Girls’ dissatisfaction with their bodies often stems from comparing themselves to friends in photographs and ‘selfies’ on social media, and they start restricting what they eat as a result. Photograph: Thinkstock

Social media puts huge pressure on young people to be thin and camera ready at all times and they don’t have the emotional maturity to deal with that,(...)

Model and basketball player, Emer Foley (left), with Katie Dennison and Megan Dempsey at the launch of a new programme “Free Being Me”, empowering girls through improving body confidence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Emer Foley was in third class at primary school when she began to be conscious that she was bigger than her friends. There was a weighing scale(...)

As one of my boys is 12 and prepubescent, I’m concerned about telling him about his dad before he has established his own sexual identity. Photograph: Thinkstock

(...) founder of the Parents Plus charity. He will be giving talks about positive parenting in Kilkenny on(...)

(...) related or unrelated to the child, an ever-increasing body of evidence shows that same-sex parenting is(...)

The Psychological Society of Ireland website.

ASA and other organisations had “concluded that there is no scientific evidence that parenting(...)

CCTV: Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum on CCTV at Gatwick Airport, on their way, it is thought, to join IS militants. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/AFP/Getty

When Owen Connolly heard on the radio about the three missing London teenagers who had boarded a flight to Istanbul, he had an all too familiar feelin(...)

Marriage referendum

(...) children are being raised by single mothers, he is wrong. Parenting alone is difficult enough. Let us get(...)

Ann Louise Gilligan and  Katherine Zappone: Their case  failed because the High Court ruled in December 2006 that the traditional definition of marriage was confined to opposite-sex couples. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

(...). Parenting ability In reality, the ability of an opposite-sex couple to procreate is the only ground of(...)

There are an estimated 1,400 critically ill children in Ireland, and 400 children are diagnosed with serious illness each year

Having a seriously ill child may upend a family’s priorities in life but there are still bills to pay. Terry and Brendan Ring know this more th(...)

Children feel great relief once their worries are expressed and heard by others (and they are not thought ‘mad’ for having them). Photograph: Thinkstock

(...) 19th, and positive parenting in Kilkenny on Monday, March 30th. See (...)