I’ve been a little busy studying recently, so in an attempt to keep my blog afloat – here’s an article I wrote for Mums and Tots. Irvinestown, Enniskillen is the location of The Western Trust Human Milk Bank, Ireland’s only… Read More ›
Reflexology is an ancient alternative and complimentary touch therapy originally practised by the Chinese and is based on the idea that the reflexes in the feet are directly connected to every other part of the body. Reflexology can provide some… Read More ›
Many sibling relationships are fraught with conflict and most of us have probably had direct experience in our own lives. Watching our children’s battles can be upsetting and the urge to step in and possibly becoming embroiled can sometimes be… Read More ›
10 Sure Signs I’m a Belfast Mammy
When the kids won’t stop fighting – which is frequently – I shout ‘CEASE FIRE!!’ I often put up pretend road blocks around the house and quiz them on where they’re going and what they’re doing, only letting them pass… Read More ›
Promoting Child Safety
Regardless of our desire to supervise our children all of the time, this is not possible and won’t help develop their self-confidence or independence. We need to teach our children about their personal safety, while moving past our own fears… Read More ›
REAL DADS: Signing with baby
Words by Anna’s dad, Brian Sharky. A friend was bringing their baby to baby sign classes and said they’d really helped their daughter become more settled. They thought the classes were great and encouraged us to bring our daughter too…. Read More ›
Baby Sign Language
The idea of teaching sign to hearing children was first realised in the 1800s and has been used by speech and language therapists for decades to support children with speech and developmental delays. In recent years it has been recognised… Read More ›
Living In The Present
I’ve decided to join up with a linky by Aisling Lyons, a fellow member of the Irish parenting bloggers’ group. Aisling did a post ‘mindfulness and simple pleasures‘ where she wrote about her New Year’s resolution of living in… Read More ›
Coping With Colic
WHAT IS COLIC? Colic is defined as a behaviour rather than a medical condition. Paediatricians regard it as excessive and frequent, inconsolable crying in a baby who is otherwise in good health and feeding well. The episodes of crying can… Read More ›
Twins start school!!
Last week the twins started school, and although I knew the transition wouldn’t be overly difficult, a small part of me worried that things may not go smoothly. On the eve of their first day of school I found out… Read More ›
Real Adventure Playgrounds
What are junk and adventure playgrounds? Adventure playgrounds are in bold contrast to the modern playgrounds you’ll see around Ireland today which are planned and built according to minimum safety standards. Images of adventure playgrounds show ram shackled dens, old… Read More ›
Baby proofing guide
The Summer issue of Mums and Tots magazine is now in the shops for only €3. Here is one of my articles inside this great issue! 🙂 The majority of childhood accidents in Ireland take place within the home…. Read More ›
Ten things motherhood has taught me.
I’ve decided to join up with a linky by Lucy over at Learner Mama, a fellow member of the Irish parenting bloggers group. This is my first EVER linky and one that I couldn’t ignore. I spent the weekend mulling… Read More ›
A Sunday Ramble
I follow so many fantastic blogs, and quite a few of them belong to the parents of twins and young babies. Recently those bloggers have shared some precious moments, such as their child’s first tooth, first steps and first words…. Read More ›
As a newcomer to the world of blogging, I have discovered a supportive community of mothers, all willing to share and support each other through their parenting dilemmas and all manner of highs and lows. Some do it with beautifully… Read More ›
Is your family ready for a pet?
Big, puppy dog eyes are irresistible, especially if they belong to your young child who is pining for a new pet… As the proud owner of six chickens, two cats and a miniature Jack Russell, I see how much… Read More ›
‘Guess How Much I love You?.. All the way to Duplo’.
As today is World book day, I thought I’d use this post to mention a book which my kids love, and, I think, really helped them appreciate the concept of love and just how crazy I am about them. Yes… Read More ›
Top tips for mummies of newborn twins!
This short piece was published in the Autumn issue of the Irish Easy Parenting magazine. I forgot to share it earlier, but the advice is still relevant and will hopefully help some new mummies. If you intend to breastfeed your… Read More ›
Road trip.. with twins!
When the kids were small, the weekend trip to my parents’ house in Belfast, a mere three hours’ drive, was quite the ordeal. Three hours of my manic ‘we’re nearly there!’ didn’t provide much reassurance. On the day of travel, I… Read More ›
Just one of those days
It’s raining outside and… Read More ›
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