Category Archives: Parenthood

Pocket Money – Cartoon Illustrator

Pocket Money – Cartoon Illustrator

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Spend by Cartoon Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

Do today’s kids get too much pocket money?  In a recent survey carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions @creditunionie , teenagers are apparently receiving an average of €13 a week, while research commissioned by Danske Bank shows that most parents are giving an average of €27 a month to children aged between 12 and 15 years.

Is this overkill or the expected stipend for teens to survive in today’s economic climate?  And if mums & dads don’t cough up, are we bad, cheapskate parents? Continue reading

Kindness – Cartoon Illustrator

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Kindness by Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

Kindness – Cartoon Illustrator

Lent – 6 weeks of penance, giving up sweets, cigarettes or beverages that are bad for us.  It’s a time to clean up our act.  Like New Year’s, an opportunity to make a new start and redeem our sorry selves.

But first, there’s that last gluttonous fling of Shrove or Pancake Tuesday. Continue reading

Smack by Cartoon Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

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Smack by Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

Smack – Cartoon Illustrator

Is it OK to smack your child for bad behaviour?  Pope Francis apparently thinks so, sparking controversial debate across newsprint, social media and radio.  Last Monday, it was one of the topics on PJ Coogan’s ‘Opinion Line’ @pjcoogan on @Corks96FM .  As a mother of three, I’ve had many scenarios where discipline is needed and was happy to join the discussion. Continue reading

Handwriting by Cartoon Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

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Handwriting by Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

Handwriting – Cartoon Illustrator

I read an interesting article in the @IrishTimes maintaining that primary school doesn’t teach children crucial life skills.  With a busy curriculum, there is little time for PE, while skills like sewing typically don’t get done.  But handwriting, too, seems to have taken a hit. Continue reading

Night Class by Cartoon Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

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Night Class by Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

Night Class – Cartoon Illustrator

A familiar pamphlet was pushed through the letterbox – Adult Education Night Classes.  I dropped the hoover to look through the list.
Over the years (pre and post babies) I’ve loved doing night classes in all sorts of things like computers, yoga, tennis, photography, printmaking and creative writing.  Never made it to TaekwonDo, Ballroom or Line Dancing but you never know, if Garth Brooks lands a gig here, might give that a go.  I was a night class junkie, addicted to my fix of self improvement and shamelessly happy to escape from the kids. Continue reading

Sales – Cartoon Illustrator

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Sales Madness by Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

Sales – Cartoon Illustrator

Christmas is over, the kids are back in school and it’s only now I have time to browse around the sales.  But at this stage, I think “What’s the point?”  Surely all the good stuff is gone?  Although there might be a few bargains left.  Continue reading

Xmas 2014 – Cartoon Illustrator

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Last Santa visit? – Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

Xmas 2014 – Cartoon illustrator

There’s a time for everything.  We all know that once kids leave Primary school, Santa pretty much stops coming.  It’s purely practical.  As they grow up, older children make way on Santa’s list for all the new babies that are born – there’s only so much the elves can do and only so many toys to go around. Continue reading

Christmas Baking – Illustrators Ireland

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Christmas baking chaos by Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe

Christmas baking – Illustrators Ireland

We all have our talents but baking isn’t one of mine.  Like a lot of people I enjoy watching cookery shows and, of course, LOVE sampling nice food, but as for Christmas baking?  That seems too advanced and out of my league.

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Xmas Tree by Cartoonist Maeve O’Keeffe

Cartoonist, Cork, Maeve O'Keeffe

Buying the tree and getting organised for Christmas can be stressful!

Some people have one special treat that marks the start of Christmas.  It could be advent calendars for the kids, setting up the crib, scoffing a first mince pie or decorating the tree.

“That’s my favourite thing,” sighed my friend, “Going to the garden centre and selecting the tree.  I LOVE the fresh pine smell, the feel and colour of a real fir, bringing it home and decorating it with the kids.  Last year, though, was a disaster.” Continue reading