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Preschooler - Office Mum

June is mad. So says everyone. Teacher presents and end-of-term nights out and inductions for junior infants. Sports tournaments and school summer fairs - and barbecues every time it stops raining for more than six hours. I woke up this Monday morning and let out a long breath - another manic weekend done, and finally time to ...

This Too Shall Pass

bye bye sleepless nights

There are some platitudes that annoyed me as a new mother more than others, though I think it often depended on who the platitude-giver was and how little sleep I'd had the night before. My personal blood-pressure-raising one was "sleep when baby sleeps". I wanted to cry every time I heard it, and ask how that would help when ...

I. Just. Can’t.

the journey takes longer when he rolls a toy every inch of the way

Three kids. Two locations. Two drop-off times. Three pick-up times. I do the math. Over and over. It's nine separate car journeys a day. Forty-five car journeys a week. I am broken. We're only two weeks into the school-year and my new work from home life, and I am broken. Almost literally. My knees hurt. My ...

And off he goes

M Readybrek

His favourite pastimes are chasing pigeons, raiding cupboards and eating bagels. At lunch-time, he ignores what everyone else is having and goes his own way, even if that’s Ready Brek with fives spoons. At dinner-time, he gets up from the table and walks off to play with toys. I bring him back and he looks up at ...

A Minority Viewpoint on Sports Day

Kid

I'm going to sound like a killjoy now. I'm going to sound like the girl who always came last and never caught the ball (I was indeed the girl who always came last and never caught the ball.) But is it time to look at refreshing sports day? Could we come up with something that's more ...