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# family-magazine - Tuesday 28 May, 2019

WIN: One of four Pokémon Detective Pikachu goodie bags

Gotta catch ‘em all!

5 brilliant events for young kids around the country this bank holiday weekend

The *real* start of summer is here – and this is what’s on for your little ones.

Am I being a bad parent... by worrying about when to tell my new boss that I'm pregnant?

This week, one expectant mum is wondering when the right time to share her news is.

Mums and dads share their must-pack items for the first trip away with a baby

Toys for meltdown moments, a sling – and a spare babygro or two in your hand luggage.

26 parenting hacks to make travelling with young kids a whole lot easier

You might think holidays are for relaxing, but under 5s don’t agree, writes Sheena McGinley.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 21 May, 2019

9 game-changing pieces of advice I wish I'd been given as a brand new mum

First up, throw all expectations of a newborn sleep routine out the window, writes Chrissie Russell.

Parents Panel: What's the one toy your little one won't be without?

Paw Patrol figurines, fluffy bunnies, and a beloved princess dress.

Am I being a bad parent... by thinking it's okay to use the iPad as a distraction tool?

This week, one reader is wondering if she’s been relying on screen time too much with her four year-old.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

WIN: One of two family passes to a fun-filled weekend at Playstival this August

There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including a world street food market and craft village.

Am I being a bad parent... by teaching my four-year-old about 'bad people' so soon?

This week, one reader wants her daughter to know that she can refuse a hug or kiss.

Just one spoonful: Parents share the baby foods their little ones eat without fail

Broccoli, beetroot… and chocolate fingers.

Here's the real difference between having one child and two - by someone who's just found out

Your idea of “quality time” with your partner will change A LOT, writes Chrissie Russell.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Family traditions, old friends and Jon Bon Jovi: Mums and dads share what inspired their babies' names

It’s one of the first ‘big’ choices you’ll make as a parent – and here’s how our panel approached it.

5 toddler-friendly events taking place around the country in May and June

Including a teddy bears’ picnic and a baby rave complete with DJ.

Am I being a bad parent... by sharing my pregnancy news too soon?

This week, one mum-to-be realises she’s going to have to start telling people earlier than she’d planned.

'Put him in the sling and start walking': 7 practical tips for surviving the dreaded colic, from real parents

Sheena McGinley scouts out some advice for dealing with a newborn who Just Won’t Stop Crying.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 30 April, 2019

Am I being a bad parent... by telling my mother-in-law I don't want her minding the baby?

This week, one parent doesn’t know to handle an offer she doesn’t want.

Parents share the most embarrassing things their little ones have said in public

“Ellie-Mae told her granny that she was ‘packing on the pounds’.”

Bellybutton, ankles and pelvic floor: 10 body parts that take on new significance when you're pregnant

I was suddenly hyper-aware of the shape of my feet, writes Sheena McGinley.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

WIN: A relaxing getaway to the luxurious Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny

Stroll through the estate’s 170 acres, or head to the spa.

Twist and shout: 5 events for mini-movers at Dublin Dance Festival

Including a kid-friendly DJ set in the city centre.

Am I being a bad parent... by telling the childminder to stop using baby talk?

This week, one parent would prefer full sentences only, please.

10 irrational (but acceptable) thoughts you'll recognise if you're trying baby-led weaning

#2: He’s meant to like the veggie fritters. Why doesn’t he like the VEGGIE FRITTERS?

Parents share their best tips for toddler-proofing the house - and the products that made the job easier

Our panel share how they made their home safer for mini explorers.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 16 April, 2019

6 free days out to keep your under 5s happy during the Easter break

From workshops at Dublin’s Botanic Gardens to fairy walks in Cork.

Am I being a bad parent... by panicking about the weight I gained during my pregnancy?

This week, one new mum is concerned about her changed body after giving birth.

Parents Panel: What helps you to avoid shouting when you're at your limit?

When the going gets tough… how do you avoid losing it? Our parents panel share what (usually) works.

'Aren't you worried something could go wrong?' Why I chose a home birth - and the questions I tackled on the way

For Dil Wickremasinghe and her wife Anne Marie Toole, giving birth at home was an obvious choice.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 9 April, 2019

WIN: A family pass for unlimited thrills at Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland

Kids can have epic fun on three waterslides, go-karts and zip lines and more.

8 multi-day activity camps to keep the kids entertained during the Easter break

Cookery camp, swim school, story-writing workshops and more.

Am I being a bad parent... by forcing my daughter to wear a dress for her First Communion?

‘She really doesn’t want to wear one… but I’m concerned she’ll be made to feel out of place.’

Parents Panel: Where's the most awkward place your child has thrown a tantrum?

Supermarkets, airplanes and even one on the back of a bicycle.

How I threw a birthday party with 15 kids on a shoestring budget - from the invites to the goody bags

When Sheena McGinley realised how much the local play zone would cost, she took matters into her own thrifty hands.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 2 April, 2019

Step to it: 6 buggy-friendly walking routes to check out around Ireland

Get out in nature – and bring the littlies too.

Am I being a bad parent... by giving in when my three-year-old refuses to eat?

This week, one parent is wondering who should be taking the lead in mealtime battles.

'Have you ever wondered how you were born?': 7 ways to talk more openly to your young kid about sex

Open discussion about sexuality begins to feel normal if we start when kids are young, writes Sarah Sproule.