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Maria is a local blogger who writes about her own adventures & misadventures as a Thoroughly Modern Mammy.

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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Loo Queue 1 week ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Loo Queue

By  •  Mammy

Listen up Mamma Bears.

Can we introduce a new law?

Let us call it the Potty Parent law…

And let us apply it to all public toilets from this moment …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – So What Age is Best? 2 weeks ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – So What Age is Best?

By  •  Mammy

The recent pregnancy announcement of one of the pretty Princess People in London has caused quite a stir, not only because everyone loves a royal Baby as much as a …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Buckle Up Kiddo 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Buckle Up Kiddo

By  •  Mammy

Most days we all see something silly or shocking on our roads.

Maybe it’s a close call.  Maybe it’s a near miss.  Maybe it’s someone speeding…

And usually, we tut, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Being girly is not a weakness 4 weeks ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Being girly is not a weakness

By  •  Kids, Mammy

Keira Knightley this week broke the interweb with her announcement that she has banned her three-year-old daughter Edie from watching The Little Mermaid and Cinderella.

She feels that they teach her …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – That Mum 1 month ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – That Mum

By  •  Mammy

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for Mammy this week.

Friday was amazing and I am over the moon that my wee blog won the Boots Maternity & Infant …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy  –  Failing to Fail? 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Failing to Fail?

By  •  Kids, Mammy

Why are we so determined to make sure our little darlings never know what it’s like to fail?

Why do we expect everyone to be a high flying “success” at …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – “That sucking Dodee!” 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – “That sucking Dodee!”

By  •  Mammy

Mammy was chancing her arm last night and going with the flow…or maybe making a HUGE mistake?

Mammy has been aware recently of some tuts and raised eyebrows recently about …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Hello Weekend! 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Hello Weekend!

By  •  Mammy

Rejoice! Rejoice!

It is the first weekend after a FULL week of school and work and routine. And we have all survived. (albeit just about, but survive we have.)

We …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – What’s a Bully? 3 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – What’s a Bully?

By  •  Kids, Mammy

When a 6 year old asks a question, sometimes, it makes us think. We begin by explaining it to her in the simplest terms possible, and in doing so, sometimes …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – First Steps and Last Firsts 3 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – First Steps and Last Firsts

By  •  Mammy

Next week, our Princess, like so many other Wobblers, will be taking her first steps into the big bad world without Mammy or Daddy.

Now starting Pre-school is not quite …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Last Minute Mamma 3 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Last Minute Mamma

By  •  Mammy

Mammy is super-organised…

Mammy has started her Christmas Shopping.

Mammy has started thinking about next year’s summer holidays.

Mammy has started making plans for 2 or 3 significant birthdays in …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy -Whose timeline are you living by? 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy -Whose timeline are you living by?

By  •  Mammy

It’s August; which if you believe the Interweb and the Instafluencers, means it’s practically January already.

So apparently it’s time for Happy New Year already?

Eh. No.

Ok, I will …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Joy of a ‘Good Nappy’ 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Joy of a ‘Good Nappy’

By  •  Mammy

“She had a good nappy.”

My childhood was spent listening to my Beloved Granny saying this line to my Mum or aunties when they came to collect babies or toddlers from her care.

I …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – My way or my way 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – My way or my way

By  •  Kids, Mammy

Sanctimammy

Noun – A Mammy who believes that her way of parenting is the correct and proper way; judging and dismissing other Mums who do not parent as she parents.


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Packing light 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Packing light

By  •  Mammy

Packing for holidays is something I’ve always been good at; enjoyed even.  I am the Queen of packing light, usually packing for both of us in one case.  I’ve been …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Fathers’ Day Perspective 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Fathers’ Day Perspective

By  •  Mammy

This column was harder to write than I had anticipated. Why? Because no matter what angle I approached it from, I found myself anticipating the negative comments from other people.


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Dressing a Twoublemaker in 32 easy steps 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Dressing a Twoublemaker in 32 easy steps

By  •  Mammy

How to dress a Twoublemaker.

