Six Things That Say Me (Or Mammy)

“That is so YOU”. “I saw this and thought of you instantly”. “That always reminds me of you”.  Sometimes we form associations with things and they forevermore remind us of that place, or that time, or a person. Maud at Awfully Chipper wrote a lovely post recently about remembering her mother’s watch…

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A Glimpse of the Perfect Family

The boys’ school reports arrived this week. Their teachers said nice things about them and  used words like “mannerly” and “polite”. We checked that we’d been sent the right kids’ reports, then smiled smugly at one another that something had sunk in and patted one another on the back for…

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She is Three

She is three now, my littlest. She turned three on Saturday. She’s certainly not a baby of course, she’s just my last born child. She’s not my baby, she’s a big girl she reminds me. She has her knickers, and big girls have knickers not nappies. She won’t wear a bib as…

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Are Your Kids Eating Too Many Treats? How to Cut Down

A press release from Safefood arrived in my inbox yesterday morning  as I left the house for work, another chapter in their campaign against childhood obesity. “New safefood research reveals giving treats to children still a daily habit” was as much as I read initially. I thought about it on my hour-long…

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Am I Out of Date Already?

When I was expecting my first child, back in 2008, I spent all my hours researching baby products. (Well, the ones I wasn’t eating or obsessing about baby names or drinking Gaviscon by the bottle). I made spreadsheets of buggies’ features, compared prices in different shops (and countries) and read reviews…

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Some Questions my children asked today

Today was my stay-at-home day which really means it was my do-the-school-runs-go to Gymboree-buy groceries-collect the kids-cook dinner- bring the kids to swimming- eat dinner-wash up-day. Even though the boys were in school for much of the day they managed to ask more questions than I can ever remember  them…

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Dear Kids, This is why we say no

  Dear Monkey-faced divils, (I know you love when I call you that), I’ve been thinking a lot lately about being a mammy and what I am at. I’m really trying to be as good a one as I can for guys. You are great little people, I love you…

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