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# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by letting my toddler skip naptime again?
Our reader’s son has no problem napping for his minder, but he refuses point blank at home.
# Competition
WIN: An adventure-filled family getaway at the luxurious Fota Island Resort
Let the kids loose at the adventure centre while you unwind at the spa.
# Event Guide
6 family events to enjoy outdoors this month - from kites to an open-air circus
Need some inspiration for outdoor fun? Try one of these for size.
When the baby blues don't go away: How I recognised the signs of post-natal depression
Sheena McGinley on the overwhelming experience of new parenthood – and the moment she realised that she needed help.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: When was your first night out after having a baby?
From a trip to the pub six days in to a night away after two years, our panel members share when they cut loose.
# Hold your horses
Am I being a bad parent... by telling the new grandparents not to visit us just yet?
Our reader wants a week with no visitors after giving birth, but her in-laws feel differently.
# Competition
WIN: A hamper of Spanish wine to celebrate San Fermín
Raise a toast to Pamplona’s annual festival.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... to think my toddler should be sleeping through the night by now?
We put one sleep-deprived dad’s dilemma to a panel of anonymous parents.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's your go-to spot for a cheap family day out?
Here’s where our panel members head to for family fun on a budget.
# hug it out
12 genius phrases to stop the kids squabbling in two seconds flat
# Event Guide
6 sports summer camps to get kids moving - from soccer to break dancing
Have the next Kylian Mbappé at home? Here’s where to send them.
# Sunny South East
WIN: A summer getaway for the whole family at Wexford's Ferrycarrig Hotel
Jump in the pool, try your hand at the mini-Olympics and check out the river views.
# nine to five
Naptime deadlines and ignoring the dishes: 9 realistic tips for working from home with kids
I’ve learnt to put my blinkers up and ignore the crumb-encrusted floor, writes Sheena McGinley.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What one pregnancy purchase was definitely worth the money?
From heat pads to a certain world-famous pregnancy book, our panel of parents share their essentials.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by keeping my kids away from their unvaccinated cousin?
We put one reader’s dilemma to a panel of anonymous parents.
# close confines
6 survival tactics I've employed for staying sane around my in-laws
If I can endure an 18-day holiday with my MIL, you can get through one Sunday lunch, writes Sheena McGinley.
# Competition
WIN: A hamper of Lily O'Brien's chocolates to thank your little one's teacher
We also won’t tell if you want to keep them for yourself.
# Event Guide
7 outdoor family events to enjoy this weekend - from pirate parks to trail runs
Lather the kids up in sunscreen and head outside.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's one thing you've tried to get your kids to open up and talk?
From drives in the car to having ‘the chats’ after work.
# muuuuuuuum
10 sentences every parent hears on a loop during the summer holidays
“What are we DOING today?”
# family event guide
6 fun-filled summer camps around Ireland this July and August
We’ve handpicked some of the most exciting multi-day camps.
# birthday bucks
Am I being a bad parent... by asking for cash instead of gifts on birthday party invites?
Our reader is in two minds ahead of her daughter’s big day.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What time do your kids go to bed at?
No, but REALLY. Our panel gave us honest answers from the trenches.
# Competition
WIN: Family tickets to Groove Festival at Killruddery House this July
Dance to the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, check out the Little Groovers area and more.
# family event guide
6 toddler-friendly events around Ireland this month... from teddy bear picnics to swim sessions
Here’s what’s happening this month for preschoolers who need to burn some energy.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: How do you handle unsolicited parenting advice?
“All MY lot were toilet trained by that age…”
# reader dilemma
Am I being a bad parent by... refusing to buy my child a phone?
We asked a group of Irish parents to weigh in on one reader’s dilemma.
# pack up your troubles
Forgot the toothbrushes again? 10 packing tips to make family travel a breeze
Still packing up that last suitcase at 2am? Ciara McDonnell feels your pain.
# Competition
WIN: Children's Afternoon Tea at the fabulous Mount Juliet Estate
A miniature taste of luxury.
# Event Guide
From pirates to 'playstivals': 6 of the hottest tickets for families around Ireland this summer
Some dates for the diary.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by silently judging another mum?
Snack policies are always a flashpoint. We asked a group of Irish parents to weigh in.
# family magazine
4 entertainment-packed itineraries for family staycations around Ireland
Not heading abroad this summer? We’ve got your back.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's your one packing essential for a holiday with the kids?
Hand sanitiser, chocolate croissants and of course SPF.
# Competition
WIN: A pair of super-comfortable FitFlop sneakers worth €148
Stylish, summer-ready footwear that’ll suit any busy parent.
# family event guide
6 family events to check out this bank holiday weekend... from Lego robots to sailing tours
Here’s our handpicked selection of the best goings-on over the long weekend.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's one family tradition you'll keep up as the kids get older?
Birthday trips to the zoo, Fourth of July barbecues, and the annual family spring clean.
Am I being a bad parent... by avoiding moving my six-month-old into her own room?
One reader isn’t quite ready to let go yet. We asked a group of Irish parents to weigh in.
# flying solo
Finding your tribe and checking the noticeboard: How to cope when new motherhood gets lonely
Don’t write off that ‘community parent and baby group’. Maybe those parents are just like you, writes Jenny Sherlock.
# Competition
WIN: A pair of summer-ready FitFlop sneakers worth €148
Stylish, comfortable footwear designed for days spent on your feet.
# family holidays
7 parenting lessons I’ve learnt while planning our first ever family trip abroad
Suddenly, the presence of a kids’ disco at our hotel has become important, writes Ciara McDonnell.