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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Parenting

All time
# notions
13 things that Irish mammies know are complete notions
YOU THERE! Do you have notions above your station?
# sponsored by centra
7 moments when the Irish Mammy is worth her salt
What would you do without her?
Column: Motherhood, guilt and the fantasy of 'choice'
Guilt may not be the defining emotion of motherhood but it is certainly one of the most consistent, writes Emily Hourican.
Column: Outnumbered ... how many kids is too many?
Claire Micks writes: your love for each little mini me will no doubt stretch to whatever number your reproductive organs are generous enough to produce. But will your sanity? Or your relationship? Or your bank balance?
Column: The 'Mammy Wars' – do we judge each others' choices?
Andrea Mara writes: there are no universal truths about the different circumstances mothers find themselves in … and aren’t we all too busy, anyway, to have time to judge one another?
Column: Bye, Bye Babycinno – why I'm ditching my child's favourite treat
Have you heard of babyccinos, the frothy, non-caffeine milk drink marketed at children? I wish I never had, writes Claire Micks.
Column: Playground etiquette and other mysteries
I admit it – I don’t like playgrounds with all their dangers and unwritten rules. And I’m not the only one, writes Andrea Mara.
Column: Parenting and the Seven Deadly Sins
If your idea of having children is lovingly gazing at your partner while your baby coos in your arms, then you’re in for a little shock, writes Elizabeth MacDonnell.
Column: Would you correct another person’s child?
Is it ever ok to discipline someone else’s child? Martina Newe looks at when you should intervene – and when you absolutely shouldn’t.
Column: Motherhood, feminism and the big decision
Should I stay at home with my baby or go back to work? There’s no ‘right’ answer, writes Ann Marie O’Sullivan.
Column: Think playdates are all fun and games? Think again.
Playdates are basically the office parties of kid-land: the stakes are higher than they seem and opting out is harder than you think, writes Emily Hourican.
# Discipline
Three-quarters of Irish people don't believe slapping children works
Two children’s rights groups want the practice outlawed.
Column: Should I intervene if a child is having a tantrum?
Tantrums are hard. They’re hard on the child and on the parents – but what should you do if you see a stranger’s child having a tantrum? Sinéad Fox gives some tips.
Column: How to care for your relationship once you have a baby
No matter how much preparation you do, the reality of caring for your new baby can overwhelm you. Follow these tips to keep your relationship on track once your bundle of joy arrives, writes Martina Newe.
Column: Yes, I leave work on time – that doesn't mean I don't work hard
Employers need to ensure they’re not discriminating against working parents that are organised enough to leave at 5 o’clock – judge the output, not the hours, writes Andrea Mara.
# Let's Talk About Sex
The characteristics of the Parental Sex Talk
Aside from general embarrassment, of course.
# you're so vine
8 amazing Vines to celebrate the app's first birthday
Who knew six seconds could be so magical?
# four minutes
WATCH: How the child of a lesbian couple sums up Ireland's family laws
Angela O’Connell uses a four-minute speech – and her little boy’s family drawing – to argue for change.
# cats vs dogs
These parental techniques betray the true differences between dogs and cats
Well, are cats really the jerks? Yes, it seems they are.
Column: Five things I swore I'd never do if I had kids...
(… and guess how that worked out)
# One Parent Family
Shared parenting "penalised" as single parents receive 2014 tax credit certs
Tax credits for single parents are now only available to one parent regardless of custody arrangements.
# parents
Parents suffer broken bones in violent attacks by their children
Teenage issues and aggression are the most common reasons for calls to a helpline for parents in Ireland.
Column: Having ‘the’ chat with your children… how to talk about sex and puberty
Parents are often unsure about how much to say to their children about sex – and at what age – but a little preparation goes a long way, writes Martina Newe.
# Child's play
Parents adorably recreate movie scenes using their baby and some cardboard
Babies. What are they for, if not our amusement?
# get immunised
Irish boy contracts potentially fatal tetanus infection
The HSE are stressing the importance of vaccination against tetanus which causes death in between 10-25 per cent of cases.
# colours of the world
Artist colours in his children's drawings with magical results
This is true collaboration.
# Parenting
Growing up in Ireland: How stress and depression can impact on parenting
The latest report from the Growing Up in Ireland study has examined the role of parenting on infant development.
# Halloween
14 families who have totally nailed dressing up for Halloween
What, your family doesn’t dress up in immaculately made themed costumes?
# happy father day
Adorable dad freaks out over son's good maths grade
Now that’s parenting!
# the wooden spoon
The all-time scariest things your parents said to you as a kid
Quivering in our little boots, we were.
# hard labour
12 jobs that made your young life miserable
Parents, you are cruel.
# kid logic
3-year-old attempts to convince her dad to buy her My Little Ponies
She is very logical. And cold.
# Bullying
Parents to receive anti-bullying training under new scheme
Up to 70 anti-bullying classes will be run by the National Parents Councils after €40,000 in funding was made available by the Department of Education.
# grounded
9 small things that made your day as a kid (but probably don't anymore)
Great things come in small packages.
# Deja Vu
The Guide To Recreating Your Childhood Photos
Illustrated by some fantastic recreated childhood photos, appropriately enough.
Column: We should ban smacking – but we also need to help parents to do their job
Children’s charities want introduce legislation to ban smacking. That’s great – but it also needs to ensure parents get the balance right between positive parenting and discipline, writes Martina Newe.
# we'll see
9 frustrating phrases every Irish parent uses
‘We’ll see.’ Is there anything less satisfying?
# daddy dearest
Little girl loses it when she sees dad on Skype
She’s 20 months old, and she’s adorable.
# all by myself
Are you an only child? You'll understand these problems
Did you grow up without any brothers or sisters? We understand.
# now that's parenting
This is how you trick a kid into eating vegetables
It’s evil genius at its very best.