As a freelance writer, I’ve written for a variety of magazines, newspapers and websites, including , HerFamily.ie , Irish Examiner the Independent , , Image Magazine Magpie Magazine, Woman’s Way, Maternity and Infant, Mums and Tots, Pregnancy and Parenting, , The Journal.ie Health and Living (with the Independent), , eumom and US site . Scary Mommy
If you’re an editor or agency looking for content, please email me at Andrea@OfficeMum.ie
To see me do a TV interview in my kitchen, have a look here! Andrea Mara blogging interview with Amanda Brunker – RTE Today Show
You’ve got a business idea – where to now? (+ page 2) Image magazine, July 2015
Imposter Syndrome – stop sabotaging your success
Irish parents who are choosing to homeschool their children
Think outside the lunchbox
Word up: You can never start too young when it comes to reading
Naughty, naughty: The discipline methods that work and those that don’t
Balancing act: How to give your toddler attention when a new baby arrives
Gentle Parenting: The mindfulness alternative to time out
How to cope with life after maternity leave
Telltale signs: Why parents should allow the tale to be told
The Wheel Deal: Everything you need to know about buying a first family car
Baby’s First Christmas
Sweet Dreams: top tips for achieving better sleep as a new mum
7 ways to keep your baby healthy through the harsh Irish winter
The childcare question: picking the one that best suits your needs
Hold me close: The whats, whys and hows of babywearing
Pink V Blue: Does it matter what colour you dress your child in?
Taking the stress out of big school
Always read the back
Going potty: top tips to successfully potty train your toddler
Protein Power – how much protein should kids be getting?
Doing it all – could doing too many after-school activities be a bad idea?
Home Truths – What do do in the early days of maternity leave
Enough is Enough – The clear your plate mentality
Fun and Games – Feeling guilty for not playing with kids
The Reality of new Motherhood
Get With The Program
The Irish Examiner
Diversity in the workplace – interview with eBay’s Rhonda Doyle
Tongue Tie and the simple procedure to fix it
Is it easier to go to work or stay at home?
How much should we censor books for kids?
People who met online and then in real life
All the presidents’ children
Where does a healthy interest in gaming become an obsession?
Are we really smashing gender stereotypes for young girls?
Why cosmetic surgery games for kids need to be cut out
What should the age of online consent be?
With Santa on his way, we look at why gendered marketing matters
What’s the right age to give a child a mobile phone?
Interview with Simon Delaney
Team Hope Shoebox Appeal shows the real gift of giving
How much screen time is too much for small children?
Why working mums should ditch the pointless guilt
The cost of education can often catch people out
Stay at home mums are working it (or my title: I’m not a stay-at-home mum!)
Why does the perfect kiss remain at the heart of every romance?
The working parent’s guide to surviving the school holidays
Why don’t dads take parental leave?
Turn off your phone and go to sleep
Housework 101: how to keep your house clean without losing your mind
These are the things Irish mothers wish they’d known before having children
There is very little help for breastfeeding mothers in Ireland
6 parents discuss finding the perfect work/ life balance
Giving your child a smartphone for Christmas? Here’s how to make their online experience safer
Do women need to act like men to succeed at work?
Why is Ireland on course to be the fattest nation in Europe?
Home Truths: Life as a stay-at-home mum is a tough job
Letting Kids Run Free Makes Them Better Adults
Women can do it all
When it comes to kids – three is the magic number
Cut the working mum guilt – children aren’t suffering
Why do parents continue working, if a salary only just covers childcare?
The Irish Examiner – Feelgood magazine
From blogging to fiction
Fruit waters have as much sugar as fizzy drinks
Karen Koster launches skin safety campaign
How to help a child who is being bullied
Why I’m embracing Mother’s Day in all its homemade glory
First Beyoncé, then Amal – but twins are on the rise in real life too
Explaining the role of SNAs
Space Invaders: Finding the best storage solutions for your kids’ toys
Parents: Manage your own stress levels first at Christmas time
Moana and the Disney Princesses – how females are portrayed in children’s films
Snacks that aren’t as healthy as they seem
Trying to be the perfect parent will only stress you out (my favourite feature ever)
Nutritional information for wannabe and expectant parents
How to make homework more productive and enjoyable
Giving children an opportunity to explore is the first step to independence
The role of food in chronic illnesses in children
Allergies in kids: On the increase, and the cause is not known
Baby-led weaning: tips for moving your baby to solids
Getting Crafty: why arts and crafts are good for kids
First time mothers looks to parenting forums for advice
Tips for when you bring your little girl shopping for clothes
Weight to go – post-natal exercise for mums and babies
Top ten Santa sites for kids
Stop sabotaging your career!
Articles written for HerFamily.ie
Women who regretted having children
Christmas Eve traditions
Am I the Christmas Grinch?
The pump and dump debate
Changing your name after marriage – yay or nay?
