Grow­ing Up in Ire­land What we have learned about our children

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Parenting Child Development -


38% are in non-parental child­care (for more than eight hours a week), most com­monly with grand­par­ents.

11% are in cen­tre-based care, spend­ing an av­er­age of 29 hours a week there.

Boys (1.4%) are sig­nif­i­cantly more likely than girls (0.8%) to be re­ported as be­ing “some­times or of­ten un­well”.

4% of in­fants have had an ac­ci­dent that re­quired med­i­cal at­ten­tion.


Al­most a quar­ter are over­weight (6% classed as obese).

16% have at least one long­stand­ing ill­ness, con­di­tion or dis­abil­ity, the most com­mon be­ing asthma (5.8%).

53% have moth­ers who work out­side the home; for those with de­gree-level ed­u­cated moth­ers, that rises to 72%.

91% have reg­u­lar con­tact with grand­par­ents.


99% get on well, or very well, with their mother and 98% with their fa­ther.

70% spend time talk­ing with their mum, but just 60% with their dad.

72% do “fun things” with their dad, 63% with their mum.

35% of girls like school “very much”, com­pared with 23% of boys.

26% are over­weight, in­clud­ing 6% obese.


80% live in two-par­ent house­holds. Just un­der 10% di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety. 24% dis­like(d) be­ing at school. A third of those still in school have part-time jobs, work­ing an av­er­age nine hours per week dur­ing term time.

86% live in two-par­ent fam­i­lies. Av­er­age age of their mother is 36.2 years and their res­i­dent fa­ther is 39.2 years.For dis­ci­pline, moth­ers (69%) are more likely than fa­thers (55%) to say that they al­ways dis­cuss or ex­plain to the child why the be­hav­iour was wrong.On av­er­age, children in the low­est in­come group con­sume 23% more calo­ries per day than those in the high­est in­come group.76% “very healthy, no prob­lems”, down from 80% at birth.11% have chronic ill­ness or dis­abil­ity, but 99% of par­ents say child is in good health. 76% live with both bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents. 45% have a TV in their bed­room. 93% like school, at least “some­times”.

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