Mind

How To… Navigate Parenting While Hungover

I'll never forget my bleary-eyed brother-in-law grabbing me by the shoulders at last orders, saying "Have another one, for me. I'm up with the kids in the morning. Enjoy your nights out while you still can." Wise words. If only kids-free me had listened...   Whether it's after a massive wedding or binging on beer and… Continue reading How To… Navigate Parenting While Hungover

Baby, Body, Mind

Eight Mums Speak Out About How They Eased Their Birthing Fears

There's a multitude of ways to prepare for a baby's arrival. In fact, some would wager too many...  In the run up, there are the practical things to prep for a baby, such as washing a million teeny onesies in your preferred brand of non-bio. Then deliberating which ones to bring to the hospital, while… Continue reading Eight Mums Speak Out About How They Eased Their Birthing Fears

Baby, Mind

‘Put her in the sling and start walking’: 7 practical tips for surviving the dreaded colic, from real parents…

Hats off to anyone who has endured the relentlessness of a colicky baby... Things are trundling along nicely, complete with the expected proliferation of leakages and broken sleep, and then it happens. Approximately four weeks in and your little bundle of joy starts crying. Incessantly. Just as I was getting used to my second born… Continue reading ‘Put her in the sling and start walking’: 7 practical tips for surviving the dreaded colic, from real parents…

Baby, Body, Mind

‘No detectable heartbeat’: Miscarriage is devastating – here’s the advice I wish I was given after mine

I was was 11 weeks into my pregnancy when I saw the spotting. It was August 2015. During the scan that followed shortly after, the nurse told me she could see “something resembling a six-week-old foetus”. Did I have the dates wrong? At that point, it was hard to tell. “There is usually no detectable… Continue reading ‘No detectable heartbeat’: Miscarriage is devastating – here’s the advice I wish I was given after mine

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…