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# 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

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.

8 reasons I'm already desperate for the kids' summer holidays to be over

We’re on the home stretch now and I can taste the sweet relief, writes Ciara McDonnell.

Am I being a bad parent... by losing my temper when my kids don't get on?

Our reader wishes her two daughters could find a happy medium.

Parents Panel: What's your one pregnancy wardrobe must-have?

Stretchy dresses, maternity PJs – and don’t forget the seamless knickers.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 7 August, 2018

5 outdoor events to check out with the kids this weekend - from watersports to musical picnics

Here’s what’s on in the fresh air around Ireland this weekend.

Parents Panel: What's the trickiest parenting dilemma you've ever faced?

From whether to go back to work or not to The Great Smartphone Debate.

9 annoying types of adult you're guaranteed to meet at the local playground

#4: The competitive parent, most often heard roaring “who wants to go higher?” at the swings.

Am I being a bad parent... by telling my childminder what she should be doing?

One reader is is wondering if she’ll rock the boat by asking her son’s minder to change things up.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 31 July, 2018

WIN: A family stay at Castleknock Hotel - plus a trip to Dublin Zoo or Tayto Park

Enjoy two nights of fun with the whole family, and a daytime activity of your choice.

6 great family events for the long weekend - from scarecrows to Spraoi

Your essential get-out-of-the-house inspiration kit.

C-section guilt and not being "there": Why do mums feel such pressure to have a natural birth?

An emergency C-section kept my daughter safe, but it certainly wasn’t on my birthing plan, writes Sheena McGinley.

Am I being a bad parent... by refusing to let my daughter wear dresses?

This mum hates the idea of “ultra-girly” clothes, but her six-year-old doesn’t feel the same.

Parents Panel: What's one thing your child just won't eat?

Meat? Banana? Anything depending on the day? How our panel are negotiating the world of food.

# family-magazine - Tuesday 24 July, 2018

5 Irish festivals you can bring the whole family along to - from trad music to country glamping

Here’s our pick of the best kid-friendly festivals happening during the rest of the summer.

Parents Panel: What do you do for childcare while the kids are off school?

Summer camps, saving up overtime and extra hours for the childminder – here’s how our panel manage the holidays.