Parenting

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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Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

"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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Dad's World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

“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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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

IT was a rainy and somewhat sticky Saturday morning.

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

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

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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.             

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.   

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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”. 

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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.

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