  1. Lay out neatly ironed and folded clothing choice.
  2. Place garments onto child in correct order.  Lift thrown and crumpled garments off floor in random …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Surviving your child’s state exams! 6 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Surviving your child’s state exams!

By  •  Kids, Mammy

Exam season is upon us again.

It seems to come around faster and faster each year, doesn’t it?

If your little darlings are about to do their Junior or Leaving …
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Choice 6 months ago

Choice

By  •  Life, Mammy

I’ve thought long and hard about whether or not to publish this.

I’ve chosen to. I’ve made a choice.

I’ve changed my mind a thousand times. See that’s the …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The A – Z of Mammyhood (Part 2) 6 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The A – Z of Mammyhood (Part 2)

By  •  Mammy

 

N – NAPPIES – sometimes do not do what they say on the tin.  Babies like to wait for a nice clean on before they work their poonami. Also, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The A to Z of Mammyhood (Part 1) 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The A to Z of Mammyhood (Part 1)

By  •  Mammy

A – Z of Mammyhood

A – AIM.  Think of the Aims and ideals you have for the perfect rearing of your little cherub, and then lower them. considerably.

B  …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Too posh to push? 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Too posh to push?

By  •  Mammy

Hi Mammies

It’s Cesarian Section Awareness Month and so I thought I’d reshare this one with you all.

I suppose like EVERYTHING we Mammies have to go through, we all …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – How soon is too soon? 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – How soon is too soon?

By  •  Mammy

“Don’t tell anyone until you’re past the 12 weeks”

This statement has begun to bother me.  Of course, there are many reasons for such traditional views as these.  It’s a …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: They ARE mine, honest! 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: They ARE mine, honest!

By  •  Mammy

To the Lady in the Car. I know that right now, it does not look like it, but yes, yes they ARE my children. I am not trying to kidnap …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Oh the Terror! 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Oh the Terror!

By  •  Mammy

Being pregnant is scary.

You worry about everything; the pregnancy, the birth, how you’ll be as a Mammy. You think about the things that are frightening you already, even before …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Dancing through life 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Dancing through life

By  •  Mammy

Do your little minions keep you on your toes?

Mine do.  So much so that I might as well dance around in ballet pumps, never mind walking.

While they try …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Easter Claus? 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Easter Claus?

By  •  Mammy

When did Easter become such a big deal?

Now, before I come across as a Negative Nelly here, let me clarify that I LIKE Easter.

I like it for lots …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Sunday Fundays 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Sunday Fundays

By  •  Mammy

Spring

It’s here. Well it’s TRYING to be here.

And now that Mammy and Daddy are done with rehearsals, our weekly Sunday Fundays must commence! Up in the …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Happy Mammy’s Day 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Happy Mammy’s Day

By  •  Mammy

From Mammy on Mother’s Day

 

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

I love you each second of every day

And even when sometimes I grumble …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Snow! 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Snow!

By  •  Mammy

Ok, so the snow didn’t REALLY hit where Mammy is, thankfully.

I wrote this last month, when we did have a blast of it, but because it didn’t hit Dublah, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Positive Childbirth Stories? 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Positive Childbirth Stories?

By  •  Mammy

I had a conversation last week with my friend who had her first baby at Christmas. He’s gorgeous and while he slept snuggled on top of me, I had to …
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Meet the leading ladies of 9 to 5: The Musical 9 months ago

Meet the leading ladies of 9 to 5: The Musical

We have the lowdown on the ladies in and behind the ultimate girlpower musical Nine to Five which hits Letterkenny this week.

Letterkenny Musical Society will present the outrageous “Nine …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – 24 hour Mammy, working 9 to 5! 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – 24 hour Mammy, working 9 to 5!

By  •  Mammy

“Where do you find the time?”

“How can you be bothered?”

“It can’t be worth that much work?”

Musicals.

I’ve been on stage my whole life, first as an Irish …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Universal Symbol that isn’t working 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Universal Symbol that isn’t working

By  •  Mammy

I wrote this 3 years ago.

Unfortunately, it seems to be an issue that is never going to go away.

