Parent’s guide to surviving the rest of summer break

Helen O’Callaghan on ways of surviving the summer holidays.

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Pixar film Inside Out can help kids discuss their emotions with parents

Parents can use the delightful Inside Out to teach children about their feelings — and how they don’t have to be conrolled by them, two therapists tell Margaret Jennings.

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Online and in the shops: Folic acid, digestion aid, Aloe Vera and pedicure flex roller

FOLIC FACTS: A new Safefood campaign is urging women who could become pregnant to take a folic acid supplement daily, irrespective of whether or not they are planning a baby.

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Dad’s World with Jonathan deBurca Butler

AS THE seasons pass I seem to be getting grumpier. As to whether it’s early onset midlife crisis or, to put a positive slant on it, that I’m now realising I’m always right. I can’t say for sure but I feel this grumpiness particularly keenly around this time of the year.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on prickly heat rash and verrucas

Q: I am a woman in my 40s and last year on holidays I got a rash on my neck that I think was prickly heat. I will be going away in a couple of weeks. What would you suggest?

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If you keep faking orgasm you’ll never reach it

Q: I am a 50-year-old divorced female who fakes her orgasms. I met a nice man last year and it was so wonderful just to be having sex that I sometimes told him that I’d come. He is so pleased with this, I now can’t bear to tell him the truth. What should I do?

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Natural health: Ingrown hairs

Q: I get ingrown hair bumps on my thighs and bikini line. It doesn’t seem to make any difference if I shave, wax, or use creams, I always end up with ingrown hairs.

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Working life: Dr Patrick Tunney, obstetrician

Dr Patrick Tunney is a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at Orwell Clinic, Dublin.

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Take note... you'll soon be able to keep your medical history in one handy app

Lisa Salmon finds a handy app that tracks your medical history.

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Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen talks happiness, balance and living with your heart

Her book Yoga Girl is a new York Times bestseller and she has more than a million followers on social media — Rachel Brathen explains to Clodagh Finn how therapeutic meditation and yoga turned her life around.

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The MIND diet: Berry good for brain health in later years

The MIND diet is based on Mediterranean eating, and proponents claim it can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, writes Margaret Jennings

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Don’t accept age-related vision loss

FANS of James Bond will be familiar with actress Judi Dench, who played the M16 chief until 2012. 

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Empty nesters get full-on adventurous

Margaret Jennings finds that parents of kids living abroad are signing up for adventure breaks and long haul travel... and touching base with family members on the way.

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Working life: Suzy McMullan, psychotherapist

6am
I’m an early riser, the legacy of a paper round I did when I was 10. 

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Natural health: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, reactions to perfume

Our doctor has just diagnosed my daughter with Polycystic Ovaries. She is only 18, and I have no idea what this means for her.

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Dr Bernadette Carr answers your questions on sun damage and repetitive strain injury

I’m going on a sun holiday with my two young daughters (aged six and eight). We are all fair but my youngest daughter has pale skin and freckles.

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Three months after baby and still no sex

My wife had a baby three months ago and she still won’t have sex with me.

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Dad’s world with Jonathan deBurca Butler

PARENTING epiphanies are like buses; nothing coming for ages and then, almost mockingly, two come along at once.

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Why wicked play is powerful for kids

Helen O’Callaghan hears kids wanting to be a baddie is good.

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10 picnic ideas for the summer season

Roz Crowley offers some savoury and sweet picnic ideas to sate the palates of all the family with a bit of forward planning this summer season.

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