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Technology during mealtime is upsetting for family time together

NEW research shows technology is a barrier to Irish family connection at mealtimes.

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This award-winning student is combining an altruistic drive with a career focus

Limerick girl Emily Duffy is facing her Leaving Cert this year having made a difficult decision not to enter the Young Scientist Technology Exhibition for the first time since she became a secondary school student.

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Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

My time with you has come to an end but I enjoyed sharing every chaotic minute of it with you and hope that someone, somewhere got something from it.

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Nutritional information for wannabe and expecting parents

Given the high number of unplanned pregnancies, should certain foods be fortified with folic acid to protect against neural tube defects, asks Andrea Mara.

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Acclaimed artist Don Conroy says the joy of creativity is in the action

Don Conroy says children are involved in less creative activities today due to technology.

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Today is my first day as a stay-at-home dad.

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Online and in the shops: Farm tractor style

Off to the National Ploughing Championships next week? Keep little ones cosy in a Farm Tractors raincoat, new from Hatley €39.99.

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Be persistent with children who are reluctant to try new foods

HAS the word ‘yuck’ ruined more than one family mealtime?

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Tips on bonding with a newborn for first-time dads

As a first-time dad, Ken Phelan was taken aback by the many challenges that come along with a newborn. He was also unsure about how to connect with his son.

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Parents need to foster, not force, good food habits in kids

Helen O’Callaghan hears parents need to act on their concerns.

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Our boy, our first born son, is starting school today. Has he really been here that long?

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PEEK-A-BOO: Head lice are small insects which spread through head-to head contact. They are most common in children aged four to 11 but parents can stop them spreading by checking hair once a week.

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Tips on how to eliminate head lice for good

It’s an alien invasion dreaded by every parent but with due diligence and the right products, head lice can be eliminated for good, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Back to school information for kids with asthma

Be mindful of children with asthma, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

We were on our way to the beach. It’s something we do quite often on a Sunday for some quality Daddy and Fionn time.

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SPACE AGE: With everything from a loft bed combo with a study area, €336, to space-saving benches for back-to-school storage, IKEA’s STUVA furniture can be customised to meet children’s changing needs. 

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Make sure your child's lunch box packs a punch

For best results, children need to refuel with carbohydrates, proteins, and fruit and vegetables during school breaks.

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Back to school tips for parents

Clodagh Finn says school time is stressful for parents too, but that there are plenty of things that can be done to calm the chaos.

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Prepping kids for going back to school

All the transitions in school-going years can cause anxiety for children.

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Holidays should be mandatory for people with families and instead of just a week they should be a month long. 

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PICK-ME-UPS: Rescue Remedy pastilles are a tasty way for parents and students to cope on the first day of school.

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How to make homework more productive and enjoyable, for both children and parents

Homework is often a challenge for kids who come in tired after a day at school, but equally, it’s difficult for parents, especially in homes where both are working, writes Andrea Mara.

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Having a positive attitude will help with your child's first day of school

Jonathan deBurca Butler talks to child psychologist David Carey who says readiness not age is what matters when starting school and advises parents to be wary of passing their anxiety on to their child.

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Baby skin problems like acne and cradle cap usually resolve themselves

Helen O’Callaghan looks at problems that may irritate tots.

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BEST BACKPACKS: The back to school range at Little Ones in Ennis includes beautifully illustrated backpacks and lunchbags from Crocodile Creek. 

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Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

One Saturday we decided we’d troop up into the Dublin mountains and go berry picking on Lambert’s Farm.

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Video: Tongue ties in babies, the untethered truth.

Helen Ahern, explores the issue of Tongue Ties, a condition which if undiagnosed may lead to developmental delays in children and adults.

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Encourage solution-focused thinking in kids and leave the solution in their control

Helen O’Callaghan explores ruptures in child friendships.

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Here's how to keep the kids busy during the last days of summer

Don’t fret about how to fill the remainder of the school holidays as there are things to do — and also it’s good for children to experience a bit of boredom now and again, writes Kate O’Reilly.

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From September 1, fathers are eligible for paternity benefit when they take their statutory two weeks of paternity leave.

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Next weekend Dublin zoo will celebrate the second birthday of its elephant calves Kavi, Ashoka and Samiya. 

 

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Venues should provide warm, clean and safe baby changing facilities

Helen O’Callaghan says research shows that 64% of parents have left a venue because of a lack of baby changing facilities; it can be even worse for men alone.

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Men can become ‘dad’ from the early days of their partner’s pregnancy

Helen O’Callaghan learns about classes aimed solely at dads-to-be.

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Health & Life highlights online and in the shops

Our weekly guide to some events and offers to look forward to online and in the shops.

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I had wondered aloud if poor African children had star charts and if they did what feckin’ rewards did they get but then I realised I wasn’t being fair. 

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Give children the opportunity to go out and play

Ex-army commando Neil Sinclair’s books on parenting hark back to a simpler time of climbing trees, skimming stones, and building forts, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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Tips on how to teach kids to be responsible

Helen O’Callaghan hears advice on giving age-appropriate tasks.

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Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

My boys, or should I say, my men, were showing their bravery and realising perhaps that Daddy was in a bit of a pickle.

