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Wayne McSweeney with son Christian (15), who has intellectual disabilities, and his daughter Molly, wife Jennifer and son Oisín. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Wayne McSweeney only agreed to take part in a programme for parents of adolescents with intellectual disabilities because he thought he might finally (...)

Talking to your children about what they are doing online as a normal part of everyday life is the best way to keep them safe and well, according to e(...)

The majority of cases of Covid-19 in Ireland in the past two weeks have been among the under-45s. Photograph: iStock

"It is hard to put your life on hold, especially when your adult life is potentially just before you,” the World Health Organisation’s Dr Mike Ryan sa(...)

As restrictions are slowly easing, there comes a whole new set of changes to navigate. Photograph: iStockphoto

The past four months have brought wide-ranging changes to all of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic, and the resultant lockdown measures, changed how we(...)

Try to find an assertive and respectful way to communicate your feelings and state what you need without being aggressive. Photograph: iStock

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung “How much more grievous are the consequences of (...)

A little planning and imagination will help to maintain harmony in your home over the coming weeks

In a previous incarnation, just before my first child was born, I left my job in the media and trained as a Montessori teacher. The plan was that I wo(...)

Eco-anxiety: the concern about what’s happening to the planet is a very real in the bodies of young and older people. File photograph: Roman Didkivskyi/iStock/Getty Images

The news is physical. That’s worth remembering when we read about rising levels of stress and anxiety in young people frightened by climate change. F(...)

The term ‘school refusal’ may conjure up the image of a brat who refuses point blank to go to school. However, it’s not usually a case of misbehaving

Almost 60,000 children in Ireland won’t have turned up for school today. Maybe they’re sick or unavoidably absent but many of them, despite the best e(...)

One of the key challenges for children with Aspergers and autism is learning the social skills to make and keep friends

Question: I have become worried about my 14-year-old son who has Aspergers syndrome. He has become much more anxious about going out and has dropped(...)

'I just wish she would open up and talk to us.' Photograph: iStock

Question: My 13-year-old daughter seems to be going through a hard time at the moment. She can fly off the handle and gets into big rows with me and e(...)

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