Lindsay Woods' tips for expectant parents

Whilst pregnant with our first child, both myself and my husband did all of the things.

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Mum's the word: The giving jar is a saving grace for teaching kids to share

We started giving my daughter, Joan, a weekly allowance on her sixth birthday, two years ago,

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Letter to the Editor: Staff at baby care unit go above and beyond call of duty

I believe there were many discussions on the radio at the beginning of April regarding our maternity hospitals and the standard of care and service provided by the staff.

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Learner Dad: 'It’s not unusual for someone to go home in a different pants to the one they arrived in'

WHAT did people do before play-dates? From what I can remember, this is how it played out in our house.

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Double act: Why talking to your baby is essential

Helen O’Callaghan says a viral video of a dad interacting with his baby shows how mirroring behaviour is key for a child’s development.

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Ask a counsellor: ‘My mother’s become so high maintenance since moving closer – what should I do?’

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman whose widowed mother’s behaviour is starting to take its toll.

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Toy story: The importance of play in your child’s life

Play is fundamental to children’s whole development and parents need to be involved, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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A parenting expert explains why giving your children fewer toys could make your whole family happier

Denaye Barahona says following 5 simple steps to create an uncluttered playroom is a “gift for your entire family”. Lisa Salmon reports.

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British mother who suffered 13 miscarriages speaks of ‘little miracle’ daughter

Laura Worsley has thanked the team of UK fertility experts who helped her to have baby Ivy.

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Solo dads: Stephen Teap and other fathers on being a lone parent

Arlene Harris talks to three men about their delight in being parents to growing children and how they deal with the difficulties of single or sole fatherhood.

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14 years after his dad died, Pat Fitzpatrick realises he's become just like him

He sits like his dad, uses his sayings, even crosses his hands the way he used to. After years of rebelling against his father, Pat Fitzpatrick realises he’s become just like him

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Mind kind: Supporting your child during difficult times

Helping your child to deal with adversity is key when it comes to developing life skills and happiness. Áilín Quinlan looks at tools parents can use to guide their children through tough problems

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Learning Points: Being happy isn’t a magic trick, it takes hard work

HAPPINESS can be such an elusive concept. What does it truly mean anyway? When everyone’s idea of happiness is unique to them. I regularly hear the same declaration in my clinic: ‘I just want to be happy.’

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Mum's the word: Happy Father’s Day to all the men creating wonderful memories

In my experience there are as many exhausted fathers covered in splashes of yoghurt dealing with tantrums in the zoo, parks and playgrounds of Ireland as there are mom’s! Happy Father’s Day to all the men creating wonderful memories

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Mum's the Word: Put the phone down and cherish family time before the kids grow up

My daughter Joan turned eight at the beginning of May and I have been struggling a bit with it ever since.

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Alfresco kids: Mummy bloggers share their top picnic tips

Forget about the picture-perfect picnic — it’s usually not worth the effort, says Andrea Mara

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How can we raise emotionally healthy children?

How can we raise emotionally healthy children? The answer may come from the parent’s own emotional state, suggests Paul Gilligan.

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Learning Points: Badjao families spend most of the day together

Over the last four weeks, I had the privilege of hosting three members of the Badjao tribe from the Philippines in my house.

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Mum's the Word: Trick or treat? Getting kids to eat the good stuff can prove scary

All parents have endless battles trying to get their kids to eat good food and I am sure I am not the only one plagued by endless requests for treats. Joan asks so often I have grown to hate the word.

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Baby’s bath a big experience

Bathing helps development of tots, says Helen O’Callaghan

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These last few weeks before the summer holidays however are a complete and utter spectacle of my ineptitude in the parenting stakes

IT HAS begun. No, not the final battle to determine who will once and for all ascend to The Iron Throne. Moreover, I am speaking of the commencement of The Decay.

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Ask an expert: What’s the best way to quickly potty train my toddler?

Potty training expert Amanda Jenner explains the best way to toilet train a child is by spotting the right signs, using rewards & making it all fun.

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Artificial parenting: New horror story

One of our few constants is that we invent excuses, devise one pass-time or another so we might interact with like-minded souls. No matter how committed an individual is to one

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Learning Points: ‘We broke up and I feel like I’ve let our son down’

I really need help with my teenage son. I recently went through a very difficult separation, we are still not out of it yet but things are

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Mum's the Word: Mom would have been a terrific grandmother to her namesake Joan

"See that dimple in Joan’s chin, mom had the exact same one!” Mom would have been a terrific grandmother to her namesake Joan

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Here’s how new parents can get more sleep, according to a Hollywood nanny

Nanny to the stars Connie Simpson, who’s helped celebs including George Clooney and Jessica Alba, shares tips on how new parents can get more shut-eye

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Diageo to give new fathers 26 weeks paternity leave

The drinks company will introduce the new paternity scheme from July 1.

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Lindsay Woods: 'We made the decision to separate the kids'

“GET OUT OF MY ROOM!” So went the Banshee shriek of my daughter.

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Baby steps: Why new mums, like Meghan, need to take exercise slowly

New mums should follow in Meghan Markle’s footsteps and not fret about their baby tum during the weeks following childbirth, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Mum's the Word: Swimming against the tide to get space in the pool for the kids

See that dimple in Joan’s chin, mom had the exact same one!

