Broken Sleep, Broken Promise

There wasn't much sleep had in our house last night. My three-and-a-half year old seems to have reverted to the sleeping habits of a newborn and was let's say "wakeful" for many hours during the night. What started out as reassuring hugs degenerated into abrupt shouts to "get back into bed right now!" over the … Continue reading Broken Sleep, Broken Promise

12 Family Friendly Halloween Days Out

It's the time of year for pumpkins and ghouls, so to be seasonal here's a list of some Halloween themed days out and activities that have come to my attention. I always feel the need to do something pumpkiny around this time of year before the leaf-kicking walks really kick off, so here are some … Continue reading 12 Family Friendly Halloween Days Out

My Tips for Dealing with Fussy Eaters (And Why the Usual Advice is Rubbish)

Do you have a "Fussy Eater" in your house? I think all kids go through phases and by us parents obsessing about it we make it worse. Parenting magazines and websites are full of tips on "how to get your fussy eater to eat their veg" (In fact I recently contributed my coping with fussy eaters … Continue reading My Tips for Dealing with Fussy Eaters (And Why the Usual Advice is Rubbish)

Whinging, Whining and Wishful Thinking?

I'm in the supermarket, my toddler is complaining that this is the wrong shop, kicking, shouting, making herself heard. I'm on the  school run, one child runs ahead purposefully, not wanting to be seen with the littler ones, another wants to balance on every kerb along the way. I'm at home in the morning, one child cannot find … Continue reading Whinging, Whining and Wishful Thinking?

How To Stop Your Kids Saying “I’m bored” This Summer Holidays

As every parent in the country rejoices at the thoughts of an end to uniforms and lunchboxes, we're bracing ourselves for the cries of "I'm bored". And the holidays haven't started yet in our house. I'm pretty strict on devices and TV so my kids say it very (very, very) often, add a small garden … Continue reading How To Stop Your Kids Saying “I’m bored” This Summer Holidays

How To Stop Your Kids Saying "I'm bored" This Summer Holidays

As every parent in the country rejoices at the thoughts of an end to uniforms and lunchboxes, we're bracing ourselves for the cries of "I'm bored". And the holidays haven't started yet in our house. I'm pretty strict on devices and TV so my kids say it very (very, very) often, add a small garden … Continue reading How To Stop Your Kids Saying "I'm bored" This Summer Holidays

Six Things That Say Me (Or Mammy)

"That is so YOU". "I saw this and thought of you instantly". "That always reminds me of you".  Sometimes we form associations with things and they forevermore remind us of that place, or that time, or a person. Maud at Awfully Chipper wrote a lovely post recently about remembering her mother's watch from her childhood and she … Continue reading Six Things That Say Me (Or Mammy)

A Glimpse of the Perfect Family

The boys' school reports arrived this week. Their teachers said nice things about them and  used words like "mannerly" and "polite". We checked that we'd been sent the right kids' reports, then smiled smugly at one another that something had sunk in and patted one another on the back for being an amazing parent. As … Continue reading A Glimpse of the Perfect Family