Mind, Uncategorized

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’

Childcare, Mind, Uncategorized

“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

Mind

‘Mum Didn’t Deny the Magic of Christmas, She Was Just Exhausted Dealing With Dad’

“OOH, THAT’LL BE bleak…” This was my husband’s response when I said I'd been asked to write about Christmases growing up. “Is there a way you can spin it?” he asked, “Surely something nice happened?!” Yes, there were moments of magic around Christmas. We were brought to Cornelscourt to sit on Santa’s knee (and soak up his… Continue reading ‘Mum Didn’t Deny the Magic of Christmas, She Was Just Exhausted Dealing With Dad’

Mind

Five Phrases I Didn’t Want to Hear After Miscarrying – and Five That Helped

HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY would have been around March 7th, 2016. We’ve no idea if it was a boy or not, I just had a feeling. My miscarriage was one of the more traumatic experiences of life so far, and easily the most solitary. People are adept enough at checking in after the death of a… Continue reading Five Phrases I Didn’t Want to Hear After Miscarrying – and Five That Helped

Mind

Postnatal Depression: Things You Should and Shouldn’t Say…

Waking in the recovery room, after my baby was born via emergency C section, was the loneliest experience of my life. Within seconds, a friendly-faced nurse said "Welcome back. The surgery went well, you're daughter is doing great! She's just in intensive care getting checked over, you'll see her soon!" I "should have" felt a… Continue reading Postnatal Depression: Things You Should and Shouldn’t Say…

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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