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# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by telling my broody husband I don't want more kids?
This week, a reader is conflicted over telling her husband that she doesn’t want another baby.
# Competition
WIN: A relaxing two-night stay with dinner at Radisson Blu Hotel Limerick
Relax at the pool or explore the hotel’s 20 acres of lush grounds.
# family event guide
6 science and tech activities for curious young minds around Ireland - from defying gravity to deep sea science
You might even learn a thing or two yourself.
# After Dark
January cabin fever? 7 ways to entertain the kids inside as winter rolls on
It’s *still* getting dark at 5pm, so here’s how to get through it with little ones in tow.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by telling my ex he needs to spend more time with our sons?
One reader wants to know if she should raise the issue again, or if she’s fighting a losing battle.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's the one dinner everyone in your house will eat?
Spag bol? Shepherd’s pie? Pizza? Our panel share the family dinners that have everyone clearing their plates.
# family event guide
6 totally free (and fun) days out around the country - from dinosaurs to the Gruffalo
Keep your January budget in check with a free family day out.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's the naptime routine in your house?
A mid-morning sleep, two naps a day – or none at all? Our panel weigh in.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by letting my 11-year-old wear makeup to a party?
This week, a worried reader is wondering if it’s better to lay down some rules or take a more relaxed approach.
# untying the knot
'In truth I was scared of the kids' reactions': One mum on navigating a divorce with three young children
The guilt of putting your kids through the turmoil of separation goes deep, writes Kate Gunn.
# Competition
WIN: Escape the January blues with a luxurious getaway to Lyrath Estate
Beat the post-Christmas lull with a five-star prize.
# family event guide
6 kid-friendly museums around Ireland that you'll enjoy as much as they do
From Ireland’s only interactive kids’ museum to a Viking-themed day out.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's one thing you've tried to get your kids to read more?
Kids’ book clubs and reading to them from day one – our panel share their advice for nurturing young bookworms.
# On the Move
11 practical tips to make a move with kids go smoothly - whether it's across the globe or down the road
Don’t underestimate the importance of familiar items like sheets and pillows, writes Emily Westbrooks.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by telling the neighbours to sort out their child's head lice?
Outside of school or playgroup, head lice can be a tricker subject to tackle.
# family event guide
Zipline, ski or just climb the walls: 6 action-packed spots to take the kids to this January
Make the most of the remaining Christmas break.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by giving out to my kids for not being more active?
This week, a reader is wondering what to do with two kids who would *much* rather stay inside.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What age did you find most challenging with your kids?
Terrible twos, threenagers or moody teens? Our panel share the ages that tested them the most.
# my birth story
'At 4am, scared, she was what I needed': One mum on how a doula helped her through a tough labour
‘She wasn’t going to go off duty, she was there for me.’
# family event guide
6 kid-friendly spots to check out when cabin fever sets in - from star-gazing to roller skating
You won’t hear any cries of “I’m bored” during these activities.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: Readers share tips for keeping kids entertained over the Christmas holidays
Playdates, “lazy days”, and getting everyone out for a family walk.
# new arrival
'Ireland's adoption process is like climbing Everest - and we were luckier than many'
As a dual US/Irish citizen, Emily Westbrooks chose to leave Ireland to avoid adoption red tape here.
# am i being a bad parent?
Am I being a bad parent... by finding out the baby's gender without my partner knowing too?
This week, one reader is grappling with the politics of the gender reveal.
# Competition
WIN: A hamper packed with indulgent chocolate from Lindt's Christmas collection
Perfect for sharing, or not.
# family event guide
6 magical Christmas markets to visit around Ireland - with Ferris wheels, carol singers and more
From Cork to Belfast, here’s our pick of the best markets and carnivals.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by asking my older kids to contact me more often?
One reader is wondering how to keep communication lines open with her college-age kids.
# drivin' home for christmas
'Save screens for the final leg': 9 ways to make long family car journeys more bearable this year
Keep your stress for the Christmas traffic jams, writes Ciara McDonnell.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: Readers share their favourite Christmas morning traditions
Selection boxes for breakfast and stockings by the bed – here’s how these families spend December 25.
# Competition
WIN: An adventure-filled family day at Dublin's Funderland and iSkate
Unlimited theme park rides – and a visit to Ireland’s largest outdoor rink.
# family event guide
6 festive events happening outdoors - from Christmas treasure hunts to a moving crib
Take a break from indoor movie marathons and get some fresh air.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's your family's favourite film at this time of year?
Elf, Arthur Christmas or one of the classics? Our panel share their picks.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by arguing with my ex over Christmas custody?
One reader is wondering how best to split family time with her ex-partner over the Christmas period.
# checkin' it twice
'How does he get down the chimney?': Kids' trickiest questions about Santa, answered by experts
If you don’t know the answer, science probably does, writes Sheena McGinley.
# family event guide
6 of the most magical spots around the country to visit Santa
Skip the department store and head to Croke Park instead.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: When's the best time to start Christmas shopping?
Is there ever a way to do it right? We asked our panel of mums and dads to weigh in.
# gifting guidelines
Put Santa on a budget : 7 smart tips for avoiding Christmas overload in your house
I adore spoiling my kids, but I know it’s no good for them, says Emily Westbrooks.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by telling the grandparents we want our own space this Christmas?
One reader is wondering if he should keep the in-laws happy, or start some new family traditions.
# Competition
WIN: A two-night pamper-filled stay at The Galmont Hotel & Spa
With spa treatments, a delicious dinner and even afternoon tea.
# family event guide
5 Irish cinemas showing family-friendly Christmas classics this December
Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by stopping my 12-year-old daughter from going to her first disco?
This week, a reader is wondering if she should lay down the law to stay in line with other school parents.