Sinead Moriarty: 'Why homework doesn't always make the grade for pupils'
Are you capable of helping your child with their homework? A recent study found most parents struggle to help children as young as seven with...
Are you capable of helping your child with their homework? A recent study found most parents struggle to help children as young as seven with...
Au revoir, 'mère' and 'père'. The labels of 'mother' and 'father' have been removed from forms used in France's schools. France's National Assembly has made an amendment to the nation's School of...
Are we losing our world-famous gift of the gab? In an attempt to save our traditional national pastime, a pub in west Cork has banned people from...
Did you know that you can unwrap unnecessary plastic from your groceries at the supermarket checkout and hand it to the cashier? They are...
It happens every January. You polish off the last Crunchie from the selection box and go to put the empty box in the recycling bin. You stare into the bin and think: "How in the name of God did I...
A new, easy-to-use drug test that allows women to check if their drinks have been spiked has been released.
To breastfeed or not to breastfeed, that is the question. It is a question that, without fail, causes heated discussions.
KIDS’ birthday parties used to be casual days where you invited a few pals around, ate a cake your mum made and ran in circles around the garden.
When a friend recently turned 40, I called her to see what she’d like for a gift. I was thinking shoes, scarf… What she asked for was a donation to help her cover the cost of freezing her eggs.
A new study has found that children praised by their parents for being smart are more likely to cheat in tests.
Becoming a mother is a magical and momentous event, but it can also be incredibly lonely and isolating. A new app, being hailed as Tinder for...
While family holidays are lovely, let's be honest, there is nothing a parent craves more than a child-free break. So why are parents so reluctant to...
Are smartphones taking the place of cigarettes and alcohol in the lives of teenagers?
Violent video games are harmless, according to a team of German researchers who have carried out an extensive study on the subject.
Young women today are more likely to compare their appearance with that of their peers' images on social media than with supermodels gracing the...
IN a time when the leader of the free world has everyone holding their breath as to what he will say or do next, when Brexit is tearing our neighbours apart, and when the refugee and homeless crises continue to worsen, we all need a little magic.
Investment bank Goldman Sachs's London staff have been told they can now have free sex-change surgery and fertility treatments.
In a revealing interview, former first lady Michelle Obama has opened up about suffering a miscarriage and her struggles with infertility.
Should the sins of the husband taint the wife? Should a husband's bad behaviour cast a shadow over his wife's life? Should she somehow be held responsible for his misdoings?
When I was growing up, people popped in to our house all the time… unannounced. They didn't call the day before to prepare you for the popping in, they just arrived on your doorstep.
The Leaving Cert results come out today - parents around the country are down on their knees praying (I'm praying myself for my godson). Everyone wants their child to do well, to get into whatever course they applied for. But not every child is going to be happy. There will be disappointed faces walking around - both children's and parents'.
My cousin is pregnant with her first baby, a boy. "Any advice?" she asked me. "Any helpful hints?"
I recently called into a friend, a teacher, for coffee. I could barely get in the front door due to the towering boxes of scented candles. The smells were mingling together and frankly making an awful stench.
Who's keeping house? Avocados, it transpires, are only the tip of the iceberg. Because according to new research, almost half of millennials are not only spending their hard-earned dosh on expensive brunches featuring the aforementioned fruit, they're also hiring cleaners to keep their compact apartments sparkling.
Men sit in pubs sharing 'war stories' about sports injuries while women tend to do the same with birth stories.
Every time you open a newspaper or turn on the TV these days, some 'expert' is telling you that all of your problems are due to an unhealthy gut - and that includes infertility.
When 38-year-old Lucy Brown from London received a request for cash from a first date, to cover the money he'd spent on drinks, she publicly shamed him. Ms Brown was on her second date after joining the online apps Plenty of Fish and Tinder when she met the man in question.
First-born children are smarter than their siblings and it's the parents that make them that way. By the time younger siblings come along, parents are too worn out and stretched too thin to invest as much time in them.
A few months ago, my house was robbed and all of my jewellery was stolen. As I tidied up my ransacked bedroom and shed tears over my lost jewellery, I bemoaned the fact that I'd barely ever worn it. I was always saving my good jewellery for special occasions - and now it was gone.
What is it about men that makes them view a visit to the doctor with a mixture of fear and fatalism? A new report out in the UK, by consultancy Health2020, says that a third of people delay appointments with their GPs, with middle-aged men being the worst culprits.
