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Brendan Sweeney and daughter Theresa (4) outside her daycare centre in Copenhagen. ‘Before you even go into the building, they have set up portable wash-hand basins with running water and soap and paper towels,’ says Brendan, who is originally from Co Cavan.

When Brendan Sweeney returned with his four-year-daughter Theresa to her daycare centre in Copenhagen in mid-April, after just one month of closure du(...)

  Cancer patient Padraig Beasley aged 9 (centre)  from Listowel with his parents Maevea and Séamus and his sister Julia (10) and Jack Jack (18 months). Photograph: Dominic Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

The risk of infection coming into the home of nine-year-old cancer patient Pádraig Beasley has been a worry for his family ever since he was diagnosed(...)

Ireland had the highest birth rate in the EU in 2018, with 12.5 births per 1,000 residents while Italy recorded the lowest, at 7.3 per 1,000

Binge watching box sets, doing jigsaws and sharing almost every human activity possible through video apps are some of the most talked about ways of c(...)

Younger children need the reassurance of a calm environment in times of stress. Photograph: iStock

Rising anxiety levels and decreasing resilience among children has been a hot topic among professionals in recent years, with over-scheduled lives and(...)

Sr Helen Culhane, founder and director of the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick. “When children are bereaved, they feel their whole lives are out of control.” Photograph:  Arthur Ellis.

Children used to be excluded from funerals in the misguided belief that their absence would spare them some of the pain of bereavement. Families didn’(...)

Changes  to primary schooling as a result of coronavirus are reinforcing social inequalities, according to an emergency report. Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping primary school education, but the impact of the changes is reinforcing social inequalities, according to an emer(...)

Luke Casserly: “We are the ‘lucky’ ones, getting to be the guinea pigs.” Photograph: Shelley Corcoran

“The class of 2020”. Back in September, 2013, that opening caption on the presentation at the introductory evening for parents of first-year students (...)

 Richard Hogan, author of Parenting the Screenager pictured at home with his wife Erica and children Hannah (9) Lizzy (6) and Sophie (3). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In this time of social distancing most parents of teenagers are spending a lot more time in closer proximity to their offspring. How’s it going for yo(...)

Prof Carolyn Webster-Stratton is a big advocate of the group approach at a time when other societal trends are fragmenting families and isolating parents

Prof Carolyn Webster-Stratton is not a household name in Ireland but many families around the country have benefitted from the fruit of her life’s wor(...)

Trainee paediatrician Karen O’Neill at University Hospital Galway: “I think we still have miles to go in terms of adolescent oncology treatment in this country.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Cancer survival rates are rising all the time but among one age group of patients – adolescents and young adults – the gains have been slower. The re(...)

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