Mind

You Know You’re Hosting an Irish “Playdate” When…

Years ago, talk of "playdates" would bring on a rivulet of sweat. My sister would say "Yeah cool, call around, but I've got playdates over," as a roll call of plausible excuses would start unfurling. When you can barely tolerate the kids of blood relatives, how are you meant to deal with – horror –… Continue reading You Know You’re Hosting an Irish “Playdate” When…

Baby, Mind, Reviews

BYOB to ‘Sally Denver Matthews: Sleep Deprived Mother’ #FirstFortnight

'Sally Denver Matthews', a humorous one-woman show written and performed by Gilly O'Shea on the anxieties of being a first-time mum, is taking place in Smock Alley Theatre from January 2nd to January 5th. It's all part of First Fortnight 2019, Europe's first mental health arts festival. It's hoped Sally's story will prompt conversations about… Continue reading BYOB to ‘Sally Denver Matthews: Sleep Deprived Mother’ #FirstFortnight

Mind, Seasonal

Santa Science Can Explain The Trickiest of Questions…

In an age of information bombardment, it's tricky keeping abreast of facts that matter. At this time of year, that's anything Santa related. Such is the proliferation of info, personalised Santa Apps, and festive films centring on the exploits of Old Saint Nick, how do you know what is real and what isn't? Below are… Continue reading Santa Science Can Explain The Trickiest of Questions…

Mind

Manners Matter. Here’s Why…

It’s become apparent, in the last few years especially, that manners are being left by the wayside. Perhaps it's down to the proliferation of gormless world leaders, maybe it's not. Either way, this is something, you, dear reader, need to keep on top of. Why are you being directly targeted? Because manners – much like… Continue reading Manners Matter. Here’s Why…

Mind

Will The Additional €84million Change Our Mental Health System? #WorldMentalHealthDay #NowWereTalking

This time last year, when the Government released their budget with a comparatively pithy "€35 million" dedicated solely for mental health purposes, I went on an almighty rant. Having had personal experience of the mental health "services" in this country, €35million wasn't even going to touch the sides. Now that yesterday's budget is allocating over… Continue reading Will The Additional €84million Change Our Mental Health System? #WorldMentalHealthDay #NowWereTalking

Baby, meals, Mealtimes

Breastfeeding, Bottlefeeding, Can We All Just Support Each Other?

TheJournal.ie asked me to write a feature about breastfeeding, which is somewhat ironic considering it's something I've zero experience of. I sent over the below copy, which was exceedingly verbose; so, if you'd prefer to read the more succinct and balanced version, please make your way to TheJournal.ie's Family Magazine, otherwise, stay put for the… Continue reading Breastfeeding, Bottlefeeding, Can We All Just Support Each Other?

Reviews

This Mama’s Got Smartz… A Top Tip This Road Safety Week

Picture the scene... you're trying to haul a baby car seat while juggling a load of bags, a flighty toddler and a tween who needs some sort of screen intervention stat. In short, no one's listening to you and there're are cars zipping by – oh, and it's twilight for 70% of the time for… Continue reading This Mama’s Got Smartz… A Top Tip This Road Safety Week

meals, Mealtimes

Mammy’s P*ss Easy Fish Cakes…

In hindsight, that's an unfortunate title, but it's out there now so hey. As an aside; the likelihood of your kids eating large hunks of fish is nil, so consider this a quick dinner that requires minimal assembly. Or you could flake the fish down so they don't notice it, up to you. What will… Continue reading Mammy’s P*ss Easy Fish Cakes…