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# family event guide
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.
# aibabp
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.
# parents panel
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.
# A to Z
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.
# life after baby
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
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?
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 event guide
Here's what's on for under 5s at the International Literature Festival Dublin this week
Perfect for mini-readers.
# Win
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.
# family event guide
Walk on the wild side: 6 petting zoos and farms that are perfect for under 5s
Don’t forget your camera!
# am i being a bad parent?
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.
# parents panel
Just one spoonful: Parents share the baby foods their little ones eat without fail
Broccoli, beetroot… and chocolate fingers.
# times two
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.
# parents panel
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.
# family event guide
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.
# Competition
WIN: A stylish day out at Naas Racecourse Ladies Day - plus a four-course lunch
Better get planning an outfit!
# aibabp
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.
# Cry me a river
'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.
# Event Guide
Ready, set, go! 5 active events around the country to get your whole family moving
Better dust off those trainers.
# aibabp
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 panel
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’.”
# family magazine
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.
# Competition
WIN: A relaxing getaway to the luxurious Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny
Stroll through the estate’s 170 acres, or head to the spa.
# family event guide
Twist and shout: 5 events for mini-movers at Dublin Dance Festival
Including a kid-friendly DJ set in the city centre.
# aibabp
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.
# ohhh baby
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 panel
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 event guide
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.
# aibabp
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
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.
# Home Run
'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.
# Win
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.
# family event guide
8 multi-day activity camps to keep the kids entertained during the Easter break
Cookery camp, swim school, story-writing workshops and more.
# aibabp
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
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.
# party animal
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 event guide
Step to it: 6 buggy-friendly walking routes to check out around Ireland
Get out in nature – and bring the littlies too.
# aibabp
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.
# family magazine
'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.
# Competition
WIN: A copy of Philippa Perry's new bestseller, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read
It might just help you to improve your relationship with your children.