Reward chart for grown-ups

Office Mum reward chart

It's hard to fit everything into the working day: morning rush, getting kids ready for school, getting self in somewhat presentable state for work, long commute catching up on e-mails and texts, work for eight hours, sort out optician appointments for kids, do online groceries or submit health insurance claims if there's time to take a lunch ...

Endure or Enjoy?

So it's the end of the Easter holidays and parents all over Ireland are breathing a sigh of relief - some because they are at home with their children all year round and it's a little more difficult to keep everyone entertained during school holidays, and some because they're at work and find it a challenge to arrange childcare ...

What the childminder said

"And it's just that I don't want her to feel self-conscious about how she looks with or without her glasses, and I know that this isn't creche and that as a school teacher you have a whole class to look after and you can't see everything and it's not your job to monitor all of ...

Switching off

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It's Good Friday, and I haven't thought about work once today - I love that. We took the kids to Powerscourt House and Gardens - well OK, the House followed by an "adventure" exploring the trees and grass verges on the way back to the car, via the garden centre. To be fair, we were willing ...

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

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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 ...

Best for babies?

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I saw an interesting post on an online parenting forum of which I'm a member - the question was whether or not the "ideals" of La Leche League would be offputting for new mums. The question came from someone who had invited friends to come along to a meeting and in the end they hadn't - she wondered ...

Guilt

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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 ...

Is there anyone out there?

Office Mum: stork and baby

It's after midnight, and like any mum whose baby wakes somewhere between 1am and 5am, I'm tucked up in bed, fast asleep, getting some precious zzz's in before it all kicks off. Except of course I'm not - I'm sitting up watching tv, finishing a glass of wine, and tapping out words on the internet. And I ...