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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# childhood

This year
Opinion: The budget gave us baby steps forward when a giant leap for young children was needed
Frances Byrne of Early Childhood Ireland says the government could and should have gone further to fund the sector this week.
Dr Niall Muldoon: We need radical and brave leadership to turn around child mental health services
The Ombudsman for Children says it is now clear that we’ve reached the end of the line with the current CAMHS service.
Opinion: Young people deserve and need sound guidance on healthy relationships and sex
Ciara Lynch of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says what is increasingly clear is that society needs to get real on sex education for children and young people.
All time
Quantum Leap actor Dean Stockwell dies aged 85
The actor had a long career, going back to his childhood in the studio system.
People who had difficult childhood events may be struggling with mental health during pandemic, researchers say
A clinical psychologist at NUI Galway says self-compassion and hope are key to mental wellbeing amid Covid-19.
WHO warns commercial baby foods contain too much sugar
In around half of products examined, more than 30% of the calories in them were from total sugars.
'Childhood is short and we are robbing it from thousands of children'
Accepting, without ambition to change, the numbers now living in emergency accommodation is fatal to tackling the problem, writes Cliodhna O’Neill of the ISPCC.
'I've had asthma attacks at school, on holidays, even my debs - I've just had to learn to live with it'
Asthma kills one person every week in Ireland but Cat Kennedy hasn’t let the condition slow her down.
17 struggles you'll only know if you grew up sharing a room with your sibling
More Irish children are surviving cancer thanks to medical breakthroughs
There have been “major reductions” in the number of children passing away from the disease.
14 things that are probably still hanging around in your childhood bedroom
So many precious items!
13 things that will only make sense if you grew up with asthma
It ain’t easy being wheezy.
'He doesn't really know life without pain': Mother speaks of son's battle with juvenile arthritis
Linda O’Dwyer had to wait 18 months to get a diagnosis for her son Tommy – and that was after she went private.
13 memories everyone who grew up loving Roald Dahl books will remember
Happy Roald Dahl day.
6 reasons sugar sandwiches were the most indulgent Irish childhood treat
Pleaaaaase can we have one.
14 memories that are too real for anyone who grew up with strict parents
“As long as you’re living under my roof…”
A lad from Mayo found his childhood diary dedicated to Spongebob, and it's brilliant
“I wish I was yellow like you and have holes in my body like you.”
13 things you'll know if you grew up as an only child
“You’re an only child? That explains a lot.” OH DOES IT?
People are sending lovely well-wishes to one of the original Ladybird illustrators
Get well messages are flooding in for Martin Aitchison.
22 images that will hit you right in the Irish childhood
Right in the feels.
8-year-old who lost his limbs to infection gets a double hand transplant
Zion Harvey told doctors that he wanted to swing on monkey bars.
11 things every Irish girl had in her bedroom growing up
The #GrowingUpIrish hashtag expertly captured everyone's childhood
Too much nostalgia to handle.
Poll: Should childhood vaccines be mandatory?
California is the latest state in the US to move towards making it mandatory.
Dublin’s doll hospital and teddy bear clinic closes today
Melissa and Chris Nolan have been repairing dolls and teddies for over 30 years.
We need to recognise that emotional wellbeing is linked to early childhood experiences
The new Suicide Prevention Strategy launched this week misses one essential point: preventing suicide begins in infancy.
'Government thinks it's perfectly acceptable for childcare workers to have absolutely no training'
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has rowed back on its promise that every childcare worker will need a minimum qualification by this September.
Memory lane: The Panini sticker collection of Ireland's Italia 90 squad
Try not to weep with the intense nostalgia coming your way.
How do you talk to a child about death?
A new online resource has been launched to help primary school teachers deal with bereavement.
Poll: Can you find the time to read?
Today is World Book Day – but how much do you read?
This interactive adventure story on Twitter is ingenious
Run or hide?
7 Songs From Your Youth That Might Make You Weep
Mary Black, Johnny Logan, The Frog Chorus…
'There’s a growing sense across the country that something is seriously wrong'
A Bishop has called for the conditions in Direct Provision centres to be improved.
Opinion: Pause to appreciate a simple moment – it's what makes life beautiful
The stresses and strains of life were getting me down, but then I did what we so often neglect to do: I embraced the moment.
Some creches waiting FIVE years between inspections
“It’s just not good enough,” says Early Childhood Ireland.
7 important life lessons we learned from Maurice Sendak
The author of Where the Wild Things Are would have been 83 today.
Dads who do household chores have more ambitious daughters
But sure you knew that already.
The 12 tastes of an Irish childhood
Our taste-buds were simpler back then.
7 ways your parents TOTALLY ruined your teenage life
It’s NOT FAIR. I didn’t ASK to be born.
This sweet Fáilte Ireland ad will take you right back to your childhood holidays
Melting 99s, playing on the strand and getting sand in your togs.