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Monday 5 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Parenting

All time
Opinion: Survival strategies for parents to get through long dark winter weekends
On overcast, rainy weekends, it can be tough to keep them occupied.
# on the naughty list
This warning letter from Santa to a naughty kid is genius parenting
Santa isn’t taking any crap this year.
Opinion: Stay-at-home fathers are still seen as a 'novelty' but perceptions are slowly changing
In the future we will no longer think in terms of stay-at-home ‘mothers’ or ‘fathers’, and instead just refer to stay-at-home parents.
Opinion: Christmas – the season of sugar-laced tantrums, queues, and unreasonable demands
One disastrous shopping attempt and an aborted visit to see the Christmas tree lights are all you need to find what’s really important in the run-up to Christmas…
# please make it stop
This cinema is giving parents earplugs for a Frozen sing-along
Please and thank you.
Opinion: The unwritten rule that helps stressed parents through the tough days
There’s a casual solidarity between parents of young children that can lift you up on the lonely days.
Opinion: Detachment parenting – deliver, bond, and then deposit in creche
Many parents have no choice but to return to work when their babies are still very young – and the process is a bit brutal on all concerned.
# family circumstances
Separated father with joint custody wrongly granted single person rent allowance
The High Court ruled that the decision must be reviewed.
Opinion: Irish family life has changed dramatically in just one generation
Domestic life is more diverse than ever – but strong relationships, love and support within families are more important than their structure.
Opinion: Is it worse for your child to bite, or be bitten?
It now seems ‘the first bite’ has been added to the long list of modern-day childhood milestones.
# hey mom
Mum chronicles her 4-year-old daughter's 'innocent' insults
“You have so many hairs on your face. Is that a moustache or a beard?”
# Growing pains
Some creches waiting FIVE years between inspections
“It’s just not good enough,” says Early Childhood Ireland.
# selfie loathing
Dad secretly films his daughter taking selfies, embarrasses her in front of the whole internet
# way harsh
11 solid reasons why parents should never be messed with
These are ALMOST worse than the wooden spoon. Almost.
# Art Attack
Creative mum turns kid's wall scribble into a work of art
There’s making the best of a bad situation, and then there’s this.
# quick stop
Multitasking mum gives birth while registering her son at school
Enter with one kid, leave with two.
Stay at Home Dads: I was put through things a mother would never face to get custody
I went through a long stressful time in the Family Law Courts trying in vain to get custody of of my children – but it was worth it.
Stay at Home Dads: 'For now, this is my career. My daughter is my priority.'
As for the future, I will go back to work, in my own time. I feel the pressure of not having a “career” right now.
Motherhood and Work: 'Why do more women than men stay at home with children?'
Overall, more women than men stay at home to raise children (at least for a short while). But why?
Motherhood and Work: Practical tips for returning to the office after maternity leave
For some the end of maternity leave is a sad time, for others it’s something to look forward to – either way there are some practical steps to manage that transition.
# bedtime
Mum displays infinite patience trying to get her twin boys to sleep
Is this what happens when you become a parent?
Opinion: Why do people continue to do 'the hardest job in the world'?
Parenting can be very tough – and thankfully more people are being honest about that – but let’s not forget about the good stuff.
Opinion: I admit it, I'm an Apple Parent... are you?
When the need arises to soothe, calm, occupy, or otherwise try to obtain some peace from the kids we break out the tablets.
Opinion: Struggling to entertain the kids over the summer holidays?
One of the things I love about the summer holidays is the fact that there are no rules – we are at nobody else’s beck and call.
Opinion: Why I hate the part of me that needs to return to work
I realised that part of me needs to go back to work, for my sanity as much as my bank balance.
Opinion: We can't afford NOT to invest in childcare and early education
Crèche fees in Ireland are among the highest in Europe – but that is no guarantee children are being well cared for.
# Charity
How much does it cost to send your kid to school?
Barnardos wants to know about the price of socks, PE clothes and tablets.
Opinion: Post Natal Depression – should it discourage you from ‘going again’?
Literally tens of thousands of women out there must find themselves in a similar predicament to my own. Yet I have never seen or heard it openly discussed. Ever.
# sharing is caring
Beauty, food and parenting: the top themes of Irish blogs
A new survey of Irish bloggers has found that a quarter earn money from their blog, while all say they write from personal experience.
# Mother and Baby
Have you ever kept a pregnancy hidden? You're not alone
And TCD’s School of Nursing and Midwifery wants to hear from women who have.
# aisle five
What's the most embarrassing thing your child has done in a supermarket?
Never darken the doors of Tesco again.
Opinion: An apology on Father’s Day (or oops! I did it again!)
Mums, let us take a vow to truly appreciate every father’s parenting style.
# sponsored
WATCH: Here's what Irish dads mean to their children
What makes a good father – and how will you let him know tomorrow?
Opinion: I'm not genetically linked to my son or daughter but, honestly, it just doesn't matter
Dealing with my own infertility and the emotional journey that is IVF was full of anguish, but now we have our beautiful twins – and I love them so much it’s overwhelming.
# Baby Names
Jack and Emily remain top dogs but celebrity babies make their mark
Dia dhuit is mise…
# Growing pains
7 ways your parents TOTALLY ruined your teenage life
It’s NOT FAIR. I didn’t ASK to be born.
# well played
15 amazingly innovative parenting tips you never knew you needed
Internet 1, Supernanny 0.
Column: Is there really a glass ceiling for women in the workplace – or is it just for mothers?
The ‘glass ceiling’ is less to do with being a woman and more to do with having to care for small children.
# Your Say
Poll: Are parents today too protective of their children?
Experts say we’re wrapping our kids up in cotton wool and that’s bad for them. What do you think?
# what's a lie-in?
Tired dad captures every parent's agony in weekend video diary
He feels your pain.