5 Things to do in Dublin for Free

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This post could also have been called "What we did this summer so far", or "Places I lost my youngest child this summer and needed help from strangers to find him" or simply "Brambles cafés we've been too, because they are EVERYWHERE now." We were away for the heatwave and since we've come home from holidays, the ...

Ferry or Flight – Which is Easier When Travelling With Kids?

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For five years in a row, we took the ferry to France, then last year, for the first time since having kids, we braved getting on a plane, and we did it again this year. Throughout the journey, I couldn't help comparing flight and ferry in my head, so in case you've only done one ...

What are the hidden causes of tooth decay in small children?

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This article first appeared in maternity & infant, October/ November issue, and after watching Sugar Crash on RTÉ earlier this week, I thought I'd post it here. Why is dental decay in kids on the increase in Ireland, and why is nobody telling parents that waiting for primary school screening is not advisable? Paediatric Dentist Dr. Rose-Marie ...

Check It Fits: Get Your Car Seat Checked for Free

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Two years ago, the world’s media watched as Prince William strapped his newborn son into a car seat for the first time. He appeared to be nervous, and understandably so – every parent knows the daunting task that is the first fumbling foray into the world of car seats. And even those of us who do ...

Three campsites in France: comparison and review

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Recently, I asked my seven-year-old if she remembered Sequoia Parc, the campsite we stayed in, two years ago in France. "Of course I do - it had a dragon pirate ship thing beside the pool," she said. "No," I said, "That was Clarys Plage, last year." She was sure I was wrong. I was sure I was right. ...

A Big List of Places to Visit Santa in Ireland (for eumom)

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Taking kids to visit Santa in the run up to Christmas - a tradition that's been around since the 19th century in the States, and presumably almost as long here in Ireland. I have gorgeous memories of going to see "Santy" in Switzers in Cork in the 1980s - I can't remember any of the ...

5 Tips for Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave

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Childcare booked - check. Return to work date agreed - check. Sense of calm and wellbeing? Not quite there yet. Going back to work after maternity leave is a time of mixed emotions for many mothers - for some it's a worry, for some, it's exciting. And for most, it's a lot from column A and ...

Pregnancy Care Package: Tips and Links for Expectant Parents

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What do you wish you'd known when you were expecting your first child? What should you have bought, and what could you have left on the shelf? What do you wish you'd known about sleeping and feeding before and after your baby arrived? There's a wealth of information out there, but I knew little about it when I was starting out on the road to ...

How to beat the daylight savings impact – for parents of small kids

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Lots of people are worrying about the clocks going back tonight and babies waking early tomorrow morning; here's my take on it: My toddler wakes around 6.30am - he will wake at 6.30am tomorrow morning, though it will be considered to be 5.30am due to Daylight Savings. So I'm not going to change my clock back tonight. When ...

From the Experts: Tips for Working Mothers

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Since starting Office Mum, I’ve been fortunate to get to know some really inspiring women who work in the area of helping mothers to balance careers with family. They’ve very kindly joined forces to contribute to this post, in order to give you some of their top tips for juggling work and home – setting ...