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MAGIC POTION: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

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Tips on how to prepare the perfect picnic for kids

A little preparation can go a long way when eating under the sun, writes Roz Crowley. 

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How to make the most of those rainy days with your child

Helen O’Callaghan finds it’s best to allow kids to make a splash.

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BOOK WORMS: Steven Spielberg’s eagerly awaited adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG opens in cinemas today.

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Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

To put it simply, Luke is behaving badly and the half of it I’m too embarrassed to even write about. But what do you do?

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Giving children the opportunity to explore is an important first step to their independence

Parents aren’t doing their kids any favours by keeping them by their side 24/7 and instead need to teach them how to stay safe while exploring the great outdoors, writes Andrea Mara.

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Tips on how to help your child deal with moving home

Challenges come with change of scenery, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

We were up and we were ready to take on the world. Unfortunately, the world had different ideas.

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SPECTACULAR EVENT: The free festival which brought you 14,000 people dressed as Where’s Wally, 1,500 bouncing on space hoppers, a custard pie throwing championship, a rainbow disco and hundreds of street performers from all over the world, celebrates its 10th Birthday this July. 

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Tips to help you and the kids breeze through the flight to your destination

Just getting through the airport with all the family in tow can be difficult says Áilín Quinlan.

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A good child-friendly holiday needs careful planning

IS IT possible to have a relaxing holiday with the kids in tow? Feelgood put this query to parenting website www.Eumom.ie who put the question out to its Facebook community.

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SEA-BAND: For those who suffer from motion sickness, Sea-Band offers a natural way to help reduce nausea while travelling.

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Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

I wanted them, just for 10 minutes, to be 30-year-old men with whom I could discuss all the important stuff that was going on.

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The Idea summer camp encourages children to follow their interests through play

At Ireland’s first academy of creative play children are given the freedom to explore their subject of choice, says Margaret Jennings.

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Starting your child reading early is a gift

The more children observe adults reading, the more they’ll want to imitate that behaviour. 

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Online and in the shops: Toddler wetsuits

This Toddler Wetsuit, €31.95, is made from a super soft and stretchy neoprene, with a soft inner lining to keep little ones warm and comfortable. 

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"It’s funny. I have probably never looked after myself as well in my life as I have over the last four years."

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10 great ideas to keep your kids occupied for the summer

Mother of seven, Jen Hogan, offers advice on how to keep kids busy this summer, from old favourites to mini cine clubs.

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If you haven't a clue what young people are talking about, read this

Struggling to communicate with your teen? Suzanne Harrington masters the latest adolescent buzzwords with forensic linguist Allan Metcalfe, author of a new book on the history of slang.

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Appetite for destruction: Food advertisements and your child

Pay attention to your child’s advertised diet — to all the foods they see advertised — and realise how unhealthy it is.

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“I CAN’T do it,” came the plaintive cry.

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Solace in the mountains: The lengths a man will walk after the death of his child

Gerard Sheehy found solace and a new sense of purpose in the mountains following the the death of his young daughter, says Dan MacCarthy.          .

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Dads World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

Here it comes again. For the fifth time in my life, I will on Sunday be the focal point of my sons’ affections.

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Carers of the Year Awards recognise Ireland's growing army young carers

Ireland’s young carers are on the rise, reveals Helen O'Callaghan. In fact, the 2011 Census counted more than 5,000 are aged under 18.

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The role of food in chronic illnesses in children

Andrea Mara speaks to paediatric neurologist Dr Maya Shetreat-Klein about the role certain foods play in daily chronic illnesses and conditions in children.

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Why don’t dads take parental leave?

It’s relatively rare for men to take parental leave so Andrea Mara asked the experts, including some fathers, to tell her about their experience.

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Happy nappy days for fathers can improve overall lifestyle

Fatherhood can improve your health, wealth, and happiness, says Jonathan deBurca Butler

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Like father, like son: Men who have followed their father's career

Ahead of Father’s Day on June 19, Vicki Notaro catches up with fathers, and the sons who have taken the same career path.

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The parents' verdict on ‘The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth’

As the busy parents of three young children Noel Baker and his wife Aine Bonner know a thing or two about pregnancy and birth. Here they review a new book on the topic.

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Health & Life highlights online and in the shops

Our weekly guide to some events and offers to look forward to online and in the shops.

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Soul Kids section of Body & Soul festival has so much to offer

Helen O’Callaghan looks at kids’ activities on offer at the Body&Soul festival.

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THOSE of you who are regular readers of this column might be aware that Fionn has been attending dance classes.

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Project Spraoi promotes healthy eating and fitness in school children

Grainne McGuinness learns about the success of Project Spraoi, which aims to promote healthy eating, fitness and general health in school children.

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Ending the shame game of breastfeeding

Helen O’Callaghan says mothers need to rediscover breastfeeding.

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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

THERE was little point talking to them anymore. They’d been sparring intermittently for the guts of 45 minutes now and it was verging on the ridiculous. 

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WORLD VISION: Through its ‘Sponsor a Child’ programme, World Vision works with communities worldwide on projects to provide clean water, healthcare, and education and to improve farming methods.

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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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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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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