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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# parents

All time
# Courts
School told it must enrol boy (6) it deems "an unacceptable risk" to other students
A school has asked to overturn a direction that compels it to enrol him.
'My four year old is ready to start school, but am I?'
Claire Micks writes about her memories of her first days of school and how she now feels about her daughter starting ‘Big School’.
# Big School
They grow up so fast: It's the first day of school for Ireland’s infants
It’s an emotional day.
# Gayby Baby
Contoversy in Australia over new film about kids with gay parents
“During school hours we expect them to be doing maths and English and curriculum matters.”
# top dad
This dad's sweet reaction to his son buying an Ariel doll is going viral
“How do you think a dad feels when his son wants to get this? YEAH!”
# martin's life
Hilarious Cork animation about Irish parents to be screened at US festivals
Macauley Culkit.
# tremendous twos
9 realities that will bring people with toddlers to their knees
“Silence is golden, unless you have a toddler. Then it’s suspicious”.
# bleugh
'Fussy eater' kids more likely to have mental health issues
This is the case with children who display severe or moderate selected eating.
New parent struggling to keep your relationship alive? Don't worry, you're not the only one
Having a baby is a stressful experience that challenges even the best of relationships. When it comes to staying connected, small loving gestures mean everything.
# parents
Here is what the government outline of childcare could mean for you
Recommendations include extending the Early Child Care Education scheme and capping childcare fees.
# Your Say
Poll: Should schools be forced to allow generic uniforms?
Many schools across the country only allow specialised uniforms from one particular shop. Should this be allowed?
# liesivetoldmyparents
People are sharing the lies they constantly tell their parents
There won’t be any alcohol there.
# Berkeley
Eimear Walsh funeral hears of kind-hearted, generous and fun-loving young woman
Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the life of the 21-year-old woman in Foxrock today.
Don't push your children into careers they're not suited for – it can backfire
It can be hard to do, but sometimes we should back off and let young people make their own decisions.
# work around
The website for under-sixes free GP care is down, but it is still possible to register
The service has been experiencing a large volume of traffic this morning.
# Support
Karen Buckley's parents: 'We're still in shock, it sometimes feels like all of this isn’t real'
Karen Buckley’s parents have expressed thanks for the support they received over recent weeks.
How much do you value the people who take care of your children?
Marian Quinn, Chairperson of the Association of Childhood Professionals explains why thousands of childhood professionals are taking to the streets across the country this weekend.
# Right to die
European court rules French doctors can turn off Vincent Lambert's life support
The man’s parents had been fighting to keep him on life support though his wife had said he would not want to be kept alive.
# bookmark or get stuck in
3 Midweek Longreads: Can this controversial child experiment end racism?
Longreads to savour or save.
# making a difference
Want to start a childcare business with a difference? This man knows how
Ciaran Flynn’s Childpaths sprung from his experience as a parent. There’s plenty of room for original ideas in Ireland’s childcare industry…
# sh*t kids say
Jimmy Kimmel asked kids which parent they love more and they had no bother picking
What’s wrong with dad :(
'A country girl – big hopes, big plans': Karen Buckley is laid to rest in Cork
Karen’s three brothers presented symbols of their sister to the alter to represent her life.
# eat up
Are your little ones fussy eaters? Here's how to make dinnertime feel less like a raging battle
Child and adolescent psychotherapist Colman Noctor gave us some top tips for parents.
# bringbackourgirls
Empire State Building to turn red and purple for #BringBackOurGirls campaign
One year on, the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria are still missing
# Think of the Children
Attention parents: We'll have an expert in for a LIVE Q&A to answer your questions
Are you having problems with your little ones? Ask the expert…
# Everyday sexism
Big Hero 6 merchandise doesn't feature the girl characters and parents aren't happy
Because boys think girls are “yuck” apparently.
# United States
Father and seven children found dead 'after generator filled house with carbon monoxide'
The official cause of death is still under investigation.
# like father like baby
Watch this Dad bond with his baby by adorably emulating her every move
# little hero
'Our little boy always wanted to be a superhero and he became one in death'
Ben Canty died aged just six years old. His organs were donated to five other people.
# Hong Kong
Man jailed for life after salting and cooking his parents
The jury was told how the 31-year-old packed parts of their bodies into lunchboxes “like barbecued pork”.
The rights of unmarried fathers are being changed – but is it enough?
Unmarried fathers in Ireland need greater clarity when it comes to their rights
# Quiz
What Kind Of Parent Will You Be?
Are you ready?
# get it together
Want to help your kids survive in today's world? Teach them to cop on
The fake Internet world our children are growing up in is making them more vulnerable in the real world – but you can help.
# married to myself
Woman's parents secretly put her on a marriage website, she retaliates perfectly
Excellently done.
# Gay Marriage
15-year-old with gay dads wrote to Ray D'arcy, 'How can anyone say my family isn’t ideal?'
The teenager added that she has yet to meet a homophobic teenager or child and that it’s just some adults with a problem.
# pupils
'Parents pay hundreds in voluntary contributions but don't know where the money is going'
Sinn Féin is calling for more transparency in these payments.
The Government’s reaction to our childcare crisis: divide and conquer
By pitching different segments of the electorate against each other, the Government can effectively wash its hands of the problem.
'I mistakenly believed I had legal rights to my own children'
New legislation being published today will give protections to non-traditonal Irish families.
# conception
Trying for a baby? You should both give up the booze now
Revised information from experts outlines the impact of drinking alcohol on a baby’s development.
# Portiuncula
'I hoped it was just nature and that we were just unlucky, but no'
A report was compiled into the care provided to a young child at Poriuncula Hospital without the knowledge of his parents.