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Baby | Stuff

One: You’ve Only Just Begun

It’s somewhere between 8 and 9pm. For the second time in half an hour I unlatch my baby. His head lolls back, limbs flopping towards the ground. I carefully lower him to the bed. One. Two. Three… He grunts, kicks his legs out, rolls over and is crawling before his eyes are open. He’s like […]

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Books | Review | Stuff

Favourite Children’s Books – Age 0 to 3

Christmas is just around the corner and we’ll be using the excuse to add to our library of children’s books. A bedtime story has been part of the routine since the Rascal was only a few months old. Study after study has shown the many benefits of the bedtime story for children. Though apparently the […]

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Terrible Twos

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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Terrible Twos

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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Featured | Parenting | Sleep

Bedtime – an Interlude

PJs are on. Teeth are brushed. Favourite toys are in their ritual sleeping spots. Bedtime stories have been read (and re-read). Lights turned out. And so the nightly battle for sleep begins in earnest. The accidental kicks and punches. The not so accidental ones. The kissing of Ows. The straightening of bedclothes. The discussions about why […]

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Dublin | Featured | Terrible Twos

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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Portugal | Toddlers

Lisbon with a toddler

We ramble through a maze of roads and lanes that twist and turn in every direction (including up and down), passing between the colourful buildings. We gaze through windows at vast arrays of dense calorific pastries dusted in snowy powder, and try to resist being lured in again.  The streets are lively, but no one’s in […]

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Parenting | Portugal | Terrible Twos

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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Maldives | Toddlers

Long haul torture with a toddler

We’re walking through a gargantuan terminal in Dubai airport. Searching wearily for somewhere with decent food to keep us going into what will be the early hours of the morning for us. We’re at that point in a lengthy journey where sugary treats no longer appeal to us at all.  Our bodies are craving good old-fashioned carbs.  We’ve […]

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