I have fleeting moments where I feel wise or calm or in control but, most of the time, I’m winging it. Photograph: iStock

The one thing you can do to improve your life right now. The two simple rules for a life with no regrets. The three things that make a relationship gr(...)

‘Is it always this crowded? It’s a disgrace,’ says Pink Jumper, making a show of rummaging in her bag, while the ticket inspector waits. ‘You’d really want to put an extra carriage on.’

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As a parent, it is hard not to wonder exactly what you’re doing when you put a smartphone into your child’s hands for the first time. Photograph: iStock

This isn’t going to be easy Saturday morning reading. These are things that are difficult to talk about, difficult to think about. The boy was 14 yea(...)

“Parenting a newborn is like finding yourself in a Beckett play: you’ve no idea what you’re doing or what it all means or how it’s going to end, so you just turn up and muddle through.”

I must be doing something wrong, because here I am again: back at the GP’s surgery. I was never going to be one of those parents – uptight, overwrough(...)

Sleeplessness is this year’s gluten intolerance: it’s the latest, tediously fashionable affliction of the worried well. Photograph: iStock

In keeping with the mood of our times, I am sleepless. The supply of little blue pills I bought over the counter in America is running low. I could b(...)

 ‘To try to get the children off screens, we’ve tried relaxed self-regulation; strict, top-down governance; old-fashioned bribery’. Photograph: istock

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The Catholic Church’s 31 page document rejecting gender fluidity landed during Pride month.  File photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

It was in a beautiful little church by the sea in Italy that I very nearly didn’t get married 16 years ago. While my wedding plans were falling apart(...)

Project Parenthood means pouring every particle of ourselves into transforming these small humans into functioning bigger ones. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

I have just passed my favourite sight in the whole of Ireland when my son calls to ask me to pick up ketchup. My favourite sight on the island – bette(...)

A real woman’s 'summer readiness' wish list has never had anything much in common with the fantasies that magazines keep trying to peddle us

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Kitchen in Node Living Dublin  Photograph: Miki Barlok

If there was a single sight to encapsulate the dramatic changes to the fabric of the capital city over the past two decades, I suspect I’m looking at (...)

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