Ask an expert: What’s the best way to quickly potty train my toddler?

Potty training expert Amanda Jenner explains the best way to toilet train a child is by spotting the right signs, using rewards & making it all fun.

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Artificial parenting: New horror story

One of our few constants is that we invent excuses, devise one pass-time or another so we might interact with like-minded souls. No matter how committed an individual is to one

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Learning Points: ‘We broke up and I feel like I’ve let our son down’

I really need help with my teenage son. I recently went through a very difficult separation, we are still not out of it yet but things are

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Mum's the Word: Mom would have been a terrific grandmother to her namesake Joan

"See that dimple in Joan’s chin, mom had the exact same one!” Mom would have been a terrific grandmother to her namesake Joan

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Here’s how new parents can get more sleep, according to a Hollywood nanny

Nanny to the stars Connie Simpson, who’s helped celebs including George Clooney and Jessica Alba, shares tips on how new parents can get more shut-eye

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Diageo to give new fathers 26 weeks paternity leave

The drinks company will introduce the new paternity scheme from July 1.

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Lindsay Woods: 'We made the decision to separate the kids'

“GET OUT OF MY ROOM!” So went the Banshee shriek of my daughter.

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Baby steps: Why new mums, like Meghan, need to take exercise slowly

New mums should follow in Meghan Markle’s footsteps and not fret about their baby tum during the weeks following childbirth, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Mum's the Word: Swimming against the tide to get space in the pool for the kids

See that dimple in Joan’s chin, mom had the exact same one!

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Learning Points: Give your child a bad label and he’ll live up to it

Parents often come into my clinic because living with their teenage son/daughter is incredibly problematic. They seek therapy after a particularly unpleasant experience. Those first few minutes of a session can be awkward, as each party tries to get their point of view across.

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Extending parental leave to 26 weeks should spark debate on four-day week for parents

The Government's decision to finally back new laws to extend unpaid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks should be the first step towards a national conversation on a four-day week for people with young families.

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Bill to extend parental leave due to pass in the Dáil

The Parental Leave Bill will come into force on September 1 this year.

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Effective family planning is critical for future of Indonesia

High fertility rates in the world’s fourth biggest country continue to pose a threat to the health of the nation and its prosperity, writes Jenna Dodson High fertility rates in the world’s fourth biggest country continue to pose a threat to the health of the nation and its prosperity, writes Jenna Dodson.

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Lindsay Woods: 'Kids sense when you need to use the loo, wash or mainline a packet of Jaffa cakes in the darkness of the utility room'

Watching a movie about being a parent, offers an entirely different perspective when you actually become one.

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Taking the chore out of homework has so many benefits

I THINK it would be safe to say that most of the kids and teens in Ireland do not look forward to homework and that it is a source of stress for parents to ensure it is getting done each night, writes Alison Curtis.

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Forgiveness allows you to break free from bad baggage

WITHOUT doubt one of the most significant themes I meet in the therapeutic setting is that of, forgiveness.

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Girls allowed: Making STEM subjects gender free

Helen O’Callaghan reports on moves to get more girls coding.

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Bryony Gordon: ‘You don’t need a degree in social media to empathise with your teenager’

Bestselling author and journalist Bryony Gordon talks about teenage angst, body image and how to like yourself in her first book for teens.

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Dad’s the word: Fathers and paternity leave

Parental Leave will offer fathers a chance to spend more time at home with their newborns. But it comes at an expense for many, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Playful parenting: 5 ways to help children learn through play

Play is a vital part of child development – and it’s fun for parents too. Lisa Salmon explains how to be a playtime pro.

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How to manage being a green parent without being a mean parent

When I was in my teens and 20 living in Canada I was active with groups who were raising money for various environmental projects.

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Pat Fitzpatrick on parenting: 'Imagine if I could check CCTV my phone and discover what really went on'

I GREW up on You are the Ref. The cartoon strip in Shoot (and later The Guardian) showed a tricky scenario on a soccer pitch, and asked you what decision the referee should make. The correct answer was provided at the end of the cartoon, by an actual referee.

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Going Solo: A single mum reveals the joy and sadness of choosing to have children without a father

Single mum Genevieve Roberts tells Lisa Salmon why she chose a sperm donor to father her beloved daughter and her unborn baby.

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Parents urged to remind themselves of symptoms of meningitis

Parents are being reminded to watch out for the signs of bacterial meningitis.

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New parental scheme could see firms discriminate when hiring new staff, ISME warn

A new parental leave scheme could see firms discriminate when hiring new staff, a body representing small and medium-sized enterprises has warned.

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New parental leave scheme: What it means for you and your baby

In November, a new parental leave scheme will come into effect, available to all new parents in employment or self-employment.

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Paid parental leave will help end ‘taboo’ of dads at home

Government plans to give new parents two weeks’ paid parental leave are needed to help end the “taboo” of fathers staying at home to mind their child, it has been claimed.

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Lindsay Woods: Easter break is like the amuse-bouche to the main event, the summer holidays

It has finally happened. We have gone from zero to 60 in no time at all.

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Learning Points: What to do when it turns out your child is the bully

The majority of children who bully are struggling with issues. Try to discover what it is that your child is dealing with, writes Richard Hogan

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‘Half of Irish mothers’ feel failure over ‘picture perfect’ parenting culture

The new global study has revealed that more than half of parents in Ireland feel like they are failing within the first year of parenthood.

