Adult supervision casts a long shadow over children now – to and from school, in the playground, in sport and at other leisure activities. Parents wa(...)

Teenagers are entitled to use social media without parental surveillance if they have earned that trust, says Colman Noctor, child and adolescent psychotherapist with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in Dublin. Photograph: Thinkstock

Whenever I hear another mother say her teenager “tells her everything”, my knee- jerk reaction is to think guiltily: “Where did I go wrong?” But that(...)

Goal setting to kick habits such as overindulging in wine should be SMART: S = Specific, M= Measurable; A = Attainable; R = Relevant and T = Time-bound

It was a fitting finale to eight weeks of interesting public talks. Nenagh GP Dr Pat Harrold’s talk on breaking bad habits went down well, to cap off (...)

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

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(...)

Sarah O’Doherty, child clinical psychologist says parents need to communicate regularly with their children. Photograph: Getty Images

Parenting strategies such as the so-called “naughty step”, star charts, reward systems or sending teenagers to their rooms to curb bad behaviour are o(...)

A lot of tweens appear older than their age now – ‘they dress like older children and are all dolled up’ – and as a result there is a tendency for adults to overestimate their maturity. Photograph: Thinkstock

A new partnership between the world’s largest dedicated toy retailer and a popular jewellery and accessories chain is a telling reflection of the chan(...)

5th and 6th-year students in Drimnagh Castle who are involved in an anti-cyberbullying campaign, Let’s Kick it Out. Pictured from left: Eoin Byrne, Emmet Farrell, Thomas Maguire and Shaun McDonnell. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Teenagers’ lives now are akin to those of celebrities – they never know when they might be photographed and where those photos might appear.That’s an (...)

Ger Rowe (centre), youth worker BeLonGTo, with the Ladybirds group. Back row: Eileen, Donna, Alison and Stacy Lee. Front: Rachel and Sarah. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sarah was just 12 and a half years old and still in sixth class in primary school when she “came out” to her mother, Mandy.“I was really scared. I don(...)

‘I like that my kids enjoy music and love certain songs but I don’t want my impressionable kids to watch the videos for songs like Miley Cyrus’ latest hit or Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.’

Needless to say with parenthood comes great responsibility. You are shaping the future of your children and are constantly bombarded with do‘s and don(...)

Inform yourself about the technology your teenagers are using - it is part of your role as a parent, says clinical psychologist Sarah O’Doherty.

Inform yourself about the technology your teenagers are using - it is part of your role as a parent. That’s the advice of clinical psychologist Sarah (...)