Pocket Money – Cartoon Illustrator
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 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 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 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 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 Taekwon–Do, 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 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
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 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.
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
Home with the kids while teachers strike!
Aaah! Home with three teens while teachers strike and there’s another day due in January? While I despair at having the kids at home when they could be doing something useful in school, I’m with the teachers on this one. Continue reading