Parenting

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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Online and in the shops

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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Great outdoors: Emma Neville with her children Julie, Billy, Charlie and John in their garden in Carrigaline.

Gardening is a healthy alternative to computers for children

EVERYONE knows how beneficial it is to spend time in the garden, but it’s often unfairly viewed as a sedate pastime for the elderly or those with time on their hands.

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Sensitive: Light-coloured Irish eyes are more vulnerable to UV damage, so cover up with sunglasses this summer.

Keep peepers in the shade

LIGHT-COLOURED Irish eyes are more vulnerable to ultra violet (UV)-related eye disease.

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Online and in the shops: In Bloom

Bloom, Ireland’s largest garden and food festival, runs over the June bank holiday weekend in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

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From shouts to whispers hearing voices is not uncommon

FOR some, it happens once in a lifetime; for others it’s five times a day.

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Proper order: When receiving a gift children should say thanks.

Teach your children to be polite

I ask my four-year-old for what seems like the hundredth time: ‘What’s the magic word?’. Shouldn’t she just know at this stage to say ‘please’ without prompting, I wonder.

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Online and in the shops: Rescue remedy

A little stress is a good thing. It has the power to motivate and stimulate us, pushing us to do better but becoming too stressed, particularly during high pressure periods like exam time, can negatively affect our performance.

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Holding it all together

IF your partner or child is depressesd, it can be tough to continue supporting someone who’s looking at life through such a dark lens.

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Helping them find their voice

YOUR child is starting primary school in a few months and you’re worried their speech and language ability may not be up to the mark.

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Online and in the shops: BunkCot

Space saver: The BunkCot has been designed as a space-saving solution for two children sharing a room.

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Golden moments: Voiced by jazz band leader Phil Harris, Baloo in Disney's Jungle Book is simply unforgettable.

Looking back at our favourite grizzly characters

BACK in 1958, Britain was welcoming everyone, including Paddington Bear, a strange, confused stowaway from "darkest Peru" who had a compulsion for eating marmalade sandwiches.

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Time share: Marian Byrne advises children should get 15 to 20 minutes of parents' undivided attention after work.

Parents return to work can be tricky for children

YOU’VE just returned to work full-time and your seven-year-old isn’t happy.

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Online and in the shops: Sippy cup

Litecup is a non-spill BPA-free sippy cup with an integrated night light, which supports independent mess free drinking for your child, day or night.

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Tight squeeze: Mother of three and blogger Caitriona Redmond, offers advice on how to feed a family wholesome food on a budget.

The budget secrets of a frugal froodie

Caitriona Redmond knows what it’s like to manage a kitchen on a tight budget and now she’s sharing her secrets.

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Up and running: Jordi Murphy and Sarah Lavin, with Tommy O'Donavan, Odhran Cully and Laren Keenan from Oaklands college, Co Offaly.

The fittest schools in Ireland step it up

13,000 pupils take the challenge and learn the value of exercise, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Family affair: Neven Maguire and his wife Amelda with their twins Connor and Lucia who recently celebrated their second birthday.

Your child's nutrition - the importance of their first 1,000 days

WHEN Neven Maguire’s twins, Connor and Lucia, celebrated their second birthday in February, they had just emerged out of the most important nutritional window of their lives. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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One to one: If children sense you want genuinely to hear about their day, they're far more likely to open up.

How to tell when your child wants to talk

YOUR child arrives home from school. “Did you have a good day?” you ask. The answer’s a monosyllabic “yes” or “no”.

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Online and in the shops: Wood delight

If the fine holiday weather has you thinking of investing in some garden toys, the Soulet Fargo Wooden Playcentre from Smyths is an annual favourite that’s good value for money at €299.99.

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