Parenting

Fun without the sugar overload on Halloween

Children love to scare themselves silly at Halloween. But what’s even scarier is the amount of sweets they get on the night, says Áilín Quinlan.

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Bite size: teach your child to eat healthily

YOU’RE passionate about healthy eating for your child and you keep treat foods to a minimum. The only problem is that he’s offered junk food when he goes to play at his friends’ houses.

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Online and in the shops for children

Celebrity chef and dad Neven Maguire, will return to Cork to host a free cookery demonstration, as part of the First 1000 Days movement, on Thursday next October 30, in Rochestown Park Hotel at 7pm. 

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Parents should be aware of risks when sharing pictures of their kids online

IT begins with parents posting online a photo of a shadowy ultra-sound. 

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Mental health manual, a must-have tool for parents of teenagers

EVERY week ten people end their own lives in Ireland.

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Focus on concentration: the best gifts parents can give

HELPING your child learn to concentrate is one of the greatest gifts you can give them, making life and school much easier for them. So says Marie Barrett, author of The Education Guide and founder of Marie Barrett Career Services.

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Online and in the shops: Pamper time

Now in its ninth year, the Pampers UNICEF campaign has helped to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus in 15 countries. 

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Just a moment: Ena Morley, Principal at St Ultan's Primary School, Cherry Orchard, Dublinpictured teaching Mindfulness classes.

Mindfulness is now very much on the agenda for most schools

Adults have been introduced to Mindfulness for some time, but the relaxation practice is now being taught in schools, says Helen O’Callaghan

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How to get your child to stop swearing

Helen O’Callaghan  reveal some essential tips on tackling kids using swear words. 

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Online and in the shops: Screen breaks

New research has shown that 20% of Irish families spend between four and 10 hours per weekday in front of a screen; at weekends, the figure goes up to 50%. 

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Making the list for Christmas toys

THERE are still 82 sleeps to go but children are already thinking about what Santa will leave under the tree on Christmas Eve.

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Give your child a slim chance in the fight against obesity

Helen O'Callaghan says weighing scales should be used regularly

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Online and in the shops: gluten gone

The Coeliac Society of Ireland, in association with SuperValu, will host Ireland’s first ever 100% Gluten Free Food Market at the Silver Springs Moran Hotel in Cork tomorrow (October 4), part of the association’s annual convention there.

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Baby slings: Up close and comfortable with your baby

EVERY parent knows the feeling of dread when faced with trying to negotiate a stroller around the tables and chairs in a restaurant or up and down the stairs at a train station.

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Lunches for home and school, with GloHealth

Tired of packing the same old ham sandwich for the kids’ lunchboxes every day? Experiment with different ideas at home, and transform their diet at school.

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Staying close and comfortable with your baby in a sling

Being hands-free is just one of the benefits of seeing to your little one’s needs, when ‘wearing’ baby in a sling. But caution is also needed, says Arlene Harris.

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Is your child's car seat correctly fitted?

Too many cars seats are wrongly fitted, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Online and in the shops: Boob tubes

If you are thinking of breastfeeding, buying a couple of nursing tops will make life much easier.

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Timing of a new arrival is crucial for siblings and parents

MOVE over Prince George, Aoife Belle, Patrick and Sadie. There’s another on the way.

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A twist to Gail Condon’s story

A young nurse who drew doodles to comfort children facing hospital procedures, has now made a business out of her drawing skills.

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Equinox cycle playing it spart in drive for a new dawn for sick children

MARIE Heffernan’s twins were born 14 weeks early. They had been due on September 9.

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Online and in the shops: Double boost for kids

Double boost: As children settle back into school and the days get shorter, the first of the seasonal coughs and colds have begun to make an appearance. 

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Tuning in: Each developmental phase in a child's life brings its own challenges and questions

Taking it one step at a time: The different stages of children

We can understand our children’s fears better if we look at how they link to the child’s developmental stage at any given time.

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Online and in the shops: Little Readers

To support parents in sharing their love of books and reading with their children, Bord Gáis Energy has joined forces with Pippa O’Connor, pictured with her son Ollie, to launch Little Readers on their online book club.

