Category Parenting

Short notes on shopping and nostalgia.

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Feminist Parenting : What it means and why I (try to) do it.

Sometime ago I , rather loftily , began referring to these ramblings as a ‘ feminist parenting’ blog. Why ? And what does it even mean ? Other than rolling my eyes whenever people call my daughter a princess ?

Poetry: Emotional Labour

Whether childfree or regretting motherhood, we all deserve the freedom of ambivalence.

I read an article earlier this week about women who regret having children. I’ve also just read an article by a woman who is childfree. The thing that struck me as the common theme in the two pieces was ambivalence. You can be a mother and be unsure of the rightness of your choice, just […]

Gender stereotypes are damaging, not ‘political correctness gone mad.’

This morning I have read articles about Paw Patrol pyjamas designed for boys, with the girl character removed. I have also read about girls’ school shoes called ‘Dolly Babes’ and shoes for infants with wedge heels.

Short notes on the power of the mammy blogger.

Out of sheer boredom, just over a year ago I started a parenting blog and in doing so I started to connect with other bloggers, other mothers. I connected with people I never would have otherwise met “in the real world” and immediately felt welcome and understood.

Poetry: Advice

To every new parent who’s been on the receiving end of unsolicited advice, which is everyone, let’s be honest.

Poetry: iPhones at Bedtime.

So you think you’re a cool mom?

I worked with a guy who everytime I got my hair cut, told me it was, ‘ a real mammy hair cut.’ It really, really pissed me off.

Poetry: ” I don’t know where you got her.”

Religion, religion everywhere and not a nun in sight.

If you live in a secular state, and you’re not religious, you probably don’t think about God and the Church and nuns all that much. In Ireland, we think about them all the time. Whether we like it or not.

Belated life lessons of a thirty-something.

This last year has been a great time for my ‘personal growth.’ I do feel a bit gross saying that but there it is.