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'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis
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'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis

Aug 28th 2021, 12:05 AM 71,493 Views 47 Comments
  • Every year, tens of thousands of parents around the country seek out childcare, but many say it has become an increasingly difficult search.
  • We asked readers to share their experiences and struggles with childcare in Ireland.
  • Here are their stories, collected by Lauren Boland.
Have you faced difficulties finding childcare for your young child? We want to hear your story
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Have you faced difficulties finding childcare for your young child? We want to hear your story

Aug 26th 2021, 11:27 AM 14,659 Views 17 Comments

We want to piece together the picture of what finding childcare looks like in Ireland – here’s how you can take part.

Ciara Attwell of My Fussy Eater shares tips and recipes to simplify family food
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Ciara Attwell of My Fussy Eater shares tips and recipes to simplify family food

Mar 13th 2021, 7:30 AM 16,710 Views 2 Comments

The busy mum shares some handy ways to speed up the cooking and serving of healthy family meals.

Opinion: Maternity leave in lockdown was no picnic, so please don't forget new parents
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Opinion: Maternity leave in lockdown was no picnic, so please don't forget new parents

Jul 17th 2020, 7:00 AM 31,614 Views 53 Comments

New mother Patrice Hosford is asking the government to improve the leave entitlements currently available to new parents.

Column: 'We're worried our son will become an orphan due to our lack of rights'
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Column: 'We're worried our son will become an orphan due to our lack of rights'

Nov 6th 2019, 8:30 PM 23,046 Views 83 Comments

LGBT couple, Gabriela and Kelly Socol, are fighting for parental rights and equality for their family.

'What we have in Ireland is not equal': Same-sex parents call for more legal rights to their children
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'What we have in Ireland is not equal': Same-sex parents call for more legal rights to their children

Oct 21st 2019, 2:32 PM 20,767 Views 68 Comments

The protest was held this afternoon outside the Department of Health building in Dublin.

Column: Top tips for parents to avoid a holiday from hell this summer
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Column: Top tips for parents to avoid a holiday from hell this summer

Jun 2nd 2019, 8:30 PM 25,698 Views 8 Comments

They may be the apple of your eye but a break from the little darlings might just be the best part of your holiday, writes Shane Dunphy.

Opinion: Claims culture is out of control - as play centres close due to being sued for kids falling
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Opinion: Claims culture is out of control - as play centres close due to being sued for kids falling

Mar 10th 2019, 6:00 AM 37,009 Views 65 Comments

Kids fall, that is what they do, it can happen anywhere. If they fall at Granny’s – do we sue the pants off Granny?

Opinion: How to deal with your child's fear of the monsters under the bed
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Opinion: How to deal with your child's fear of the monsters under the bed

Mar 3rd 2019, 4:00 PM 13,146 Views 21 Comments

Philippa Perry writes about how not to shut children down, which might only encourage them not to talk to you about big and small things.

Opinion: You might need to simplify your child's lunch so they actually eat it
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Opinion: You might need to simplify your child's lunch so they actually eat it

Jan 27th 2019, 1:00 PM 28,323 Views 31 Comments

A white bread sandwich in the belly is better than a vegan curry in the bin, writes Mary McCarthy.

'Helicopter parents: If you let your child fall down they might just learn to get back up again'
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'Helicopter parents: If you let your child fall down they might just learn to get back up again'

Jan 20th 2019, 8:00 PM 40,382 Views 53 Comments

21st-century parenting is the reason that many young people today have remarkably poor coping skills, writes Shane Dunphy.

Opinion: If you are planning on passing off your unwanted junk food as presents - stop!
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Opinion: If you are planning on passing off your unwanted junk food as presents - stop!

Jan 19th 2019, 6:00 PM 53,950 Views 33 Comments

With the majority of Irish adults overweight and children’s tooth decay on the rise, its time to think about the real cost giving sugary gifts, writes Mary McCarthy.

Cry for help as new group says services for children of alcoholics are 'non-existent'
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Cry for help as new group says services for children of alcoholics are 'non-existent'

Jan 17th 2019, 8:18 PM 10,507 Views 10 Comments

Children experiencing a parent’s misuse of alcohol can often be dismissed as acting out.

Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law
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Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law

Jan 11th 2019, 11:06 AM 18,760 Views 105 Comments

The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.

Opinion: Top five parenting tips to surviving Christmas
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Opinion: Top five parenting tips to surviving Christmas

Dec 25th 2018, 12:00 PM 13,508 Views 11 Comments

Striving for a picture perfect Christmas will bring certain disappointment, as a parent aiming for survival is much more realistic, writes Shane Dunphy.

Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight: Christmas can be a nightmare of anxiety for children with autism
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Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight: Christmas can be a nightmare of anxiety for children with autism

Dec 24th 2018, 7:00 AM 12,944 Views 20 Comments

The wish for all families is that they have their perfect Christmas but that may mean adjusting expectations to find what works in a family with autism, writes Tara Matthews.

Expert tips for parents who discover that their teenager drinks alcohol
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Expert tips for parents who discover that their teenager drinks alcohol

Dec 23rd 2018, 8:30 AM 17,910 Views 17 Comments

Teenagers will always push the boundaries, here is what you should do if you find out your teen is drinking over the holiday period, writes Dr Gerry McCarney.

Opinion: The Supermum myth needs to be exposed
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Opinion: The Supermum myth needs to be exposed

Nov 11th 2018, 7:30 PM 44,552 Views 47 Comments

I can’t and won’t hide the fact that I find being Mum really tough, writes Geraldine Walsh

Robot babysitters and poop-predicting nappies: Here's the future of being a good parent
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Robot babysitters and poop-predicting nappies: Here's the future of being a good parent

Sep 23rd 2018, 8:30 PM 13,864 Views 12 Comments

Sadly you’ll still have to do the actual nappy-changing yourself.

'When a sick baby with partial facial paralysis smiles, it’s golden. Especially if it’s my baby'
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'When a sick baby with partial facial paralysis smiles, it’s golden. Especially if it’s my baby'

Sep 18th 2018, 2:17 PM 21,351 Views 9 Comments

Actor Rob Delaney has written a powerful essay about the death of his two-year-old son.

'I won’t ever be able to understand exactly how the HPV vaccine works. So as a parent I have to trust the experts'
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'I won’t ever be able to understand exactly how the HPV vaccine works. So as a parent I have to trust the experts'

Sep 3rd 2018, 7:00 AM 17,476 Views 130 Comments

The desire to protect and care for your child is indescribable, writes Eric Nolan. And that means doing your best to keep them safe.

People are describing parenting in 5 words or less, and it's as accurate as it gets
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# 5 Words Or Less

People are describing parenting in 5 words or less, and it's as accurate as it gets

Aug 17th 2018, 5:34 PM 6,826 Views 1 Comment

‘I just sat in pee.’

Aptamil says there are 'no safety issues' with milk formula after claims it made babies sick
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Aptamil says there are 'no safety issues' with milk formula after claims it made babies sick

Jul 20th 2018, 6:35 PM 29,619 Views 39 Comments

French food group Danone, who manufacture the product, launched an investigation this month following hundreds of complaints from parents.

When the baby blues don't go away: How I recognised the signs of post-natal depression
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When the baby blues don't go away: How I recognised the signs of post-natal depression

Jul 17th 2018, 5:35 PM 3,410 Views 1 Comment

Sheena McGinley on the overwhelming experience of new parenthood – and the moment she realised that she needed help.

'It's physically and mentally exhausting. I can't be off guard': The life of a single parent carer
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'It's physically and mentally exhausting. I can't be off guard': The life of a single parent carer

Jun 10th 2018, 9:00 PM 23,274 Views 40 Comments

Next week is National Carers Week, highlighting the experiences of thousands of family carers across Ireland that look their loved ones.

Column: 'Don’t judge a commuting parent. Smile at that noisy toddler'
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Column: 'Don’t judge a commuting parent. Smile at that noisy toddler'

Apr 22nd 2018, 7:30 PM 31,926 Views 44 Comments

I sound begrudging but the harsh looks and disapproving glances made me angry, writes Geraldine Walsh.