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New arrival: CUMH midwife Emma Cummins, baby Daisy, and mum Hazel Buckley, whotook part in a scheme that allowed her to spend a minimum amount of time in hospital.

Bump to birth: Team of midwives support mums all the way

A surreptitious visit from Santa at Christmas or a tooth fairy fly-by are standard overnight surprises in childhood but little Tadhg Buckley’s treat when he awoke from slumber was far more substantial.

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Acting out the bullying drama

THE number of children affected by bullying in Ireland would fill the Aviva Stadium three times over.

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Latest products for kids

Smooth operator: Taking Krill Oil, which provides Omega 3 without the fishy aftertaste has become a popular way of ensuring that children get sufficient EFAs in their diet; however up to now it has only been available in small capsule form.

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Children need strong role models

KIDS without role models often default to heroes. But heroes —whether rock-stars, sporting greats or You Tube sensations — are one-dimensional and of little use. So the young person becomes disappointed — even disillusioned.

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Pre-eclampsia awareness is important for pregnant women

Though pre-eclampsia only affects 5% of pregnant women it is important to be vigilant for this serious condition, as Becky Durnin discovered.

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Helping your child make the transition to primary school

Maybe it happened in the last few days or perhaps the big moment will come next Monday. 

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Online and in the shops: Easy Rider

The new Bugaboo Bee 3 will be in stores worldwide from September 1. 

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It takes time for first year students to adjust to having different teachers for different subjects and to make new friends. Most second-level schools run orientation events and assign teachers who look out for first years as they settle in.

A new chapter for first year students

Making the move to secondary school can be a big adjustment. Áilín Quinlan gets some advice on how parents can make the transition easier.

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TV trouble: Telling a child the TV will give them square eyes iscommon but there are better ways to handle behaviour.

Lies do no favours for children

IF the wind changes, your face will stay like that”, “carrots help you see in the dark”, ‘watching too much TV gives you square eyes”.

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Online and in the shops: Gluten-free products

Total tolerance: Gluten-free products have become more widely available in recent years, making life easier for people who have food intolerances. 

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Trading places: Susie Travers with her children Darragh and Emma.

Bed-sharing with your child

YOU never meant it to happen but there are three in the bed — you, your partner and your toddler. 

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Helping children with asthma return to school easily

The Asthma Society is conducting clinics to show teachers how to manage children who have the condition.

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Online and in the shops: Baby fair

Pippa O’Connor is the ambassador for the SMA Know-How Pregnancy and Baby Fair 2014, which takes place in the RDS on August 30 and 31.

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Big value in school pens

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What’s the story?

ON a sunny summer day, bestselling author Julia Donaldson is deservedly relaxing in her new garden.

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See the play which gives Teddies the X-factor

ABOUT 25 children turned up with their teddy bears in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre recently. They wanted to see if their teddy had the X-factor — was he a team player and willing to muck in and tour Ireland with a play supporting Barnardos?

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Cruel to be kind: Parents should not be their children's friends

BEDTIME is 8pm, you tell your child. 

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Teaching children to start saving sends the right message

YOUNG children are like sponges, absorbing all kinds of information and this includes their parents’ relationship with money.

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Online and in the shops

Clean and clever: Stokke, which launched its iconic Tripp Trapp chair in 1972, has a reputation for smart, sustainable children’s products with Scandinavian style.

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Rupert Isaacson has developed a programme called Horse Sense which helps children with autism. It can be availed of through ChildVision in Dublin and St Joseph's Foun-dation in Charleville, Co Cork.

Long ride to hope: 'Autism isn’t a catastrophe, it’s a personality type'

You’re told ‘I regret to tell you your child has autism. It’s incurable and for life, and there is nothing we can do for it.’ It would be more helpful if they said, ‘Congratulations! Your son has a certain genius gene’

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How to deal with your child's disappointment with cancelled plans

YOU promised your nine-year-old you would drive him to his friend’s house this afternoon but there’s a problem with the car and the visit’s off.

