Here is my latest column in the Irish Examiner’s Feelgood where I share some incredible parenting insights… Not! Recently, something happened which stopped me in my tracks. It made me question my thinking as a mother and caused me to wonder what sort of mother had I become? Over twenty-five years ago I had my … More There I am in the paper #82
Here you go, one of my Irish Examiner columns. Hope at least one of you manage a smile. My apologies if you were disturbed last Wednesday around lunchtime, by a loud hissing noise, not unlike the air leaking out of a giant balloon. Don’t worry it was just me letting out my breath as my … More There I am in the paper #72.
This day next week my youngest will turn sixteen. As I ponder where the years have gone I was reminded of this post I wrote a few years ago. When the last door closes. Last night was a night like any other. There was no sign. No warning. We said ‘Goodnight’ and off she went, … More A trip down memory lane.
Yesterday I had lots planned for today, after all it was Monday, the day after the weekend, the first day of the working week for most. Then my eldest said, “Tomorrow is my only day off until the end of June. Will we do something?” I should have taken the time to think about it, … More When you decide to skip Monday…
It’s been a strange week. The reality of three children leaving home at the same time is dawning. It’s not all bad I can assure you. I’m already beginning to take more than a little delight in the quietness, lack of laundry, the joy of no ‘stuff’ strewn about the hall and the amount of … More Can you describe parenting in one word?
This day twenty one years ago I left home the mother of one. Many hours later my son was delivered. Today he is many miles from home hopefully celebrating his birthday. As I sit here alone and remember so many wonderful moments I feel a tinge of sadness. So many memories, so many parts of … More ‘It’s a boy’. Happy Birthday.
Last night I didn’t make a holy show of myself. I didn’t die of a broken heart nor did I embarrass myself in any way, but rest assured I felt like it. For last night my husband and I walked our youngest in the door of her primary school for her graduation. Our final graduation … More On to her next adventure.
Do you ever wonder at the person you have become? How different are you from the child you used to be? In many ways I am still the same girl I used to be, but in other ways I am all grown up. The temper I had so little control of is still there, but … More Look at me now!
Sometimes a moment comes when we realise the years have flown by. We have celebrated birthdays and are aware we are getting older but we rarely feel it… until we have children. As we begin to celebrate their birthdays and mark their aging we wonder, ‘how can we have children that age and still feel … More To the small girl at the top of the slide
Some of you may remember me writing how I gave my children a special gift when they were born. Not your ordinary shop bought gift but a special one from the heart, a gift I assure you they have never appreciated, but I still love. What did I give them? I gave them a song. … More Where have you gone my little one?