Family and Lifestyle

Dr Louise Jane ClarkeAs a psychologist, I encourage all parents to be mindful of their health to prevent stress and burnout. Although being a new parent is a wonderful experience for many, it can leave some parents vulnerable to exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed. However, finding time to take care of yourself is crucial to...

I know it happens but I was still shocked when a friend told me that after 30 years of being together she and her husband had separated. “It had got to the stage where he disliked me as much as I disliked him,” she explained. That's what shocked me so much I think. There was no great drama. There was nobody else involved. There was...

Rhubarb bonds with so many flavours, like rhubarb and custard tart and hard-boiled sweets, or rhubarb and ginger jam. But it’s also fantastic on its own, without interference from other flavours.Rhubarb jelly2 lbs rhubarb washed and trimmedJuice 2 large oranges and 2 large lemons (or three small to medium lemons)6 tbsp caster sugar4 tsp...

I’m writing this sitting on a plane on the short hop from Southampton to Cork. We’re heading home for Easter. The older kids are behaving miraculously well – for now. Our toddler is asleep on my lap, which explains my ability to type.This same route, but by sea, was a staple for the old transatlantic liners. Famously, the RMS...

I am dating someone who is perfect for me ‘on paper’, but I think there is a key ingredient missing. How important is chemistry in a relationship?The first thing to highlight is knowing the difference between infatuation and chemistry. So many people are misled by infatuation, which soon fades away. How many relationships have you seen...

I am a happy mammy. For three weekends in a row my whole brood is at home. It is unusual enough to get our older two girls home together but because of a few family events and now Easter we are having a great run of family time. I love the banter and craic, sitting longer round the dinner table, Diarmuid recounting the details of every point...

According to The Good Retreat Guide, a retreat is a journey that can be religious or spiritual in nature, and is typically taken away from the confines of everyday living. Its purpose is to get closer to God and to rediscover one’s faith. Some adults will go on a retreat every few years and possibly every year. It might be the only time that...

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