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, Money, Uncategorized

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…

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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

meals, Mealtimes, Mind, Reviews, Uncategorized

To Get My F*€king Ducks in a Row…

For almost a year, I've been tinkering about on this blog, fitting it in whenever possible/the whim took hold. Lately, that's been approximately once a week, which – given this hack used to write approximately 10 posts a day on other websites – isn't quite up to scratch...

Mind, Seasonal, Uncategorized

Snowed In? Tips To Help Cabin Fever With Kids

Lads, this is even worse than Christmas because you physically can't leave AND they don't have new toys to occupy them. We've been pretty much housebound since Wednesday morning, apart from a failed tobogganing attempt that afternoon which ended with much wailing from all parties involved. While the requests for Netflix/TV/screens in general, are incessant… Continue reading Snowed In? Tips To Help Cabin Fever With Kids

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Mammy’s Easy Peasy 4 Step Pancakes

Let's be honest, pancakes are just another conduit for Nutella, so don't be getting bogged down with recipes that call for baking powder, or cinnamon, or anything other than flour, eggs, milk and oil. 1• What you will need in cups and spoons, because who can be dealing with grams.  • Flour – 100 grams… Continue reading Mammy’s Easy Peasy 4 Step Pancakes