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Andrea Mara

A Big List of Places to Visit Santa in Ireland (for eumom)

Taking kids to visit Santa in the run up to Christmas – a tradition that’s been around since the 19th century in the States, and presumably almost as long here in Ireland. I have gorgeous memories of going to see “Santy” in Switzers in Cork in the 1980s – I

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When the age-gap is small…

When my first baby was a year old, my husband and I thought we had it licked. “This is pretty easy actually,” we said to each other, “We’ve come through the first year unscathed, let’s have another one!” I mean, how much harder could two possibly be? As it turned out,

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Ten family friendly hotels in Ireland

My first holiday as a parent was a bit of a shock. I remember looking forward to it, thinking that it would a relaxing, sun-filled, restful ten days – a few glasses of wine, some nice dinners, and lots of sleep. Oh and reading – a great chance to catch

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Mealtime battles with kids

Throwing my hands up in despair, I asked my four-year-old daughter what I could possibly do to get her to eat dinner. It was a general question – not specifically related to the meal we’d had (or not had, in her case) that evening. I figured she might have the

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The loneliness of first time motherhood

Where to buy a moses basket mattress, what to pack in the hospital bag, which books to read, where to find baby name meanings and why you must put your unborn child’s name down for schools: these are just some of the many pieces of advice I was given when

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Third child syndrome and how it’s really a good thing

My third child is experiencing quite a relaxed toddlerhood, compared to that of my second and especially my first. He has fewer toys, fewer clothes, and hand-me-down everything possible – so a lot of pink. But he’s the happiest, most chilled out kid of our bunch, so we must be

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How did I get here?

Before I had children, I had pretty high expectations  – of myself. I thought I’d be a good mother. I thought I’d have children who ate mostly vegetables. I thought they wouldn’t watch TV. And I thought I’d maintain a certain level of personal-grooming. No need to let it all

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Why do working mothers keep saying yes?

I’m not great at saying no. And I have some colleagues at work who are not great at saying no. And some good friends who don’t say no to their bosses easily. We have something in common – we are all parents – all working mothers. We all work, and are paid

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Know your maternity leave rights

Childcare booked: check. Back to work date set: check. New work clothes (essential!): check. Back to same job: check? Of course you expect to go back to the same job – and your employer knows that demoting you is illegal. Your salary cannot be decreased nor can your title be

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social media village

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you picked it up from Twitter or Facebook – it’s not news that we’re getting most of our, well, news, entertainment, information and of course blog posts, from social media. And this includes parenting information – who do parents talk to when they

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