Frustration: ‘The most common, serious form of abuse in babies is babies being shaken and when we look at the causes of that, crying is very often the trigger.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

We all know babies cry – that’s how they communicate. But until you become a parent, you may not realise how piercing and persistent a baby’s crying c(...)

Children want to help with their sibling with special needs, but they also want a normal family life. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s tough to have to explain to friends that rooms in your house are locked because of your sister. And it’s not easy seeing people stare when you’r(...)

Dawn Connelly and Alan Cullen’s children, Dara, Holly and Rio, at their home in Edenderry, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

It’s the milk going through a tube into the tummy of one-year-old Holly Cullen that her brothers’ friends find most interesting when they come to visi(...)

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(...)

“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’(...)