Mind

Dreading The Return to ‘Normal’?’ Some Tips To Ease Yourself Out of Lockdown

AS IRELAND EMERGES from lockdown, I’m nowhere near ready to cast off my cocoon quite yet. Does that sound self-indulgent, especially in light of all the horrendous situations people have been subjected to since lockdown kicked off in March? Homeless families existing in hotel rooms. Some people forced to isolate alone, deprived of human contact… Continue reading Dreading The Return to ‘Normal’?’ Some Tips To Ease Yourself Out of Lockdown

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Repeating Yourself? Nine Effective Ways to Say ‘No’ – Without Using The Word ‘No’

Words like “no” and “don’t” are often used as a kind of parenting shorthand. It’s a quick way to say, “I’d really rather you didn’t do that” or “What you’re doing is extremely unsafe, please stop immediately.” But for a young child, those words are more likely to be interpreted as “I’m angry for reasons… Continue reading Repeating Yourself? Nine Effective Ways to Say ‘No’ – Without Using The Word ‘No’

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Keeping Costs Down as Your Kids Grow – From Creative Lunches to DIY Drama Classes

“Nothing prepares you for kids” is something impending parents hear all too often. Many will assume that phrase refers to the sleepless nights, the impact on your body, and the endless worrying. And it does, of course, but there’s one other significant change that comes with becoming a parent: the massive dent in your finances.… Continue reading Keeping Costs Down as Your Kids Grow – From Creative Lunches to DIY Drama Classes

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“Will Someone PLEASE Think of The Children?!” Enough of the “Homeschooling” Already…

We are just over two weeks in. Schools are closed until April 19th (at the very least). Is it time for an open plea to teachers and, by extension, the Department of Education, to press pause on any pressure arising from an unprecedented situation? There’s a saying which will be familiar to some: work like… Continue reading “Will Someone PLEASE Think of The Children?!” Enough of the “Homeschooling” Already…

Mind

‘Is The Virus Coming to Our House?’: 5 Big Questions From The Kids – And How I Answered Them

Young children, on average, ask over 200 questions per day. Once, I fielded seven questions in just a minute. What’s more, they’re far more receptive to shifts in mood than we give them credit for. If the current wave of global pandemic-based news stories is playing on your mind, chances are your young children have… Continue reading ‘Is The Virus Coming to Our House?’: 5 Big Questions From The Kids – And How I Answered Them

Body, Mind

After Seven Days, I’ve Still No Test Results… I’m Not The Only One

This day last week, at 4:10pm, I received a call from the National Ambulance Service asking if I could be in Tallaght Stadium at 5pm for testing. Seven days on, I still don't know if I have COVID-19. Undoubtedly, the below account of the last week will be familiar to many. Last Wednesday, an article… Continue reading After Seven Days, I’ve Still No Test Results… I’m Not The Only One

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My Children Had to Put on Face Masks – it Was The Moment That Broke Me…

It started last Tuesday. Chills, low-grade temperature, scratchy throat, dry cough. It's probably just a cold... but no runny nose. Unusual. Wednesday night brought shortness of breath, chest pressure, plus the inability to end a sentence without gasping. It couldn't be it, could it? Being a mum-of-two, working from home, with a wildly mundane routine… Continue reading My Children Had to Put on Face Masks – it Was The Moment That Broke Me…

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‘This Train Won’t Stop…’ 12 years later, it’s still trundling on

Spouting off on the internet for over 16 years can throw up bits of writing worth repeating. This, sadly, is one of them. Twelve years ago, in the January of 2008, Heath Ledger died of an overdose. At the time, the world found itself in a state of shock. Today, it finds itself in the… Continue reading ‘This Train Won’t Stop…’ 12 years later, it’s still trundling on