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Daisy O’Connor (now 6), Holly O’Farrell (5) and their classmates  in their junior infants class in Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When Holly O’Farrell started “big school” 10 months ago, her mother, Helen, readily admits she was more emotional than her daughter, who was 4½ at (...)

The central issue is how your son might understand a potential diagnosis of OCD. Photograph: Thinkstock

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The €300,000 raised by Pyjama Day in preschool services earlier this year is being ploughed into ‘autism access’ training for staff, to support not only children with the condition but parents who have been unaware that their child is affected. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

One Co Cork preschool knew two children coming in at the beginning of the year were on the autism spectrum, but by the end of the year it turned out t(...)

Karen Leonard, family therapist: “There’s a lot of pressure on teenagers in terms of social media, the points system, their image and their sexuality.” Photograph:  Brian Farrell

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From left, Patricia Doherty, SNA, with Cian Corrigan-Griffin and his mother, Niamh Corrigan, at the ABC Club pre-school in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke

A bunch of preschoolers are dunking their toy cars into dishes of bright coloured paint and then gleefully running the wheels across blank pages of(...)

With gentle patience all children will learn to use the toilet, though it might be a bit later than you might have expected. Photograph: Thinkstock

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Longed for: Seven Years and Nine Months is about an Irish couple having a child through a surrogate mother

She needs a mother for life, not just for nine months. As an argument against same-sex marriage, the poster that so described surrogacy during the ref(...)

Conor Neill (6) with his class in the Doodle Den in St Michael’s Infants School in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

(...) in its work on a long-term basis. It says dozens of posts are being created to help deliver parenting(...)