Elaine Russell with her daughters Grace (11 months) and Laura (8)  at their home in Foxrock. Elaine has brought the UK organisation ‘Women Returners’ to Ireland and is pioneering the concept of ‘returnships’ with companies here. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“Children are young for such a short time” is an argument used both for and against the idea of a parent taking time out of the workplace to stay at h(...)

International athletics athlete Thomas Barr with students from Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So little time and so many teachers to talk to is a common complaint about teacher-parent meetings at secondary schools. But teachers of one subject a(...)

Colman Noctor,  child psychotherapist,  with his children Harry (2), Odhran (7), and Layla (4) at home in Co Wickow. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

This is part of series on the subject of burnout which continues next week in The Irish Times and on irishtimes.com. We would like to hear from reader(...)

Members of the Kerry Youth Dance  show TDs why arts necessary even in times of recession.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Will it be ballet or basketball? Chess or computers? Scouts or soccer? Music or martial arts? Or could my child possibly do all of the above? As prim(...)

Dee Pauley with some photographs of her mother, Eileen Crowley, who is now staying in a nursing home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deirdre Pauley still feels “massively” guilty about having to arrange for her mother to go into a nursing home. “It’s the hardest thing I have ever do(...)

Moving on up? “It is one of the first times you are going to have your beautiful child going into a situation that you can’t really control,” says teacher Ray Silke.

“Walking school bags” is one name for them. The first-year pupils arriving at their new secondary school, barely visible underneath a huge, brand new (...)

Michelle McKeever and her son Ronan. “Why I went to Family Hope was because it made so much sense,” she says. Photograph: Rashida Keenan

Four years ago Michelle McKeever and her husband Paul felt like prisoners in their own home as they tried to cope with their then three-year-old son w(...)

Andrew ‘Mouse’ Fleming with Children enjoying ‘Wild Kids’ Day’ organised by the children’s nature charity Owls at Turvey Nature Reserve, Donabate, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

We’ve all seen them. The families who rock up to some fabulous forest, coastal stretch or national park and don’t venture beyond the car-park – or the(...)

Dr Maeve Hurley, chief executive and co-founder of Ag Éisteach, speaking at the launch of its Able Training Programme for front-line workers. Photograph: Darragh Kane

We all know people who make us feel better about ourselves and more optimistic about life. Conversely there are others we encounter who leave us stres(...)

Conor Fogarty near his home in Sutton, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

For years Conor Fogarty (18) has dreamed of working at his local supermarket, a few minutes’ walk from the housing estate where he has grown up in Sut(...)