“There is far too much reliance on notes made available to download, which undermines independent research.” Photograph: Getty Images

I am sure my parents did not look forward to parent-teacher meetings when I was at school, as I was far from a model pupil. But whatever about having (...)

Children rehearse for their Christmas show at Stepping Stones Early Learning Centre, Ballynahown, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Small children shuffle shyly into place, the girls dressed in white with gold tinsel halos while the boys in dressing gowns have tea towels tied arou(...)

First twins born in Ireland as a result of the use of pre-implantation genetic screening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the day of her first appointment at a Dublin fertility clinic, Linda saw a sign in the waiting room inviting those who had had three or more faile(...)

There is evidence that exposing infants to a wide range of tastes at an early stage will lead to healthier eating later in life. Photograph: Thinkstock

‘Is this one of the worst wrong turns in the history of parenting advice?” was the rather dramatic introductory sentence in a New Scientist article la(...)

Keri Grant from Co Donegal: Keri has cooked Cajun chicken and berry pudding for almost every member of her extended family since attending the NCBI cookery classes. Photograph: A.S Photography

Science was one subject that Ann-Marie Byrne reckoned was out of the question for her daughter, Keisha, when she started secondary school. The mother’(...)

Don’t even think about inviting the whole class unless you have plenty of money – and space. Photograph: Thinkstock

We’re nearly three months into the school year and the birthday party season is in full swing when, for many children aged 12 and under, hardly a w(...)

Sheila O’Sullivan, who works with the Irish Heart Foundation and trains primary-school teachers in PE teaching. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Like many parents, Naomi del Pozo worries about how her two children are going to get the minimum hour’s physical exercise they need every day, now th(...)

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

There are a lot of angry and aggressive children out there, judging by the figures from Parentline for the first seven months of this year. It is the (...)

 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(...)

Ruth Harris, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, with her daughter, Lucy. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When Ruth Harris learned last January that she probably had some form of breast cancer, her first thoughts concerned how she was going to tell her (...)