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#parents panel

# parents-panel - Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Parents Panel: What's your go-to spot for a cheap family day out?

Here’s where our panel members head to for family fun on a budget.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 3 July, 2018

Parents Panel: What one pregnancy purchase was definitely worth the money?

From heat pads to a certain world-famous pregnancy book, our panel of parents share their essentials.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Parents Panel: What's one thing you've tried to get your kids to open up and talk?

From drives in the car to having ‘the chats’ after work.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Parents Panel: What time do your kids go to bed at?

No, but REALLY. Our panel gave us honest answers from the trenches.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 12 June, 2018

Parents Panel: How do you handle unsolicited parenting advice?

“All MY lot were toilet trained by that age…”

# parents-panel - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

Parents Panel: What's your one packing essential for a holiday with the kids?

Hand sanitiser, chocolate croissants and of course SPF.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 29 May, 2018

Parents Panel: What's one family tradition you'll keep up as the kids get older?

Birthday trips to the zoo, Fourth of July barbecues, and the annual family spring clean.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 22 May, 2018

Parents Panel: What are your tips for air travel with kids?

Our Parents Panel share how they’ve survived security checks, red eye flights and toddler tantrums.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 15 May, 2018

Parents Panel: How did your life change when a baby came along?

The sleepless nights? The social life… or lack thereof? Our panel on the ways their lives were never the same again.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 8 May, 2018

Parents Panel: What was your first ever holiday with the kids?

Breastfeeding on transatlantic flights and navigating Majorca as a single parent of two.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 1 May, 2018

Parents Panel: What do your kids eat for breakfast on a typical day?

‘Getting my three-year-old to eat any form of breakfast is a battle in itself.’

# parents-panel - Tuesday 24 April, 2018

Parents Panel: What's your go-to response when your child misbehaves?

Time-outs, ‘shadowing’, and turning the Wi-Fi off.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 17 April, 2018

Parents Panel: What's one parenting issue you and your partner disagree on?

Baptising the kids, toddler bedtime, and when to ignore the parenting books.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

Parents Panel: What's one rule your kids know they can never break?

From wearing seatbelts to, er… not putting coins in mouths.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 3 April, 2018

Parents Panel: How did you find returning to work after maternity leave?

‘My office gave me all the facilities to pump and store breastmilk during the day, including a small fridge.’

# parents-panel - Tuesday 27 March, 2018

Parents Panel: What's your one survival tip for long car journeys with kids?

That weekend trip to the in-laws sounded good on paper, until you clocked the travel time…

# parents-panel - Tuesday 20 March, 2018

Parents Panel: What's your go-to rainy day activity?

With so much extreme weather lately, we asked our panel how they’ve been keeping the kids occupied.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Parents Panel: What one parenting worry just isn't worth the effort?

Untouched dinner plates, mystery sniffles, and a woefully messy car.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 6 March, 2018

Parents Panel: What are your must-have apps for family life?

From educational games to the local mums’ network – our panel share their go-to tech tools.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 27 February, 2018

Parents Panel: How did your little one navigate learning to talk?

“She says ‘dada’. Not just to her dad, though…”

# parents-panel - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

Parents Panel: What's the funniest question your kid has ever asked you?

‘Mum, why does it smell when you poo?’

# parents-panel - Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Parents Panel: What's your best tip for taming toddler meltdowns?

We asked Irish parents to weigh in on the ultimate power struggle: the toddler tantrum.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 6 February, 2018

Parents Panel: What one thing helped you prepare for giving birth?

Pelvic floor exercises, yoga, and a hospital bag full of snacks.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 30 January, 2018

Parents Panel: How did you decide the right age for big school?

Irish kids must start education before age six – but figuring out when they’re ready can be tricky.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 23 January, 2018

Parents Panel: What one book should every child own?

Tigers coming for tea, Gruffalos in deep dark woods, and wizards in flying cars.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 16 January, 2018

Parents Panel: Do you set chores and household tasks for your little ones?

Tidying up, making breakfast, and sharing the load with mum and dad.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 9 January, 2018

Parents Panel: What's one item you're glad you spent money on as a parent?

Scooters, exercise-friendly baby carriers… and a second dishwasher.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 2 January, 2018

Parents Panel: What's your best tip for getting some 'me time'?

From winding down with Netflix to walking out the front door.

# parents-panel - Thursday 21 December, 2017

Parents Panel: What's the best piece of parenting advice you've ever been given?

Don’t compare, treat your kids with respect – and stock up on ‘essentials’ before giving birth.

# parents-panel - Monday 18 December, 2017

Parents Panel: What's the strangest thing on your child's Santa list?

Mrs Brown costumes, sausages and even a couple of cows.

# parents-panel - Tuesday 12 December, 2017

Parents Panel: What's the usual bedtime routine in your house?

Late night singsongs, timed YouTube sessions and lots of ‘ssssh’-ing…

# parents-panel - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

Parents Panel: What one thing has worked to calm your crying baby?

Endless mystery crying can be scary for a new parent, so it pays to have a few tricks up your sleeve.

# parents-panel - Wednesday 29 November, 2017

Parents Panel: How do you manage to stay within budget at Christmas?

Supervising Santa lists, buying second-hand – and turning off the TV.

# parents-panel - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Parents Panel: What tactics do you use to make sure homework gets done?

‘I tell them they don’t have to do it – but that they’ll have to explain themselves to the teacher the next day.’

# parents-panel - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Parents Panel: How did you decide where your baby should sleep?

Night feeds, room-sharing – and a menagerie of soft toys in the bed.

# parents-panel - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

Parents Panel: How do you keep your kids active during the colder months?

YouTube dance videos, baby yoga, and getting outside rain or shine.

# parents-panel - Wednesday 1 November, 2017

Parents Panel: What potty training tactics worked with your toddler?

‘Every few minutes we’d ask if he needed to go to the toilet, and no matter what he said, we’d bring him.’

# parents-panel - Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Parents Panel: What rules do you have about sugar and junk food in your house?

Homemade alternatives, Friday treat days and a total fizzy drinks ban.

WATCH: Parents share their tips for managing kids' sugar intake

‘If my youngest gets a bit of sugar, he can go off on one for a while.’

# parents-panel - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

Parents Panel: What's one thing you've done to teach your kids the value of money?

Piggy banks, written budgets and pocket money top-ups for big chores.