Parenting

The enduring appeal of Hello Kitty

The first Hello Kitty theme park outside Japan — 150 acres, in China, which cost over $300 million to construct — will open to the public on January 1 to a predicted one million visitors a year.

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Babysitters need to be chosen carefully

A BIG mistake many parents make when engaging a babysitter is to prioritise availability — is the sitter available every Saturday night or at short notice? 

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Online and in the shops: CHD calendar

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) are the most common type of birth defect affecting one in every 100 babies born and about half of those will require a heart operation. 

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Paws a moment before buying a pet for Christmas

IF you’re thinking of bringing the pitter-patter of little paws into your home this Christmas, you might want to do some serious planning.

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Saying bye-bye to the dummy

IT’S almost a rite of passage — your young child collects all his soothers, puts them in a bag and hangs them on a tree for the ‘dodi fairy’. She will take them and leave a present.

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Online and in the shops: Disney magic

Disney’s ‘Share the Magic’ initiative invites families to post their letters to Santa at Disney or online‘. 

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VIDEOS: Advice on protecting your child online

SMARTPHONES are the most used device for Internet access among Ireland’s nine to 16-year-olds according to the 2014 Net Children Go Mobile study.

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Online and in the shops: Christmas jumpers

With 1.54 million viewers, The Late Late Toy Show was the most watched TV show in Ireland in 2013.

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Fiona Montague, who set up a part-time business at home, with her daughter Abigail and son Noah.

Choosing to be a stay-at-home parent

As one Irish mum recently told the nation why she gave up her job to take her kids out of childcare, Áilín Quinlan speaks to other stay-at-home parents about their experience.

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It’s all about give and take with children

Helen O’Callaghan finds out how young children learn to share.

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Online and in the shops for kids

Toy Show: The Christmas Toy Show gets under way tonight with a 90-minute show on TV3, hosted by Brian McFadden, Karen Koster and Jedward at 8pm. 

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Here’s how to get your child interested in maths

Parents who want their child to be good at, and enjoy, maths, should start by being positive about the subject themselves and try to make sums a fun part of everyday life, writes Helen O’Callaghan 

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The benefits of the bedtime story

FOR many young children, pre-school is their first introduction to books.

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Online and in the shops: Science focus

The 19th National Science Week (www.science.ie), taking place this week, aims to explore and celebrate the ‘Power of Science’, as well as inspiring more young people to take up studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), at events nationwide. 

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A healthy balance for children

Leave the weighing scales at the doctors: the power to fight child obesity lies with parents and the food we decide to give, and not give, our children.

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Age matters when it comes to games

IT can be tempting to let your young child win most of the games you play together. After all, he’s only little and you want to build his confidence.

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Online and in the shops: Wellie good

Two season wellies from PuddleDucks come in three fun designs — Cheeky Crocodile, Love Heart and Lucky Duck. 

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Set aside quarter of an hour a day to lower stress levels and re-boot

JUST 15 minutes could be all it takes to transform into a ’Supermum’ – 15 minutes of daily running that is, according to new research.

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How your competitiveness can damage your child

TUNING into your child’s aptitudes and individuality can be derailed by over-attention to what other parents are doing. 

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Online and in the shops: Frozen mania

When optimist Anna set off on her epic journey to find her sister Elsa, just before Christmas last year, few would have predicted that Disney’s Frozen would become the top grossing animated film of all time, with merchandise flying off the shelves for captivated young fans. 

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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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