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…

Baby, Childcare

‘There’s a different in-law here every week’: 7 working parents share what they do for childcare

CHILDCARE. WHEN IS it not a contentious issue? Whether it’s sourcing childcare, paying for childcare, or trying to spin all the plates that come with childcare, it is always a tricky juggling act. There are those who holler, “Why did you have kids if you can’t look after them?!” And while that could be considered… Continue reading ‘There’s a different in-law here every week’: 7 working parents share what they do for childcare

Body

‘My Hair Turned Curly’… 8 Mums Reveal the Unexpected Ways Their Bodies Changed Post-baby

Post baby bodies are always unexpected. Sure, I knew my belly was going to be a bit different, and my boobs were bound to be noticeably squishier. Even the extra hair on most extremities didn’t come as a shock. But some changes were entirely unforeseen. For example, I wasn’t aware my feet were going to… Continue reading ‘My Hair Turned Curly’… 8 Mums Reveal the Unexpected Ways Their Bodies Changed Post-baby

Baby

How to Prepare The Firstborn for Their First Sibling…

"Mummy, what's wrong with your belly?!" We'd been talking about "the baby" on and off, just so our then almost 3-year-old prepped for a sibling. However, it hadn't really registered with her. Now, she was beginning to understand... Mummy's bulbous belly had a baby in there, and it couldn't be sent back to the shop.… Continue reading How to Prepare The Firstborn for Their First Sibling…

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

Home, Mealtimes, Reviews

How to throw a birthday party with 15 kids on a shoestring budget – from the invites to the goody bags…

MUM? CAN I HAVE a magician at my party? Rachel is getting one!” Costing an average of €150 an hour, the answer to that request from my daughter, three weeks out from her birthday, was NO CHANCE. Along with the entertainer, we’d still have to provide food, goodie bags and more. Perhaps a play zone,… Continue reading How to throw a birthday party with 15 kids on a shoestring budget – from the invites to the goody bags…

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

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