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 ...

When the age-gap is small…

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When my first baby was a year old, my husband and I thought we had it licked. "This is pretty easy actually," we said to each other, "We've come through the first year unscathed, let's have another one!" I mean, how much harder could two possibly be? As it turned out, when the first baby is still ...

Ten family friendly hotels in Ireland

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My first holiday as a parent was a bit of a shock. I remember looking forward to it, thinking that it would a relaxing, sun-filled, restful ten days - a few glasses of wine, some nice dinners, and lots of sleep. Oh and reading - a great chance to catch up on all those books ...

A messy house and happy kids – is there a lesson for us all this Father’s Day?

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As I sat in my local Starbucks recently, I noticed how many dad and baby pairings surrounded me, and wondered if perhaps the roles of mothers and fathers are drawing ever closer. Then I thought a bit more, about how different my husband and I are at home and changed my mind. I thought about ...

The loneliness of first time motherhood

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Where to buy a moses basket mattress, what to pack in the hospital bag, which books to read, where to find baby name meanings and why you must put your unborn child's name down for schools: these are just some of the many pieces of advice I was given when expecting my first baby. But what ...

Third child syndrome and how it’s really a good thing

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My third child is experiencing quite a relaxed toddlerhood, compared to that of my second and especially my first. He has fewer toys, fewer clothes, and hand-me-down everything possible - so a lot of pink. But he's the happiest, most chilled out kid of our bunch, so we must be doing something right - finally.... In ...

A sleep through the night spell (from the toddler’s floor)

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I'm writing this intro from the floor of my toddler's bedroom. He's sort of asleep, but not quite. I'm safe to have my phone switched on, but it's not yet time to sneak out of the room. I know this because I have been doing it every night for the last three months. Since we ...

Why do working mothers keep saying yes?

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I'm not great at saying no. And I have some colleagues at work who are not great at saying no. And some good friends who don't say no to their bosses easily. We have something in common - we are all parents - all working mothers. We all work, and are paid for, part-time hours. And most of us ...