Monthly Archives: September 2014

Kid in the Middle – by cartoonist Maeve O’Keeffe

Cartoonist, Cork

What’s it like to be the Kid in the Middle?

Kid in the Middle or Second Fiddle? 

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Does it make a difference where you come in your family? Bossy eldest, easygoing middle or outgoing youngest? I spoke to PJ Coogan on Cork’s 96FM’s Opinion Line about this parenting topic because, for years, I’ve been bombarded by the wail “It’s not fair!” by our man in the middle.

In families where the kids are close in age, the first is allegedly the over-achiever garnering greater privileges, the baby is spoilt and gets away with murder while the middle or second child can feel neglected and left out.  Is this true?  Continue reading

Grunter by cartoonist Maeve O’Keeffe

Cartoonist, Cork

Got a Grunter?

Got a Grunter?

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Have you got a grunter?  Last week I spoke to PJ Coogan on Cork’s 96FM’s Opinion Line about how the kids are coping with being back at school.  How do we know if all is well?  Will they tell us?  Are you, like me, one of those parents who ask their kids when they come in the door “How was school?” or “Howja get on today?”  I usually get a grunt – “Uh,” maybe followed by “Alright.”  I’d keel over with the shock if this pithy exchange led to a proper, actual conversation. Continue reading

School Start by cartoonist Maeve O’Keeffe

Cartoonist, Cork

Starting school is tough on the parent too!

The School Start & taking that photo can be tough on the parent!

Have you similar memories or stories to share? Post to my blog or email frazzledmammy@outlook.com

Damn phone.  So much for its in-built camera!  Here I am, trying to take a picture for posterity of son’s first day in Secondary school, but for no apparent reason, technology fails me.  I’ve lost a batch of photos.  Among them were some of his confirmation, 6th class graduation and last day of primary school.  Continue reading