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10 Xmas ideas to the keep kids busy over the festive season

Read time: 3 Minutes The countdown is on, and the wee’uns are bouncing off the walls in great form. It can be exhausting (and highly frustrating) to keep them busy while you get on with your Christmas preparations. Yes, the Christmas shows are played on the telly 24/7 and as great as sitting in watching Christmas classic after Christmas classic does sound, we’ve composed some fun activities for you and the kids to do over the holidays. Make your own Christmas cards Stock up with some paints, glitter, card, glue, cotton balls and colouring pens/crayons. You can create some footprint Reindeer!  Encourage the kids to use things from around the garden, like twigs or leaves. Visit Santa We all remember visiting Santa as a child – they are the memories we never forget! Why not visit the Santa Experience at Croke Park?  Take a trip to Santa’s Grotto, through the Ski Patrol Room -which is manned by Santa’s very own elves. Your ticket also includes free admission to the GAA Museum, with two floors of …

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 …