The ‘joys’ of toddler play

Toddlers have a very short attention span. I mean really short. I mean a goldfish might just probably pay you more attention than a toddler would. Today I planned a lovely morning of painting followed by water play – am I mad I hear you ask? Well yes quite probably I am as the painting…

Unwanted Followers of the Naked Variety

Unwanted Followers of the Naked Variety I currently have two blogs; one here on WordPress and one over on Tumblr (all about life as the parent of a toddler). My Tumblr account has been causing me much grief over the last couple of weeks. One day, about a fortnight ago, I received a happy email from…

The mystery of the opposite sex

This morning we went to our local butcher to buy some meat for a stew I have to make later (dreading this as I hate cooking). My little lady lit up when she saw the butcher and immediately said ‘hiya’ before tucking her face into my neck and pretending to be completely uninterested in his…

The poetry of falling rain

The tiny lady woke at three this morning and I made a quick decision (heavily influenced by sleep) to tuck her into bed with me; we drifted off together snug and safe. The next morning she woke up and, curiously for her, was very quiet and calm. She stared at the window, a look of…

Who really deserves a second chance?

Who really deserves a second chance?   I was mulling over writing a piece about the Michaella McCollum controversy over the last few days. I must admit when I initially read the backlash of negative press that followed her now infamous RTE interview I felt sorry for her and wondered why we find it so hard…

My tiny best friend

So I was scrolling through Facebook (writers should have an app to prevent this by the way as it literally sucks time) when I came across a link with the title ‘12 awkward texts you never want to see from your parents’ (or words to that effect). Anticipating a good chuckle I was about to…

Kim K – It’s Time to Put It Away!

Kim K – It’s Time to Put It Away! Recently I had a letter published in the Sunday Independent about my take on the whole Kim Kardashian naked selfie incident/publicity stunt. My view was (and is) that Kim should take into account the numerous young women who hold her up as the ultimate role model and…

The tightrope walk of parenthood

Today I was watching my tiny lady eating her snack and watching her favourite show Bing when it struck me how happy she looked. My eyes filled up; there was my very own little girl with her hair tied back looking adorable in jeans and a t-shirt. Then I realised why she looked so happy…it…

Making new friends – mammy-style!

Today I sat in the car singing songs with a pal I met at Gymboree. Before you have us carted off let me explain…our children were in the back and both of them were having ‘the blues’! It was a surreal moment – meeting a friend and ending up singing nursery rhymes. We agreed a…