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# Parenting

All time
Opinion: 'An active child does not necessarily mean a fit child'
Unhealthy children are one of the biggest risks to a nation’s health, writes Professor Craig Williams.
# little white lies
10 devastatingly effective white lies I've used on my kids
Well, MOSTLY devastatingly effective.
# so harsh
Chrissy Teigen asked mams to share the meanest thing their kid has ever said
The results were fantastic.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you be a stay-at-home parent if money was no object?
If money were no issue, would you prefer to spend all your time with your child?
This is why I'm against... homework
We are all busier these days. Quality time is at a premium. Let’s get rid of the homework and build in more family activity time, writes Eric Nolan.
# He said she said
5 never-ending arguments every couple with kids has had
There’s no winner in the endless ‘who is more tired’ row, laments Ciara McDonnell.
# Parenting
Good news for families: Over 5,000 extra childcare places to be created
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he hopes to expand the subsidy scheme to more families in the future.
# Childcare
The minefield of free childcare: The Grandparents Creche is great, but how do you pay the bill?
Family childcare comes at a price that can be difficult to define, writes Chrissie Russell.
# helping hand
Five times more children sign up to childcare schemes aimed at less well-off families
The highest sign-up rate for childcare services was in Roscommon, Donegal, Sligo, Kerry, Galway, Carlow and Leitrim.
# real talk
Here's why I refuse to lie about parenting (even on Instagram)
I *could* pretend that my family life is perfect and put it on social media, writes Ciara McDonnell. But I’d be lying.
# parents panel
Mums and dads, we want you: Join's Parents Panel
Share your experiences with us and earn some seriously sweet rewards in return.
# Parenting
Planning childcare for the autumn? You may qualify for these subsidies
A new universal subsidy comes into force from September.
# Discrimination
HSE ordered to pay paramedic €52,000 after discrimination over care of daughter who has Down Syndrome
The WRC has ordered the HSE to pay the €52,000 in compensation to the man and provide him with a stable rostered position.
'With mental illness comes a different kind of mothering and different worries'
Finding that middle ground between idealistic and realistic mothering can be very difficult, writes Grace Vaughan.
# Babies
Relax, ignore the mess and accept help - Top tips for new parents
Put down Gina Ford, go with your gut and you’ll get through it.
# responsibility
'It's not the State's problem, it's the family's': Care system to adopt tough love approach
The chief executive of Tusla said the agency wants families to share more power and responsibility, and to “own their problems”.
# triplet hacks
This dad's brilliant solution to keeping his triplets quiet in the car is going viral
# Parenting
31 questions everyone plagues you with when you've had a baby
# Latching On
Sabina Higgins invites 200 mothers and babies to a breastfeeding morning at the Áras
Nurses, mothers, grandmothers and children flocked towards the Áras yesterday for a breastfeeding event organised by Sabina Higgins.
# Use Discretion
Dublin Airport admits that controversial breastfeeding sign "could have been worded better"
The sign was taken down shortly after being put on the door of the airport’s ‘designated baby feeding room’.
# kinderleavings
Parents are sharing the grim, grim breakfasts they eat every day, inspired by this comedian
“I had some yogurt I licked off my fingers after cleaning my son up.”
# good f**king luck
A mam wrote her husband this unsparing letter before leaving him with the kids for the weekend
“Dearest husband, I wanted to go over a few things with you before you embark on this weekend alone.”
# Parenting
These parents came up with the most scheming of all Tooth Fairy letters
So harsh.
# Parenting
18 people that are basically you as a parent
It’s a tough gig.
# chill out
Pushy parents create self-critical children
Take a step back, mams and dads.
# Mean girls
This mam is going viral for calling out 3 'mean girls' she overheard in a café
“You are smart and you are pretty. It would take nothing from you to also be kind.”
# how to dad
This dad's hilarious video about getting his baby to sleep is going super viral on Facebook
Parents everywhere will relate so hard.
# man vs baby
A mam asked her husband for updates on the baby, and he took the absolute piss
“A proper picture nobhead!”
# baby on board
This Dad has written a wonderfully honest post about taking your baby on holiday
“We had a checklist for what to pack, it had just one item on it:… ‘Everything’”
# screens
The cameras at the hurling in Thurles caught an excellent parenting moment
My reality as a working mother: Anxiety, guilt, baby wipes and coffee
Being a working mother is a crash course in muddling through, writes Sharon Mannion.
# Exploding Unicorn
Every parent needs to follow this hilarious dad of 4 on Twitter
With four daughters under five, he’s tweeting to stay sane.
Reflections on infertility: 'I expected to be mocked for thinking we were getting somewhere'
Infertility’s seemingly endless circle of hope and disappointment leaves you expecting the worst in all situations, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.
# it ain't easy
This blogger's Facebook post about being a working Mam is extremely relatable
Your car is filthy and there are sultanas EVERYWHERE.
# Parenting
How heartbreak inspired Annabel Karmel to write the baby food 'bible'
‘I felt very vulnerable, having lost a child, with a child who then wouldn’t eat.’
# 21st century mam
A mam is going viral after she angrily gave out to her 'bully' son on Facebook
“If you so much as breathe in her or anyone’s direction in a bullying manner again…”
# 21st century mam
A mam is going viral after she angrily gave out to her 'bully' son on Facebook
“If you so much as breathe in her or anyone’s direction in a bullying manner again…”
# little ones
14 pictures that perfectly sum up parenting
In all its glory.
# Mums
This mum's heroic struggle to get her four toddlers to bed is going insanely viral
Get her some wine, stat.
# thanks mam
This little kid knows exactly how to show appreciation for their mam
#lovinlife #blessed