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’

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

10 Things Nobody Tells You About… Being a Parent

The ironic thing about attempting to manage a parenting blog is that you're too busy parenting to manage said parenting blog... On the upside, I've also been busy getting actual work off the back of this blog, so I need to (try to) keep on top of it #ParentingMantra101 Below is an article I wrote… Continue reading 10 Things Nobody Tells You About… Being a Parent

Mind

Mammy’s Moment of Zen… Serotonin Boosting Music Just in Time for Bedtime

Binaural Beatz, innit. Stay with me; this is a thing – and it works. Well, it did for me. As you may or may not be aware (invariably the latter), sleep is a fleeting, almost mythical experience in our house at the minute, thanks to Screamy McScreamy Pants. Therefore, when she does grant us sleep,… Continue reading Mammy’s Moment of Zen… Serotonin Boosting Music Just in Time for Bedtime

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...

Mealtimes

Mammy’s Fake Bakes: DIY Cupcakes

Want to create a cost-effective birthday cake that's 90% icing (you know they only eat the icing) and you don't have to carve into slices while several 5-year-olds circle you at speed? Do stick around, because you've only come to the right place! The first thing you need to do is get yourself to Lidl and… Continue reading Mammy’s Fake Bakes: DIY Cupcakes

Mind, Uncategorized

15 Things Repeated to My Kids On a Daily Basis…

"BE CAREFUL". That's what's said about a million times a day in this house. However, parents aren't meant to say "be careful" anymore. It's not specific enough by all accounts. Observe the 29 other things you can say instead, such as "I’ve noticed that there are a lot of fallen trees and sticks to trip… Continue reading 15 Things Repeated to My Kids On a Daily Basis…