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21 Things You’ll Only Know If You Have Twins

Read time: 2 Minutes Parents of twins – do you remember what life was like before you had those little bundles of joy? No, of course you don’t. When they arrive, your whole life is turned upside down and inside out. Everything as you knew it has transformed, you’re no longer you – you’re a parent of twins. Having twins is an incredible experience that you could never have imagined in a million years. There’ll be more joy in your life than you thought possible but, of course, having twins does come with its own unique set of challenges… People will say ‘oh any day now!’ when you’re only 26 weeks pregnant. You can not count the amount of times people have asked if they are twins. ‘No, they’re tiplets. Oh God, I must have lost one!’ People want to know everything – do twins run in your family? Were they conceived naturally? How long was your labour? How much weight did you gain? You finally realise why human women were made with two boobs …

How Your Smartphone Usage Is Damaging Your Children

Read time: 3 Minutes We can all be a little guilty of it. Scrolling through our social media feeds, reading a news story, watching a bid on eBay, only to realise that our child is standing right in front of us, mid conversation and we haven’t heard a word they’ve said. In Ireland, 90% of us use the internet on a daily basis, spending an average of 5.5 hours per day attached to our devices – that’s a third of our entire days. It should come as no surprise to day that using our smartphones so regularly has an impact on our children. A new study published in the May 2017 issue of the journal, Child Development, has shown a strong link between a parent’s smartphone usage and a child’s bad behaviour. The study asked parents to rate how problematic their device use was, based on how difficult they felt it was to resist checking messages and worrying about calls and texts. The study participants also reported how often their devices diverted their attention when …

20 weird and wonderful things only mothers do

Read time: 2 Minutes Being a parent is a wonderful, joyous, lifechanging experience. It’s also weird, strange and even disgusting at times, leading you to do things that you never in a million years thought you would be doing – like catching your child’s vomit with your bare hands. Below is a list of things that only mothers do. If you have kids, you’ll probably chuckle ‘yep’ at each of these, if not, here is a taste of what to expect if you ever do decide to have children one day. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Not having a name anymore. Being known as mammy, referring to yourself as mammy and having others (including your partner) refer to you as mammy. Running away and hiding to eat a snack so you don’t have to share it. Teaching another living human how to use a toilet. Not thinking twice about going outside the house with a baby puke stain/pee on your top. Being a master of the ‘lift and sniff’. For those who don’t have …

10 Ways To Spend Quality Time As A Family This Autumn

Read time: 3 Minutes Autumn is a magical time, with the cosy dark nights, Halloween upon us and Christmas fast approaching. When we look back at our own childhood memories, most were made during these seasons and when we have kids of our own, there’s nothing we want more than to create special memories that they can look back on fondly when they’re older. But when it comes to spending that all-important quality time together as a family, the season does bring limitations. Dark nights mean we can’t stay out as long and Ireland’s trusty autumn weather means we have to prepare for torrential downpours every time we leave the house. So what can we do to overcome the season’s challenges and spend quality family time together to make memories that you’ll all cherish for a lifetime? Here are our top 10 ideas. Ignore the pressure When flicking through Instagram or Facebook, you’ll see other mums and dads posting picture-perfect updates of their little ones having the time of their lives and it may see …