Mammy likes rollercoasters. I like theme parks.
But we’ve all been landed into a theme park that we had not planned to visit, and it seems that we all have …
Every year, I teach Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’, whether it’s on the course or not.
I love it. And I love passing his wisdom on to my students. …
We’re all so looking forward to the lockdown being over and to returning to “normal”… but I’ve been wondering how much of this we will eventually miss.
Now, don’t get me wrong. …
WHISPERS ON THE WIND
Two little sisters played on the beachAnd just when their parents had stepped out of reach,Wee Sis asked Big Sis in quiet hushed words,“What’s …
“Where do you find the time?”
“How can you be bothered?”
“It can’t be worth that much work?”
Here we go again!
I’ve been on stage my whole life, …
Recently, the Dolly Parton challenge’ circulated Instagram where everyone posted four different images; How they look on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Tinder.
Each showed how their profile picture on …
“Your Mammy doesn’t work.” or “Your Mammy doesn’t have a real job”.
I remember hearing this a few times as a child and as a teenager.
I remember not thinking …
I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. You all know that I hate the ‘New Year, New You’ rhetoric. I hate the constant stream of “You need to change” and “You …
Tis the season for bling and rings and it’s our wedding anniversary so I’m wedding on the brain!
The Him and I got married on a Wednesday, over Christmas in …
Before the onslaught of New Year, New You Bullshit starts, let me remind you of a few things…
Yes, January 1st is an obviously good starting point for new beginnings …
As the season of festive joy and frollicks descends upon us, so too can the stresses and responsibilities of trying to everyone happy.
So remember, No is a complete sentence.
I do hope that we all woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning. It’s time to repost Mammy’s rules for surviving the Christmas party (which unfortunately Mammy …
It’s the weekend of Toy Shows and trees for many…So I am posting my Christmas Survival Guide for the Mary of the Poppins types…
“Surviving Christmas,” “Christmas Survival Tips …
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 …
HOW do you work with teenagers?
I get asked this quite a bit.
Very easily actually.
Because ‘teenagers’ are wicked.
They have …
Don’t. Just Don’t.
I’ve written about this before but it seems that it’s like non-parents parking in mother and baby spots, or people feeling the need to comment on how …
What makes you smile Mammy?
“My children’s arms around my neck… spending time with my family… seeing my children’s faces when… hearing my children’s voices…cuddles with my babies…”
Yadda yadda …
Although it is many moons ago, Mammy remembers getting her Leaving Cert Results.
Mammy was certain that the contents of the little brown envelope were going to change her life. …
A few summers ago, we went to Redcastle for a day out.
Reminiscing enroute about the famous “big yellow slide” of our childhoods, we knew it was no longer there. …
Yesterday, we were exploring our beautiful county, as we love to do.
We were on beaches, we found the Boardwalk, we drove off the main roads and over mountains. …
My journey through the jungle of Mammyhood so far has many things. I am always learning and yet it feels like I never learn!
Regardless of how you become a …
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 …
It’s finally here and in fairness, apart from the odd dodgy day, it’s already shaping up to be a cracker.
And now that Mammy and Daddy are done with …
Once upon a time, in a damp and draughty classroom, Mammy here remembers putting a question to the loveliful and unfortunate lady charged with the torture of teaching her Mathematicalisms.
Last night, we attended The Ball of Balls in the beautiful Harvey’s Point in Donegal Town.
This innovative and brave event was created by a group of friends, born from …
You are now approaching Baby Brain Station
Imagine a train network. (Yeah I know that this is an alien concept to us up here in Donegal, but hey!)
Your brain …
Have you ever felt like you’ve let your kids down or made a mess of things?
Have you ever felt like a failure because you didn’t reach your own expectations …
Read the extract from 1950 Home Economics Book below.
Here is what it should say:
Have Dinner Ready
Plan ahead, even the night before, to have some sort of …
“I don’t doooooo Facebook.”
“I don’t doooooooooo Instagram.”
“I don’t doooooooo social media.”
Do I have a problem with any of these statements?
As a teacher, I can never discredit the importance of homework. It compliments learning and encourages independent study and learning.
I do however have a strange attitude to homework, …
Being a Mum generally means that “you will never be lonely again”, but in reality, it is often the loneliest place in the world.
I’ve spoken before about how social …