The End of a (Preschool) Era

Almost four years ago I was at a coffee morning watching a mother weeping over the chances of getting her child into a decent primary school in September. During the ensuing conversation I was horrified to hear others stressing about secondary school options for their toddlers. This was a...

Unstuck

Stuck. The feeling that life is passing you by as you wait for something to happen. Instead of living in the moment and enjoying what you have, you inevitably weigh each day by the progress (or lack of) towards that distant goal. You strive to kindle motivation only for it...

What Might Be

I initially wrote this a few months ago as I solo-parented, and my husband attempted to alter our family’s future. A few weeks ago we danced the exact same dance again. Then waited, again. Soon now we can answer that simple question of what might be ahead for our family. 8.30pm. The zenith...

Behold the evil frisbee

Behold the evil frisbee. Just lying there casually by the side of the road. Hoping someone will pick it up and play with it. Looks all innocent, doesn’t it? Well it’s not. That piece of dark plastic was the root of massive stress and panic for me yesterday afternoon....

A victory for equality – of sorts?

Last week the people of Ireland (or at least 62% of those who voted) chose to legalise same-sex marriage. It was a historic referendum for many reasons. Possibly a one-of-a-kind referendum for this country. What made this referendum different to others? You only have to look at the turnout to see...