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 (...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Olivia Mai and her husband, Bartek Typrowicz, with their children, Anya (6) and Nicholas (3), outside The Stork Exchange, at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

It used to be a handwritten postcard of an impossibly idyllic scene that did the job. Now multiple photos of colourful cocktails, happy, sandy-face(...)