Save me from the Whinge!

I’m a parent now almost ten years. I’ve the scars to prove it. Along with the joy, the happiness, the sense of pride and achievement I’ve dealt with the downsides too. I like to think I’ve soldiered through well. I’ve battled colic. At least twice. I’ve removed headlice and soothed…

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All Aboard for Dinovember!

Tomorrow is the first of November, when all across the world toy dinosaurs “come to life” at night and get up to mischief.  There’s no message, no threats for the kids to behave or the dinosaurs will report them to a higher authority, no consequences. It’s just old-fashioned fun, with…

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We Need Eight Hours Sleep They Say

I’m tired. Oh so tired. Nearly always. I’m tired of not getting enough sleep, and these days its more my own fault than the kids’. (Well, mostly, there still are nights that I wake up with a chubby foot on my neck and I wonder when she climbed in beside…

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Weekend Plans and No Plans

“What are you up to for the weekend?” This innocent question that I’ve asked and been asked every Friday, since well since I was old enough to have any control over my life at all, got me thinking. Time was, when someone asked I had plans for the weekend sometimes…

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Tugging

There’s a part of my hand that hurts, a patch of skin on the back of my hand, near my thumb. It’s exactly where my daughter grips my hand when she wants to drag me somewhere. When you’re four any type of waiting is too much waiting, so she drags…

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22 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

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It’s an Irish summer. If you’re doing a staycation this year you’ll need: your swimsuit; a warm fleece; suncream and wellies. Rainy days are inevitable, that’s what gives us our beautiful scenery. Don’t let the weather spoil your holidays, embrace it. Remember that there are some activities that can be done…

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Making Memories: Kids Can Do It All By Themselves

Are you on Instagram? I am. I enjoy flicking through the perfect photos of the perfect bits of perfect lives. I even more enjoy  the out-takes where  instagrammers share the behind-the-scenes bits in their stories of what was REALLY happening when that perfect photo was taken. I like to see them keeping…

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The Unexpected New Craze in my House

Well the fidget spinner thing didn’t last long did it? Having broken most of theirs, them being banned in school and then getting bored (I know, who could have guessed) the fad has run its course.  My kids have a new obsession. (They’ve probably gone off it while I’m typing…

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Communion Reflection

Communion

“Communion Year this year isn’t it?” “Yes, not til May though, it’s ages away” Date announced, bouncy castle booked, save the date texts sent. Communion Meetings since before Christmas. The Do This In Memory Programme. Masses. Candles. “Are you all set for the Communion?”  “Sure it’s months yet” The outfit bought spontaneously…

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