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# Parenting

This month
March 2023
Opinion: 'Phones have become a battleground for parenting in the age of social media'
Mum Margaret Lynch looks at the question of smartphone use for children and shares her own experiences.
Last year
# baby on board
Pilot 'baby bundles' to be given to new parents
The bundles will be distributed to 500 newborns and their parents.
Opinion: Advice for parents on how to push back on their kids' use of technology
Psychotherapist Helen Browne has some tips for parents and children navigating a world crammed with technology.
Opinion: How to talk to your children about the war in Ukraine
Sharon Byrne of Barnardos offers some helpful advice to parents trying to navigate discussing the war with their children.
All time
Opinion: We owe teachers our thanks for the last two years whether we give them gifts or not
Whether parents buy something – or not – for their children’s teachers, Margaret Lynch says it’s important to thank them.
'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis
A report by
Lauren Boland
We asked readers to share their experiences of trying to find childcare in Ireland – here are their stories.
Every year, tens of thousands of parents around the country seek out childcare, but many say it has become an increasingly difficult search.
We asked readers to share their experiences and struggles with childcare in Ireland.
Here are their stories, collected by Lauren Boland.
Call for increased investment in early years childcare sector, especially for under threes
Opinion: 'Formal childcare for small babies in Dublin is a fiction. It effectively does not exist'
# Get in touch
Have you faced difficulties finding childcare for your young child? We want to hear your story
We want to piece together the picture of what finding childcare looks like in Ireland – here’s how you can take part.
Ciara Attwell of My Fussy Eater shares tips and recipes to simplify family food
The busy mum shares some handy ways to speed up the cooking and serving of healthy family meals.
Opinion: Maternity leave in lockdown was no picnic, so please don't forget new parents
New mother Patrice Hosford is asking the government to improve the leave entitlements currently available to new parents.
Column: 'We're worried our son will become an orphan due to our lack of rights'
LGBT couple, Gabriela and Kelly Socol, are fighting for parental rights and equality for their family.
# Equality
'What we have in Ireland is not equal': Same-sex parents call for more legal rights to their children
The protest was held this afternoon outside the Department of Health building in Dublin.
Column: Top tips for parents to avoid a holiday from hell this summer
They may be the apple of your eye but a break from the little darlings might just be the best part of your holiday, writes Shane Dunphy.
Opinion: Claims culture is out of control - as play centres close due to being sued for kids falling
Kids fall, that is what they do, it can happen anywhere. If they fall at Granny’s – do we sue the pants off Granny?
Opinion: How to deal with your child's fear of the monsters under the bed
Philippa Perry writes about how not to shut children down, which might only encourage them not to talk to you about big and small things.
Opinion: You might need to simplify your child's lunch so they actually eat it
A white bread sandwich in the belly is better than a vegan curry in the bin, writes Mary McCarthy.
'Helicopter parents: If you let your child fall down they might just learn to get back up again'
21st-century parenting is the reason that many young people today have remarkably poor coping skills, writes Shane Dunphy.
Opinion: If you are planning on passing off your unwanted junk food as presents - stop!
With the majority of Irish adults overweight and children’s tooth decay on the rise, its time to think about the real cost giving sugary gifts, writes Mary McCarthy.
# Mental Health Service
Cry for help as new group says services for children of alcoholics are 'non-existent'
Children experiencing a parent’s misuse of alcohol can often be dismissed as acting out.
# Parenting
Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law
The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.
Opinion: Top five parenting tips to surviving Christmas
Striving for a picture perfect Christmas will bring certain disappointment, as a parent aiming for survival is much more realistic, writes Shane Dunphy.
Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight: Christmas can be a nightmare of anxiety for children with autism
The wish for all families is that they have their perfect Christmas but that may mean adjusting expectations to find what works in a family with autism, writes Tara Matthews.
Expert tips for parents who discover that their teenager drinks alcohol
Teenagers will always push the boundaries, here is what you should do if you find out your teen is drinking over the holiday period, writes Dr Gerry McCarney.
Opinion: The Supermum myth needs to be exposed
I can’t and won’t hide the fact that I find being Mum really tough, writes Geraldine Walsh
# Future Focus
Robot babysitters and poop-predicting nappies: Here's the future of being a good parent
Sadly you’ll still have to do the actual nappy-changing yourself.
# rob delaney
'When a sick baby with partial facial paralysis smiles, it’s golden. Especially if it’s my baby'
Actor Rob Delaney has written a powerful essay about the death of his two-year-old son.
'I won’t ever be able to understand exactly how the HPV vaccine works. So as a parent I have to trust the experts'
The desire to protect and care for your child is indescribable, writes Eric Nolan. And that means doing your best to keep them safe.
# 5 Words Or Less
People are describing parenting in 5 words or less, and it's as accurate as it gets
‘I just sat in pee.’
# Consumer Affairs
Aptamil says there are 'no safety issues' with milk formula after claims it made babies sick
French food group Danone, who manufacture the product, launched an investigation this month following hundreds of complaints from parents.
When the baby blues don't go away: How I recognised the signs of post-natal depression
Sheena McGinley on the overwhelming experience of new parenthood – and the moment she realised that she needed help.
# National Carers Week
'It's physically and mentally exhausting. I can't be off guard': The life of a single parent carer
Next week is National Carers Week, highlighting the experiences of thousands of family carers across Ireland that look their loved ones.
Column: 'Don’t judge a commuting parent. Smile at that noisy toddler'
I sound begrudging but the harsh looks and disapproving glances made me angry, writes Geraldine Walsh.
'I dread registering my child because I can't put his other parent on the birth certificate'
It breaks my heart that a member of our little family is being left out of the first document our son has to declare his status as an Irish citizen, writes Sarah Stone McDevitt.
# Parenting
'People don't realise how dangerous it is for kids': Students develop alarm to stop hot car deaths
It alerts a child’s parents if they are left in a car.
# Parenting
Danish mother says she's still stung by 1997 arrest for leaving baby outside New York restaurant
The incident sparked an international debate about parenting styles.
# figuring it out
8 modern parenting worries my own mum never had to deal with
My parents didn’t care about superfoods or screen time, writes Chrissie Russell.
# Boundaries
Don't make children hug relatives, US Girl Scouts warns parents ahead of Thanksgiving
“We know that some adults prey on children, and teaching your daughter about consent early on can help her understand her rights.”
# this town ain't big enough
I'm having a second child. What's the best way to tell my first?
Chrissie Russell has a baby on the way and a curious three-year-old. So she asked for some expert advice.
# the irish family
The average age for a mother to give birth in Ireland is 32.5 years old
The number of teenage mothers has fallen by 50% between 2005 and 2015.
Opinion: 'An active child does not necessarily mean a fit child'
Unhealthy children are one of the biggest risks to a nation’s health, writes Professor Craig Williams.
# little white lies
10 devastatingly effective white lies I've used on my kids
Well, MOSTLY devastatingly effective.