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BAG IT: Looking for a new kit bag or birthday gift for a sporty child? 

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I THINK I was more frightened than he was. 

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A play therapist can help a child get to the root of an issue

Margaret Jennings says children can open up with a play therapist    

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Funding fertility: New proposals will help those seeking IVF treatment

Couples planning on going down the IVF route will welcome new proposals for state support of what is often an expensive treatment. However, writes Áilín Quinlan, the details have yet to be worked out

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Sex after baby: Groundbreaking research on what happens in the bedroom after birth

While we are awash with information on pregnancy and labour, little is said about the sexual difficulties women can face after childbirth. Catherine Shanahan learns of a new Irish study which explores this sensitive subject.

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Fathers can feel ignored after the arrival of a new baby

Suzi Godson, Feelgood’s sex and relationships expert, says only a a tiny percentage of men say that the shift from “wife as lover” to “wife as mother” makes sex more complicated.

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New treatment proves there is nothing to stress about when it comes to incontinence

 A new laser treatment offers a cure for urinary incontinence, a condition actress Kate Winslet has helped to highlight by talking about her own experience. Áilín Quinlan reports

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I HAVE always liked Scotland. I have many Scottish friends and I seem to remember my first crush was on a Glasgow lass named Emily. She was dreamy but gave a few harsh lessons in how not to woo a young lady.

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SAY HELLO: Eh-Oh! A new range of Teletubbies toys has been launched to coincide with the return of the children’s TV show to CBeebies.

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STRESS BUSTER:

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Tips to ease the trauma of vaccination for your baby

Blowing bubbles is just one of many methods that can be used to ease the trauma of vaccination, Georgina O’Halloran discovers

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How to make age gaps between siblings work

Helen O’Callaghan gets some advice on managing siblings    

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THE metaphorical 10 tonne trucks of life keep on coming for Fionn at the moment, writes Jonathan deBurca Butler.

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When it comes to encouraging children megaphone parenting is not what's needed

Helen O’Callaghan says children need to be encouraged to do well in school and sport but it’s all too easy for ambitious parents to go into overdrive.

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Reducing the stigma of post-natal depression

Post-baby depression can be isolating, says Helen O’Callaghan

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POOL PLAYERS: Swim Ireland’s third Swim for a Mile Challenge will take place in 12 pools nationwide during the first week of April.

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I DON’T like this game!” screeched Fionn. “Stop, Luke. Stop!”

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Coaching kids encourages a lasting love of sport

Siobain Peters says the beauty of coaching kids is that, while you may have to tie 35 pairs of shoelaces, you are encouraging a love of sport that will hopefully last a lifetime

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JUST before Christmas, an interesting piece written by child therapist Angela Hanscom popped up in the Washington Post.

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Feeding kids healthy bite sized food can really pay off

Helen O’Callaghan hears about the merits of baby-led feeding 

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Families need technology free time to learn the art of conversation

Parents need to designate technology-free ‘sacred spaces’ so families can relearn the art of conversation, says Marjorie Brennan.

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The importance of asking questions after a pre-term birth

Ask questions after a pre-term birth, says Helen O’Callaghan   

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OH it does drag on, doesn’t it? I don’t mean to be a grouch — sorry let me re–phrase that — I don’t care if I’m being a grouch – but the whole Christmas malarkey really does get a little boring after a while.

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Online and in the shops: Healthy eating

Healthy eating items to get you back on track

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Coaching should make sport fun and beneficial for children

When it comes to coaching children, the focus needs to be on play and developing good movement skills, discovers Siobain Peters during her training course 

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How to keep kids festive spirits up over Christmas

Georgina Heffernan shares some expert advice on maintaining good spirits to make the festive season a hit for children — and exhausted parents

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Online and in the shops: Christmas gift ideas for kids

Top toys: If you are looking for some gift ideas for little people, Fisher Price has a number of toys for tots which made the Top Toy lists this year. 

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Dear Santa,

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Behind magic and mayhem, children need to learn the real story of Christmas

Talk about the real meaning of Christmas, says Helen O’Callaghan

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Careful consideration at Christmas means there is room all in a stepfamily

Áilín Quinlan says an increase in divorce and separation in Ireland means that there are now many ‘blended’ family groupings, but there is room for all at Christmas with careful planning and consideration    

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Farming fun: For all those who enjoyed the farming toys on this year’s Late Late Toy Show, check out the John Deere 2108 with Tipping Trailer made by Bruder, €29.99. 