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Living the first year in the parent trap

Maria Boyle’s ‘Newborn Identity’ is incredibly funny but does not shy away from the serious issues many mums will relate to, writes

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Dad's the word: We are Grand Masters of Empty Threats in our place

I threw a toy jeep into the general waste bin, where there was no chance of retrieval. And then the guilt hit. What kind of monster would do this to his own child? writes Pat Fitzpatrick

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'I used to berate myself': Initiative offers a helping hand for mams

‘Just for Mams’ is an initiative which aims to help improve the self-esteem of mothers, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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Family pride: What it takes to raise a family of four or more

Arlene Harris talks to mums about the challenges and joys of rearing a large family

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Many women face daily pressure to conform...but nowhere does this seem so intense as it does in motherhood

I HAVE read that a girl’s relationship with her father will predict her love life, and that with her mother will determine her relationship with herself.

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What I’ve learned from my children

Ahead of Mother’s Day Irish celebs reflect on the life lessons their kids have taught them.

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Dad's the word: I worry less about the kids, because I know my wife is all over that side of things

MY wife stood up, said “I can’t take this any more”, and walked out the door. I was left sitting in Costa with our son, his little friend from school and that friend’s dad. Myself and Other Dad shared a knowing glance and got back to talking about tracksuit quality.

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Ask an expert: Is my IVF child more likely to have behaviour problems?

Concerns that children born through fertility treatment are more likely to have behavioural issues are unfounded, says an academic.

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The clocks are changing soon: 10 things to do now to stop your child’s sleep going haywire

Ahead of our clocks going forward on Sunday March 31, The Children’s Sleep Charity gives some timely tips to Lisa Salmon.

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Tric Kearney: I wobbled away in need of a sit down. As life returned to my muscles, I vowed never again. It was time to move on

THERE’S always something lovely about a Friday, but today is an even more glorious Friday as it heralds St Patrick’s weekend and with it my birthday.

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Single mothers of young children among most important workers

Our lone parents have the second highest rate of severe, persistent poverty among lone parents across the 15 most developed EU countries

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LINDSAY WOODS: 'A Reeling in the Years of the television we watched as kids'

Recently, I sat down to watch an episode of a kid’s programme which mine have taken a shine to, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants. In truth, not the worst offering I’ve ever had to endure. In the Night Garden, can take that accolade.

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'Was this the first impression I wished to give my visitor?'

Last week I pressed ‘send’ to an email, before immediately regretting it as I walked into my kitchen. I’d just arranged a meeting with someone who’d never been to my house and my messy kitchen didn’t strike me as visitor friendly, writes Tric Kearney

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Baby blues: How to handle temper tantrums

Toddler tantrums are frustrating and exhausting for both parents and children. Use these tips from a child psychologist to help manage the meltdowns, says Lisa Salmon

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Learning Points: Five steps to achieve a better night’s sleep

In last week’s column I discussed sleep deprivation.

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Lindsay Woods: 'Are all the instances that kids today view as punishment, really what we adults view as utter indulgence?'

“Where are you going Mum?” enquired my son as I followed behind, giddily clearing two steps at a time with an ease which belied my dotage.

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New study looks at the impact on children of having a father in jail

A new study highlights the impact on children of having a father in jail - from domestic upheaval to their academic performance.

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Over 5000 people sign petition in support of the extension of unpaid Parental Leave

5,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to support the Bill to extend Parental Leave.

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As Joe Wicks begins to wean daughter Indie: 5 ways to make weaning more fun

The fitness guru is looking into solid foods for his firstborn – we share some advice.

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10 of the best podcasts for children

Put those digital devices to good use. Marjorie Brennan selects some great listening options for younger ears.

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Untying the Knot: How to divorce with love

Kate Gunn and her husband were determined that their break-up would be amicable, especially for the sake of their three children.

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Learning Points: My wife is having a baby and I’m stressed at work

I’m a 35-year-old accountant in one of the top firms in Dublin. I have always managed work stress well.

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Ask an expert: Will it harm my baby if I suck her dummy when she drops it?

An allergist tells Lisa Salmon why ‘cleaning’ a dummy with your own mouth could actually help prevent allergies.

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Parents must reclaim the central role if growing crisis among children is to end, suggests new book

Our hands-off approach to childrearing means kids are increasingly being led by their peers. It’s crucial parents reclaim their central role, a leading physician tells Helen O’Callaghan.

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What parents can learn from Mary Poppins

Practically perfect in every way, the strict-but-fun nanny has a lot to teach pressurised parents as they try to juggle it all over Christmas.

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Half of working parents less ambitious after starting a family, survey shows

Over half of working parents say that they became less ambitious in their careers after they started a family.

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Access all areas: New online passports for children

The new online renewal service for children’s passports is helping to streamline what is often a frustrating experience for parents, says Helen O’Callaghan

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Learning Points: Parents separating need not tear a family asunder

My 15-year-old son seems to be getting in a lot of trouble at the moment.

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10 ways to help children sleep better

As research shows children who use tech before bed can lose sleep as a result, experts give advice on how to help youngsters sleep soundly.

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