Parenting

Laughter is a tonic for kid's in hospital with serious illnesses

Helen O’Callaghan reports on a volunteer programme that aims to ease the boredom and uncertainty experienced by children in hospital.

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How to put the sunshine vitamin into your child's diet

ONE in four Irish mums are in the dark about Vitamin D — in a recent survey, 25% admitted “not knowing anything” about the vitamin.

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Show goes on:  Every summer for the past 200 years, the Munster Agricultural Society has held the Cork Summer Show. 

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Ciara said: “He’ up,” as she lay beside me, listening to Fionn trotting along the corridor.

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How to get your child a summer wardrobe without breaking the bank

Carolyn Moore says there’s no reason why updating your child’s summer wardrobe should cost the earth if you are practical and invest in a few essential pieces.

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Family illnesses can confuse and scare a child

Children think their parents are bullet-proof, so illness or injury in mum or dad can threaten their sense of safety.

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EASE THE STRESS: Experiencing pre-exam jitters is normal, however feeling tense before sitting an exam can have a negative effect on performance. 

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I had two sips and two mouthfuls of coffee and nobody had come near me. Nobody had wanted anything for... oh... maybe... six minutes.

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Nurture every child’s natural intelligence through play and engagement

Helen O’Callaghan speaks with a clinical psychologist whose guide for parents aims to nurture a child’s intelligence through experience.

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Barnardos new guide charts children's development stages

A three-year-old child will join briefly in play with other children, whereas a five-year-old will want to please their friends and comfort those who are upset. 

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BIG TODDLE: Barnardos Ambassador Tom Vaughan Lawlor joined a group of toddlers last week to launch The Big Toddle for Barnardos sponsored by Toddlebox. 

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THE world of football was turned upside down last week when Leicester City won the English Premiership for the first time.

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‘Climb for Crumlin’ Everest trek to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children

AT Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, the objective is always to give every sick child every chance every time.

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Food allergies: There is no validated test for intolerences

Andrea Mara reports on a disturbing increase in food allergies among children and talks to a leading expert in the field who warns there is no validated test for intolerences.

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Online and in the shops: Play storage

PLAY STORAGE: Your child will easily find their favourite picture book in the new Flisat range of small furniture and playroom storage from IKEA.

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LUKE had been persistent. He had been hassling myself and Fionn about a large Peppa Pig jigsaw that he wanted to play with but couldn’t quite open.

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Daddy's dilemma: Men struggle to manage competing demands of work and home

Fathers now want to get more involved with childcare but, says Helen O’Callaghan, they can be reluctant to look for flexibility in the workplace.

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How to ease the suffering of children with eczema

Margaret Jennings meets a mum who has set up her own business making baby-friendly accessories to help parents ease the suffering of children with eczema.

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Make milk a diet priority for kids as they need a high dairy intake

WE all know dairy foods are rich in calcium. But lots of us don’t realise just what nutritional punch milk packs.

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Online and in the shops: Tiger collaborations by Misaki Kawai

Japanese and Scandi style have come together in the latest limited edition collection from Tiger which arrives in stores today. 

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MIMICRY, some say, is the greatest form of flattery.

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Tips on how to start weaning your baby to solids

Andrea Mara got over her initial fears of choking to embrace baby-led weaning, and hasn’t looked back since, especially as it meant the end of peeling and puréeing.

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How to chill out and have fun at your child's birthday party

Helen O’Callaghan looks at research on child party pressure.

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Online and in the shops: Hay Fever hints & tips with Diarmuid Gavin

POLLEN WATCH: There are now more than 1m hay fever sufferers in Ireland.

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“IT should be banned,” said Ciara as we drove along the M50.

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Nurturing will help children get through an eating disorder

Helen O’Callaghan looks at a successful therapy programme that encourages parents to be understanding and compassionate about their child’s eating disorder.