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Expect the unexpected with new book 'Best Christmas Ever'

Helen O’Callaghan says a new book is a riot of disaster and fun    

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A new book for kids, by kids, shows the real-life ups and downs of childhood

Helen O’Callaghan hears about a book by children for children on real-life ups and downs, and what helps them overcome difficulties and feel more positive    

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MY LOCAL barbershop is run by women. They are no fuss, inexpensive and chatty, but more than anything, I know I can trust them. 

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Top 10 Christmas websites to excite kids of all ages this festive season

From tracking Rudolph across the globe to cooking festive treats and sing-along carols, there is a Christmas website to suit every child — and excited grown-up, says Andrea Mara

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I HAVE waxed lyrical in these pages about the plight of parents and the apparent lack of support from the state. Today I’m in a good place and let me tell you why.

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14-year-old cancer survivor enjoys dream holiday to New York

An ill teenager goes on a dream trip, writes Helen O’Callaghan

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Online and in the shops: Irish-made Christmas gift ideas for kids

Your weekly guide to some new family friendly products online and in the shops.

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June and Tony are looking forward to their first Christmas with donor egg baby Clodagh

June Shannon and her husband spent years trying to conceive via IVF. Egg donation was their last hope. They are now looking forward to their first Christmas with baby Clodagh, says Catherine Shanahan

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Volunteer Lucie and a growing army of teens are giving a helping hand

Helen O’Callaghan on a teen’s early start in volunteering   

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10 books sure to please your child this Christmas

The Irish Examiner’s Children’s books reviewer Mary Arrigan picks ten of the best available for under five and under ten year olds, perfect for stocking fillers 

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Online and in the shops: Gift ideas for Christmas

Your weekly guide to some new family friendly products online and in the shops.

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Dad's World: Who really is doing the cajoling?

Jonathan deBurca Butler on the joys - and travails - of fatherhood.

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Health advice: My daughter has developed spots on her face

Weekly health advice from Dr Bernadette Carr. This week Dr Carr looks at acne.

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Study shows kids get more benefit from fathers reading to them over mothers

A Harvard study shows children reap more benefits if they are read to by their fathers rather than their mothers. Arlene Harris gets chapter and verse from different sides of the debate

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How kids with autism from Cork stole the show to win an award for excellence in film-making

Helen O’Callaghan on how kids with autism took to a film project

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Disney magic: This Christmas, Disney Store is asking families across Ireland to participate in its ‘From Our Family to Yours’ campaign, supporting children in hospital. 

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AMERICAN poet Charles Bukowski was not noted for his sunny disposition. 

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Paediatric sleep consultant  Lucy Wolfe on how to help your baby overcome sleep difficulties

Georgina O’Halloran talks to paediatric sleep consultant Lucy Wolfe about why it can difficult for babies to settle and how to help them establish a regular sleep routine.  

 

 

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Children's radio presenter Rebecca Long on tuning your kids into books

Helen O’Callaghan talks to Rebecca Long, who presents The Word on RTÉjr Radio.

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I WAS dreading it. The noise, the costumes, the drunkenness, the parties. Halloween on a Saturday night and on the day of the Rugby World Cup Final; it was going to be messy and I was nervous about it.

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Toy value: Now that Halloween is over, thoughts are turning to Christmas and toys for under the tree. Argos is confident that it’s offering the best value in toys this year and are backing that up with their Toy Price Promise.

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FIONN was sick last weekend. It started, as these things so often do, in the middle of night with a nightmarish shriek from his bedroom.

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Michelle Doherty: I put work on hold to spend the first year with my baby son

TV presenter Michelle Doherty put the red carpet on hold to take time out with her baby son. She tells Esther McCarthy that it’s been challenging but she has no regrets.

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New Super Troopers exercise programme for kids is 'a game changer'

ONE in three Irish primary schools is gearing up for an exercise programme that encourages children – and their parents and teachers – to put daily physical activity right up there in importance alongside school homework.

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SPOOKY FUN: The annual Spooktacular Boo at Dublin Zoo will take place tomorrow (Saturday, 31st October) from 12 to 4pm.

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What it's like to adopt a child from abroad

Helen O’Callaghan talks to Jennifer Phillips, a woman who found adopting a child from abroad to be a challenging, rewarding and enriching experience. 

