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Monday 16 March, 2020

‘Don’t feel guilty about the TV’: Essential rules for parents working from home this week
# Work It
# Work It

‘Don’t feel guilty about the TV’: Essential rules for parents working from home this week

Mar 16th 2020, 5:02 PM 18,806 Views 8 Comments

Chrissie Russell shares her learnings from five years of freelancing with kids in tow.

Tuesday 11 February, 2020

7 extremely romantic things my husband does for me - from buying oversized pyjamas to cleaning up sick
# The Big Romance
# The Big Romance

7 extremely romantic things my husband does for me - from buying oversized pyjamas to cleaning up sick

Feb 11th 2020, 4:58 PM 11,626 Views 2 Comments

When you become a parent, it’s a different set of gestures that set the heart aflame, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 28 January, 2020

'The first time they don't notice you leaving': The emotional parenting milestones that catch you unawares
# Baby Firsts
# Baby Firsts

'The first time they don't notice you leaving': The emotional parenting milestones that catch you unawares

Jan 28th 2020, 5:22 PM 2,605 Views 2 Comments

‘I defy anyone not to get a bit emotional about saying goodbye those tiny first clothes,’ writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Meltdown in aisle 6? How to handle public tantrums, from a mum who's been there
# Tantrum Tamer
# Tantrum Tamer

Meltdown in aisle 6? How to handle public tantrums, from a mum who's been there

Jan 14th 2020, 4:56 PM 3,610 Views 0 Comments

First up, always pack snacks, writes Chrissie Russell.

Wednesday 18 December, 2019

'We're at A&E. Can you get here?': 11 disastrous tales from the first night away with no kids
# Big Night Out
# Big Night Out

'We're at A&E. Can you get here?': 11 disastrous tales from the first night away with no kids

Dec 18th 2019, 3:26 PM 15,831 Views 3 Comments

‘Needless to say, I didn’t leave any of my kids again for around seven years…’

Tuesday 3 December, 2019

Should the gifts be wrapped? 8 Santa-related predicaments I'm navigating this year
# Ho Ho Ho
# Ho Ho Ho

Should the gifts be wrapped? 8 Santa-related predicaments I'm navigating this year

Dec 3rd 2019, 4:58 PM 8,493 Views 3 Comments

“How come Santa wrapped Sean’s gifts and not mine?”

Tuesday 26 November, 2019

'At first, he woke every 3 hours': 8 parents on how they finally got their babies to sleep through
# Catch Some Zzzs
# Catch Some Zzzs

'At first, he woke every 3 hours': 8 parents on how they finally got their babies to sleep through

Nov 26th 2019, 5:04 PM 11,551 Views 13 Comments

‘We forked out €180 for a sleep specialist and it was the best money I’ve ever spent.’

Tuesday 12 November, 2019

8 products that made weaning easier in my house - starting with a goo-repellent bib
# Weaning Kit
# Weaning Kit

8 products that made weaning easier in my house - starting with a goo-repellent bib

Nov 12th 2019, 5:22 PM 6,224 Views 1 Comment

Plus, a few items that came highly recommended by friends.

Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Game changers: 7 small but useful baby product hacks I wish I'd discovered sooner
# Tiny Mysteries
# Tiny Mysteries

Game changers: 7 small but useful baby product hacks I wish I'd discovered sooner

Oct 22nd 2019, 4:51 PM 3,721 Views 0 Comments

Like the right way to put on baby tights, or the poo-proof way to remove a babygro.

Tuesday 8 October, 2019

'Oh, we'll never give her a dummy': 11 pre-baby promises that every parent will recognise
# Parenting Magazine
# Parenting Magazine

'Oh, we'll never give her a dummy': 11 pre-baby promises that every parent will recognise

Oct 8th 2019, 5:04 PM 2,688 Views 0 Comments

… And that most parents will break once the baby comes along.

Tuesday 1 October, 2019

9 things I've learned about breastfeeding - that I wish I'd known on day one
# Latch On
# Latch On

9 things I've learned about breastfeeding - that I wish I'd known on day one

Oct 1st 2019, 4:56 PM 18,736 Views 5 Comments

Er, how come no-one mentioned that newborns feed *constantly*?

Tuesday 10 September, 2019

14 things that change when you go from one child to two, according to parents who've been there
# Growing Family
# Growing Family

14 things that change when you go from one child to two, according to parents who've been there

Sep 10th 2019, 4:59 PM 3,022 Views 0 Comments

Getting less sleep is a given, but what else is different in a two-child house? Mums and dads share their experiences.

