A boy in the care of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, may not be able to attend primary school if he is not supplied with a special needs assistant, Dublin District Family Court heard. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

(...) second, independent, parenting capacity assessment, which assesses parents’ strengths and weaknesses, to(...)

Ryan Quinn (11) from Lucan, National BMX Champion two years running. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times
Sporting an Olympic dream

It’s an Olympic year and the Games in Rio this August will start many a child dreaming that they could be an Olympian some day. Here’s a look at six s(...)

There are particular trigger situations for young people with Tourette’s such as stressful situations or particular social situations. If you can identify these triggers with your son, you can explore different strategies he can employ to manage them.Photograph: Thinkstock

If you have a parenting question, send your query to health@irishtimes.com (...)

The first man to see my second child emerge into the world wasn’t my husband. That honour, if you will, fell to Dave the paramedic. Not that this was (...)

Writer, Joe Griffin and his (six day old) daughter Alice, at home in Cabra, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I should get my disclaimer in early here: obviously childbirth is infinitely more traumatic and profound for the mother than for the father. We men d(...)

Most maternity care in Ireland is obstetrician-led care in hospitals, but with midwives in attendance during labour and birth.

While many changes are promised by the National Maternity Strategy published in January, birthing options, and conditions, currently vary greatly acro(...)

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(...) on all his relationships. For many couples, these early years of parenting are frantic, and the(...)

 Emilia Douglas, wearing a cloth nappy.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Five Advantages Green friendly: You aren’t dumping 3,000 disposables into landfill and hoping they break down some time before the third century passe(...)

Prof Alf Nicholson and Gráinne O’Malley at Temple Street hospital: they have produced an updated  edition of their book ‘When your Child is Sick’  to help parents deal with childhood illness. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

(...) their own abilities to handle such minor childhood illnesses. In this era of paranoid parenting, we are(...)

Emilia Douglas wearing a cloth nappy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Buried in a photo album in my parents’ house, there’s a picture of me as a young baby, sitting in a terrycloth nappy and sporting some rather fetchin(...)