. Tick.

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Easing worries around death with a child

A fear of death and of parents dying is surprisingly common among four to eight-year-olds. 

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Natural healing: Around 15% of the Irish population suffer from hay fever, an allergic reaction to pollen, which causes itchy or watery eyes, a blocked or runny nose, and frequent sneezing and coughing. 

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

THE other evening, Fionn and I were doing our wind down to bedtime routine. 

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Gender balance is needed when it comes to physical education

Schools need to employ different strategies to get more girls involved in physical education classes, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Juices are the main cause of cavities

ONE of the few dentists who offers nitrous oxide or inhalation sedation — popularly known as laughing gas — is finding phobic patients are beating a track to her clinic.

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GROWING IDEA: Gardening is a fun activity for children and growing their own can tempt event the pickiest of eaters to try more foods. 

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Shower of gifts: One American custom gaining in popularity is the baby shower — 52% of Irish parents said they would or have celebrated the impending birth of their child.

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The dangers of having a dog with young children

HE’S placid and mild-mannered and like another member of the family, but you should never leave your child alone with him.

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How to help children use their Communion money wisely

Finding a programme to help children on how to relate to money is the perfect opportunity to cash in on their Holy Communion donations, writes Margaret Carragher.

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Down to earth: Author and former astronaut Chris Hadfield will be signing copies of his latest book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, at Eason, Patrick St, Cork tomorrow from 3pm.

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For better or worse: Friendship and motherhood

The author of a report on ’mum friends’ tells Lisa Salmon there’s nothing that can make or break friendships more than motherhood.

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June Shannon’s rocky road to motherhood

June Shannon talks to Catherine Shanahan about the long and painful process of trying to start a family with her husband, Tony Curtis. After several failed IVF treatments, she tried egg donation and is now 16 weeks pregnant.

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How, and who, handles tantrums

Helen O’Callaghan hears some sound advice on the problem.

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Step-parents are more harassed than hazardous in the modern ‘blended’ family unit

Unlike fairytale stepmothers, their real-life equivalents tend to be more harassed than hazardous, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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Video: Computerised insulin pumps gives new quality of life to diabetes sufferers

Helen O’Callaghan discovers how small, computerised insulin pumps have given a new quality of life to three young siblings, all who suffer from type 1 diabetes.

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Tics or twitches are often caused by stress and in most cases are not serious

 

Helen O’Callaghan looks at tics, which are common in children.

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Zoo treasures: An Easter Treasure Trail will keep visitors entertained with clues hidden in various locations within Dublin Zoo on Easter Sunday and Monday. 

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Events worth exploring for the Easter holidays

Easter holidays give families the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and take part in some of the many events being run around the country, from egg-hunting to face-painting, says Ed Power.

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What is the value of school homework?

The right questions from parents is key, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Biting back: Dinosaurs may be extinct but they are alive and well in Tayto Park, which opened its doors for its fifth season yesterday (March 26). 

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Tips on how to encourage children to try and enjoy new foods

Helen O’Callaghan says it’s important to encourage children to eat a wide variety of food and to start from a very early age so they can absorb a wide range of nutrients.

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When kids behave badly, just keep calm

Routine is key to keeping things smooth, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Going to the ball: Arnotts is teaming up with Disney to celebrate the release of Cinderella the Movie during the store’s Children’s Fashion Weekend on March 28 and 29.

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Can mums who work ’have it all’?

Arlene Harris asks five well-known women what being a mum means to them, how they juggle a career with a family and whether it is possible to ‘have it all’?

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Raising children in the age of new technology

A new book aims to help parents and children foster better relationships as they navigate the age of new technology, writes Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Morning times don’t have to be hectic

GETTING you and your children out the door to school and work in the morning can have your stress levels soaring.

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HANDY CRAFT: The popular Alex & Ani range has a charm to suit any gift occasion. 

