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Parenting advice

HSE article for Parenting advice

Looking after your relationship as a parent

How you can share tasks and support your partner when you become parents, and how you can reduce stress and tiredness.

Parenting advice for difficult days

Every parent finds parenting difficult. It is important to look after yourself too. Some of these tips and parenting advice for managing babies, toddlers and children might be helpful for you.

Parenting advice and getting support

Being a parent is rewarding, but it can bring its own challenges. Getting help and support is important.

  • Attachment and bonding with your baby

    Attachment develops over time through the developing relationship between you and your baby. Find out how attachment helps your baby's development and how responding to their cues helps establish a routine over time.

  • Childcare options and free pre-school scheme

    The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme is a free pre-school scheme available to all children over 3. Find out about it and other childcare options.

  • Parent, baby and toddler groups

    How to find parent, baby and toddler groups near you so your child can mix with other children, and you can meet other parents.

  • Extra support for parents

    How to get support as a parent if you're having problems at home with your partner, child or wider family.

  • Parenting courses

    Find a course near you to get practical parenting advice and support

  • Advice for parents who live apart

    Get tips and advice for raising a child if the parents don’t live together.

  • Preparing older children for a new sibling

    Preparing older children for a new brother or sister can take time. The arrival of a newborn baby means a time of big change. Learn about ways that you can prepare your older children and help them to adapt to your newborn.

  • Parenting together with your partner

    Get advice on taking care of your relationship with your partner in the early days of parenting.

  • Going back to work after maternity or paternity leave

    You will need to do a lot of planning before you go back to work after maternity or paternity leave. Learn how to help ensure your child is well looked after.

  • Dealing with visitors after baby's birth

    You will want to show off your newborn to family and friends, but coping with visitors after your baby's birth can also be stressful and overwhelming. Learn how to make visits stress free by making time for yourself.