All mothers should work outside the home, says this author
Miscarriage: the aftermath, the taboo, the emotions
Real life birth stories
Why the sacrifices you make as a parent are totally worth it
Why certain parents are really glad the holidays are over
Is maternity leave in Ireland too short?
Is there a lack of support for new mums in this country?
Should mental health classes be taught in our schools?
62% of readers think the state should provide parenting classes – do you?
Have parents finally lost the plot?
Why saying “good girl” is a big no no
The secret trick to surviving the workplace as a parent
Discrimination at work for being pregnant? You better believe it
Are these two words making you sound weak?
The truth about parenting books
GE16: What do parents want in terms of
Reproductive Rights, Education, Healthcare, and Childcare (four articles)
Single-sex schools: Are they better or worse?
Childcare for €2 an hour – the election promise of every parent’s dreams?
A letter to the woman who couldn’t imagine leaving her child in creche
Paternity leave is on the way!
Dads have harder jobs than mums
Have you heard of Rabenmutter?
Why do women earn 14% less than men?
Does having kids make you unhappy?
How to handle pocket money requests
Parenting is hard, but lashing out isn’t the answer
Flexible work – here’s how to get it
Do men need to worry about rising paternal age?
Irish mums among the worst off in Europe
10 steps for handling school when you’re a working mum
Gender neutral toys: why it’s important to let children choose
How much maternity leave should you take?
Will women ever support each other?
The unwritten rules of naming baby
The trouble with TV
Back to school without losing your mind
Why I bring my kids to restaurants
Are you guilty of online sharenting?
The Facebook version of my holiday
Flexible working: When the 9-to-5 is wrong for your family
The need for me-time after babies
How to rebuild confidence after maternity leave
Why working from home is the business
After-school activities and summer camps – how much is too much?
The plague of homework
Why the fertility timebomb is nothing but scaremongering
The tedium that is making school lunches
Tongue Tie – what is it, and how does it affect breastfeeding?
Marriage Referendum and small kids
Impostor Syndrome – do you have it?
How to choose childcare
The ultimate 12-step guide to being a working mum
The bedtime chore
Female CEO apologises to working mums
The life lessons I’m teaching my kids
Is paternity leave on the way?
The toddler-induced hangover
How do you do it all?
The best part of the day (or not)
The working parent dilemma – when a child is sick
Why the things that make me happy are simpler now
The Burden of Being First Born
How House of Cards inspires my parenting
How to get your child to sleep through the night in just 2.5 years
The Facebook Version
maternity & infant magazine (print only)
Tongue Tie – what is it and what do you do if your baby has it
Blogging as a career – an interview with maternity and infant editor Penny Gray
Pearly Whites – what’s causing the increase in tooth decay in kids?
Virtual Friends – the internet as a resource for new mums – is there a downside?
Presenteeism – reaction from working mothers and tips from expert Sarah Courtney
Barriers to healthy eating
Mother & Baby (UK)
Regain your confidence after maternity leave (PDF)
After School Overload Sept 3rd 2015 (pdf)
Should you censor your child’s reading? (print only)
9 things I’ve learnt since becoming a working mother
Thanksgiving: I’m thankful for the predictability of everyday life
18 places to visit Santa
Unusual Irish Babynames
I’m the Halloween Grinch
Budget 2015: what does it mean for families?
The smile that saved me
Uniforms: Yay or Nay?
Reading to young children
Parenting by hypocrisy
Two little school-girls
Breastfeeding in public
The Terrible Twos
10 things I’ve learnt about parenting
When the age-gap is small…
Top 10 family friendly hotels
A messy house & happy kids
The dinner-time wars
The loneliness of first-time motherhood
How did I get here?
The magic & mystery of a sleeping toddler
Why do working mothers keep saying yes?
Know your maternity-leave rights
Glitter, glue and a homemade Mother’s Day
Christmas expectations V reality
8 things I’ve learnt about Christmas
The unwritten rule that helps stressed parents through the tough days
Why are employers rewarding long hours in the office above all else?
Five things I swore I’d never do if I had kids
Yes I leave work on time – but it doesn’t mean I won’t work hard
Playground etiquette and other mysteries
The mammy-wars and other myths
Is there a glass ceiling for women in the workplace?
Women CEOs are more likely to be fired
Prime Time Childcare exposé – one year on
The internet and creativity
Why do people continue to do the hardest job in the world?
Why do more women stay at home?
5 things I got wrong about starting school
What should we teach our kids about competitiveness?
Independent Health and Living Magazine
Tongue Tie Fail
Netmums Blog of the Week/ blog post of the day
Emotions you can’t explain
11 classes I need for my kids
6 great reasons to work from home
Imagine a world where we can define how we work?
Working Mother Guilt – Does it Ever Ease?
Having It All? Mothers Should be Able to Choose
Flexible Working in the Corporate World: Does it Exist?