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Learning Points: Give your child a bad label and he’ll live up to it

Parents often come into my clinic because living with their teenage son/daughter is incredibly problematic. They seek therapy after a particularly unpleasant experience. Those first few minutes of a session can be awkward, as each party tries to get their point of view across.

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Extending parental leave to 26 weeks should spark debate on four-day week for parents

The Government's decision to finally back new laws to extend unpaid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks should be the first step towards a national conversation on a four-day week for people with young families.

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Bill to extend parental leave due to pass in the Dáil

The Parental Leave Bill will come into force on September 1 this year.

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Effective family planning is critical for future of Indonesia

High fertility rates in the world’s fourth biggest country continue to pose a threat to the health of the nation and its prosperity, writes Jenna Dodson High fertility rates in the world’s fourth biggest country continue to pose a threat to the health of the nation and its prosperity, writes Jenna Dodson.

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Lindsay Woods: 'Kids sense when you need to use the loo, wash or mainline a packet of Jaffa cakes in the darkness of the utility room'

Watching a movie about being a parent, offers an entirely different perspective when you actually become one.

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Taking the chore out of homework has so many benefits

I THINK it would be safe to say that most of the kids and teens in Ireland do not look forward to homework and that it is a source of stress for parents to ensure it is getting done each night, writes Alison Curtis.

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Forgiveness allows you to break free from bad baggage

WITHOUT doubt one of the most significant themes I meet in the therapeutic setting is that of, forgiveness.

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Girls allowed: Making STEM subjects gender free

Helen O’Callaghan reports on moves to get more girls coding.

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Bryony Gordon: ‘You don’t need a degree in social media to empathise with your teenager’

Bestselling author and journalist Bryony Gordon talks about teenage angst, body image and how to like yourself in her first book for teens.

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Dad’s the word: Fathers and paternity leave

Parental Leave will offer fathers a chance to spend more time at home with their newborns. But it comes at an expense for many, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Playful parenting: 5 ways to help children learn through play

Play is a vital part of child development – and it’s fun for parents too. Lisa Salmon explains how to be a playtime pro.

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How to manage being a green parent without being a mean parent

When I was in my teens and 20 living in Canada I was active with groups who were raising money for various environmental projects.

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Pat Fitzpatrick on parenting: 'Imagine if I could check CCTV my phone and discover what really went on'

I GREW up on You are the Ref. The cartoon strip in Shoot (and later The Guardian) showed a tricky scenario on a soccer pitch, and asked you what decision the referee should make. The correct answer was provided at the end of the cartoon, by an actual referee.

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Going Solo: A single mum reveals the joy and sadness of choosing to have children without a father

Single mum Genevieve Roberts tells Lisa Salmon why she chose a sperm donor to father her beloved daughter and her unborn baby.

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Parents urged to remind themselves of symptoms of meningitis

Parents are being reminded to watch out for the signs of bacterial meningitis.

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New parental scheme could see firms discriminate when hiring new staff, ISME warn

A new parental leave scheme could see firms discriminate when hiring new staff, a body representing small and medium-sized enterprises has warned.

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New parental leave scheme: What it means for you and your baby

In November, a new parental leave scheme will come into effect, available to all new parents in employment or self-employment.

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Paid parental leave will help end ‘taboo’ of dads at home

Government plans to give new parents two weeks’ paid parental leave are needed to help end the “taboo” of fathers staying at home to mind their child, it has been claimed.

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Lindsay Woods: Easter break is like the amuse-bouche to the main event, the summer holidays

It has finally happened. We have gone from zero to 60 in no time at all.

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Learning Points: What to do when it turns out your child is the bully

The majority of children who bully are struggling with issues. Try to discover what it is that your child is dealing with, writes Richard Hogan

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‘Half of Irish mothers’ feel failure over ‘picture perfect’ parenting culture

The new global study has revealed that more than half of parents in Ireland feel like they are failing within the first year of parenthood.

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Living the first year in the parent trap

Maria Boyle’s ‘Newborn Identity’ is incredibly funny but does not shy away from the serious issues many mums will relate to, writes

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Dad's the word: We are Grand Masters of Empty Threats in our place

I threw a toy jeep into the general waste bin, where there was no chance of retrieval. And then the guilt hit. What kind of monster would do this to his own child? writes Pat Fitzpatrick

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'I used to berate myself': Initiative offers a helping hand for mams

‘Just for Mams’ is an initiative which aims to help improve the self-esteem of mothers, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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Family pride: What it takes to raise a family of four or more

Arlene Harris talks to mums about the challenges and joys of rearing a large family

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Many women face daily pressure to conform...but nowhere does this seem so intense as it does in motherhood

I HAVE read that a girl’s relationship with her father will predict her love life, and that with her mother will determine her relationship with herself.

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What I’ve learned from my children

Ahead of Mother’s Day Irish celebs reflect on the life lessons their kids have taught them.

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Dad's the word: I worry less about the kids, because I know my wife is all over that side of things

MY wife stood up, said “I can’t take this any more”, and walked out the door. I was left sitting in Costa with our son, his little friend from school and that friend’s dad. Myself and Other Dad shared a knowing glance and got back to talking about tracksuit quality.

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Ask an expert: Is my IVF child more likely to have behaviour problems?

Concerns that children born through fertility treatment are more likely to have behavioural issues are unfounded, says an academic.

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