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Saturday 19 March, 2016

Entertaining kids can be tough. Here's how to survive the playcentre

The holidays with the kids can be tough. Claire Micks has some advice about navigating the play centre.

Friday 25 December, 2015

In a grown-up world, what can we learn from our kids at Christmas?

There’s a certain feeling from our childhood that we all seek to recapture. That’s what all the drama and hoopla is really all about.

Saturday 21 November, 2015

'We're finally getting rid of the buggy. Here are 10 things I won't miss about it'

The ‘no buggy allowed’ signs, the leaf sludge and, of course, the dog poo, writes Claire Micks.

Sunday 4 October, 2015

We were better parents before smartphones

There’s something slightly tragic about the sight of a two -year-old tugging at his mother’s trouser leg as she scrolls or the kid who is perilously close to falling off the high bars as Dad checks the latest score, writes Claire Micks.

Sunday 6 September, 2015

Holidays over for another year? Here are 10 pluses to returning home that will cheer you up

Home Sweet Home carries many fringe benefits, particularly if you have kids, writes Claire Micks.

Sunday 30 August, 2015

'My four year old is ready to start school, but am I?'

Claire Micks writes about her memories of her first days of school and how she now feels about her daughter starting ‘Big School’.

Tuesday 18 August, 2015

12 things I wish someone had told me before having kids

You can live without sleep, but you cannot live without coffee, writes Claire Micks.

Wednesday 29 July, 2015

Should restaurants ban kids? Maybe not, but it's time for a line to be drawn

Let’s face it: the current politically correct, free-for-all approach isn’t working.

Tuesday 14 July, 2015

Ice cream wars and the battle of the childhood bulge

This is one mother who’s not backing down.

Saturday 6 June, 2015

Will I ever adjust to the fact that my mother is gone?

Despite all these years, the pain of losing her remains. Grief, unfortunately, does not follow a defined trajectory.

Sunday 24 May, 2015

The New Parenting: Nowadays, are mum and dad the ones seen and not heard?

Not pandering to a child’s tantrums is better for everyone in the long run, but be prepared for horrified looks from other adults.

Saturday 9 May, 2015

Five presents you should never buy other people’s kids

All ye generous friends and family out there, please remember – a present is for life, not just for the first five minutes.

Friday 24 April, 2015

The 6 types of people you'll meet at your school reunion ( ...which one are you?)

As I prepare for the surreal experience of my 20 year school reunion, I can’t help but wonder what surprises will meet me…

Tuesday 14 April, 2015

Am I alone in Mummy Martyr stakes? (Why are parents so bad at looking after themselves?)

Whether it’s standards, expectations, or good old-fashioned Irish Catholic guilt, most parents are guilty of putting their kids’ needs ahead of their own.

Sunday 15 March, 2015

If Mum were here today, this is what I’d say to her this Mother’s Day

It’s eight years since my mother passed away, and I still can’t find the words to thank her for all she did for me, writes Claire Micks.

Monday 9 March, 2015

The pressure to breastfeed can be overwhelming and failure can be crippling

Many women are simply unable to breastfeed – and they shouldn’t be made to feel like failures for it.

Friday 20 February, 2015

The Government’s reaction to our childcare crisis: divide and conquer

By pitching different segments of the electorate against each other, the Government can effectively wash its hands of the problem.

Monday 16 February, 2015

‘The telly is the most effective, reliable and cheap form of babysitter known to man’

Telly is powerful stuff – for both parent and child.

Friday 6 February, 2015

Opinion: Good riddance to Black January – it hasn't been kind to us parents

I have lines on my face that weren’t there in 2014. A month of rolling childhood illnesses will do that to you.

Saturday 24 January, 2015

Column: Why am I working purely to keep my foot in the door?

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the land of working parents – there’s not much of the pay cheque left after crèche fees, commute and (caffeine) subsistence.

