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Toddler challenges – The daily breakfast challenge

We are firmly in toddler territory in this house. You can almost predict how most conversations will go. I’ll give you a hint – it generally involves the toddler saying “No” to absolutely everything. Unless, of course, you actually want him to. A high proportion of these ‘conversations’ will result in one or both parties […]

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When your toddler sabotages your pumpkin carving

I’ve never even bought a pumpkin before. They just weren’t part of Halloween traditions in my house when I was growing up. But this year, I have a toddler obsessed with pumpkins. They’re everywhere this time of year, and he points out every single one of them to me. So when we saw them on special […]

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Toddlers and phone calls just don’t mix

One of the worst things you can do, one that really offends a toddler, is not give them your full attention. All of the time. Sometimes it feels like I’ve found myself back in the dark ages. Literally being gagged as I try to make conversation with someone. A little hand is firmly placed over my mouth, another grips […]

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Mixed Mondays

It’s officially a Monday. I’m woken by a screaming toddler at 6.30am. This is an accurate preview of the day ahead. I stumble into his bedroom, climb into his bed, rearrange the covers so he can snuggle up, and he quietens. He then spends the next forty minutes thrashing about and poking me until I […]

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Toddler Rituals – how do you do yours?

There’s a reason this period of life is commonly known as ‘the terrible twos’.  We’re coming up on halfway through it, and it’s intense.  Both physically and emotionally.  Some days consist of nothing but lurching from one toddler crisis to the next.  Could be that he’s hurt himself doing something he knows he’s not supposed […]

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Those terrible terrible tantrumy twos

It’s a chilly, damp morning in Marlay Park.  The small playground is totally deserted apart from two little toddlers wandering about half-heartedly.  Their mothers huddle miserably together off to one side.  It’s not raining, but the sun is completely obscured by thick grey clouds.  Getting the kids out for a runabout in fresh air was an awful […]

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Early flights and toddlers – don’t do it!

I know, I know… what was I thinking?  A 7am flight on a Thursday morning sounded doable back at the optimistic start of January.  I was trying to find cheap flights to accompany my husband for part of his work trip to Lisbon.  Obviously cheap flights = Ryanair.  Which means unpleasant flight times.  I thought “Sure […]

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Introducing the Rascal

Somewhere in the midst of the Christmas holiday chaos and an 8 week run of various illnesses, my little baby turned 2!  This momentous milestone was not really celebrated as we’d planned.  Myself and him were feeling rotten that week (and many others) so we weren’t very good company.  Luckily his second birthday wasn’t something he noticed or […]

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Leap (of hell) ten

How naive. We thought we were heading out of the woods with the vomiting bug after a few rough days. Once the Rascal’s fever had finally gone we thought the end was in sight. Wrong! Turns out that it was only the fever that had abated, every other symptom of the sickness remained. And just to […]

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