Parenting

By trying to control our kids, could we miss who they are meant to be?

Helen O’Callaghan talks to a psychologist who says we need to revolutionise the way we parent.

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Check it out: Noel McGrath is waiting for his son Shea to be genetically tested for Long QT. They are pictured at home, in Riverstown, Co Sligo, with family pet Daisy.

Irregular heartbeat condition Long QT explained

Doctors said his first blackout was stress related and gave him sleeping tablets. But when Noel McGrath’s heart stopped, tests proved he had the irregular heartbeat condition, Long QT, says Catherine Shanahan

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Regular story time helps children develop

ONLY 49% of parents read to their children most nights and almost 10% never do. 

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Online and in the shops

Safety online: To mark Safer Internet Day, Trend Micro is hosting an Internet Safety Ambassador programme, for parents, schools and community groups, at its EMEA headquarters in Bishopstown, Cork.

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Parents must protect their children online

DO you know what your children post on Facebook? Do you know what they do on Snapchat and on Viber? What children do online is a mystery that a new book, Screen-Smart Parenting, demystifies for parents.

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Carmen Avellan (above) says her au-pair experiences have been "absolutelyawesome".

Au pairs and families tell how best to make the relationship work

Parents should be welcoming and fair, but must set ground rules. The girl should be responsible, but should also feel appreciated, says Helen O’Callaghan

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Welcome to Minevention, the Minecraft convention

If you have a child aged five upwards, chances are you’ll know all about Minecraft. Mother-ofthree Caroline Delaney attended a convention where she learnt that its appeal is far greater than she’d ever imagined

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How to find a great au pair for you and your kids

So long as parents understand that the au pairs are not professionals, that they are supervisors or companions, then it can be inexpensive childcare. But the girl’s personality must suit the family dynamic, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Parents need to teach their children about the dangers of alcohol

Rather than turning a blind eye, parents need to give a clear message about the dangers of underage drinking, a child and adolescent psychiatrist tells Helen O’Callaghan.

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Super Troopers, the new fitness programme for kids

IT’S homework, but not as we know it. More than 60,000 children from more than 300 primary schools around Ireland (and their parents) are treating the task of daily physical activity with the same importance as regular school homework.

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Online and in the shops: Barbie’s new DVD

To celebrate the release of Barbie’s new DVD Barbie in Princess Power, Barbie will visit Smyths at Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin this Sunday, February 22.

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Couple describe the heartache of losing a baby

“I wish I had been able to hold Oisín before he died. It would have been nice to have told him we loved him. He was a heart-breaking two pounds."

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When it’s right time to let go of your toddler

Helen O’Callaghan reports on sending a child to pre-school.

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Online and in the shops

Car seats: The new Maxi-Cosi AxissFix car seat offers rear-facing travel for children up to 87cm in height (about two years old) and it can swivel a full 360 degrees on its IsoFix base, which makes life easier for parents when securing babies or toddlers in the seat.

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Online and in the shops: Educational puzzles and toys

Throw the dice: With an emphasis on graphic art and design quality, French toy company Djeco (www.djeco.com) makes a distinctive range of educational puzzles, games, art kits and toys.

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Internet safety - The apps parents need to know about

Protecting children online is now more difficult than ever due to the rise in popularity of photo-sharing apps, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Playground Politics - what to do when your child is excluded

It’s painful when your child is left out, says Helen O’Callaghan

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Online and in the shops: Frozen Ice Castle

Let it glow: Frozen’s Snow Glow Elsa was the most in-demand toy at Christmas and the new Lego Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle has already picked up a Best New Toy Award at the London Toy Fair.

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Sport the key to tackling obesity despite threat of injury

Kids need sport despite threat of injury, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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Managing epilepsy: A young Cork teen is fighting back

The news that your child has epilepsy does not mean major life changes or cutting out sports. All you need is to take some sensible precautions, writes Catherine Shanahan.

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Parent trap: how to let go of your adult child

Can’t live with them, can’t live without them: increasing numbers of adult children still live at home. But the author of a new parenting guide tells Lisa Salmon why it’s best to let them go.

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Give your child a choice in what they wear

YOU ARE set for a family trip to an open farm and your daughter wants to wear a frilly, ankle-length princess dress. You think she’ll look ridiculous and tell her so.

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Online and in the shops: Internet workshop

Did your child or grandchild get a tablet computer for Christmas and would you like to learn the basics? 

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Entertain or monitor your child with the help of apps

With an app for just about everything these days, it is no surprise to discover there are many to assist parents, says Ed Power.

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Children become attached to friends at a young age

IT’S quite common for children — when transitioning from pre-school to primary — to develop a really strong attachment to one friend.

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Online and in the shops: Colic alleviation

A new probiotic for babies reduces the symptoms of colic and reflux. 

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Call to action on childhood obesity

A study in Denmark that helps children fight obesity has had unprecedented success. Could it be replicated here, asks Sharon Ni Chonchuir.

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Online and in the shops: School fitness

Aviva Health Insurance is calling on secondary schools to register for the Schools’ Fitness Challenge 2015. 

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Keeping lid on interruptions

Helen O’Callaghan says there are techniques to teach children. 

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Parents of premature babies should seek support

When Oran was born at 25 weeks, his mum received invaluable help from a charity which supports families of premature babies, says Ailin Quinlan 

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Dad’s world: How about some slow parenting?

LAST month, a 28-year-old father of two from Pennsylvania posted a photo on the social media network Reddit entitled “Just being a Dad”.

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Give the power of choice to our kids

AS the holidays approach, we’re all thinking about what we can give our children. 

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Making happy memories by spending time with your kids

CHILDREN have a knack for making the ordinary extraordinary, so why not use this innate ability to make this Christmas truly memorable for them.

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Online and in the shops: Family time

Santa will be leaving lots of presents under the tree next week but there will also be gifts from parents and other family members, often some books, puzzles or a new board game to play together over the holidays. 

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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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