A Little Girl’s View on Women Who Work

Clara - office mum

"Because dads have harder jobs than mums," announced my seven-year-old, stopping me in my tracks, as we pulled into the playground. She was chatting about summer and playdates and conversations she'd been having with friends in school about seeing each other over the holidays. She'd worked out that one of her friends might be around, because ...

It’s like talking to a child

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For the last few weeks, I've spent all day every day with a three-year-old boy as my constant companion. Three-year-old boys are very good fun to hang out with  - they make for great company. But it does strike me that we've very little in common. For example, things I enjoy include Pilates, clothes shopping, coffee ...

In the confessional – when mediocre mums go bad

the boy - office mum

Some days just don't go well. Every parent knows the kind of day. The day that chips and chips at your nerves, as tension builds, then finally bubbles over into something unpleasant. Today was my turn (we are taking turns, right?) The problems started with the rushing. Because it's the day the girls do gymnastics after ...

Office Mum stories – Sinéad Fox

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“One of the key drivers for my moving job was that my previous role had very little flexibility and only allowed working from home in very special circumstances and on a temporary basis.” This week’s interview is with solicitor, blogger, and mother of three Sinéad Fox. She talks guilt and glass ceilings, presenteeism and batch cooking, and ...

You Girls

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  You two. So different and so the same. Nature and nurture at play. One serious and dramatic and soft, the other quirky and dramatic and wise. Both of you in love with drawing and made-up-dancing and princesses and mermaids. One obsessed with flowers and seeds and reading, the other obsessed with order and tidiness and My ...

12 Signs There’s a Thing We’re Calling a Heatwave

Offie Mum - wine - Dun Laoghaire

In most countries, temperatures of 18 degrees don't qualify as a heatwave but in Ireland, we'll take what we can get. It might be still chilly in exposed areas (in either sense) but we know how fleeting this is, and we're making the most of it. Some signs there's a thing we're calling a heatwave in ...

Beauty Blogger for a Day: Barefaced Beauty

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While beauty bloggers are sent highlighters and eye-shadows and lipsticks to review, parent bloggers are asked if they'd like to take a look at cleaning products. OK, not always, I'm exaggerating, but still. Wouldn't it be great to be sent free beauty products? And to try them, and to write about them? Well lovely Sinead at ...

Office Mum stories – Eimear Hutchinson

Eimear Hutchinson - Office Mum

“It may however be the case that even the most ambitious of women change their priorities when they have children and therefore they are happy to reside under the glass ceiling as it gives them the freedom to be home at 5.30pm.” This week I speak to Eimear Hutchinson, a mum of two girls, Aoife and ...

5 Things I Learned This Weekend

Ginger Mojito Office Mum

1. Women can fix the world I had dinner on Friday night with five amazing, fun, smart, witty women. Over much white wine, we covered pod-casts, sex education, cyber-bullying, running, decluttering, books, blogs, the glass ceiling, tennis, part-time work, and the scary future that is parenting teens. And we had ginger mojitos, looking out at the ...