Schools, once places where children went to learn and play, are now minefields of social media anxiety. Increasing numbers of children are suffering from mental health issues. Schools are desperately trying to figure out how to help their young students cope in the modern world.
Could your hairdresser save your life? The good people of Illinois in the US believe this could be the case.
A happy marriage or partnership is what we humans crave. Everyone knows that choosing the right partner is essential for a strong, long-lasting relationship. But how can you tell who the right partner is?
THE alarm went off and despite feeling bleary-eyed from overeating and going to sleep late on Christmas Day, I dragged myself out of bed. In 20 years I have never missed the sales.
While the majority of people enjoy Christmas and embrace the festive season, there are also those who absolutely loathe it. For some people, the fact that supermarkets start stocking mince pies in October drives them nuts.
As I drove to the airport at 3.30am, I looked over at my eight-year-old daughter and said: "This is mad." She grinned at me. "Yes, Mum, but it's Christmas mad."
GPs are being urged to encourage widows and divorcees to take up singing in choirs. The mental and physical benefits from singing in harmony make it an uplifting experience for anyone suffering from loneliness or unhappiness.
As someone who struggled with infertility, when I read about gender disappointment, I was shocked. How could anyone who was lucky enough to have a healthy baby complain about their child not being the 'right' gender?
As I found myself creeping across the altar of a church in the middle of Mass on Sunday, the phrase 'the lengths parents go to for their children' rang loudly in my ears.
We are now being told to embrace our partner's beer belly and refrain from nagging him about it because it may be the very thing that prolongs his life.
The United Nations has come under severe criticism for choosing comic book character Wonder Woman as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
Ladies, if you're wondering where your razor's gone, you might want to ask your other half. Over 50pc of men have now admitted to trimming and shaving their leg hair.
Finally some good news on the issue of childcare. After years of the electorate lobbying the government and pushing for assistance with crippling childcare costs, it has finally acted.
Women are finally saying goodbye to crippled toes and aching backs. For the first time, trainers are outselling high heels globally.
Ordering gluten-free food has gone from being a preventative measure for coeliac sufferers to becoming a fashionable fad. It's rare to go to a restaurant now without hearing someone ordering gluten-free dishes.
Loneliness is the scourge of modern society. Whereas we all used to know our neighbours it's no longer a given.
I'm so sick and tired of reading about working parents being to blame for all children's problems. As reported yesterday, once again working parents are being blamed for damaging their children's health.
With terrorism escalating and constant images of suffering and pain, 2016 has turned into a particularly awful year. It's no wonder this is the year that will end with everyone talking about the Danish concept 'hygge'.
Losing weight can often feel like an uphill struggle as you battle with calories, portion sizes and a rumbling stomach - but research is now showing that your friends can also be a big part of the problem.
Children as young as five are being reported to police on suspicion of 'sexually assaulting' their classmates.
Crack open the wine and pass around the beers. Apparently, couples who drink together have better relationships. It's not because the alcohol blurs the nagging or numbs the long boring tales of football matches or golf games, it's because married couples who have similar drinking habits tend to be happier than couples where only one partner drinks.
Two days ago I found myself running around a park in Bilbao in 35 degree-heat chasing a virtual cartoon character on my phone. No, I hadn't eaten some dodgy mushrooms, I was with my kids. We were, in fact, chasing Pokémon Go characters.
Your daughter is heading out in spray-on shorts and a belly-top which shows off all of her wobbly bits. Smile and say nothing. Never comment on your daughter's weight. New research has found parents who make remarks about how their teenager looks can cause serious long-term damage.
Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but while some mothers look into their newborn's eyes and form an immediate connection, many do not. A new survey shows that as many as a third of new mothers have difficulty bonding with their babies.
A government- backed US study has shown a link between mobile phones and cancer. Since mobile phones first became glued to our heads, scientists have been debating whether they affect our health. The findings have been inconclusive . . . until now.
A heartbroken couple in their sixties are pleading with child and family agency Tusla to return their grandchild to them after the agency placed the boy into foster care.
Good friends are good for your health. In fact, new research suggests that people with more friends have higher pain thresholds. If friends can act as a better painkiller than morphine, we'd better nurture the ones we have and rush out and make some more.