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A rare Halloween scare can be good for children

CHILDREN learn through play and when it comes to sheer variety of play opportunities, Halloween ticks a lot of boxes.

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MYSELF and the littlest of my two little fellas were up at the crack of dawn the other morning.

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GRIMLY FIENDISH:

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THERE’S a fox roaming our Dublin 6 estate at the moment and last Sunday night he decided half past four in the morning was an ideal time to let everyone know whose turf it was.

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Helping children deal with the clocks going back

Helen O’Callaghan on children’s problems with winter time. 

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Keeping your children safe on Halloween

Kya deLongchamps shows us how to keep precious little spectres safe and sound without being fun-killing monsters

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Respite care benefits for children with disabilities

Overnight respite care made the world of a difference to the parents of a teenager with autism, though was a wrench to let him go at first, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Strategies for helping your baby to sleep

COMMON questions new mums ask parenting consultant Kate Barlow are ‘how can I get more sleep?’ and ‘am I spoiling my baby?’

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Star toys: Last year it was Frozen fever and Disney is set to dominate Christmas toy lists again for 2015 with Star Wars, which some retailers are already predicting is going to be the toy franchise of the decade.

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IT’S 8.35am on Sunday and my lie-on is coming to an end. Ciara has been up with Luke since just after 6am and, through the walls of the bedroom, I hear Fionn shouting down to his mother.

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New chapter: Moone Boy actors Ian O'Reilly and David Rawle at the launch of MS Readathon which begins today and runs until November 9. Picture: Naoise Culhane

Moone Boy star David Rawle encourages children to get involved in this year’s MS Readathon

Moone Boy star David Rawle has a new favourite book. It has a girly cover and it’s not what he’d usually buy.

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An indoor lifestyle can lead to poor health in kids

THE Irish Osteoporosis Society is urging parents to pay attention to their children’s Vitamin D intake after one of the coldest, wettest summers on record.

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Terrifying treats: It may still be three weeks to Halloween but there’s a fiendish array of terrifying treats and decorations in stores. 

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“DADDY, I have a freckle,” said Fionn, as he sat down on the bottom of the stairs and proceeded to pull up the leg of his trousers.

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15 videos that every new parent should watch

Have you - or are you preparing to - welcome a new arrival into the world? Then don’t miss this series of two-minute videos designed to help first time Moms and Dads cope with the challenges and stresses of becoming new parents.

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Troubling times: After giving birth, a woman is more likely to suffer from a mental health disorder than at any other time in her life. Picture: Thinkstock

How to battle those baby blues

It’s common for mums to feel a little down after giving birth, but if the low mood persists for any length of time then it may be time to seek help, says Arlene Harris.

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Tips on how to get your child to open up to you

ASK your child ‘how was your day?’ and it’s likely you’ll get a one word answer like ‘fine’.

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THERE I was in the middle of getting a stubborn grease stain off the bottom of the casserole dish when a scream rushed its way into my ear canal and shook me from my day dream.

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Meet the dads who are happy to go walkabout with their child in a sling

Babywearing is no longer just for mums. Karen Funnell meets Irish men who believe there is nothing more manly than carrying your child in a sling.

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Radio DJ Jennifer Maguire speaks about being a new mother

TV personality and new mum Jennifer Maguire admits she was “a basket case” in the early weeks after bringing home now six-month-old baby Florence.

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Fantastic Mr Dahl: McDonald’s is set to give away 700,000 Roald Dahl books with Happy Meals purchased over the next six weeks. 

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I’M first home in the afternoons. Bar the initial storm of demands and welcome home assaults, things are quite calm.

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Hands on: Stella O'Malley and her children Róisín, seven, and Muiris, six, at their home in Birr, Co Offaly.

Four experts give their top tips for parenting

Helen O’Callaghan speaks to parenting experts about being less than perfect with their own children and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

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5 tips on giving your child better eating habits

CHILDREN can easily slip into poor eating habits and busy parents might be tempted to turn a blind eye. Better not to, warns Safefood nutritionist Dr Aileen McGloin.

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CULTURE VULTURE: It’s Culture Night tonight, with over 1,200 venues around the country opening their doors for free tours, workshops, performances and demonstrations. 

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A STORY appeared recently about a man who used a rather unique mode of transport to bring his son to his first day of school.

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