One child treated in Temple Street hospital in Dublin weighed almost 30kg, double the average weight for their age-group. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

(...) services. “Childhood obesity has less to do with bad parenting than many believe. The families that I meet(...)

(...), reading books and occasionally moving a few feet to do a tiny bit of parenting before sitting back down(...)

A  search has begun  for a 30-year-old woman  with a ‘high risk’ pregnancy who failed to turn up at a hospital to have the delivery of her baby induced. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

(...) woman’s ability to parent, including evidence of neglectful parenting, eventual abandonment and(...)

 Maureen Smith with her son Seán and grandson Noah (12) at Sandymount, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

(...), psychotherapist and parenting columnist for The Irish Times (read the Smith family case study here). “There is far(...)

The Great Lakes team of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and the Southeast team from Northwood, South Carolina, compete at Lamade Stadium, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, during the ESPN-televised Little League World Series this month. Photograph: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images.

(...) that was equal parts a discussion about sport, a referendum on modern parenting and a reminder that(...)

 Parentline volunteers, Nora Given, Fiona Murray, Deirdre Curtin and Malcolm Argyle. Photograph: Sara Freund

(...) done”. The big difference between when she was raising her children and their parenting now is that(...)

Many sensitive children can become stressed by a ‘strict’ teacher. Photograph: Thinkstock Many sensitive children can become stressed by a ‘strict’ teacher. Photograph: Thinkstock

Cork on Friday, October 2nd, and a Positive Parenting Course starting in Dublin on Thursday, October 8(...)

 The mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro has been branded  “boorishly bigoted” by Elton John after he banned books about homosexuality from the city’s schools. Photograph: Awakening/Getty Images

(...) controversy comes amid wider debate in Italy on same-sex marriage and parenting. Since Ireland backed same(...)

 Ian Smith, Jodie Milne and Andrew Branagan, participants in the Future Voices programme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It took five months to find the body of Mairead Healy’s brother after he took his own life at the age of 21 in the River Foyle in Derry. Workin(...)

On the first day, follow the teacher’s lead about settling your child in the class, about how long to stay, and when to leave, and so on. Photograph: Thinkstock

(...) molehill. Indeed, it is a sign of good parenting when you are tuned into your child, and trying to(...)