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Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

While children look forward to the long summer break with great excitement, the reality can sometimes lead to the dreaded complaint—I’m Bored! Here are a few tips to help you cope. Embace It! Evidence suggests that boredom can be good for children. It allows them time to think, to become comfortable in their own company and to use their creativity ... Read More »

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

It’s the time of year when many families pack up the kids, the beach gear, the kitchen sink and head off for a long drive. Whether it’s an hour to the local beach or a car and boat trip overseas, below are some tips to keep everyone smiling. Safety First. Make sure all car seats are fitted correctly, and the ... Read More »

Bringing some of your holiday home

Bringing some of your holiday home

Have you ever noticed that getting away from the daily routine and familiar environment-whether it is a day trip to the seaside or a week abroad– can give everyone in the family the space to relax and enjoy each other’s company? Parents can break free of the usual pattern of racing to keep the household routine on track, refereeing disputes ... Read More »

Top tips for throwing children’s birthday parties

Top tips for throwing children’s birthday parties

In an era where children’s parties seem to have grown out of all proportion, reduce your stress level with these handy pointers: Keep it in perspective – yes you want to celebrate your child and ensure they have a great time, but you also don’t want them to develop unrealistic expectations about what a birthday actually is Set a budget ... Read More »

Top tips for Packing Healthy Picnics

Top tips for Packing Healthy Picnics

In the true spirit of making hay while the sun shines, what better way to spend time with your children than on a picnic? Whether it’s in your back garden, the local park or on a beach, there are a few ways to elevate your picnic from the ordinary to the memorable: Include your child in the planning – where ... Read More »

Helping your Children to Handle the Heat

Helping your Children to Handle the Heat

If the last few weeks have thought us anything, it’s that in Ireland we don’t know what to do with great weather. We rush out to buy barbecues, inflatable paddle pools and garden furniture, for fear it will all end suddenly. We stay up later at night, socialise more and generally revel in the sunshine. Given how rare a heatwave ... Read More »

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

The summer stretches before, and many children and teens will have lots of free time. Reading can be such a great pleasure and open up new worlds, but it can sometimes take the back seat to screens. There is overwhelming evidence that talking and reading to babies and young children is critical to their development, but how do we help ... Read More »

Back-to-School Basics: the Cliff Notes Version

Back-to-School Basics: the Cliff Notes Version

You know that the return to school is imminent when ads for barbecues, ice pops and sunscreens are replaced with deals for uniforms and lunch-box fillers. For children, switching from lie-ins and lazy days back to a tightly scheduled routine can be difficult. With a little bit of planning (and patience!) there are a few things that can make the ... Read More »

Things To Do This Summer

Things To Do This Summer

Summer is in full swing and children are free” from school. While this is a great time for children, it can be a difficult time for parents trying to occupy all that free time and ensure their children are kept somewhat entertained over the couple of months. Many children will attend Summer Camps. There is a huge range and diversity ... Read More »

Report Cards; He’s a really a lovely child, but…

Report Cards; He’s a really a lovely child, but…

He’s really a lovely child, but… It can be a strange experience—opening a report card for the first time and seeing your child judged in black and white. It can raise a whole range of emotions—perhaps pride that someone has noticed their passion for music, their kindness or their mastery of Zeb and Danny. Perhaps relief that the temper that ... Read More »