Baby, Body

Bellybutton, ankles and pelvic floor: 10 body parts that take on new significance when you’re pregnant…

YOU LIVE WITH your body, from the extremities to the intimates, every day of your life. Most likely you take it and its glorious functionality for granted – especially the bits you aren’t fully cognisant of. Then you get pregnant, and suddenly you’re hyper-aware of parts of your body you barely gave a thought to… Continue reading Bellybutton, ankles and pelvic floor: 10 body parts that take on new significance when you’re pregnant…

Baby, Body

7 ‘joys’ of pregnancy that most definitely weren’t joyful for me…

Leaving the GP's office six years ago, she took my hand, focussed her gaze and said: "Promise me one thing – ENJOY your first pregnancy; it's very different the second time around when you're running after a toddler." She wasn't the first or the last person to say that. "Enjoy your pregnancy." It should've have… Continue reading 7 ‘joys’ of pregnancy that most definitely weren’t joyful for me…

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…

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

Baby, meals, Mealtimes

Breastfeeding, Bottlefeeding, Can We All Just Support Each Other?

TheJournal.ie asked me to write a feature about breastfeeding, which is somewhat ironic considering it's something I've zero experience of. I sent over the below copy, which was exceedingly verbose; so, if you'd prefer to read the more succinct and balanced version, please make your way to TheJournal.ie's Family Magazine, otherwise, stay put for the… Continue reading Breastfeeding, Bottlefeeding, Can We All Just Support Each Other?

meals, Mealtimes

A Family That Eats Together; The Importance of a Regular Sit-down Meal…

After we all stop guffawing at the prospect of our kids happily gnawing on such an array of non-frozen foods not swaddled in breadcrumbs; you wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a free stock photo of a dinner table that doesn't include several bottles of wine or someone bending seductively over a pizza.… Continue reading A Family That Eats Together; The Importance of a Regular Sit-down Meal…

Body

#BackToSchool Usually Only Means One Thing… Lots of Parasite Parties. Of COURSE We Have Tips!

Of course, we're referring to your common head louse – not the litany of 'FUNZONE' birthday parties that will be rammed into every weekend from now until next July. You’ll never forget the first time your kids get lice. It’s cemented more in your memory than the first time you got the little buggers yourself… Continue reading #BackToSchool Usually Only Means One Thing… Lots of Parasite Parties. Of COURSE We Have Tips!

Mind

Have You Ever Left The Child Alone in The Car? Mums Have Been Arrested For That…

I'll put the hand up. It's been done, many times. I know it's "wrong", but if it's pissing rain and you're just nipping in to pay for the petrol after locking them into the car, it makes sense, right? RIGHT?? Wrong. Especially if you live in America. If you're currently judging me as much as… Continue reading Have You Ever Left The Child Alone in The Car? Mums Have Been Arrested For That…