Sunday 11 January, 2015

Opinion: The Urban Outfitters ‘thigh gap’ ad sparked a rage in me – have we learned nothing?

As my little girl inevitably becomes more and more aware of the world around her, an awareness of her own shape and size is only just around the corner.

Thursday 1 January, 2015

Sunday 21 December, 2014

Column: The Ghosts of Christmas Past – dealing with loss at Christmas

Mum’s kitschy Christmas apron that we used to slag her mercilessly about. Her make up, hurriedly applied between basting the turkey and topping the sprouts. All that is gone now. And God, how I miss it.

Monday 8 December, 2014

Opinion: Goodbye Ray – we’ve been through a lot together (even though you don’t know it)

As a new mum, he was my window into the outside world. My connection with civilisation. Often my only adult ‘mate’.

Wednesday 3 December, 2014

Opinion: Christmas – the season of sugar-laced tantrums, queues, and unreasonable demands

One disastrous shopping attempt and an aborted visit to see the Christmas tree lights are all you need to find what’s really important in the run-up to Christmas…

Sunday 23 November, 2014

A time to grieve? Why we should consider a statutory entitlement to compassionate leave

Here’s the thing about grief – you cannot outrun it.

Saturday 15 November, 2014

Opinion: Detachment parenting – deliver, bond, and then deposit in creche

Many parents have no choice but to return to work when their babies are still very young – and the process is a bit brutal on all concerned.

Saturday 1 November, 2014

Opinion: Something is fundamentally wrong when your kid’s shoes cost more than your own

I’m half waiting for my children to be shoe-jacked in the playground.

Saturday 25 October, 2014

Opinion: The 'frozen eggs' debate is really a societal issue – don't vilify corporations over it

Nowadays it’s seen as quite normal to have kids in your late 30s… but many women still want to start a family earlier.

Sunday 12 October, 2014

Opinion: What’s with all the extreme fitness challenges?

Endurance challenges are becoming more commonplace, but what are we trying to prove?

Saturday 4 October, 2014

Opinion: Is it worse for your child to bite, or be bitten?

It now seems ‘the first bite’ has been added to the long list of modern-day childhood milestones.

Tuesday 30 September, 2014

Opinion: Losing a parent to dementia requires a unique form of emotional stamina

Every time you see them, you grieve a little bit more, but you never, ever show it.

Sunday 31 August, 2014

Opinion: Next year there will be no ‘family holiday’ – there will be a ‘staycation’

The only way to have a proper break is to leave the kids at home.

Thursday 21 August, 2014

Opinion: How will Ireland’s rise, fall and humble recovery affect us as a nation?

Ireland is back on track – according to the ratings agencies anyway – but we aren’t the same people we were ten years ago. And we never will be again.

Thursday 7 August, 2014

Motherhood and Work: 'I accept that I'll never be Superwoman – I'll be Mediocre Mum'

‘Having it all’ can really mean ‘doing it all’ – and that’s just plain exhausting. So don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

Thursday 24 July, 2014

Opinion: The sudden death of a young woman is not any less tragic for her being an addict

Compassion for a fellow human being should not change just because a poor soul happened to be an addict.

Friday 18 July, 2014

Opinion: Why I hate the part of me that needs to return to work

I realised that part of me needs to go back to work, for my sanity as much as my bank balance.

Saturday 12 July, 2014

Opinion: SALE! Why does this one word cause all logic to go out the window?

I can’t go into town at the moment. Don’t trust myself. It’s too dangerous.

Monday 7 July, 2014

Opinion: ‘Ah, yer not driving, are ya?!’ – The trials of being a non-drinker in Ireland

You could turn up to the pub in a bunny suit and do the ‘Macarena’ on the bar, and you’d still be considered dull if you don’t do shots to boot.

Friday 27 June, 2014

Opinion: Bon Voyage! How to write an effective out of office message

Off on holidays? One final task before you hit the high road, setting your ‘out of office’ message. Hurray!

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