Prof Pat Dolan, head of the Unesco Child and Family Research Centre in NUI Galway: ‘Most of us take our family support for granted. You notice it only when you don’t have it.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

One of the questions that went through the mind of Prof Pat Dolan when he heard about baby Maria, who was found abandoned on the side of a road in (...)

 Jolanta Burke, positive psychologist and PhD researcher at Trinity College Dublin, says that the kind of feedback you give a child is crucial.Photograph: Eric Luke

We all want our children to be happy and the temptation, in this era of “over-parenting”, is to rush in to try to fix their problems. A child down (...)