Tuesday 13 August, 2019

Here's why you'll never see my sons in matching outfits (no, not even at bedtime)
# MATCHY MATCHY
# MATCHY MATCHY

Here's why you'll never see my sons in matching outfits (no, not even at bedtime)

Aug 13th 2019, 5:24 PM 1,430 Views 0 Comments

I want to teach my kids to think for themselves – and that starts with the clothes they wear, says Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Here's what it's like to breastfeed a three-year-old who can walk, talk - and tell you when he's done
# Got Milk
# Got Milk

Here's what it's like to breastfeed a three-year-old who can walk, talk - and tell you when he's done

Jul 30th 2019, 5:26 PM 3,314 Views 0 Comments

“My son self weaned shortly after his third birthday,” writes Chrissie Russell. “I thought I’d share a few things I learned along the way.”

Tuesday 2 July, 2019

'Are those... raisins?': My baby's first year, as told in 12 poos
# Nappy Time
# Nappy Time

'Are those... raisins?': My baby's first year, as told in 12 poos

Jul 2nd 2019, 5:31 PM 2,941 Views 0 Comments

#7 The one when we started solids.

Tuesday 25 June, 2019

'Milk squirting across the room': 14 mums share their best (and most hilarious) breast pumping stories
# Parenting Truths
# Parenting Truths

'Milk squirting across the room': 14 mums share their best (and most hilarious) breast pumping stories

Jun 25th 2019, 5:21 PM 5,411 Views 0 Comments

‘I plugged in the pump at 1.30am and fell asleep with it clutched to my boob.’

Tuesday 18 June, 2019

'Why does he eat rocks, but not broccoli?' 13 questions only parents of toddlers ask themselves
# Why Toddler Why
# Why Toddler Why

'Why does he eat rocks, but not broccoli?' 13 questions only parents of toddlers ask themselves

Jun 18th 2019, 5:36 PM 4,867 Views 4 Comments

The kids aren’t the only ones asking loads of questions, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 11 June, 2019

'My son loves dress-up and dolls' houses - but why do I feel compelled to tell you that he plays with trucks too?'
# Playtime Politics
# Playtime Politics

'My son loves dress-up and dolls' houses - but why do I feel compelled to tell you that he plays with trucks too?'

Jun 11th 2019, 5:42 PM 799 Views 1 Comment

It’s time to start thinking beyond pink and blue, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 21 May, 2019

9 game-changing pieces of advice I wish I'd been given as a brand new mum
# Life After Baby
# Life After Baby

9 game-changing pieces of advice I wish I'd been given as a brand new mum

May 21st 2019, 5:31 PM 14,357 Views 11 Comments

First up, throw all expectations of a newborn sleep routine out the window, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 14 May, 2019

Here's the real difference between having one child and two - by someone who's just found out
# Times Two
# Times Two

Here's the real difference between having one child and two - by someone who's just found out

May 14th 2019, 5:32 PM 25,775 Views 6 Comments

Your idea of “quality time” with your partner will change A LOT, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 23 April, 2019

10 irrational (but acceptable) thoughts you'll recognise if you're trying baby-led weaning
# Ohhh Baby
# Ohhh Baby

10 irrational (but acceptable) thoughts you'll recognise if you're trying baby-led weaning

Apr 23rd 2019, 5:17 PM 2,199 Views 0 Comments

#2: He’s meant to like the veggie fritters. Why doesn’t he like the VEGGIE FRITTERS?

Tuesday 19 March, 2019

'Are we finished having kids?': How to answer the age-old question of whether to try for another
# Are We Done
# Are We Done

'Are we finished having kids?': How to answer the age-old question of whether to try for another

Mar 19th 2019, 2:44 PM 3,529 Views 2 Comments

Mum-of-two Chrissie Russell on the end of babies in her house – and what the experts have to say.

Tuesday 26 February, 2019

11 pieces of newborn kit that are worth the money - from an ear thermometer to a good changing table
# Must Haves
# Must Haves

11 pieces of newborn kit that are worth the money - from an ear thermometer to a good changing table

Feb 26th 2019, 5:10 PM 25,489 Views 12 Comments

Chrissie Russell shares the items that got her through those early days.

Tuesday 29 January, 2019

'Have I damaged them for life?': 9 irrational worries every stay-at-home parent can identify with
# Home Run
# Home Run

'Have I damaged them for life?': 9 irrational worries every stay-at-home parent can identify with

Jan 29th 2019, 4:16 PM 2,241 Views 1 Comment

‘Should I be making all my meals from scratch while also penning a bestselling novel?’

Thursday 20 December, 2018

'At 4am, scared, she was what I needed': One mum on how a doula helped her through a tough labour
# My Birth Story
# My Birth Story

'At 4am, scared, she was what I needed': One mum on how a doula helped her through a tough labour

Dec 20th 2018, 5:50 PM 12,720 Views 4 Comments

‘She wasn’t going to go off duty, she was there for me.’

Monday 17 December, 2018

What was your best ever Christmas present? 6 people around Ireland share theirs
# Ask The Elves
# Ask The Elves

What was your best ever Christmas present? 6 people around Ireland share theirs

Dec 17th 2018, 12:14 PM 1,141 Views 0 Comments

Bought or made, big or small: We asked people to share the Christmas presents they remember the most.

