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# family event guide
8 events for little readers at your local library - from coding classes to Scrabble matches
Here’s our pick of library-based events for budding bookworms around Ireland.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: How long did it take your child to make their first friend?
We asked our panel when their little ones went from playing beside other kids to playing *with* them.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by not breastfeeding baby number two?
We put one expectant mum’s dilemma to a group of anonymous Irish parents.
# truth aint pretty
9 truths about childbirth I wish I'd known before going into the labour ward
Prepare for sweating, grunting and lots of bodily fluids, writes Sheena McGinley.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by telling my daughter she needs to share more?
One of our readers is tired of playing referee between a big sister and her baby brother.
# the great divide
The night divorce: Sleeping apart isn't always a bad thing - but how often is too often?
We’ve had many weeks with one parent on the couch thanks to my toddler’s unpredictable sleep habits, writes Jenny Sherlock.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: When did your little one start sleeping through the night?
From 12 weeks to three years, our panel share their magic numbers.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's the after-school routine in your house?
Is it straight into homework or is there a packed timetable of extracurriculars? We asked our panel to weigh in.
# Competition
WIN: A brilliant book-filled family day out at Dubray StoryFest
Have your book signed by Chris Judge, take a selfie with The Gruffalo and get a hug from a Hugglewug.
7 'child-friendly' activities that are a total nightmare in reality
Baking with a four-year-old seems like a great idea until you’re cleaning cake mix off the ceiling, writes Ciara McDonnell.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by limiting birthday presents for my toddler?
One reader is wondering if she can tell her relatives what (and what not) to buy the birthday girl.
# extra curriculars
7 after-school classes for your kids to check out this year - from Junior Einsteins to musical theatre
Here’s our pick of the coolest post-school classes, whatever your child’s interests are.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by asking the grandparents not to give my child sugar?
Our reader is trying to keep her toddler away from sugar – despite the best efforts of her in-laws.
# better luck next time
8 back-to-school resolutions I've already given up on for this year
‘I will create visually spectacular and delicious lunches every day.’
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What has been your biggest 'baby brain' moment?
Our panel share their silliest sleep-deprived moments to date.
# family event guide
5 brilliant family events to check out during the last weekend of the summer holidays
School starts back with a bang on Monday – or sooner for some kids – so make the most of this weekend’s fun.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What scared you most about parenthood before you had kids?
Breastfeeding, giving birth and well, just keeping him alive. Here’s what our panel worried about most.
# Back To School
12 nifty organisation tips that'll make the school year a whole lot easier
From making the whiteboard your Holy Grail to double-checking the schoolbags.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by not saying 'no' when my toddler bites me?
One mum is wondering if she needs to be stricter with her little one.
# family event guide
6 animal-tastic family events happening this weekend, from pony rides to real-life snakes
Here’s what’s on for mini nature lovers this week and weekend.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent by... using screentime to keep my child quiet?
One dad is worried about the disapproving looks he gets from other parents, and he wants your advice.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's your one tip for keeping back-to-school costs low?
Start buying during the sales, ask for vouchers as gifts – and skip the brand new schoolbag.
# oh mama
10 things nobody tells you about your first few weeks* as a new mum
*Or months. Or years, let’s face it.
# Competition
WIN: A pamper-packed overnight escape at Kildare's Keadeen Hotel
Hair treatments, a luxury blowdry, dinner and a 4* hotel stay too.
# Heritage Week
8 totally free events for kids during Heritage Week 2018 - from treasure hunts to stargazing
Keep the kids entertained without blowing your back-to-school budget.
# Endless Summer
8 reasons I'm already desperate for the kids' summer holidays to be over
We’re on the home stretch now and I can taste the sweet relief, writes Ciara McDonnell.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by losing my temper when my kids don't get on?
Our reader wishes her two daughters could find a happy medium.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's your one pregnancy wardrobe must-have?
Stretchy dresses, maternity PJs – and don’t forget the seamless knickers.
# Event Guide
5 outdoor events to check out with the kids this weekend - from watersports to musical picnics
Here’s what’s on in the fresh air around Ireland this weekend.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's the trickiest parenting dilemma you've ever faced?
From whether to go back to work or not to The Great Smartphone Debate.
# playground politics
9 annoying types of adult you're guaranteed to meet at the local playground
#4: The competitive parent, most often heard roaring “who wants to go higher?” at the swings.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by telling my childminder what she should be doing?
One reader is is wondering if she’ll rock the boat by asking her son’s minder to change things up.
# Competition
WIN: A family stay at Castleknock Hotel - plus a trip to Dublin Zoo or Tayto Park
Enjoy two nights of fun with the whole family, and a daytime activity of your choice.
# Event Guide
6 great family events for the long weekend - from scarecrows to Spraoi
Your essential get-out-of-the-house inspiration kit.
# ideal birth
C-section guilt and not being "there": Why do mums feel such pressure to have a natural birth?
An emergency C-section kept my daughter safe, but it certainly wasn’t on my birthing plan, writes Sheena McGinley.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by refusing to let my daughter wear dresses?
This mum hates the idea of “ultra-girly” clothes, but her six-year-old doesn’t feel the same.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's one thing your child just won't eat?
Meat? Banana? Anything depending on the day? How our panel are negotiating the world of food.
# festival guide
5 Irish festivals you can bring the whole family along to - from trad music to country glamping
Here’s our pick of the best kid-friendly festivals happening during the rest of the summer.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What do you do for childcare while the kids are off school?
Summer camps, saving up overtime and extra hours for the childminder – here’s how our panel manage the holidays.
# summer sos
7 tactics I'm using to stay sane this summer, from a stay-at-home mum
The summer months are a carefully curated game of Tetris for us parents, writes Ciara McDonnell.