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‘Under Irish law, a person is a worker if they fit certain criteria: it doesn’t matter what name you give them,’ says Aoife Smith of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

The silence around the burgeoning use of au pairs in Ireland is not serving anyone well, says Aoife Smith of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRC(...)

Kathleen Lynskey with her children, Simon (left), Timmy (centre) and Liam, and Spanish au pair Noelia Herrero Vazquez. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Shortly before Spanish law student Agueda Palomino finished as an au pair in Co Galway last year, she suggested to the mother of the three children sh(...)

Teaching your child an alternative habit, like using a stress ball, can help with nail biting. Photograph: Thinkstock

If you have a parenting query, email your question for John Sharry to (...)

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Eimear Ruane blogs at on parenting and beauty at Two magic words: micellar(...)

“Do some people have two daddies and two mummies?” is another question that’s been thrown at me by my daughters

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St Ives harbour, Cornwall:   this part of England  gets the best weather, yet doesn’t get too hot for children. Photograph: Matt  Cardy/Getty Images

I am parenting my 12-year-old daughter on my own. Holidays are always a bit of a challenge as she(...)

While there is a very high rate of drop-out from sport and exercise among students in exam years, participation in sport is unlikely to affect exam performance negatively and may well have a positive impact. Photograph: Thinkstock 2:19

Some children dread the annual school sports day that is coming up any week now. They are probably the same youngsters who rejoice in wet Saturday mor(...)

Dance instructor Niamh Mullarkey with  Fit Kids Fit Teens in Mell Parish Hall, Drogheda, Co Louth. Photograph: Barry Cronin 2:19

Donnacha Lynch tried soccer and other sports as a child but didn’t really enjoy being part of a team. “The constant training and Saturday morni(...)

‘The reality is that the vast majority of children are raised by their biological parents and this will not change with a Yes vote. But the concept of parentage is much broader than biology.’ Photograph: Getty Images

(...) aunt, a grandparent or any person acting in a day-to-day parenting role. The social aspect of parenting(...)