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St Ailbe's Gaelic for Mothers and Others (G4M&O) training in Caherelly, Co Limerick,last week. Also pictured below are Niamh McGuinness, Siobain Peters and Isabel Enright inpossession of the ball.

Forget the gym, get fit by playing Gaelic football with other mums

Siobain Peters was born in the Bronx and had no experience of GAA until she moved to Ireland.

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Good nutrition for children is a no-brainer

Helen O’Callaghan on putting a back-to-school focus on kids’ diet.

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BUGABOO UPDATE: Bugaboo is about to release an update to their Wheeled Board, with a detachable seat, which means your toddler or tired pre-schooler has the option to sit or stand. 

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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

RELIGION is causing a bit of a rift at at chez deBurca Butler these days. Not too much, no schisms to report of just yet but let’s just say that our belief systems are being put under a bit of pressure.

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When a mother’s love burns too brightly

A man has a lot to gain if he has a strong bond with his mum. But ‘smotherhood’ can have a negative impact on his relationships with women, says Ailin Quinlan.

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Tips on making up a healthy school lunch for your little ones

HERE’S a little maths question to get you into training for the upcoming back-to-school season: if an Irish 14-year-old boy weighed, on average, 37kg in 1948, how much does he weigh today?

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How to prepare your child for primary school

The first days of primary school can be difficult for children even if they have had the benefit of a pre-school experience says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Bath time is all about quality one-on-one time

Helen O’Callaghan hears how baths are multi-sensory experiences.

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Vitamin boost, soothing drops, gut friendly and one-stop shop.

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Letting kids run free makes them better adults

Since quitting her full-time job, Andrea Mara realised her kids have been living cossetted lives. And so she set about being a ‘free range parent’, trying to build kids that will be ‘can-do’ adults.

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Infographic: How schools have changed since the 70s

Schools days are said to be the best of our lives and for many of us this is true.

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How to get your toddler eating a variety of foods

 Helen O’Callaghan hears of new ways to get your child eating a wider variety of food.

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From Dublin Zoo to the Shopkins gang, here’s our top pick for online and in the shops.

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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

Jonathan deBurca Butler discusses brotherly love and the possibility that "these two fellas might just get on". 

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VIDEO: Reap the benefits of baby yoga

Baby yoga can be enjoyed by all the family and you don’t need to be an expert to reap the benefits, says Marjorie Brennan.            

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Single women on having babies through sperm donation

Helen O’Callaghan meets a group of women who decided to become solo parents through sperm donation.

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How to entertain children during the school holidays

Kate O’Reilly discovers that, despite the weather, it may not be as difficult as it seems to keep children entertained during the school holidays.

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Meet the woman behind Way2Pay

WITH just over three weeks to go before schools re-open, a Dublin mum of three has created an innovative fee collection system for schools — allowing parents to easily pay for an activity or event using text message, email or a dashboard if they don’t have a smartphone.

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Trolley treat: Brand Newbies waterproof trolley seat cover will keep your little one dry and cosy on shopping trolleys, which are sometimes damp from being out in the rain. 

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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

A COUPLE of months before Fionn was born I began to notice a few physical changes in myself.

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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

AS THE seasons pass I seem to be getting grumpier. As to whether it’s early onset midlife crisis or, to put a positive slant on it, that I’m now realising I’m always right. I can’t say for sure but I feel this grumpiness particularly keenly around this time of the year.

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Pixar film Inside Out can help kids discuss their emotions with parents

Parents can use the delightful Inside Out to teach children about their feelings — and how they don’t have to be conrolled by them, two therapists tell Margaret Jennings.

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Parent’s guide to surviving the rest of summer break

Helen O’Callaghan on ways of surviving the summer holidays.

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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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Why wicked play is powerful for kids

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

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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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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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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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SO KIND: Triplets Jo, Lizzie, and Anna McCaughey, age 6, and Elva McCauley, 7, announce the Random Acts of Kindness Festival which takes place in Clonakilty tomorrow. 

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

EDUCATION has its risks. I found this out, to my detriment, the other evening, when a routine lesson in biology went slightly awry.

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Tips on how to be the best father to your child

Women tend to agonise about parenting but what about dads asks Ailín Quinlan

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The important step of picking the right pram

PRINCESS Charlotte arrived in style for her christening last Sunday, in an antique Millson Prince pram which has been in the British Royal family for generations.

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What to do if a child is ‘left out’ by siblings

THE sibling relationship is rarely straightforward and it can be upsetting to see one of your children being excluded by the others.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

THE best piece of advice I got before we had our first born, Fionn, was given to me by a well-known DJ as we sat over coffee.

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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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