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#family magazine

# family-magazine - Monday 10 December, 2018

WIN: An adventure-filled family day at Dublin's Funderland and iSkate

Unlimited theme park rides – and a visit to Ireland’s largest outdoor rink.

6 festive events happening outdoors - from Christmas treasure hunts to a moving crib

Take a break from indoor movie marathons and get some fresh air.

Parents Panel: What's your family's favourite film at this time of year?

Elf, Arthur Christmas or one of the classics? Our panel share their picks.

Am I being a bad parent... by arguing with my ex over Christmas custody?

One reader is wondering how best to split family time with her ex-partner over the Christmas period.

'How does he get down the chimney?': Kids' trickiest questions about Santa, answered by experts

If you don’t know the answer, science probably does, writes Sheena McGinley.

# family-magazine - Friday 30 November, 2018

6 of the most magical spots around the country to visit Santa

Skip the department store and head to Croke Park instead.

Parents Panel: When's the best time to start Christmas shopping?

Is there ever a way to do it right? We asked our panel of mums and dads to weigh in.

Put Santa on a budget : 7 smart tips for avoiding Christmas overload in your house

I adore spoiling my kids, but I know it’s no good for them, says Emily Westbrooks.

Am I being a bad parent... by telling the grandparents we want our own space this Christmas?

One reader is wondering if he should keep the in-laws happy, or start some new family traditions.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 27 November, 2018

WIN: A two-night pamper-filled stay at The Galmont Hotel & Spa

With spa treatments, a delicious dinner and even afternoon tea.

5 Irish cinemas showing family-friendly Christmas classics this December

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins.

Am I being a bad parent... by stopping my 12-year-old daughter from going to her first disco?

This week, a reader is wondering if she should lay down the law to stay in line with other school parents.

My kids are Santa sceptics - but here's how I'm keeping them interested in Christmas

Keeping the magic alive after the questions start is easier than you’d think, says Andrea Mara.

Parents Panel: Readers share their tips for weaning kids off the dummy

We asked our panel of mums and dads how to ditch the dummy without the tantrums.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

WIN: A day of epic family adventure at Dublin's Funderland and iSkate

Unlimited theme park rides – and a visit to Ireland’s largest outdoor rink.

6 magical theatre events to book in for this Christmas - from Oliver Jeffers to a panto on wheels

Here’s what’s on around the country next month.

Parents Panel: Readers share their tips for protecting kids from winter bugs and colds

Extra vitamins or just a little extra fresh air? We asked our panel for their flu-fighting family tips.

7 truly awkward parenting moments you'll experience at every playdate

Step one, attempting to use the word “playdate” without smirking, writes Sheena McGinley.

Am I being a bad parent... by holding off on toilet training my toddler?

One reader is wondering if it’s okay to let her son decide when he’s ready for the potty.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 13 November, 2018

WIN: A brain-boosting hamper worth €100 for your little one

Nab a hamper of Cognikids goodies for your bundle of joy.

6 totally free events for little readers at the Dublin Book Festival

The festival starts on Friday, with pop-up poetry, giant colouring sessions and more.

Am I being a bad parent... by arguing with the noisy neighbours?

One reader is wondering if she’s setting a bad example by confronting the folks next door.

Parents Panel: Do you share photos of your kids on social media?

It’s a topic that divides parents, so we asked our panel for their take.

10 new parent firsts that the baby books definitely don't mention

Unless your baby book has a chapter titled ‘The First Explosive Poo’.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Mind your manners: I'm teaching my kids to say 'please' and 'thank you' - but nobody says it back

The exchanging of pleasantries is an important social buffer, says Sheena McGinley.

Bread-baking in space and DIY holograms: 5 Science Week events for kids of all ages

Science Week kicks off next Monday November 11, and here’s what’s on for mini Einsteins.

Am I being a bad parent... by not having a sleep routine for my three-month-old?

Is it too soon to start getting strict with bedtime? This week’s dilemma has divided our panel.

Parents Panel: Readers share the differences between their first and second pregnancies

More hormonal mood swings, less frantic Googling – and *far* better nappy-changing skills.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Parents Panel: Readers share what their kids are dressing up as for Halloween this year

Butterflies, cowboys… and one ‘vampire-skeleton-zombie-witch’.

WIN: A night of family fun at Dublin Zoo's all-new Wild Lights

Wild Lights is back with a new cast of characters, all made from spectacular silk lanterns.

6 spooooky family Halloween events to check out tonight - from dragon parades to the Boo at the Zoo

Here’s where to head with your mini zombies, witches and ghouls.

Am I being a bad parent... by not having enough 'mum friends'?

We put a reader’s friend-finding dilemma to an anonymous panel of mums and dads.

How I moved continents with two toddlers and six suitcases - and survived

If it wasn’t essential or could be replaced in Dublin, it wasn’t coming in the suitcase, writes Emily Westbrooks.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

6 spectacular events to entertain your little ones during the mid-term break

From learning how to make slime to wonderful silk animals at Dublin Zoo.

Parents Panel: What one item has made it easier for your little one to fall asleep?

Blackout blinds, bottles with slow teats and YouTube videos – our panel weighs in.

Am I being a bad parent by... taking my kids out of school for a term-time holiday?

One reader is wondering if the cheaper flights are worth the missed days.

11 handy pieces of breastfeeding kit you may not have thought of

An endless supply of cushions will be your saving grace, writes Chrissie Russell.

# 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.

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