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# you tell us
6 totally free spots to bring the kids to in and around Cork, according to real parents
We asked you to share your favourite free days in Cork city and beyond.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by not letting other people hold my new baby?
This week, one first-time mum asks if refusing to engage in Pass The Baby is acceptable or just plain rude.
# parents panel
Dada? Banana? Cheese? Irish mums and dads share their little ones' first ever words
Our Parents Panel tell us what got their kids chatting.
# what the book
10 questions about classic kids' books that only parents will understand
‘How is feeling a pea an indicator of pedigree?’ – and other things Chrissie Russell has been wondering lately.
# family event guide
6 theatre events to keep the whole family entertained - from Roald Dahl to The Gruffalo
Run, run as fast as you can…
# are we done
'Are we finished having kids?': How to answer the age-old question of whether to try for another
Mum-of-two Chrissie Russell on the end of babies in her house – and what the experts have to say.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by letting my five-year-old sleep in our bed?
This week, one reader doesn’t know how to respond to his son sleeping’s habits.
# parents panel
Toys that under-threes won't get tired of - as recommended by real mums and dads
‘She has loved it from day one.’ Our Parents Panel share their best ever purchases.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by telling our four-year-old she's not allowed to eat meat?
This week, a vegetarian reader is feeling conflicted by her daughter’s requests to try meat.
# Win
WIN: Afternoon tea at Powerscourt Hotel with treats inspired by Carter Beauty
Indulge in some desserts that look as beautiful as they taste.
# you tell us
5 brilliant days out around Dublin for 5 to 10 year-olds, according to real parents
We asked you to share your favourite kid-friendly spots close to the capital.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: Mums and dads share the advice they'd give themselves on day one
What would you tell yourself now, looking back?
# what the yell
How to stop shouting: 7 ways to keep your patience when the kids really test your limits
I was never the shouting type, and then I became the parent of two toddlers, writes Emily Westbrooks.
# Win
WIN: Family passes to see the giggle-filled new kids' show Woolly's Quest
The latest production from Branar is perfect for audiences aged four and up.
# world book day
6 events around the country to get kids reading on World Book Day and beyond
Nothing beats a good book.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by giving in to my toddler's tantrums too quickly?
This week, one reader is struggling to tame her three-year-old daughter’s meltdowns.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What one thing helps when you feel overwhelmed as a parent?
From venting in the WhatsApp group to taking ten while the kids watch TV.
# Body Image
My body will change, but I'm proud: How I'm navigating pregnancy and an old eating disorder
I can let the worries about my body take over, or I can enjoy this adventure, writes Niamh Mongey.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by not wanting to punish our son for throwing a house party?
This week, one reader would rather not ground her teenage son, but her partner feels differently.
# you tell us
8 imaginative rainy day activities for under 5s, according to real mums and dads
Parents around Ireland shared their go-to ways to keep the kids busy.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: Do you have rules about drinking around your kids?
A couple of glasses of wine, or nothing at all? Our panel weigh in.
# Must haves
11 pieces of newborn kit that are worth the money - from an ear thermometer to a good changing table
Chrissie Russell shares the items that got her through those early days.
# family magazine
WIN: Blast your fitness goals with a brand new Fitbit Charge 3
We’ve teamed up with Irish Life Health to help you stay on track.
# family event guide
6 events for mums on maternity leave right now - from baby massages to Bach for kids
Not keen on the local ‘community mums’ group? Here are a few creative alternatives…
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by doing my son's homework for him?
One dad is wondering if he’s teaching his son bad habits.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: Readers share the parenting rules they always end up breaking
A little TV-time-while-eating never did anyone any harm…
# stop your wining
'I used to spend whole days waiting for their bedtime': The surprising results of giving up wine o'clock
Kate Gunn on how she became an accidental teetotaller – and what it changed for her.
# Competition
WIN: A pair of stylish screen-friendly glasses from Henshaw Eyewear worth €69
If you’re a rugby fan, you may recognise the name of the brand’s founder…
# family event guide
6 creative and colourful days out to get your little ones interested in art
From a sculpture playground in Cork to jewellery making in Kilkenny.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by wishing my teen daughter would open up to me about sex?
This week, one parent is wondering how to navigate ‘the chat’ with a sexually active teen.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's one life skill every kid should have?
Budgeting, cooking and how to share your toys – our panel weigh in.
# baby on board
7 'joys' of pregnancy that most definitely weren't joyful for me
Sure, eating for two was enjoyable… when I wasn’t battling all-consuming heartburn.
# Competition
WIN: A luxury family getaway to the five-star Castlemartyr Resort in Cork
The breathtaking country estate has its own lake and golf course.
# family event guide
6 musical events for little ones around Ireland this month - from electric cellos to baby-friendly Bach
These activities are sure to hit a high note with your crew.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: Readers share their tips for helping young kids cope with worries
“I make sure my four year old knows I take his worries seriously. Even the silly ones.”
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by cutting my kids off from their grandmother?
This week, a reader is concerned about putting her kids in the middle of some ongoing family conflict.
# Miscarriages
'No detectable heartbeat': Miscarriage is devastating - here's the advice I wish I was given after mine
The mumbled “sorry for your loss” from hospital staff just wasn’t enough, writes Sheena McGinley.
# family event guide
6 family-friendly events not to be missed at the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival
There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
# Home Run
'Have I damaged them for life?': 9 irrational worries every stay-at-home parent can identify with
‘Should I be making all my meals from scratch while also penning a bestselling novel?’
# not just in the mornings
Parents Panel: Readers share their best tips for surviving morning sickness
‘It was like constant car sickness.’ Here’s how our panel got through the nausea.