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Sleep issues are common in every age group

It’s not just newborns who keep their parents awake at night — older children have sleep problems too. Parents need to take a step back, the sleep experts tell Lisa Salmon.

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Imaginary friends are a useful tool for kids

AS much as 37% of seven-year-olds have imaginary friends, according to research. It’s a phenomenon that can continue through the ages and stages, says Dublin-based psychologist Niamh Hannan.

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NASA super-food: The Quinola Mothergrain Kids range is 100% organic and gluten-free, with three flavours: Mediterranean Quinoa with tomato, courgette and carrot; Tex Mex Quinoa with kidney beans, sweetcorn and tomato; and Thai Quinoa with peas, carrots and coconut milk. 

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By trying to control our kids, could we miss who they are meant to be?

Helen O’Callaghan talks to a psychologist who says we need to revolutionise the way we parent.

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Check it out: Noel McGrath is waiting for his son Shea to be genetically tested for Long QT. They are pictured at home, in Riverstown, Co Sligo, with family pet Daisy.

Irregular heartbeat condition Long QT explained

Doctors said his first blackout was stress related and gave him sleeping tablets. But when Noel McGrath’s heart stopped, tests proved he had the irregular heartbeat condition, Long QT, says Catherine Shanahan

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Regular story time helps children develop

ONLY 49% of parents read to their children most nights and almost 10% never do. 

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Safety online: To mark Safer Internet Day, Trend Micro is hosting an Internet Safety Ambassador programme, for parents, schools and community groups, at its EMEA headquarters in Bishopstown, Cork.

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Parents must protect their children online

DO you know what your children post on Facebook? Do you know what they do on Snapchat and on Viber? What children do online is a mystery that a new book, Screen-Smart Parenting, demystifies for parents.

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Au pairs and families tell how best to make the relationship work

Parents should be welcoming and fair, but must set ground rules. The girl should be responsible, but should also feel appreciated, says Helen O’Callaghan

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Welcome to Minevention, the Minecraft convention

If you have a child aged five upwards, chances are you’ll know all about Minecraft. Mother-ofthree Caroline Delaney attended a convention where she learnt that its appeal is far greater than she’d ever imagined

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How to find a great au pair for you and your kids

So long as parents understand that the au pairs are not professionals, that they are supervisors or companions, then it can be inexpensive childcare. But the girl’s personality must suit the family dynamic, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Parents need to teach their children about the dangers of alcohol

Rather than turning a blind eye, parents need to give a clear message about the dangers of underage drinking, a child and adolescent psychiatrist tells Helen O’Callaghan.

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Super Troopers, the new fitness programme for kids

IT’S homework, but not as we know it. More than 60,000 children from more than 300 primary schools around Ireland (and their parents) are treating the task of daily physical activity with the same importance as regular school homework.

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Online and in the shops: Barbie’s new DVD

To celebrate the release of Barbie’s new DVD Barbie in Princess Power, Barbie will visit Smyths at Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin this Sunday, February 22.

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Couple describe the heartache of losing a baby

“I wish I had been able to hold Oisín before he died. It would have been nice to have told him we loved him. He was a heart-breaking two pounds."

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When it’s right time to let go of your toddler

Helen O’Callaghan reports on sending a child to pre-school.

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Car seats: The new Maxi-Cosi AxissFix car seat offers rear-facing travel for children up to 87cm in height (about two years old) and it can swivel a full 360 degrees on its IsoFix base, which makes life easier for parents when securing babies or toddlers in the seat.

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Online and in the shops: Educational puzzles and toys

Throw the dice: With an emphasis on graphic art and design quality, French toy company Djeco (www.djeco.com) makes a distinctive range of educational puzzles, games, art kits and toys.

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Internet safety - The apps parents need to know about

Protecting children online is now more difficult than ever due to the rise in popularity of photo-sharing apps, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Playground Politics - what to do when your child is excluded

It’s painful when your child is left out, says Helen O’Callaghan

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