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#Parenting

11 solid reasons why parents should never be messed with

These are ALMOST worse than the wooden spoon. Almost.

Creative mum turns kid's wall scribble into a work of art

There’s making the best of a bad situation, and then there’s this.

Multitasking mum gives birth while registering her son at school

Enter with one kid, leave with two.

From TheJournal.ie Stay at Home Dads: I was put through things a mother would never face to get custody Stay At Home Dad

Stay at Home Dads: I was put through things a mother would never face to get custody

I went through a long stressful time in the Family Law Courts trying in vain to get custody of of my children – but it was worth it.

From TheJournal.ie Stay at Home Dads: 'For now, this is my career. My daughter is my priority.' Fathers

Stay at Home Dads: 'For now, this is my career. My daughter is my priority.'

As for the future, I will go back to work, in my own time. I feel the pressure of not having a “career” right now.

From TheJournal.ie Motherhood and Work: 'Why do more women than men stay at home with children?' BALANCING ACT

Motherhood and Work: 'Why do more women than men stay at home with children?'

Overall, more women than men stay at home to raise children (at least for a short while). But why?

From TheJournal.ie Motherhood and Work: Practical tips for returning to the office after maternity leave BALANCING ACT

Motherhood and Work: Practical tips for returning to the office after maternity leave

For some the end of maternity leave is a sad time, for others it’s something to look forward to – either way there are some practical steps to manage that transition.

Mum displays infinite patience trying to get her twin boys to sleep

Is this what happens when you become a parent?

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Why do people continue to do 'the hardest job in the world'? True Love

Opinion: Why do people continue to do 'the hardest job in the world'?

Parenting can be very tough – and thankfully more people are being honest about that – but let’s not forget about the good stuff.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I admit it, I'm an Apple Parent... are you? Parenting

Opinion: I admit it, I'm an Apple Parent... are you?

When the need arises to soothe, calm, occupy, or otherwise try to obtain some peace from the kids we break out the tablets.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Struggling to entertain the kids over the summer holidays? Children

Opinion: Struggling to entertain the kids over the summer holidays?

One of the things I love about the summer holidays is the fact that there are no rules – we are at nobody else’s beck and call.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Why I hate the part of me that needs to return to work 9 To 5

Opinion: Why I hate the part of me that needs to return to work

I realised that part of me needs to go back to work, for my sanity as much as my bank balance.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We can't afford NOT to invest in childcare and early education Childhood Education

Opinion: We can't afford NOT to invest in childcare and early education

Crèche fees in Ireland are among the highest in Europe – but that is no guarantee children are being well cared for.

From TheJournal.ie How much does it cost to send your kid to school? Charity

How much does it cost to send your kid to school?

Barnardos wants to know about the price of socks, PE clothes and tablets.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Post Natal Depression – should it discourage you from ‘going again’? Pregnancy And Depression

Opinion: Post Natal Depression – should it discourage you from ‘going again’?

Literally tens of thousands of women out there must find themselves in a similar predicament to my own. Yet I have never seen or heard it openly discussed. Ever.

From TheJournal.ie Beauty, food and parenting: the top themes of Irish blogs Sharing Is Caring

Beauty, food and parenting: the top themes of Irish blogs

A new survey of Irish bloggers has found that a quarter earn money from their blog, while all say they write from personal experience.

From TheJournal.ie Have you ever kept a pregnancy hidden? You're not alone Mother And Baby

Have you ever kept a pregnancy hidden? You're not alone

And TCD’s School of Nursing and Midwifery wants to hear from women who have.

What's the most embarrassing thing your child has done in a supermarket?

Never darken the doors of Tesco again.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: An apology on Father’s Day (or oops! I did it again!) Family

Opinion: An apology on Father’s Day (or oops! I did it again!)

Mums, let us take a vow to truly appreciate every father’s parenting style.

From TheJournal.ie WATCH: Here's what Irish dads mean to their children Sponsored

WATCH: Here's what Irish dads mean to their children

What makes a good father – and how will you let him know tomorrow?

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I'm not genetically linked to my son or daughter but, honestly, it just doesn't matter Having Children

Opinion: I'm not genetically linked to my son or daughter but, honestly, it just doesn't matter

Dealing with my own infertility and the emotional journey that is IVF was full of anguish, but now we have our beautiful twins – and I love them so much it’s overwhelming.

From TheJournal.ie Jack and Emily remain top dogs but celebrity babies make their mark Baby Names

7 ways your parents TOTALLY ruined your teenage life

It’s NOT FAIR. I didn’t ASK to be born.

15 amazingly innovative parenting tips you never knew you needed

Internet 1, Supernanny 0.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Is there really a glass ceiling for women in the workplace – or is it just for mothers? Opinion

Column: Is there really a glass ceiling for women in the workplace – or is it just for mothers?

The ‘glass ceiling’ is less to do with being a woman and more to do with having to care for small children.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Are parents today too protective of their children? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are parents today too protective of their children?

Experts say we’re wrapping our kids up in cotton wool and that’s bad for them. What do you think?

From TheJournal.ie Column: OK, I confess – I was a terrible mother Mothers' Day

Column: OK, I confess – I was a terrible mother

No more shall the mysteries of motherhood remain secret! Orla Breeze shares some words of wisdom for Mother’s Day.

13 things that Irish mammies know are complete notions

YOU THERE! Do you have notions above your station?

7 moments when the Irish Mammy is worth her salt

What would you do without her?

From TheJournal.ie Column: Motherhood, guilt and the fantasy of 'choice' Guilt Trip

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Outnumbered ... how many kids is too many? Bring It On Baby

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?

From TheJournal.ie Column: The 'Mammy Wars' – do we judge each others' choices? Mammy Wars

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?

From TheJournal.ie Column: Bye, Bye Babycinno – why I'm ditching my child's favourite treat Spilled Milk

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Playground etiquette and other mysteries Child's Play

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Parenting and the Seven Deadly Sins 7 Deadly Sins

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Would you correct another person’s child? Child's Play

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Motherhood, feminism and the big decision Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Think playdates are all fun and games? Think again. Child's Play

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.