“Symbols are simple. The reason we use symbols is to …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Logic of a Child 10 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Logic of a Child

By  •  Mammy

The logic of a child eh?

I wish I had it sometimes. My almost 6-year-old has it sussed. If I have it, it’s mine. If Daddy won’t buy it, I’ll …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Some Time, Sometimes 10 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Some Time, Sometimes

By  •  Mammy

Mammy wrote this poem on Wednesday after a few days of emotional news, both good and bad.  I found myself looking at my girls, wondering how on earth I could …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Social Mammia 10 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Social Mammia

By  •  Mammy

Social Mammia.

Mammies on Social Media. Which one are you?

What we see...

Mammy had a lovely relaxing morning. Mammy had time to meditate, do yoga, have a shower, and …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Boring, Beautiful Routine 10 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Boring, Beautiful Routine

By  •  Mammy

Oh how I do love being at home with my girlies.

Oh how I so looked forward to the Christmas holidays.

Oh how wonderful the 2 weeks away from the …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – New Year, Still You 11 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – New Year, Still You

By  •  Mammy

Happy New Year my Lovely Ladybelles.

By now, the trees are down and the house looks alarmingly bare.  It’s back to uniforms and routine and lunches and gymbags…and after 2 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – New Year’s Resolutions 11 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – New Year’s Resolutions

By  •  Mammy

My lazy self has decided that ACTUALLY, I probably should make a few New Year’s resolutions after all.  I’m feeling a bit left out on Social Media today as everyone …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Christmas Card Joy! 11 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Christmas Card Joy!

By  •  Mammy

Mini-Me’s Christmas Cards…

I’ve been putting it off and for good reason.

You’d think I would have learned last year… but NO!

Dummy Mummy here made the mistake of thinking …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Christmas Reality Checklist! 12 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Christmas Reality Checklist!

By  •  Mammy

Christmas.

I LOVE it! I love everything about it. I love the sparkle, the sounds, the smells, the smiles.  I love the kindness. I love how it brings out the …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – childish traits or life skills? 12 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – childish traits or life skills?

By  •  Mammy

I watched The Apprentice this week and was reminded of this piece from last year.

Turns out that one year on, not only is Mini-Me still the same, but Princess …
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Events: The S-Mum and Rushe Fitness raise €2,000 in Polar Express fundraiser 12 months ago

Events: The S-Mum and Rushe Fitness raise €2,000 in Polar Express fundraiser

By  •  Events

A few weeks ago, Donegal Woman columnists, Maria Rushe (The S-Mum) and her husband Emmet (of Rushe Fitness) decided to run a Christmas fundraiser.

The Jack and Jill Foundation and …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Creating a Perfect Family Christmas 12 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Creating a Perfect Family Christmas

By  •  Mammy

“Surviving Christmas,” “Christmas Survival Tips for the Working Mum”, “How to Survive Christmas”…

I googled these last night.

Some of the “advice” online is nothing short of HILARIOUS. …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A letter to a Mammy who stopped me in my tracks 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A letter to a Mammy who stopped me in my tracks

By  •  Mammy

A letter to the Mammy I watched last week.

Last week, I found myself staring at you.

I couldn’t take my eyes off you.

You were dealing with your little …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – a substitute for the Bacon! 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – a substitute for the Bacon!

By  •  Mammy

Mammies.

I have had a genius idea.

My Princess LOVES Peppa Pork.  She loves that fat little pink Piggy to the point that it is becoming quite the obsession.  Peppa, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Virtual Real Friendships 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Virtual Real Friendships

By  •  Mammy

After the initial business of arriving home with a new Baby, comes a quiet and calm, that can be lovely and much needed.

However, a few weeks or months, or …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Halloween 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Halloween

By  •  Mammy

You know the BEST thing about Halloween?

Once, it’s over, it is FINALLY Christmas. I’m not a fan. For this little Mammy, Halloween is simply a pot hole which we …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Is Different Wrong? 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Is Different Wrong?

By  •  Mammy

On Wednesday, I wrote a blog post on how an imaginary spider and a pair of knickers caused a post apocalyptic meltdown in my house before 7am. Read it here.


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