Stop pointing at the bumps!

So women are fasting and over-exercising during pregnancy to avoid weight gain - "Pregorexia", which is a dangerous obsession with staying slim while pregnant, is on the rise, according to a recent article in Grazia. They are desperate to maintain their pre-pregnancy figures as far as possible, and to avoid putting on weight that will be difficult ...

Anglotapes: what would women do?

Listening to the Anglotapes for the second day today, like most of the country, I’m angry and speechless. We all know the history of what happened, but to actually hear the conversations played out – to hear the lack of forethought, the complete absence of care, the clear intention to mislead, is shocking. The Anglo directors made ...

Weighing in on childcare

Childcare Office Mum

As a mother to three children under six, most of my adult conversations every day are with other parents, most of whom have kids in childcare. Over the last few days, a recurring topic is the news story about RTE's Prime Time sending undercover researchers into two Dublin creches, and gathering video footage of children allegedly being mistreated. See ...

A mother’s right to work is sacred

We woke one morning last week to the news that new Personal Insolvency Guidelines would mean people would be asked to cut out Sky Sports packages, stick to one foreign holiday per year, take the kids out of private school and get rid of that expensive second car. It was an interesting topic for the various ...

Don’t rock that boat

boat - office mum

Today I was chatting to a friend who is a mum of two small children and works a three day week. She job-shares, but the person with whom she shares is leaving her role. My friend’s company are not hiring anyone to replace this position, and she has been told to take on all the ...

Guilt

clock - office mum

Last night I wrote my first blog post, about the challenges facing working mums, and the universe subsequently laughed at me, in a "you ain't seen nothing yet" kind of way, then unleashed a properly challenging day on this working mum: My baby was up from 3am onwards, feeding like a newborn, oblivious to my looming day at ...