Here’s another of my columns on the Irish Examiner’s Feelgood. Maybe not the best parenting advice but it worked for me. I like to call it rage and revenge. Last Saturday I woke in a good mood. Not having to leap out of bed for any early morning reason meant I could lie there a … More There I am in the paper #75
It is a well known fact that when you have children you change. There is no denying it. We may all think that we will be young dynamic parents, who will always remember just how boring new parents are, and then we have a baby and we change. For the next many many years we … More Whoops I forgot I’m still a mother.
This is a lovely letter from a mother to her children. It’s writer blogs at Its all about a bit of this and that. I hope you enjoy it. “Dear Kids, I know it’s an obvious first thing to say but I love you. More than anything in the world, more than myself, your Dad, … More Series of Letters. Letter 5.
Each week I oversee hundreds of children as they learn to swim. As the years have passed I have learned to see more than just a young swimmer. I see the quiet child, who struggles in the busy pool. The exuberant child, who bounds out with the biggest smile. The child who likes their own … More Are we witnessing the murder of young minds through education?
I think I am part of the very first group of parents to rear children in the era of computer and online technology. We had no rule books, no prior knowledge to tap into. This modern world of technology and social media, was very different to the world I knew as a child. In our … More We can’t ignore technology when we have children.
I am a mother. I have four children who I love to hug and to hold. I am their mentor, guide, friend and constant. For over twenty years I’ve been there for them. Yet I am still a child. My mother is thankfully a strong presence in my life. She is my mentor, guide, friend … More Do we ever grow up?
I have occasionally pondered whilst listening to the radio, what I would do if I saw lipstick on my husbands collar, or began to suspect he was up to no good? I have listened to these tales of deceit and wondered. How could you miss the signs for so long? How could you not suspect … More Explain that!
“What would you as a parent hate to see happen, in your childs future?”. Quite a number of years ago, when my eldest was a small toddler, another parent asked this question. We were visiting in a friends house, and all of us had young children. It wasn’t long before the list began to grow. … More Have you a close family?
How would you feel, if you just finished a nights work, organising the teaching of almost ninety children to swim? Wrecked, tired, irritable, weary? Well actually no that is not how I feel. I feel, young, invigorated, happy, buzzing. As I opened the doors to the pool tonight, a stream of children poured out. Among … More My wish for the class of 2013.
When I was a student nurse, I worked in a childrens hospital, as part of my training. It was here I learned a lot about dealing with children, from an amazing lady who would never have any of her own. The hospital was in inner city Dublin. It was surrounded by flats, which were inhabited … More It’s a miracle!