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Online and in the shops: Royal treatment

Britain’s Prince George, who celebrated his first birthday this week, has captured hearts with his chubby cheeks and first steps. 

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Blooming taste buds

It’s time to think beyond pizza and chips. Getting your children to try different foods is vital for their health and development.

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How to come up smiling

TWO teenage next-door neighbours, from Dublin 15, have spearheaded a project to change conversations about mental health.

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Online and in the shops: Recipe Competition

Celebrity chef Neven Maguire, pictured, is asking parents to submit recipes for the First 1,000 Days Parents Recipe Competition which is in search of the best recipes for the first 1,000 days of life — pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning and up to two years of age.

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Pregnancy over 40 - Not in the plan

SHE had waved goodbye to nappies and sleepless nights. She thought the menopause would be next. But she’s in her 40s and pregnant. It’s unplanned.

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Children are often left out of the picture

Couples who are separating or getting divorced need to think more about what’s best for their children.

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Don’t stress over nail-biting

IF YOUR preschooler has started biting his or her nails, it’s not worth getting yourself in a state about it.

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Online and in the shops: Suit up

Suit up: A good wetsuit will provide warmth and protection from wind and chilly water, as well sun protection – perfect for Irish beach holidays.

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Keeping kids well watered

Sharon Ni Chonchuir has some top tips for parents worried that their children will get dehydrated from playing in the sunshine.

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Teaching tops punishment

We’ve all done it – issued a threat when a young child persists with behaviour we don’t like. We say stuff like ‘If you don’t stop hitting your sister, I’ll take away your toys’.

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Playtime vital for parents too

Parents are taking a more active role in family life with 45% of Irish parents saying that they regularly turn down a drink with friends in order to play with the kids at home and 51% opting to take up a new hobby to spend more time together as a family.

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Daddy duties can be a doddle

Looking after a new baby can be daunting for dads, but it can also be a doddle. Rob Kemp, the author of The New Dad’s Survival Guide, tells Lisa Salmon how.

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How to beat stress when travelling with children

YOU’VE been longing for months for that foreign beach holiday with your young family.

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Online and in the shops: Soothing relief

Bepantiseptic First Aid Cream treats a wide range of summer’s little emergencies such as insect bites and stings, minor burns, blisters, cuts, and scrapes.

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Too much pressure on new mothers to get back in shape

WHEN Kerry Katona proudly displayed her ‘mummy tummy’ last month, little did we know that the mother of five was about to launch a new fitness DVD.

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GentleBirth aims to help women stay in control during labour

WHEN Patricia O’Connor gave birth she eschewed offers of epidurals and other pain relief drugs, deciding instead to rely on the coping mechanisms she had learned while attending a GentleBirth programme which encourages women to use their own strength to birth their baby naturally.

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Online and in the shops: Lineaslim is now available in Ireland

A US diet supplement that’s currently favoured by celebs such as Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears is now available in Ireland.

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Positive parenting: Robbie van den Hoven, who is from the Netherlands, and his son Conor.

Raising a child in Ireland - how is it for you?

Ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday, Jonathan deBurca Butler asks three foreign dads living in Ireland what it’s like to rear children here.

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The helping hand of a ’granny’ au pair

Au pairs don’t have to be young — as the success of a ‘granny’ agency shows.

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Keeping your kids safe online

Thirty percent of parents of two and three-year-olds believe their children know more about the internet than they do, according to research.

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Online and in the shops: On the ball

This Father’s Day, kit your Dad out with everything he needs for a summer of football.

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Mothers have become bolder and more colourful in naming their children

WHEN a celebrity couple has a new baby, the gossip pages debate potential names. From North West to Apple Martin and Brooklyn Beckham, the more famous the parent, the more unusual the name.

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Spare those sweet treats for kids

Special occasion: One time children had ice-cream on a day out, not on a regular basis, as can be the case now.

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Online and in the shops: Messi contract

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi has signed a three-year contract to promote the Dutch-manufactured Space Scooter, available exclusively at Smyths in Ireland.

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