Tantrums: Two tales and a little advice to onlookers

“It’s hard having tantrums” a wise two year old consoled my three year old lately, when he was mid tantrum. “Yeah” he sobbed and nodded in agreement, tears rolling down his cheeks.  And I realised that she was speaking more sense than most adults when confronted with a tantrumming child.…

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One Hundredth Post and a Giveaway

One Hundred. ONE HUNDRED. It’s a big number. A century. Ten decades. Ciarán was thrilled when he could count that far and was surprised that there were numbers after one hundred. Cathal has yet to get past 10, but he’s trying very hard. This is my one hundredth blogpost. It…

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Bumbles of Rice looks back on 2013

Looks like we made it to the other side. We had a food and fun filled Christmas and Santa delivered, I hope yours went well too. So here we are, in the limbo week between Christmas and New Year, the time to eat leftovers and talk about how full you…

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Making Christmas special

Today’s Sun newspaper has a front page “revealing” that Nigella didn’t decorate her own Christmas tree and hired caterers. Did anyone actually think that she did? Shock horror, a successful, wealthy career woman paid people to help her do things she didn’t have time to do! I would too! This…

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Bedtime Tales

Ah, bedtime. The time of day that parents worldwide await. The children go to bed, and parents retreat downstairs to silence, some adult time. Or that’s what you’d think. Alas, it’s rarely the case. So, to further my pursuit of honesty and openness in the world and to bust any…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

I’ve already done posts on gifts for Baby and for Toddlers so here’s the next in the series, for preschoolers (3 and 4 year olds). Here are my disclaimers first: Obviously different kids have different interests, some hate colouring, others have no love of board games. I haven’t mentioned any…

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Rolling with it on a Friday afternoon.

I made a vow after three wet days in a row a few weeks ago that every dry day of my maternity leave I would bring the boys out for a run in the fresh air. It’s been lovely, we’ve been to the town park and playground lots of times,…

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Five Things That Make My Life Easier

I am all about making my life easier, bit by bit. I try to embrace the things I learned from The Happiness Project but it’s probably (definitely) time to dust off my copy and do some revision. Lately as I’m spending more time at home I’m starting to notice and appreciate…

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Bumbles of Nice Things

There are often bits and pieces that I want to share but that I don’t get around to blogging by themselves for one reason or another, so I’ve decided to do a “Bumble Bulletin” to bring all the snippets together and get some bits off my “to blog” list. There’s…

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