I never wanted to be a stay at home mammy but now I am

stay at home mammy

I’m now a stay at home mammy

I never thought I was cut out to be a stay at home mammy. In fact I didn’t really want to be. Hell, I even wrote a whole blog post about it. That was then but here I am some two years on and I’m exactly what I didn’t want to be. Except I changed my mind.  Continue reading

Soccer stars don’t get a look in with my local GAA mad child

GAA mad child

My GAA mad child: Aidan was over the moon to meet one of his heroes, Moorefield’s David Whyte, recently

I was raised on sidelines. I was fed sport from an early age. I was a GAA mad child and it, and sport, consumed my father’s life. He ran marathons, he cycled, but when I was a small one, it was the GAA that trumped all in our house. Walterstown GAA in rural Co Meath to be precise.  Continue reading

Help! Stranger Danger – my daughter so doesn’t get it

Stranger Danger

Stranger Danger – This little madam loves strangers. A bit too much for my liking!

I’m really lucky that both Aidan and Sarah are very social kids. Neither of them are shy, they instantly make friends with other kids and adults alike. You would never think it, but Aidan is slightly more shy than his sister. It always takes him a few minutes to warm to new people, but once he does he’s in like Flynn!  Continue reading

My new baby has made my life complete!

new baby Dyson

How my new baby makes me feel! Like I’m on top of the world!

A good while back I asked if three really was the magic number. I was debating whether or not to have a third child. Well I’m glad to announce that the third baby, the fifth member of the family, arrived in to the house a couple of weeks ago. And I don’t know how I ever lived without said baby!  Continue reading

I believe her and, as a parent, I’m fearful

I believe her

I believe her, the Belfast girl, but as a parent of a girl, I want her to grow up in a world where things are different.

I’m a woman. A woman who has never been raped. Thankfully. The ordeal of rape is a horrific one, no doubt. The girl in the Belfast rape trial outlined just how horrific it is. She was abused. She was degraded. She was exposed. Then she was vilified and after all that she was discredited by Northern Ireland’s appalling misogynistic legal system. I believe her.  Continue reading

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

Aldi Santa Milk, in store from Tuesday

Aldi Santa Milk

Aldi Santa Milk

Getting the mince pies, carrots and milk together for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve is a tradition that takes place the world over each year on Christmas Eve.  Traveling the world and delivering gifts can be thirsty work, so Aldi are once again making sure that your fridge is stocked with Santa’s favourite tipple, milk!  Continue reading