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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.
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.
Dada? Banana? Cheese? Irish mums and dads share their little ones' first ever words
Our Parents Panel tell us what got their kids chatting.
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.
6 theatre events to keep the whole family entertained - from Roald Dahl to The Gruffalo
Run, run as fast as you can…
'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.
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.
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.
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: Afternoon tea at Powerscourt Hotel with treats inspired by Carter Beauty
Indulge in some desserts that look as beautiful as they taste.
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: Mums and dads share the advice they'd give themselves on day one
What would you tell yourself now, looking back?
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: 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.
6 events around the country to get kids reading on World Book Day and beyond
Nothing beats a good book.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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: Do you have rules about drinking around your kids?
A couple of glasses of wine, or nothing at all? Our panel weigh in.
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.
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.
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…
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: Readers share the parenting rules they always end up breaking
A little TV-time-while-eating never did anyone any harm…
'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.
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…
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.
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: What's one life skill every kid should have?
Budgeting, cooking and how to share your toys – our panel weigh in.
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.
WIN: A luxury family getaway to the five-star Castlemartyr Resort in Cork
The breathtaking country estate has its own lake and golf course.
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: 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.”
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.
'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.
6 family-friendly events not to be missed at the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival
There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
'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?’
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.