Best gift parents can give children is time
Parents will rightly wince at news of a study which finds they are not spending enough time with their children. The study for Children's Minister Katherine Zappone, due for publication later this month, does make for alarming reading.
It comes just as parents face even more pressure from the threat of industrial action at schools this autumn just after the start of a new year. That of itself is another pressure parents could do without, and we very much hope meaningful dialogue will prevail, and deliver a wiser solution than disruption to school classes.
There is a big onus on teachers' unions, school managements and the Education Department to deal with this. Parents and students have more than enough stress already to cope with.