Peadar Maxwell

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Tusla, the State’s child and family agency, strongly advises parents not to take children out of school for holidays during the school year. Photograph: iStock

It’s almost summer and the cost of taking a holiday is set to soar. For many parents, there’s a dilemma: do you skip school early to take advantage of(...)

Lena Wilhare: her grandparents, dad and and uncle run Mulroy Bay Mussels, in Co Donegal. Photograph: Twitter

She may be blissfully unaware of the attention, but little Lena Wilhare has become something of a Twitter sensation. The 21-month-old from Donegal was(...)

Everyone knows that dogs are our best friends – loyal, loving and instinctively sensing when their owner is down and in need of some company. But our(...)

Heaven and hell: the balcony of our first apartment overlooked a building site; our second apartment had the views we thought we’d booked in the first place

My family and I were looking forward to our holiday in a self-catering apartment overlooking the sea in a small Spanish town. The photographs looked i(...)

Surveys indicate that pupils in all-girls schools are more likely to feel exam stress and feel negative towards school. Photograph: Getty Images

There is a popular notion that single-sex education is better for students, and particularly for girls. The extensive body of research into the relati(...)

Jennifer Ryan with her husband and son who was not really big on Japan

‘Can we afford this?” asked my husband, as the cursor hovered over the “okay”’ button on the airline’s website. “How the hell do I know?” was my less(...)

The Cullen children, Joshua, Kayleigh, Leon, Amelia and Cara, who range in age from 16 to five: Their mother, Jessica Cullen, believes 10 is the best age for a child to have a phone

These days everyone has a smartphone and many are addicted to it – checking for updates, surfing the net and sending messages (mostly inane) have beco(...)

Child psychologist Peadar Maxwell says parents shouldn’t beat themselves up about a lack of expensive holidays.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well it can be for those who can afford to jet away to the sun or sign their children up to every summer camp and a(...)

When your child has joined a website, talk about having a think-before-you-post policy. Have them think about everyone in their school reading the post before they decide to make it public

When I was a kid, the contact I had with my friends was mostly face-to-face or with grudging parental consent, on the family phone. Today’s youngsters(...)

Peadar Maxwell is a  senior psychologist within the HSE in Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

I am the senior psychologist in a primary care child and adolescent psychology team within the Health Service Executive in Wexford. We assess and trea(...)

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