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# family magazine

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# family event guide
5 outdoor events for families this weekend - from park running to wakeboarding
Head out and enjoy the summer weather with the kids in tow.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What are your tips for air travel with kids?
Our Parents Panel share how they’ve survived security checks, red eye flights and toddler tantrums.
# think pink
Am I being a bad parent... by refusing to buy my son pink wellies?
We asked an anonymous group of Irish parents to weigh in on a reader dilemma.
# mind the gap
There's nine years between my youngest and eldest - but here's why the age gap works so well
The way I parent has changed in nine years, but that’s not a bad thing, writes Jenny Sherlock.
# Competition
WIN: A style-filled day out at Naas Racecourse Ladies Day this weekend
Watch the Royal Ascot Trials Day and enjoy a lunch for two.
# Event Guide
7 great events coming up for kids who love reading
For all the little bookworms out there.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: How did your life change when a baby came along?
The sleepless nights? The social life… or lack thereof? Our panel on the ways their lives were never the same again.
# am i being a bad parent?
Am I being a bad parent... by giving out to someone else's child?
We put one reader’s playgroup dilemma to a group of Irish mums and dads.
# am i being a bad parent?
Am I being a bad parent... by not wanting a child with chickenpox in my son's playgroup?
We asked a group of Irish parents to weigh in on one mum’s dilemma.
# family event guide
6 weekend events for tweens and under-12s... from musicals to midnight walks
Darkness Into Light takes place this weekend, and there’s plenty more on besides.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What was your first ever holiday with the kids?
Breastfeeding on transatlantic flights and navigating Majorca as a single parent of two.
# the final hurdle
18 everyday things that'll suddenly infuriate you as your due date draws near
Eight months in, my crankiness has turned into general fury, writes Chrissie Russell.
# parental guidance
Poll: Do you let your kids watch films rated for older children?
The Irish Film Classification Office received complaints about 16 different films last year.
# Competition
WIN: A Moët & Chandon Afternoon Tea for two at Leopardstown Pavilion
With spectacular racecourse views and plenty of sweet and savoury treats.
# family event guide
6 family events to check out this bank holiday weekend - from dog shows to summer carnivals
Here’s what’s on around Ireland for the first long weekend of the summer.
# play the game
My kids know more about life online than I ever will - so how do I keep up?
And more importantly, asks Ciara McDonnell, how do I keep them safe?
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What do your kids eat for breakfast on a typical day?
‘Getting my three-year-old to eat any form of breakfast is a battle in itself.’
# Competition
WIN: A pair of super-reliable Nokia 2 phones to keep the whole family in contact
The Nokia 2 has a two-day battery life, so you can leave that emergency charger at home.
# family poll
Poll: Will you talk to your kids about the upcoming referendum?
The nation will cast its votes in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment at the end of May.
# Maternity Leave
6 events for mums on maternity leave - from book clubs to baby-friendly movie screenings
Here’s our pick of Irish events you can happily cart your new baby along to, exploding nappies and all.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's your go-to response when your child misbehaves?
Time-outs, ‘shadowing’, and turning the Wi-Fi off.
# total nightmare
Bumps in the night: How should I deal with my toddler's frequent nightmares?
My son wakes up terrified about everything from bubbles to CBeebies. Surely there’s a solution, writes Chrissie Russell.
# just the one
Poll: Did you drink alcohol during your pregnancy?
Doctors warned last week that Irish women were getting “mixed messages” about drinking while expecting.
# autism awareness month
6 sensory-friendly events around Ireland for Autism Awareness Month
From Lego-based play to therapeutic horse riding.
# Competition
WIN: An Alpro hamper and a copy of The Food Medic's new book
Grab a hamper of goodies that don’t cost the earth.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's one parenting issue you and your partner disagree on?
Baptising the kids, toddler bedtime, and when to ignore the parenting books.
# post-baby bling
10 reasons I most definitely don't want a 'push present' after giving birth
I’m due my second child in a few weeks, but I’m perfectly happy without a ‘reward,’ says Chrissie Russell.
# Competition
WIN: An Alpro hamper and a copy of The Food Medic's new book
Grab a hamper of goodies that don’t cost the earth.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: What's one rule your kids know they can never break?
From wearing seatbelts to, er… not putting coins in mouths.
# tv guidance
Poll: Do you restrict your kids from watching certain TV shows?
The Simpsons attracted controversy this week for potential racial stereotyping.
# events for toddlers
5 events to keep your under-fives entertained this weekend - from classical music to comedy
There’s plenty on around Ireland this weekend for little ones. Here’s a taste.
# all by myself
No more mammy guilt: Why I've stopped feeling guilty about needing me-time
And when I say ‘me-time,’ I mean more than a solo toilet trip, writes Jenny Sherlock.
# parents panel
Parents Panel: How did you find returning to work after maternity leave?
‘My office gave me all the facilities to pump and store breastmilk during the day, including a small fridge.’
# Win
WIN: A case of six wines to celebrate Spanish Wine Week
Get to know your Tempranillo from your Rioja.
# sex ed
Poll: Have you ever spoken to your kids about consent?
Schools are set to introduce consent classes for the first time.
# family event guide
6 active weekend events to get the whole family moving - from ziplining to wildlife-watching
Rain or shine, wrap up and head outside with the kids this weekend.
# Labour Day
10 excellent hospital bag essentials no-one tells you about, according to a second time mum
Forget the maternity nighties, I’m stocking up on earplugs and snacks, writes Chrissie Russell.
# easter bunnies
6 family events to check out over the Easter break - from egg hunts to life-size teddies
Here’s our pick of what’s on for mini Easter bunnies this long weekend.
# Competition
WIN: A luxurious getaway for two at Cork's Fota Island Resort
Explore the beautiful grounds or chill out in the spa. Tough choices, we know.
# family poll
Poll: Will your daughter be getting the HPV vaccine?
The HSE offers the vaccine as an option for girls in first year of secondary school.