Mind

Dreading The Return to ‘Normal’?’ Some Tips To Ease Yourself Out of Lockdown

AS IRELAND EMERGES from lockdown, I’m nowhere near ready to cast off my cocoon quite yet. Does that sound self-indulgent, especially in light of all the horrendous situations people have been subjected to since lockdown kicked off in March? Homeless families existing in hotel rooms. Some people forced to isolate alone, deprived of human contact… Continue reading Dreading The Return to ‘Normal’?’ Some Tips To Ease Yourself Out of Lockdown

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

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…

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

Baby, Body, Mind

Eight Mums Speak Out About How They Eased Their Birthing Fears

There's a multitude of ways to prepare for a baby's arrival. In fact, some would wager too many...  In the run up, there are the practical things to prep for a baby, such as washing a million teeny onesies in your preferred brand of non-bio. Then deliberating which ones to bring to the hospital, while… Continue reading Eight Mums Speak Out About How They Eased Their Birthing Fears

Baby, Travel

Parenting Hacks: The A-Z of Travelling with Chislers…

TRAVELLING WITH BABIES and young kids can be a mammoth task. On top of juggling small humans, you must also manage buggies, boarding passes, repeated toilet requests and endless begging for snacks. But fear not. As a mum of two, I’ve been through my fair share of family holidays and have come out the other… Continue reading Parenting Hacks: The A-Z of Travelling with Chislers…

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…