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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 – I am offended 5 days ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – I am offended

By  •  Mammy

I am offended…

Given that everyone is now allowed and encouraged to be offended by absolutely everything, I’ve decided to crack down on the lyrics of other Christmas songs which, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – a realistic Christmas survival guide 2 weeks ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – a realistic Christmas survival guide

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Why can’t bullies just be nice? 4 weeks ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Why can’t bullies just be nice?

By  •  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 – My to-don’t list 1 month ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – My to-don’t list

By  •  Mammy

I’ve written before about my love of a good “to-do” list.

I love them. I make them constantly and nothing pleases me more than drawing an aggressive and satisfied line …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Why teenagers are wicked 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Why teenagers are wicked

By  •  Mammy

HOW do you work with teenagers?

I get asked this quite a bit.

My answer?

Very easily actually.

Because ‘teenagers’ are wicked.

They have …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – One thing you should never ask 2 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – One thing you should never ask

By  •  Mammy

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – What makes you smile Mammy? 3 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – What makes you smile Mammy?

By  •  Mammy

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Back to reality 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Back to reality

By  •  Mammy

So it’s time to get back in our groove and return normality and reality with everyone back to School, Childcare, activities and work.

I don’t know how you other Mammies …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – It’s a 24/7 job 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – It’s a 24/7 job

By  •  Mammy

“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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – That little brown envelope isn’t everything 4 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – That little brown envelope isn’t everything

By  •  Mammy

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. …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Kids these days just don’t know what they’re missing 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Kids these days just don’t know what they’re missing

By  •  Mammy

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. …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: What Mammy sees vs What Daddy sees… 5 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: What Mammy sees vs What Daddy sees…

By  •  Mammy

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. …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Matching outfits 6 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Matching outfits

By  •  Mammy

“We won’t get much longer dressing them in matching outfits” says Me to He as we walked along the promenade in Salou. We were on the last night of our …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Legacy 6 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Legacy

By  •  Mammy

What is Legacy?

It’s a word we usually retain for after someone has departed for the Big City in the Sky, (or wherever you believe we go after this life.)


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TMM: If there was a mammy degree, this is what they should teach 7 months ago

TMM: If there was a mammy degree, this is what they should teach

By  •  Mammy

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – How to help your family through exam season 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – How to help your family through exam season

By  •  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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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Sunday Funday ideas for the family 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Sunday Funday ideas for the family

By  •  Mammy

Summer!

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Reawakening my inner Mathematilda 7 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Reawakening my inner Mathematilda

By  •  Mammy

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.


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Let’s Talk About The Boyos 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Let’s Talk About The Boyos

By  •  Mammy

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Ssssh Mammy 8 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Ssssh Mammy

By  •  Mammy

“Did you have a nice day at school?” yeah “Any news for me?” No “What did you learn today?” Nuthin “Did you learn anything new today?” Nope. “How are your …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Happy Mother’s Day 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Happy Mother’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 and …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Being Mammy, Still Me 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Being Mammy, Still Me

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: Arriving at Baby Brain station 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Arriving at Baby Brain station

By  •  Mammy

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Does my face look Bovered? 9 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Does my face look Bovered?

By  •  Mammy

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Tips to look after your husband / Feck off 1950 10 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Tips to look after your husband / Feck off 1950

By  •  Mammy

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Babywipes Vs Weetabix 10 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Babywipes Vs Weetabix

By  •  Mammy

Mammy loves the Babywipes.

Every parent loves the Babywipes, don’t they?

We really should thank the inventor of the Babywipes.

Apparently, the first Babywipe was invented in the 1950s and …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy  –  Do you doooooo Social Media? 10 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Do you doooooo Social Media?

By  •  Mammy

“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?

Of …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Dumped 10 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Dumped

By  •  Mammy

“I’m not your best fwend Mammy.  I’m Emily’s best fwend”…

And there it was. In one simple sentence, I’d been categorically dumped by my one of my daughters… AGAIN.  I’ve …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Who’s doing the homework? 11 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Who’s doing the homework?

By  •  Mammy

Homework…

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, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Big Bad Question 11 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Big Bad Question

By  •  Mammy

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 your baby …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Social media and loneliness 11 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Social media and loneliness

By  •  Mammy

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 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A poem for busy mums 11 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A poem for busy mums

By  •  Mammy

Happy New Year Lovely People.

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. If you follow me, you’ll know that I hate the ‘New Year, New You’ rhetoric.  I hate the …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – New Year, New You…’re fine as you are 12 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – New Year, New You…’re fine as you are

By  •  Mammy

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 …
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T’was the Night Before Christmas… 12 months ago

T’was the Night Before Christmas…

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land,

The magic was starting and all was in hand.

The trees were lit up and the turkeys were prepped,

The …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy –  Baby it’s offended…everywhere! 12 months ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Baby it’s offended…everywhere!

Mammy is offended…

Given that everyone is now allowed and encouraged to be offended by absolutely everything, I’ve decided to crack down on the lyrics of other Christmas songs which, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Reality Check 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Reality Check

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  –  To Feed or Not to Feed 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – To Feed or Not to Feed

By  •  Mammy

Mammy spends much time planning the weekly eating.

Not because Mammy is a super organised Mammy. More because Mammy loves food so much that Mammy likes to know what is …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Tis the Season… 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Tis the Season…

By  •  Kids, Mammy

“Hello my two minions. How are we at 5.30pm on this Friday evening after a full week of school and routine and mayhem?

“Shall we go to town and watch …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Loo Queue 1 year 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? 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 year 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? 1 year 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!” 1 year 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! 1 year 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? 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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? 1 year 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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