Getting Your Kids Ready For School In 14 Easy Steps…

Confessions of an irish mammy kids dressed for school

Step 1.  It’s a new day. You will all be civil and courteous and normal today. You will hug and laugh and smile before school and they will remember you as the kind, nourishing, gentle Mammy that you are while they think of you during their school day. (Odds are they don’t give you a second thought but just incase like.) Step 2.  They’re been playing happily since they woke up so leave them to finish up their game and head downstairs to prepare a loving, nutritious breakfast. (Okay, pour some cereal.)  Step 3.  In the chirpiest of voices, call your children down for breakfast. They’ve had plenty of play […]

The Emotions Of Changing Your Kids School…

Confessions Of An Irish Mammy School

So as most of you will know there’s been major changes in this family. The recent New House, New Baby post will fill you in if you’re new!  So we had been in the house just over a week when it was time to start thinking about school.  Originally I had planned to leave them in their old school in the short term. It’s about a 15 minute treck – without traffic – from our new house and while it’s not ideal, I was terrified of putting the kids through more change. I also didn’t imagine there’d be any spaces in the local school at this late stage so I […]

New House, New Baby…

Apparently the term “New House New Baby” is an actual expression….!  Well we seem to have taken that very literally! This is a quick post because my internet connection is shite while I wait for Eir to come out. It’ll be a week. The kids have taken this as some sort of form of torture. Yesterday in fact, when I asked if they were happy in the hew house, the 8 year old said “It’ll feel like home when we get the internet” !!!  Anyway, we moved on Tuesday. We got our keys at 3pm, and had to be out at 5pm. The most stressful, chaotic, manic, exhausting 2 hours […]

A Guide To Chickenpox Survival…

Confessions Of An Irish Mammy chickenpox

We’ve just come out of the chickenpox bubble.  My son still looks like a teenager with acne but he’s free to join civilization again, as am I.  It’s a slow process because, being 8, he’s conscious of the ones on his face so we haven’t ventured too far yet, but just stepping outside into daylight and breathing in actual air is enough for now!  For years I said I wanted the chickenpox over with. I was nearly delighted when the Youngest broke out in them! Had I known how horrible it is though, I swear I would have researched that vaccination a long time ago.  Chickenpox landed here with no […]

The 10 Stages Of A Sunny Day In Ireland…

Confessions Of An Irish Mammy sunny

1. Obsession – There’s to be nice weather at the weekend did you hear?? It’s gonna be a scorcher! Better get the bbq out! 2. Preparation – Do you go out? Or enjoy it at home? YOU NEED TO THINK THIS THROUGH!  3. Panic – The good weather has arrived. It’s only 10 o’clock and the world and it’s granny have taken to the roads already. Staying home is the better option. 4. Disgust – Last years summer clothes are bet on to you. All intentions of having rock hard abs by this summer went arseways. 5. Shopping – You need to stock up on sunny day essentials. Anyone who’s not stuck in traffic […]

The 16 Steps Of A Family Holiday Abroad…

Confessions Of An Irish Mammy Holiday

1. Anticipation. The build up starts months beforehand. Spending your wages in Penneys buying way more tops and shorts than any of you will need for a week in Spain!  2. Packing. You’ll pack about 3 weeks early and have to repack the whole thing the day before because you’ve forgotten what you put in there.. 3. Cleaning. The house needs to be SPARKLING before you go! You’re wrecked by the time you actually get up to go to the airport.  4. The airport drink. It’s the law in Ireland practically. If you don’t take a picture of your passport and drink – no matter what time of day or night it is – […]

When It All Goes To Shit…

We were having such a lovely afternoon.  I was on top of things.  Dinner was organised. Stuff was getting done.  I got the Youngest’s homework done between school runs and the Eldest actually did his after dinner without moaning much.  Then the pair of them went on up to their bedroom and played lego happily together for HOURS.  I should have known really.  It was never going to last.  We got so close. SO close. 7pm.  I sent the Hubby up to tell them to come down for tea before bed. It kicked off quickly.  There was an argument gaining momentum fairly quickly over lego.  It went from nought to […]

When Your Kids Think You Were Born In The Stone Age…

It’s my birthday tomorrow.  I consider myself young.. or at least I did until I talked to my kids this morning!  They were downstairs having brekkie and I was upstairs.  The 6 year old shouted up to me “Mammy? Were you born in the olden days?”  I said “No, not the olden days. I was born 34 years ago”  The 7 year old piped up “That’s the olden days Mammy.”  *Screw you* I said “Well, the olden days to me is when they didn’t have any electricity or anything.” Dug myself a hole there. I got bombarded with all sorts then from the two of them.  “WAS there electricity back then?” “Did […]