Office Mum stories – Clare Holman

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“I think it’s a good example to set to your kids that mums work too, so on balance I’m pretty guilt-free, but nothing is ever quite perfect especially when you hear the words ‘Mama, STOP LOOKING AT YOUR LAPTOP AND PLAY WITH ME’!” This week’s interview is with Clare Holman – the Dublin mum of three ...

Half way through ups and downs

yellow leaves

It's been eight weeks of school-runs. Eight weeks of yellow-box waves and headlight nods. Eight weeks of leaf kicking and breath taking. Eight weeks of russet and orange and yellow journeys. An up and down start to a whole new phase; finding feet. It's the most beautiful autumn I've ever witnessed. I don't know if it's because ...

Halloween themed midterm for the uninspired parent

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Midterm break crept up on me this year, and I realised this morning that we have no plans at all - other than not getting dressed until as late as humanly possible every morning. The kids are here all week, so day-time working is suspended, but I forgot to come up with actual things to do. So I ...

Sorry Seems to be the Easiest Word

Who me? What chocolate?

When my eldest was two, I remember that she really disliked saying sorry. I remember because I found it fascinating that at such a young age, she instinctively recoiled from apologising. It seemed like a very adult reaction from someone too small to really understand the concept of right and wrong, actions and responsibilities. I'm guessing ...

The Unscientific Theory of Shouting

the latest recipient of my shouting is OK

Whenever it all falls apart on the parenting front, I look to see the underlying cause and what I could have done differently. Like when the small boy had a meltdown on the way to school and I carried him screaming all the way, I knew it wouldn't have happened if we'd left earlier - ...