Research has shown that one-third of us have fallen out with a friend because we've taken our child's side in an argument, or because we've voiced concern or criticism about a friend's parenting style.
Everyone knows how difficult it is to be a teenager. Raging hormones, changing body shapes and the sudden pressure of the opposite sex taking an interest in you, and you in them, can be overwhelming.
After the long, dark, wet winter we have all battled through, spring could not be more welcome. However, while most of the country prays for long, sunny days, up to 20pc of the country will be dreading them.
Teenage girls at a New Zealand high school have been told to lower their skirts to knee level so as not to "distract" the boys and male teachers. Some 40 students were called into a meeting and told that if they didn't lower their skirts they would be given detention.
I have to confess I felt a sense of reassurance when I read that supernanny Kathryn Mewes was finding parenthood difficult. Mewes, the star of Channel 4's 'The Three Day Nanny', has just had a baby and has admitted that she is finding the reality of parenthood a lot more difficult than she had anticipated.
When I was growing up we had a lovely, and very good-looking, Italian au pair who lived with us for a year. She spent most of her time studying English or going out with Irish men, who queued up to date her. She didn't cook, clean and only occasionally looked after us. Sometimes if my mother needed to pop out, the au pair would keep an eye on us for an hour and she did a bit of babysitting when my parents went out on Saturday nights but that was it.
There are many election issues being pushed to the fore, but can any be more important than domestic violence? In a modern country with a well-educated population, the scourge of violence towards women and girls continues.
For the next few weeks, we will be plagued with knocks on the door as candidates try to persuade us to give them our votes. They will dazzle us with their mandates and promises for the future.
This weekend as I watched Johnny Sexton being taken off the pitch with yet another head injury I tried to explain their seriousness to my nine-year-old son.
What can you do to live a life without regrets? For some reason, in contemporary society we have stopped asking our elders for advice. We'd rather look up the internet than pick up the phone to a parent or older relative and ask their advice.
A son is a son until he takes a wife, but a daughter is a daughter all her life. According to a new survey, this old saying is all too true - and your son's choice of wife is the key to family harmony.
When did Christmas become something that we have to survive? Every magazine I open these days has articles plastered all over it giving 'survival tips' for Christmas Day.
Kate Winslet's comments that parents are "losing control" of their children to social media has caused quite a stir.
Children are becoming hunchbacks due to the long hours they spend huddled over smartphones, tablets and laptops.
While any increase in child benefit is most welcome, the extra €5 per month announced in this year's Budget just brings it back up to €140, which is what it was when the Government came into office in 2011.
Loneliness has traditionally been seen as an affliction of the elderly, but recent research has shown that it is reaching epidemic proportions among 30 to 40-year-olds.
The urge to have a child is primal. For many single women who haven’t met Mr Right, their sadness and disappointment has much more to do with not becoming mothers than not becoming wives.
The kids going back to school strikes fear in my heart. Not because of homework, packed lunches, over-scheduled after-school activities or the dreaded science projects - what really bugs me is the head lice.
Breast reduction is becoming one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in Ireland, and it's not just women who are getting it done.
Over a lifetime, an average man will travel an extra 900 miles lost rather than ask for directions. I'm not surprised.
Hair is not just something that happens to be on your head. Hair, particularly women's hair, is a subject that never ceases to interest, obsess and divide people. Regardless of whether you are a Hollywood actress, president of a country, a housewife, or a CEO, if you are a woman, people will comment on your hair.
Ah holidays…you save and wait for 11 and half months and then finally they arrive. Excitement is at fever pitch. "We're going on a plane!" the kids shout excitedly running around like headless chickens.
Sipping and clicking is becoming a serious pastime for many people as they surf the web and shop late at night.
Almost 30 years ago, my Mum wrote a book about WB Yeats with her friend Catherine Sweeney. She was shocked at how little my siblings and I knew about Yeats and decided to "fix it" by writing a book for children on the great poet.
Forget about a career in teaching, the holidays might be good but you'll never earn over €300 an hour. A much more profitable career path has become available - nursery consultant.
Eating disorders are rising at an alarming rate in young people, with both girls and increasing numbers of boys going to extreme measures to become thin.
Women need to conceive before they are 30 or they may be too late and end up childless.
No one over a certain age can ever forget the name Ann Lovett. I was the same age as Ann was when the tragic story broke - and it is forever etched on my memory.