'I dread registering my child because I can't put his other parent on the birth certificate'
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'I dread registering my child because I can't put his other parent on the birth certificate'

Feb 3rd 2018, 7:30 PM 77,990 Views 84 Comments

It breaks my heart that a member of our little family is being left out of the first document our son has to declare his status as an Irish citizen, writes Sarah Stone McDevitt.

'People don't realise how dangerous it is for kids': Students develop alarm to stop hot car deaths
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'People don't realise how dangerous it is for kids': Students develop alarm to stop hot car deaths

Jan 12th 2018, 6:30 AM 8,332 Views 9 Comments

It alerts a child’s parents if they are left in a car.

Danish mother says she's still stung by 1997 arrest for leaving baby outside New York restaurant
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Danish mother says she's still stung by 1997 arrest for leaving baby outside New York restaurant

Dec 30th 2017, 10:30 AM 46,523 Views 77 Comments

The incident sparked an international debate about parenting styles.

8 modern parenting worries my own mum never had to deal with
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8 modern parenting worries my own mum never had to deal with

Nov 22nd 2017, 4:49 PM 8,428 Views 7 Comments

My parents didn’t care about superfoods or screen time, writes Chrissie Russell.

Don't make children hug relatives, US Girl Scouts warns parents ahead of Thanksgiving
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Don't make children hug relatives, US Girl Scouts warns parents ahead of Thanksgiving

Nov 22nd 2017, 10:44 AM 26,379 Views 128 Comments

“We know that some adults prey on children, and teaching your daughter about consent early on can help her understand her rights.”

I'm having a second child. What's the best way to tell my first?
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I'm having a second child. What's the best way to tell my first?

Nov 15th 2017, 5:35 PM 2,940 Views 1 Comment

Chrissie Russell has a baby on the way and a curious three-year-old. So she asked for some expert advice.

The average age for a mother to give birth in Ireland is 32.5 years old
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The average age for a mother to give birth in Ireland is 32.5 years old

Nov 1st 2017, 10:53 AM 21,192 Views 42 Comments

The number of teenage mothers has fallen by 50% between 2005 and 2015.

Opinion: 'An active child does not necessarily mean a fit child'
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Opinion: 'An active child does not necessarily mean a fit child'

Oct 3rd 2017, 6:30 AM 8,480 Views 26 Comments

Unhealthy children are one of the biggest risks to a nation’s health, writes Professor Craig Williams.

10 devastatingly effective white lies I've used on my kids
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10 devastatingly effective white lies I've used on my kids

Sep 27th 2017, 4:53 PM 7,653 Views 7 Comments

Well, MOSTLY devastatingly effective.

Chrissy Teigen asked mams to share the meanest thing their kid has ever said
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# So Harsh

Chrissy Teigen asked mams to share the meanest thing their kid has ever said

Sep 24th 2017, 9:44 AM 8,519 Views 0 Comments

The results were fantastic.

Poll: Would you be a stay-at-home parent if money was no object?
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Poll: Would you be a stay-at-home parent if money was no object?

Sep 21st 2017, 11:05 AM 29,044 Views 134 Comments

If money were no issue, would you prefer to spend all your time with your child?

This is why I'm against... homework
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This is why I'm against... homework

Sep 18th 2017, 6:30 AM 38,858 Views 76 Comments

We are all busier these days. Quality time is at a premium. Let’s get rid of the homework and build in more family activity time, writes Eric Nolan.

5 never-ending arguments every couple with kids has had
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5 never-ending arguments every couple with kids has had

Aug 9th 2017, 4:26 PM 9,600 Views 3 Comments

There’s no winner in the endless ‘who is more tired’ row, laments Ciara McDonnell.

Good news for families: Over 5,000 extra childcare places to be created
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Good news for families: Over 5,000 extra childcare places to be created

Aug 1st 2017, 4:35 PM 21,984 Views 55 Comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he hopes to expand the subsidy scheme to more families in the future.

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