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

Curiosity of a child – I don’t have all the answers!

curiosity of a child

The Curiosity of a child – Did a donkey do it?!

Question, questions and more questions. It’s all I get these days. Ah, the curiosity of a child. Car journeys are laced with questions. They come mostly from Aidan but Sarah has plenty of them too.
I have to admit it’s mostly cute and funny but they ask me the most random things. Sometimes I genuinely don’t have the answers and that doesn’t sit too well with them, particularly Aidan.  Continue reading