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
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
Do parents stress about their kids getting a school place?
My friend had great news the other morning. Her daughter was offered a place in the secondary school of her choice. “What a relief!” this mum said, “The great thing is, it’s her decision. And being co-ed, her brothers are guaranteed a place when it’s their turn in a few years time!” I was delighted for her. I know only too well, the stress associated with getting your pre-teen into second level. Continue reading
Do all mums nag “Put on your coat!” when the cold weather comes?
I’ve become the archetypal Irish Mammy – worrying and nagging to beat the band. I try to resist, but at the first hint of winter frost, I start my “Put on your coat, wear your hat!” mantra, especially when colds and flu strike. Is it just me or do other mums do this too? Continue reading
Ruining teeth with Halloween treats?
I bought zombie brains. Thought I was doing a great thing, getting them for my boys. The fourteen year-old looked at me in disgust “What do you think I am – four? I’m not dressing up. YOU wear it!” Continue reading
Do kids need to be tied to school ties?
He’s mastered it. Junior, my youngest who started Secondary school, is now an expert tie knotter. In fairness, he had a head start watching his bigger brother do it for the past year. So, in that rush-to-get-ready on his first day sporting the new uniform, it was bigger brother he turned to for help.
I was busy making lunches but part of me was peeved at not being asked for advice. Continue reading
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