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# family-magazine - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Parents Panel: Readers share the pet names they use for their kids

Chickpea, Charlie Bear and Lord Squidgypants… our panel share the nicknames they always return to.

Am I being a bad parent... for resenting my partner's choice of guardian for our son?

We asked a group of anonymous mums and dads to have their say on a delicate dilemma.

WIN: Two nights in the lush Sligo countryside at the four-star Radisson Blu Hotel

Plus dinner at the hotel’s AA Rosette-winning restaurant

6 events coming up this month for kids who love arts and crafts

Here’s what’s on around Ireland for the mini Monet in your house.

9 tried-and-tested tips for getting the kids to stop whining*

*And why they do it in the first place.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

Am I being a bad parent... by telling a playgroup mum to keep her toddler under control?

One reader is wondering if it’s unreasonable to ask another parent to address their child’s behaviour.

6 animal-tastic spots to bring the kids to this month - from wallaby farms to creepy crawlies

Here’s where to bring your budding Dr Dolittles.

'All it takes is one wrong chocolate bar or snack': What it's like to raise a kid with severe food allergies

Ciara McDonnell speaks to two parents whose day-to-day routines involve endless vigilance.

Parents Panel: What's the right age for a smartphone?

How soon is too soon? Our panelists told us what they thought.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

WIN: A chilled-out weekend stay with brunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone

Plus late check out for that long-awaited lie-in.

6 indoor events to keep the kids out of the rain this month - from pizza-making to puppet shows

Escape the bad weather cabin fever with these autumnal goings on.

Parents Panel: Readers share their tips for planning birthday parties on a budget

Homemade Gruffalo cakes, pound shop supplies and pre-buying the sweets.

I know breast is best, but here's why I stopped feeling ashamed about bottle feeding

Let’s support mums whatever their situation is, writes Sheena McGinley.

Am I being a bad parent by... saying 'no' to being a godmother?

One reader is wondering if she can avoid godparenting duties without rocking the boat.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

WIN: A €160 voucher to spend on Aldi's autumn kids' clothing range

The cosy collection hits stores tomorrow.

8 events for little readers at your local library - from coding classes to Scrabble matches

Here’s our pick of library-based events for budding bookworms around Ireland.

Parents Panel: How long did it take your child to make their first friend?

We asked our panel when their little ones went from playing beside other kids to playing *with* them.

Am I being a bad parent... by not breastfeeding baby number two?

We put one expectant mum’s dilemma to a group of anonymous Irish parents.

9 truths about childbirth I wish I'd known before going into the labour ward

Prepare for sweating, grunting and lots of bodily fluids, writes Sheena McGinley.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Am I being a bad parent... by telling my daughter she needs to share more?

One of our readers is tired of playing referee between a big sister and her baby brother.

The night divorce: Sleeping apart isn't always a bad thing - but how often is too often?

We’ve had many weeks with one parent on the couch thanks to my toddler’s unpredictable sleep habits, writes Jenny Sherlock.

Parents Panel: When did your little one start sleeping through the night?

From 12 weeks to three years, our panel share their magic numbers.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 11 September, 2018

Parents Panel: What's the after-school routine in your house?

Is it straight into homework or is there a packed timetable of extracurriculars? We asked our panel to weigh in.

WIN: A brilliant book-filled family day out at Dubray StoryFest

Have your book signed by Chris Judge, take a selfie with The Gruffalo and get a hug from a Hugglewug.

7 'child-friendly' activities that are a total nightmare in reality

7 'child-friendly' activities that are a total nightmare in reality

Baking with a four-year-old seems like a great idea until you’re cleaning cake mix off the ceiling, writes Ciara McDonnell.

Am I being a bad parent... by limiting birthday presents for my toddler?

One reader is wondering if she can tell her relatives what (and what not) to buy the birthday girl.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 4 September, 2018

7 after-school classes for your kids to check out this year - from Junior Einsteins to musical theatre

Here’s our pick of the coolest post-school classes, whatever your child’s interests are.

Am I being a bad parent... by asking the grandparents not to give my child sugar?

Our reader is trying to keep her toddler away from sugar – despite the best efforts of her in-laws.

8 back-to-school resolutions I've already given up on for this year

‘I will create visually spectacular and delicious lunches every day.’

Parents Panel: What has been your biggest 'baby brain' moment?

Our panel share their silliest sleep-deprived moments to date.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 28 August, 2018

5 brilliant family events to check out during the last weekend of the summer holidays

School starts back with a bang on Monday – or sooner for some kids – so make the most of this weekend’s fun.

Parents Panel: What scared you most about parenthood before you had kids?

Breastfeeding, giving birth and well, just keeping him alive. Here’s what our panel worried about most.

12 nifty organisation tips that'll make the school year a whole lot easier

From making the whiteboard your Holy Grail to double-checking the schoolbags.

Am I being a bad parent... by not saying 'no' when my toddler bites me?

One mum is wondering if she needs to be stricter with her little one.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 21 August, 2018

6 animal-tastic family events happening this weekend, from pony rides to real-life snakes

Here’s what’s on for mini nature lovers this week and weekend.

Am I being a bad parent by... using screentime to keep my child quiet?

One dad is worried about the disapproving looks he gets from other parents, and he wants your advice.

Parents Panel: What's your one tip for keeping back-to-school costs low?

Start buying during the sales, ask for vouchers as gifts – and skip the brand new schoolbag.

10 things nobody tells you about your first few weeks* as a new mum

*Or months. Or years, let’s face it.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

WIN: A pamper-packed overnight escape at Kildare's Keadeen Hotel

Hair treatments, a luxury blowdry, dinner and a 4* hotel stay too.

8 totally free events for kids during Heritage Week 2018 - from treasure hunts to stargazing

Keep the kids entertained without blowing your back-to-school budget.

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