Should I let my kids fail? Or are they too young yet?

Should I let my kids fail?

Should I let my kids fail? I certainly don’t do it at present. Are they too young yet?

Last weekend I read Jennifer O’Connell’s column in the Irish Times. She was talking about stripping back parenting; about keeping it more simple.  Continue reading

Real parenting: who has time to make arty food for kids?


real parenting

I’m in the habit of real parenting but one day recently I took a notion to make aeroplane shaped sandwiches for the kids’ lunch. It was just that; a notion. I’ve never done it before and I don’t plan on making a habit of it.

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I have taken up refereeing


I have taken up refereeing. I’m the woman in the middle of three-year-old and an almost two-year-old and sometimes I really wish I had a sideline to send them to! Up until recently I had a relatively easy job with Sarah and Aidan because, for the most part, the latter didn’t bother playing with his little sister. However, now that she’s more hardy, the bickering, the pulling, the dragging, the hair pulling and the slapping would drive you round the twist. Continue reading

Review: Cambrils Park Resort, Spain

Cambrils Park in Spain’s Costa Dorada; a Mecca for families during the summer months. We learned of the resort through a friend after I mentioned wanting to take our first ever holiday abroad this summer. That was in June 2015 and I was warned to book it immediately or otherwise I didn’t stand a chance of getting in to the holy resort. Yes, a full year in advance!  Continue reading