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How to teach your child boundaries between fantasy and reality

ONE week, you find a wind-up spider in his schoolbag — the next, it’s a key ring with a miniature car attached.

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Online and in the shops: SpringFest Read-a-thon

YOUNG READERS: Eason is hoping to engage and inspire young readers during this year’s Children’s SpringFest, with its first ever Read-a-thon.

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IT was a rainy and somewhat sticky Saturday morning.

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Annabel Karmel's new cookbook is ideal for busy mums

BESTSELLING cooking author Annabel Karmel is one of those exceptional people who managed to turn the awful tragedy of losing her first child at just 13 weeks into something positive.

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“THERE’S another one down here that we could go to,” said Fionn’s uncle. “This one will be too crowded.”

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Online and in the shops: SMA Baby Club Pregnancy and Baby Fair

There will be more than 100 exhibitors at this year’s SMA Baby Club Pregnancy and Baby Fair, which opens at the RDS tomorrow, where visitors can view the latest buggies, car seats and other baby products and services from nursery brands and retailers. 

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It’s good to let your child's imaginations run wild

SHE’S a witch who has locked you in a dungeon. He’s a cat making a comfortable bed for the new kittens.

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Xposé presenter Aisling O’Loughlin is a 'modern mum'

Xposé presenter Aisling O’Loughlin tells Helen O’Callaghan she has no qualms about having a C-section, having waited 42 weeks for her first son to make an appearance.

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Kids who are over-parented have no coping skills, so try your best to back off

 

Worried about raising a teenage girl in today’s Instagram world? A new book claims to have all the answers. Suzanne Harrington takes a look with her 15-year-old daughter, Lola.

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Generation SunSmart encourages kids to protect their skin from UV rays

A new programme is encouraging school children to protect their skin from UV rays and to reduce risk of developing cancer in the future, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Stay calm and assertive when teaching your child about consequences in life

TIDY your room, wash your hands and we’ll have dinner. Except you don’t manage to say it all to your child; you get as far as “tidy your...” and he begins talking over you. 

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SKIP TO SKETCHERS : Only 6% of adults in Ireland believe that they have high energy levels with 50% of us reporting that our energy levels are poor, according to research done for the Wellman and Wellwoman range of vitamin supplements. 

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‘AHHHHH, ahhhh, laid-burd, laid-burd!” It was Luke. Last time I had looked he was sitting happily at the kitchen table, eating blackberries. Now he was freaking out and clamouring to get off his chair.

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The inability to conceive causes a great deal of anxiety for women

Infertility can provoke stress which in turn can make conceiving even more difficult. Helen O’Callaghan talks to a cognitive behavioural therapist who has some helpful insights.

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Tips on how to explain a miscarriage to kids

YOUR child was expecting a sibling and now it’s not going to happen. Approximately 80% of miscarriages happen in early pregnancy but later miscarriages do occur, after the 12-week mark.

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Online and in the shops: Easter egg hunts

The Easter Bunny has paid a visit to Smyths Toys and children are invited to stores nationwide to complete the free Easter Egg Hunt and claim their chocolatey treat from 10am to 4pm tomorrow; www.smythstoys.com 

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ANOTHER day, another milestone. Luke was two last Sunday.

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Easter egg survey: Kids’ chocolate overdose a big concern for mums

In our survey, well-meaning relatives are identified as the biggest offenders when it comes to giving kids Easter eggs. Clodagh Finn looks at the health implications.             

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Blogger Ali Coghlan talks about the benefits of arts and crafts for a child’s development

ARTS and crafts — three little words that strike fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. 

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See your child grow by learning the virtues of a vegetable initiative

THE second class boys at Our Lady of Good Counsel National School in Drimnagh had never seen a courgette, much less eaten one. 

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Online and in the shops: Ice Age at Tayto Park

Life-sized Ice Age mammals, a monstrous Easter egg scavenger hunt and a new vintage carousel are just some of the attractions at Tayto Park, which opens on March 18 for its sixth season. 

