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Andrea Mara

Sisters are doing it for themselves

I am the mean-mom who doesn’t let my kids have new toys when it’s not Christmas or birthdays, despite the fact that every single child in the school goes to Smyths EVERY SUNDAY to buy new toys – these are the same children who apparently all have their own YouTube

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Removing Guilt and Adding Presence

Once upon a time, when I worked a lot more hours than I do now, I felt like I never had quality time with my kids. Each night when they went to bed, I thought about how another day had slipped by without me noticing. I would try to think

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Diary of a Mediocre Mother on a Less Than Perfect Day

At midnight last night, I reached for the book on my bedside locker, then put it back. Before getting lost in the world of Upper-eastside Manhattan, I needed to have a think. To look back on the day, and trace where things went wrong. It wasn’t a terrible day, just

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Halloween themed midterm for the uninspired parent

Midterm break crept up on me this year, and I realised this morning that we have no plans at all – other than not getting dressed until as late as humanly possible every morning. The kids are here all week, so day-time working is suspended, but I forgot to come up with

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Baking for Novices – Blueberry Tart

Do you know if you can use baking powder with plain flour when you have no self-raising? Or if it matters that the recipe asks for large eggs and yours are medium? If you do, you probably already know how to make Blueberry Tart, and it’s possibly a much fancier version than the one

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And off he goes

His favourite pastimes are chasing pigeons, raiding cupboards and eating bagels. At lunch-time, he ignores what everyone else is having and goes his own way, even if that’s Ready Brek with fives spoons. At dinner-time, he gets up from the table and walks off to play with toys. I bring

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Toddler-proof baking & a Flora baking set giveaway

We’ve waited for today for weeks now. A whole day off. I’m not at work, and they’re not at school. It was going to be the best one-day mid-term EVER. We made no plans – we were going to take it easy – see where the day might take us.

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Valentine’s Day Mammy-style

Ooh Valentine’s Day – maybe we’ll book a romantic night away in a hotel. Scrap that – no babysitter, no money. But I’ll buy him a card and a present. Well, a card anyway. Those are nice cards! I’ll get one each for the kids as well. Oh wait, there’s

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A dip into real life

I get to be a stay-at-home mum once a week, so I know exactly what it’s like. No, not really. In fact not at all. My one day per week of SAHM-dom is Friday, so it’s not quite a representative example of true stay-at-home parenting. On Friday, the traffic is

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Something Festive This Way Comes

Until recently, apart from lighter traffic on the way to work, the October mid-term break meant nothing to me at all. But since the kids started school, and once I realised that taking the mid-term week off work was the thing to do, this time of year has taken on

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Honestly

“How was your day?” What do you reply? I guess it depends who asks. If it’s Facebook, your day might look great. If it’s your other-half, you might be very tired. If it’s a friend, it might depend on the context. If she had a bad day, you might commiserate

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the birthday party

So. Hosting children’s birthday parties. I can’t possibly be the only person who finds this extremely stressful? When chatting about this to other parents, I sense that they don’t find this quite the ordeal that I do. Or perhaps some are better than I am at hiding the fear? I feel

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a little post about a super-nanny

Today is my birthday, and I arrived home from work to an eerily silent house. As I looked around in mild confusion, two excited girls, one bemused little boy and one smiling childminder jumped out from behind the counter and yelled “surprise!” There was a cake on the table – this is

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