Pregnancy & Parenting magazine
Sleep is for the wise (original version published on Office Mum)
Feel the fear (original version published on Office Mum)
Mums & Tots Magazine
Middle Child Syndrome
5 Tips for Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave
The Huffington Post (UK Lifestyle):
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7 Good Reasons to Work From Home
TV – a tiny category
RTÉJr with Tara Loughey Grant and Orla Walsh talking about
Life After Birth
Today show on RTÉ1 being interviewed by Amanda Brunker about blogging 28 January 2016:
Prime Time report on squeezed middle 13 November 2014:
Prime Time (from 1 minute 24)
Prime Time audience on childcare costs 30 September 2014:
Prime Time (at 17 minutes 10)
The Last Word on Today FM talking about women working and staying in touch with work during maternity leave (April 27th 2017)
Cosmetic Surgery Games – speaking to Jonathan Healy on Newstalk on Monday February 20th 2017
Spin Talk about Impostor Syndrome Tuesday March 3rd 2015 and various parenting topics over summer 2015 and 2016
Interview guest on
Late Lunch Live on LMFM Radio July 30th 2014
Interview guest on
The Hen House with Barbara Scully on Dublin South FM August 6th 2014
Phone guest on
Late Lunch Live on LMFM Radio February 11th 2014 talking about working mothers
Phone guest on
WLRfm on August 11th 2014 talking about older children in buggies and on February 5th about working mohters (podcast no longer available for latter)
RTE Radio 1
Mooney Show Tuesday October 7th 2014, chatting to Brenda Donohue about why I don’t love the playground.
Interview with George Hook on
The Right Hook on Newstalk Tuesday December 2nd 2014, talking about paternity leave and why it’s good for dads (except we don’t have it at all in Ireland)
The Last Word on Today FM talking about the cost of childcare December 2013
Winner of “Best Parenting Blog” at Blog Awards Ireland 2015
Winner of “Best Overall Parenting Blog” at the Glenisk Irish Parenting Blog Awards 2015
Winner of “Best Parenting Blog” at the Image Blog Awards 2014
Bronze in Best Parenting Blog – maternity & infant awards 2015
Finalist in Best Writer, Best Personal Blog, Best Parenting Blog and Best Blog Post in the
Irish Parenting Blog Awards 2015
Finalist in Best Personal Blog, at the Irish Blog Awards 2013
Shortlisted in Best Parenting Blog, at the Irish Blog Awards 2014
Featured in other newspaper & magazine articles:
Stellar.ie: 5 bloggers who write about more than fashion and beauty
Creche kids: A ticking timebomb?
The modern mum’s guide to worrying
Irish Examiner: Why does the glass ceiling still exist for women?
Photo: Ronan Lang (Independent.ie)
Yvonne Hogan’s Diary of a Working Mum – feature on Irish bloggers
It’s time to end the mammy wars
Are working mothers under attack? – Budget 2014
Mother’s Day feature in Independent
Why an apple a day will keep teacher happy – Present buying for teachers
10 unusual ways to beat work stress
Image Blog Awards!
Budget 2014 “I would love if there was something for working parents”
Budget 2015: Reaction
Water charges: Reaction
Why I switched – Switching Saturday
Bye, bye Barbie
Irish Country Magazine
Glenisk Blogalicious after winning the Best Overall Parenting Blog at the Glenisk Irish Parenting Blog Awards
In November 2016, I was delighted to
sign a book deal with Irish publisher Poolbeg Press – the book which is likely to be called The Other Side of the Wall is in progress, and due to be published in summer 2017. To give you an idea of what it’s about, here’s the blurb:
When Sylvia looks out her bedroom window and sees a child face down in the pond next door, she races into her neighbour’s garden. But the pond is empty, and no-one is answering the door.
Wondering if night feeds and sleep deprivation are getting to her, she puts it out of her mind – until a week later, when she hears the sound of a man crying through her bedroom wall.
Sam is the man living next door to Sylvia. He hoped the new house would fix everything, but it’s off to a bad start. And for him, it’s about to get unimaginably worse.
Kate is Sam’s wife. She’s fed up with his late nights at work, until a letter brings everything crashing down around her.
A local child goes missing, then Sylvia’s own daughter wakes one night screaming that there’s a man in her room. Sylvia’s husband insists it’s all in her mind, but she is increasingly certain it’s not – there’s something very wrong on the other side of the wall.
My short story Into The Forest was shortlisted in April 2016 for the
Colm Toibín International Short Story Award as part of the Focail Wexford Literary Festival.
Into The Forest was awarded first place in the BookersCorner September/ October short story competition in late 2016.
And back in 2015 my first ever short story “That Awkward Moment” – a not very romantic at all love story – was included in
The Little Book of Love anthology, by the Imagine Write Inspire group, available from Amazon for £1.47