Our children have expectations for care, emotional support and love that it’s good to meet.

My father wanted to be a carpenter, but coming from a family that had money and status he felt he couldn’t say so. He had already disappointed his fa(...)

'What would worry me about drinking would be the elevated risk of stroke rather than the higher mortality risk.'

My evening walks take me past a series of pubs with clusters of people standing outside having cigarettes. Many of them look like they’ve been pickled(...)

“Are you playing footsie with me?” she asked. I had gotten on the train at Newry expecting a quiet trip to Dublin. There weren’t many passengers so (...)

The trouble with arguments that support the other side is the danger that they might change your mind

With the debate on the Eighth Amendment in top gear, I was thinking about the difficulties we have in hearing both sides of an argument and the man wh(...)

The sooner you recognise workplace stress and work out what you can do about it – seek changes in how things are done, work fewer days, change job for instance – the better

Imagine being stressed all or most of the time at work. And imagine the toll that might take on your health, your enjoyment of life and your general w(...)

We are naturally drawn to groups and to the members of our own group as insiders seeing the rest as outsiders. Photograph: iStock

We, the group, reject you. Because we are the only group that matters, consider yourself rejected by the world. This, I think, is one of the big lies(...)

In a world that sometimes feels like it’s held together with string that could unravel at any time, we do indeed have to find happiness in the middle of imperfection. Photograph: iStock

It doesn’t have to be alright to be alright. The phrase came winging out of my memory one day as I walked to the supermarket. I had been surprised t(...)

Research shows an adult child moving back in is as bad as developing a disability in terms of the reduction in quality of life for parents.

On those occasions when I had to spend extended periods of time at my parents’ home I couldn’t wait to return to Dublin and regain my freedom, such as(...)

People who  adopt an attitude of kindness towards themselves  tend to be better at taking on challenges than those who don’t

For most teenagers, the big school exams of the year are months away. But that doesn’t prevent the stomach-clenching sensation that accompanies the re(...)

So began my 10-year relationship with confession which ended when I lost the faith

The very first time I went to confession I managed to get it wrong. Once ensconced in the confession box I proceeded to tell the priest the sins of my(...)

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