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

Carols and Coincidence

As I walked through the carpark on the way to collect my small girl from playschool on Tuesday festive tunes hung on the air. I continued on my way and the music got louder. Voices, singing, piano accompaniment, coming from the church. I checked the time on my phone, I had exactly 2 minutes. Looking … Continue reading Carols and Coincidence

An Incomplete List of Morning Struggles My Children Experience

The morning is a struggle for the children of this house. Some more than others. Despite being up (of their own accord) before 6am they face a series of challenges, some nearly insurmountable, many of which their inconsiderate parents just don't seem to appreciate or give sufficient weight to. The children of this house have finely … Continue reading An Incomplete List of Morning Struggles My Children Experience

What's It Like When Your Firstborn Starts School? 

This time three years ago we thought that we were as ready as we could possibly be for our precious firstborn  starting school. We'd done all the stuff you're supposed to do, the stuff that's covered in the letter that you get from the school and in the back to school advertising campaigns. The uniforms … Continue reading What's It Like When Your Firstborn Starts School? 

What’s It Like When Your Firstborn Starts School? 

This time three years ago we thought that we were as ready as we could possibly be for our precious firstborn  starting school. We'd done all the stuff you're supposed to do, the stuff that's covered in the letter that you get from the school and in the back to school advertising campaigns. The uniforms … Continue reading What’s It Like When Your Firstborn Starts School? 

Whose Job Is The Most Important?

It was 7.45pm. We were driving back from a hurling match 25 minutes' drive from our house. I'd left the house just after 7 that morning, had worked 8-4 then left work, called to the house to collect my five-year-old's football gear and the sandwiches (that my husband had made the night before) and drink … Continue reading Whose Job Is The Most Important?

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