Parents are to blame for obese kids. Period.

Parents are to blame for obese kids
Parents are to blame for obese kids – who else is at fault?

I was watching The Cutting Edge recently. You know the show that Brendan O’Connor hosts on RTE 1 of a Wednesday? One of his guests, political journalist, Daniel O’Connell, brought up the subject of obese children. He is of the opinion that parents are to blame for obese kids.

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GAA match with kids – bum wiping and the c-word!

GAA Match with kids
GAA Match with kids – My pair had an interesting trip to Ennis recently. Here’s Aidan in Croke Park before Meath took on Donegal in the Allianz Football League Division 2 final in March

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will know I’m a big GAA supporter. I love my club and I love my county. I’ve been keenly following Meath in the Allianz Football League since it got underway in February. So too have Aidan and Sarah but going to a GAA match with kids is a bit like bringing them to a restaurant. At first I think it’s a great idea but then realise I’ve had better ideas when I’ve got there!

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Nickelodeon characters at Aldi from March 7

Nickelodeon characters at Aldi
Nickelodeon characters at Aldi – in stores from March 7

Your little ones are in for a treat with the arrival of all of their favourite Nickelodeon characters at Aldi on Thursday, March 7. They’ll love the toys and you will love the prices! Choose from a wide range including PAW Patrol, PJ Masks or Peppa Pig toys and accessories, on sale in 137 Aldi stores nationwide.

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My ultimate parenting hates; they drive me mad!

parenting hates
Parenting hates – Play-Doh is top of my list.

Before I had kids I never really thought about cream crackers. I never really thought about McDonald’s Happy Meals. I never really thought about Weetabix. And I never really thought about Play Doh. However now, as a parent, I think about them all the time. Probably too much if I’m really honest. They are my parenting hates.

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Four-year-old obsessed with Michael D

Michael D Higgins

Miggle D Giggles or is it Michael D Higgins

Well, did Santy come to everyone? I know we are in to the second week of 2019 but this is my first post since before Christmas so I have to fill you in on what the big bearded man brought. Or perhaps I’ll just talk about the two gifts that have sparked Sarah’s latest obsession. Continue reading

Match Attax and my five-year-old

Match Attax

Match Attax – my son has a new obsession. Anyone else?

Soccer, football, call it want you want but it’s what I was reared on as a child. Of course the GAA played a role too but I was soccer mad as a kid. My father took me to every single Ireland game in what was then known as Lansdowne Road. He took me to the World Cup in America in 1994 and on numerous away trips to follow the Boys in Green. I was utterly obsessed.  Continue reading

Junior Infants teachers – can we canonise them all?!

Junior Infants teachers

Junior Infants teachers – they are saints. Absolute saints.

Let me set the scene. Picture 33 four and five-year-olds in the one room. The vast majority of them are giddy. They are not used to sitting down for prolonged periods. They are all probably talking over each other. To me it sounds like utter hell. However, that the reality for Aidan’s Junior Infants teacher and Junior Infants teachers all over the country five days a week. And do you know what, the woman that teachers my fella deserves a medal. Or fifty bloody medals for that matter!  Continue reading