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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# parents

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# Demon drink
"You feel invisible" - the Irish children suffering from their parents' abuse of alcohol
A new Oireachtas grouping is targeting the harm done to children by their parents’ alcohol abuse.
# curfew
14 memories that are too real for anyone who grew up with strict parents
“As long as you’re living under my roof…”
# big spenders
Parents splash out €836 on their child's First Communion, while kids rake in over €500
Some children are making more than €800.
# disney resort
The body of the 2-year-old boy dragged underwater by an alligator has been found
The family were on holiday when the incident happened.
# baby time
New parents to receive extra four weeks of parental leave
Two separate schemes are being rolled out.
# Courts
Young child taken from grandparents and put into foster care because of their age
“He is our pride and joy” – couple in their 60s devastated by Tusla decision.
# preparing for life
Children whose parents are mentored are less likely to be overweight or have lower IQs
That’s according to the results of a major early childhood intervention programme that was trialled in north Dublin.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Problems for non-religious parents, Finian McGrath’s smoking comments and the suspension of the Luas sick pay scheme…
# radio waves
There's a ruckus brewing in south Dublin over a mobile phone mast next to a kids' school
Parents say the proposed mast is a ‘risk they’re not willing to take’.
# intestate
Search to identify Prince's heirs as he died 'without a will'
Immediate decisions must be made about his business interests.
# summer grant
Bouncy castle death: "I never thought our beautiful angel would be taken away from us"
Summer Grant’s parents have released a statement about her death.
# needlework
"I wrote from anger": This hard-hitting Irish book is about tattoos and tragedy
We spoke to the author, Deirdre Sullivan.
Entertaining kids can be tough. Here's how to survive the playcentre
The holidays with the kids can be tough. Claire Micks has some advice about navigating the play centre.
Why are parents entrusting their child’s wellbeing to someone they are paying buttons to?
The issue of au pairs is a direct result of ridiculous childcare costs, writes Donal O’Keeffe.
# little ones
14 pictures that perfectly sum up parenting
In all its glory.
# i am the egg mam
Introducing the latest internet sensation: a man who throws eggs at/to his mother every day...
Lesser women would have ‘cracked’ under the pressure.
# i am the egg mam
This lad throws eggs to his unsuspecting mam every day, and it's weirdly hilarious
Lesser women would have cracked by now. (Sorry.)
# i love you sometimes
16 times little kids told parents exactly where they stand
Sometimes, you have to be cruel to be kind.
'Needles, doctors and hospitals have been a part of Colleen’s life for as long as she remembers'
Colleen’s mother commends the hospital staff for their work, but says her daughter has been left languishing on waiting lists for years.
'What's the big deal about Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch? There were 22 years between my parents'
The sarcastic comments about their upcoming marriage are petty and childish. Is it so difficult to believe that they might actually be in love and make each other laugh? asks Megan Roantree.
# cry baby cry
This greeting card for parents-to-be is cruel but hilarious
Back to life, back to reality…
14 wonderful David Bowie memories people share with their mams and dads
It’s a cross-generational sadness.
# parenting for dummies
Would you attend parenting classes? All British parents will be offered a course
David Cameron is to unveil the plans tomorrow.
‘The sudden death of my daughter changed my life forever'
When Valerie O’Riordan was told her daughter had died, she dropped to the ground.
# Help
'I've been punched, kicked, scratched - if I stay I'll be killed': Stories of Ireland's abused men
More than 2,000 men each year contact a service for male victims of domestic abuse in Ireland.
# when nature calls
This little boy interrupted his parents' wedding to tell them he needed a poo
When you gotta go, you gotta go.
# dear old dad
13 things Irish dads are guilty of doing
But still, we love them.
# hurrah for gin
This woman is documenting the realities of parenthood with hilarious comics
When nipping out to the shops alone is like a trip to the spa…
# where the heart is
10 things that always happen when you go Down Home
There better be a roast on.
'Some parents sadly believe that no one is good enough for their darling daughter or son'
It’s natural to want your kids to choose wisely and above all that they be happy and treated well. However, it’s also important for parents to stand back and let their children make their own choices, Bernadette Ryan.
# Courts
State to pay €60,000 settlement to Roma child who was taken from his parents
The young boy’s mother and father were suspected of not being his parents when he was first taken from their care.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the government ban parents from smacking their children?
Minister James Reilly is seeking a ban – do you agree with him?
'I'm sorry, there's no heartbeat': I thought it was my fault we lost our babies
Losing a baby through miscarriage, especially in your first trimester, is a very peculiar and isolated kind of grief. All I wanted was for people to acknowledge our loss and say ‘I am sorry ’.
Here's how to get your children feeling good about maths
‘I was never any good at maths’ attitude towards the subject needs to change, writes Sheila Donegan, who says maths is an important part of life.
We were better parents before smartphones
There’s something slightly tragic about the sight of a two -year-old tugging at his mother’s trouser leg as she scrolls or the kid who is perilously close to falling off the high bars as Dad checks the latest score, writes Claire Micks.
'You're an adult and your parents are fighting, but it's not your job to fix their relationship'
Regardless of your age, if your parents aren’t getting on or are separating, it’s not easy. It is often assumed that adult children can take it on the chin, but it is not that straight forward, writes Bernadette Ryan.
# do ya wanna
Parents are losing the rag over this book's cheeky name
But there’s just one problem…
# Parenthood
Find yourself saying ridiculous things to children? This Dad made a book about it
‘We do not poop in books’ and other words of wisdom.
# don't knock
All new parents will relate to the hilarious sign on this Mam's front door
“Only knock on this door if you’re Gary Barlow.”
# Wicklow
Family pay tribute to "lovable and popular" Millen (15) after his sudden death
He will be buried on Monday.