Parenting

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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. 

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

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.

More

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

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

More

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.

This story is enriched with multi-media content

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

IT was a rainy and somewhat sticky Saturday morning.

More

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.

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

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. 

More

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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. 

More

Online and in the shops

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. 

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

‘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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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 

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

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.             

More

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. 

More

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. 

More

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. 

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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.

More

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.   

More

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.

More

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. 

More

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. 

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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’.

More

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.

More

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”. 

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

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.

More

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.

More

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. 

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

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.

More

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. 

More

Online and in the shops

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.

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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.

More

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”? 

More

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.

More

Online and in the shops

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

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

I THINK I was more frightened than he was. 

More

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.    

More

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

More

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.

More

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.

More

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

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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.

More

Online and in the shops

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.

More

Online and in the shops

STRESS BUSTER:

More

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

More

How to make age gaps between siblings work

Helen O’Callaghan gets some advice on managing siblings    

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

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.

More

Reducing the stigma of post-natal depression

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

More

Online and in the shops

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

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

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

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

Feeding kids healthy bite sized food can really pay off

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

More

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.

More

The importance of asking questions after a pre-term birth

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

More

Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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.

More

Online and in the shops: Healthy eating

Healthy eating items to get you back on track

More

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 

More

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

More

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. 

More

Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

Dear Santa,

More

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

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

More

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    

More

Online and in the shops

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. 

More

Expect the unexpected with new book 'Best Christmas Ever'

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

More

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    

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

More

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

More

Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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.

More

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

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

This story is enriched with multi-media content

More

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.

More

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

This story is enriched with multi-media content

More