Wednesday 12 December, 2018

What's the favourite Christmas decoration in your house? 8 people around Ireland share theirs
# Ask The Elves
# Ask The Elves

What's the favourite Christmas decoration in your house? 8 people around Ireland share theirs

Dec 12th 2018, 3:43 PM 1,305 Views 0 Comments

Old or new? Handmade or shop-bought? We asked people to share their most loved decorations.

Thursday 6 December, 2018

9 people around Ireland share their favourite Christmas traditions
# Ask The Elves
# Ask The Elves

9 people around Ireland share their favourite Christmas traditions

Dec 6th 2018, 5:51 PM 1,648 Views 0 Comments

In this week’s Ask The Elves, we want to know about the rituals you follow year after year.

Thursday 29 November, 2018

Ask The Elves: Readers share the Christmas films they watch every single year
# Ask The Elves
# Ask The Elves

Ask The Elves: Readers share the Christmas films they watch every single year

Nov 29th 2018, 5:14 PM 1,091 Views 6 Comments

The festive flicks that say ‘Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.’

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

10 new parent firsts that the baby books definitely don't mention
# Ready Set Go
# Ready Set Go

10 new parent firsts that the baby books definitely don't mention

Nov 13th 2018, 5:06 PM 11,271 Views 4 Comments

Unless your baby book has a chapter titled ‘The First Explosive Poo’.

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

11 handy pieces of breastfeeding kit you may not have thought of
# Kitted Out
# Kitted Out

11 handy pieces of breastfeeding kit you may not have thought of

Oct 23rd 2018, 5:13 PM 17,346 Views 6 Comments

An endless supply of cushions will be your saving grace, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 8 May, 2018

18 everyday things that'll suddenly infuriate you as your due date draws near
# The Final Hurdle
# The Final Hurdle

18 everyday things that'll suddenly infuriate you as your due date draws near

May 8th 2018, 4:40 PM 12,140 Views 4 Comments

Eight months in, my crankiness has turned into general fury, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 24 April, 2018

Bumps in the night: How should I deal with my toddler's frequent nightmares?
# Total Nightmare
# Total Nightmare

Bumps in the night: How should I deal with my toddler's frequent nightmares?

Apr 24th 2018, 3:44 PM 7,913 Views 4 Comments

My son wakes up terrified about everything from bubbles to CBeebies. Surely there’s a solution, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 17 April, 2018

10 reasons I most definitely don't want a 'push present' after giving birth
# Post-baby Bling
# Post-baby Bling

10 reasons I most definitely don't want a 'push present' after giving birth

Apr 17th 2018, 6:03 PM 28,882 Views 7 Comments

I’m due my second child in a few weeks, but I’m perfectly happy without a ‘reward,’ says Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 3 April, 2018

10 excellent hospital bag essentials no-one tells you about, according to a second time mum
# Labour Day
# Labour Day

10 excellent hospital bag essentials no-one tells you about, according to a second time mum

Apr 3rd 2018, 5:55 PM 41,737 Views 15 Comments

Forget the maternity nighties, I’m stocking up on earplugs and snacks, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 20 March, 2018

12 new strains of mammy guilt I've faced since my son started preschool
# Preschool Panic
# Preschool Panic

12 new strains of mammy guilt I've faced since my son started preschool

Mar 20th 2018, 4:27 PM 7,284 Views 5 Comments

It’s been three months, and I’m still hazy on what ‘Montessori’ even means, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 13 March, 2018

9 types of parent you'll definitely meet at the soft play centre
# Play Centre Politics
# Play Centre Politics

9 types of parent you'll definitely meet at the soft play centre

Mar 13th 2018, 5:38 PM 5,068 Views 1 Comment

There’s a whole soft play realm I never knew existed before having kids, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 27 February, 2018

13 reasons I'm secretly looking forward to breastfeeding again
# For The Breast
# For The Breast

13 reasons I'm secretly looking forward to breastfeeding again

Feb 27th 2018, 5:04 PM 8,013 Views 26 Comments

In two months I’ll be back on the lactation train, but it’s not all bad news, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Stories vs screens: What's the secret to raising a book-loving baby?
# A New Chapter
# A New Chapter

Stories vs screens: What's the secret to raising a book-loving baby?

Feb 13th 2018, 5:20 PM 3,967 Views 0 Comments

And should you care? Chrissie Russell looks at the impact of reading at home.

Tuesday 23 January, 2018

11 truly unexpected things I've learnt during my second pregnancy
# Let's Get Two It
# Let's Get Two It

11 truly unexpected things I've learnt during my second pregnancy

Jan 23rd 2018, 5:41 PM 10,884 Views 5 Comments

Pregnancy books are a racket, and I have zero confidence in my due date, admits Chrissie Russell.

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