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# Parenthood

All time
Opinion: 12 weeks paternity leave helped me at home - and in work
Three months paternity leave isn’t the norm – but it’s good for both family and employer, says Shane Doyle
# all change
Break-ups, career moves and kids - the science of making a BIG change
Moments of crisis or contentment – managing life changes can be done.
# ross kemp
A man's hilariously honest account of being a new dad is going super viral
“Baby piss in your eye is really only funny the first time.”
# Parenthood
Find yourself saying ridiculous things to children? This Dad made a book about it
‘We do not poop in books’ and other words of wisdom.
# 99 Problems
16 tweets that perfectly sum up being a parent
It’s the little struggles.
Am I alone in Mummy Martyr stakes? (Why are parents so bad at looking after themselves?)
Whether it’s standards, expectations, or good old-fashioned Irish Catholic guilt, most parents are guilty of putting their kids’ needs ahead of their own.
Opinion: The 'frozen eggs' debate is really a societal issue – don't vilify corporations over it
Nowadays it’s seen as quite normal to have kids in your late 30s… but many women still want to start a family earlier.
Opinion: 'Egg freeze' offer is putting a metaphorical gun to young women’s heads
Freeze in haste, repent at leisure?
Motherhood and Work: 'Why do more women than men stay at home with children?'
Overall, more women than men stay at home to raise children (at least for a short while). But why?
Opinion: Struggling to entertain the kids over the summer holidays?
One of the things I love about the summer holidays is the fact that there are no rules – we are at nobody else’s beck and call.
# Parenthood
8 warnings for anyone thinking of having kids
Wise words.
# beta baby
14 wonderfully geeky parents who are doing it right
The force is with them all.
Opinion: An apology on Father’s Day (or oops! I did it again!)
Mums, let us take a vow to truly appreciate every father’s parenting style.
Opinion: I'm not genetically linked to my son or daughter but, honestly, it just doesn't matter
Dealing with my own infertility and the emotional journey that is IVF was full of anguish, but now we have our beautiful twins – and I love them so much it’s overwhelming.
# well played
15 amazingly innovative parenting tips you never knew you needed
Internet 1, Supernanny 0.
Column: Peaches and Paula – a mum without a mum and a photograph that spoke a thousand words.
Nothing prepared me for how the birth of my own children would mercilessly rip the scab off the wound that my mother’s death had left behind. In that way, I could relate to the late Peaches Geldof, writes Claire Micks.
Column: Motherhood, guilt and the fantasy of 'choice'
Guilt may not be the defining emotion of motherhood but it is certainly one of the most consistent, writes Emily Hourican.
# Parenthood
Older dads can lead to more problems for kids, study finds
Children born to older dads are more likely to have a range of psychiatric and academic problems.
Column: Think playdates are all fun and games? Think again.
Playdates are basically the office parties of kid-land: the stakes are higher than they seem and opting out is harder than you think, writes Emily Hourican.
# Your Say
Poll: Should women be paid to be surrogates?
The government is going to bring in a law making it illegal for women to be paid to be a surrogate mother. What do you think?
# Child's play
Parents adorably recreate movie scenes using their baby and some cardboard
Babies. What are they for, if not our amusement?
# Halloween
14 families who have totally nailed dressing up for Halloween
What, your family doesn’t dress up in immaculately made themed costumes?
Column: Baby v Career – how to pick a path through the minefield of working motherhood
Throughout the eventful months of pregnancy, and amid all the changes a new baby brings, one question can remain the hardest to answer: “Will you be returning to work?”, writes Sarah Crown.
13 things people with babies do
You! Holding the child! We’re talking to you!
# she's the boss
Conversation between a dad and his 2-year-old reenacted by grownups
‘You can’t talk to her…she’s the princess.’
# Mortification station
11 of the world’s most embarrassing parents
Barack Obama is preparing to join their ranks.
# dear teacher...
8 reasons you should always check your kid's homework
And we’re not just talking about their educational well-being, either.
# wreck the gaf
11 kids who were just trying to help (PICS)
They are little angels, really.
# life lessons
14 lessons to teach your children before they're 12
That seagulls can not be trusted, for example.
# the horror!
11 of the most inappropriate baby outfits on the internet
Seriously, it’s hard to believe they actually exist.
# Ah here
11 babies whose parents think they're toys
They’re not just for dressing up you know.
# if you only knew
15 things no one tells you about having kids
Or if they do, you don’t believe them.
# bare branches
Concern in China over number of single males
Even worse, these men – dubbed “bare branches” – are deemed to represent a danger to social stability.
# cry baby
Why it's SO hard to ignore a crying baby...
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have kids of your own – the sound of an infant in distress provokes strong reaction in the human brain.
Column: I want my son to feel at home in Ireland, too
Raising a child between two cultures is never easy – especially when you’re halfway round the world, writes Paul Garrigan.
# Breastfeeding
National Breastfeeding Week: Irish breastfeeding rates below European neighbours'
The HSE says this year’s event will focus on the importance of breastfeeding for the health of children and mothers, and highlight how rates of breastfeeding in Ireland fall way below those of other European countries.
Column: ‘Those first months were magical’ – a dad’s paternity leave plea
Statutory paternity leave would help shift the attitudes of a whole society, argues Andrew Doherty – recalling the birth of his own children.
# Your Say
Poll: Should women breastfeed in public?
If a woman chooses to breastfeed her child, should she do so in public? Let us know what you think.
# Facebook
Breastfeeding campaigners to protest at Facebook HQ in Dublin
Demonstrations will take place at Facebook offices in several cities across the world next week by protesters who are angry about Facebook deleting images of breastfeeding.
# Fatherhood
Fatherhood causes drop in testosterone - and may keep men loyal
New research suggests that men are “biologically wired” to remain for child-rearing – as testosterone levels drop after a partner gives birth.