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Tips for finding a childminder she said. Post your questions here she said. And the Gods of Taking Down Smug People thought "ha!" And even though I wasn't being horribly smug, take me down they did. Within one week of writing a blog post with tips for finding a childminder, I lost my own. Our lovely childminder handed her ...

Breastfeeding support: links

Office Mum: baby photo

As a follow on to my post for the Irish Parenting Bloggers World Breastfeeding Week blog march 2013 (that's some title!), I've pulled together a set of links for the many groups and websites you can access for advice on and support with breastfeeding: Breastfeeding.ie is a one-stop shop which includes information on where to get ...

Breastfeeding support : change the focus

It's World Breastfeeding Week from August 1st to August 7th, and the Irish Parenting Bloggers have decided to do a Blog March to show support.  Each of us will publish a post this week based on our own breastfeeding experiences, and linked to this year's theme: Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers. This has been rattling around in ...

Tips for finding a childminder (nanny)

Office Mum: Coffee

So, you need to find a complete stranger to come into your house and be solely responsible for your children while you're not there. Scary stuff. Looking for a childminder (or nanny to use the more correct term) can be a very daunting challenge. When I was starting to think about this, a good and wise ...

Why SHOULD childless women do longer hours

A provocative headline from the daily mail: why SHOULD childless women like us do longer hours to cover for working mothers  see the article hereMore than 1,000 comments already, and the pot has well and truly been stirred. But a headline like “Most people work together as best they can to achieve a mutually satisfying outcome” ...

tips for taking the ferry to France

snack, ferry tips - office mum

The ferry never changes. The familiar smell of exhausts as engines are switched off and families squeeze between rows of roof-box-topped cars to reach the entry doors. The staff with genuine smiles waiting to greet us and help tiny children clamber up the steep steps. The sense of relief when we emerge on the fifth floor and spill ...

still learning from the kids

There was a funny moment this morning when I was getting breakfast for the kids - well ironic more than funny. The two girls were busy at the table making necklaces by threading beads onto string, and deep in concentration, they were ignoring my requests for help. I was rushing as I was due to start work ...