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LET me know if you want tickets for either the Italian game or the Scottish game on the 19th,’ read the text from my father.

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POLL: Is freezing your eggs worth the investment?

Is social egg freezing a way for women today to stop the biological clock from ticking, or just an expensive procedure that gives them false hope, asks Katy Harrington.   

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How mindfulness can help if you suffer from panic attacks

Helen O’Callaghan speaks to Ciara Butler, a young mum who discovered the benefits of mindfulness after suffering panic attacks following the birth of her second child.

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Little Casey is happy despite the pain from a rare skin condition

Casey Connors suffers from epidermolysis bullosa. Her skin is so fragile, it blisters at the slightest touch. 

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Online and in the shops: St Patrick's Day Festival

More than 80,000 visitors are expected to this year’s Cork St Patrick’s Festival, with four days of free family events. 

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I HAD been given the lie-in. Luke was up at his usual time — six o’clock — but this morning even though it was my turn to go get him, Ciara let me stay in the scratcher.

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5 Olympic hopefuls and their mums on the drive to win

Athletes across the disciplines are gearing up for the Olympics in Rio later this year. Here five competitors acknowledge the role their mothers have played in their success, says Arlene Harris.

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First-time mothers look to online parenting forums for advice

Andrea Mara finds that first-time mothers are increasingly clicking on to websites to look for the support they need to help them cope.

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How to deal with ‘shyness’ in a child

In helping a child overcome reticence, it’s important not to label your child ‘shy’ – or say ‘don’t be shy’.

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Why mums really do know best about healthy, nutritious baby food

NECESSITY, they say, is the mother of invention, though mothers have done a rather good job of proving that they, too, can be highly inventive when faced with necessity.

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Online and in the shops: Bangles, flowers, bath bar and headphones

Alex and Ani’s Hand in Hand bangle, has the symbol of a child’s hand in their mother’s and the quote “Mothers hold their child’s hand for a moment and their heart for a lifetime”. 

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LATE last month, Kate Middleton, took on a new role as editor of The Huffington Post UK for the day.

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Neuroscientist Dr Tracy Dixon-Salazar gives hope to future generations of epilepsy

Catherine Shanahan meets neuroscientist Dr Tracy Dixon-Salazar, a former stay-at-home mother, who spent 12 years studying to find effective treatments for her daughter’s epilepsy.

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Reading develops children’s language ability and interaction

ELECTRONIC toys that produce light, words and songs, encourage a poorer response to verbal interaction among infants than when they play with books, according to a recent study.

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Online and in the shops: Lollipop Day

Look out for Lollipop Day volunteers who are raising awareness of oesophageal cancer and funds by selling lollipops today and tomorrow. 

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THE news came late at night in the form of a WhatsApp text message.

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Tips for when you bring your little girl shopping for clothes

Dressing up is an important part of childhood but you don’t need to keep up with the Kardashians by draping your toddler in the latest designer gear, writes Andrea Mara.

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Apps can help children with dyslexia learn in a fun way

THE digital age has been a gift to people with dyslexia — estimated to be one in ten of the population of Ireland. 

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TEA PARTY: TV3’s Karen Koster, Arona Romeri and Kyle Moloney attended a Mad Hatter-themed tea party at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin to announce details of the Annual Ball.

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LUKE is testing us. Our little angel, our laid-back little boy, the one we (jokingly) call the good one is trying to rip off his pure white wings and turn himself into a little divil.

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How to encourage your child to enjoy a healthy diet

WHAT is your earliest food memory? Were you, like countless other Irish children in the 1970s, told to “eat up your greens and think of the poor starving children in Africa”? 

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Regular family meetings will build your child's confidence

Gwen Loughman discovered meetings aren’t just for the boardroom. Family meetings are great for building kids’ self esteem.

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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 may help get to the root of a child's behaviour

Margaret Jennings reveals how 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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