Shortly after my father's sudden death last week, I found my young daughter solemnly telling our family cat the awful news.
Desperate people seek desperate measures. It has always been thus and when it comes to trying to help their children, parents are willing to go to extreme lengths.
The head of Education and Training at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has said that children as young as 11 should be taught the difference between rape and sexual consent.
My six year-old asked me recently - after a particularly long and repetitive rendition of 'Let it Go' - if she had a "beautiful voice". Suffice to say that the correct adjective to describe the sounds that came out of her mouth would not be 'beautiful'.
Every working mother needs a 'wife'. Imagine the bliss of coming home to a clean house, dinner in the oven, bathed and fed children, homework done and dusted...
Irish children are wrapped too tightly in cotton wool. New research has shown Irish parents are overprotective and are stunting their children's development by not allowing them to have independence.
Complimenting someone on the way they look is not actually a positive thing. I always thought it was a nice thing to do but apparently I was wrong. It's unhelpful and has an adverse effect.
Love is a drug' is an expression used all the time. Now, scientists are telling us that love actually is a drug and that help is at hand for those with broken hearts.
A survey by Irish company Koolio has found that one in three Irish parents has become accidentally separated from their child or children under the age of 10.
Is tracking your partner's every move, via their mobile phone, keeping an eye on them out of concern for their safety or simply stalking them?
After years of campaigning against the pictures of topless women on Page 3 of 'The Sun', it looks as if the newspaper has finally caved to the pressure.
Last year I watched in shock as my 15-year-old nephew got up from a tackle and began to stagger around the pitch during a junior cup rugby match. He was concussed.
A new book that is apparently going to 'revolutionise' parenting is coming our way. Straight from the 'New York Times' best-seller list, 'The Conscious Parent' is going to transform parents' lives when it is published on this side of the pond next week.
New Year's Eve seems to bring out two very different emotions in people - relief or fear.
Christmas is an emotional time for families. With emigration on the rise over the last few years, many Irish people will be spending Christmas day far from their loved ones in the four corners of the world.
They may be bad for you, but high heels work wonders for a woman's sex appeal.
Last Friday I naively popped into Smyths Toys to buy my niece a birthday present. Big mistake… huge.
Over the next few weeks, children around the country will sit down to write their letters to Santa requesting gifts, but let us spare a thought for the 9.3pc of Irish children who will receive no gifts because they are living in constant poverty.
Young people are constantly told to get off the couch and do some exercise. Headlines scream of the rise in obesity among the young. We are told that this generation of teens are lazier and more sedentary than any that came before.
We all do it. We all come home after a long day and treat ourselves to a glass of wine to 'take the edge off'. But it seems women are no longer stopping at just one glass. More than ever before, women are not just hitting the wine, they are doing something far more dangerous - getting behind the wheel of their car afterwards.
Miss Havisham, probably the most famous jilted bride, should have taken the Caroline Wozniacki approach to being dumped - onwards and upwards.
Before having children you could walk down a street without a care in the world. After having children you see danger lurking in every corner.
At a party I recently attended, one of the women had just returned from running three marathons back to back. Another guest had just lost two stone. Guess who got more attention?
Have you ever seen a top businessman or a rich oligarch with a fat woman on his arm? I think not. The super rich value being super skinny. For the first time in history the poor are now fatter than the rich.
The book club now has serious competition from the cook club. As amateur chefs try to outdo each other in the kitchen, dinner parties are no longer places of relaxation and banter. They are minefields of competitive cooking, precision timing and elaborate presentation.
Every man, woman and child with a boat has been out on the water in Venice, straining to get a look at the world's most famous bachelor and the woman who managed to tame him and drag him up the aisle.
Kate Middleton cannot seem to put a foot wrong. She is the perfect princess. Since the day she met Britain's Prince William in university she has slowly but surely won over the royal family - that can't be easy - the British public, and then the world.
Rejection letters punctuated the beginning of Sinead Moriarty's career. Here she writes candidly about her journey from aspiring writer to best-selling author.
When I was a teenager I kept a diary. I knew that it was safely locked away in my bedside locker. I never had to worry about someone breaking into my house, reading it and then telling everyone about it.
Should siblings share a bedroom? Does it make them closer or is it a potential battleground? In my experience it is definitely the former.