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Saturday 19 March, 2016

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

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

Mar 19th 2016, 6:30 PM 158 Views 11 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Dec 25th 2015, 4:30 PM 31 Views 7 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Nov 21st 2015, 7:30 PM 698 Views 34 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

We were better parents before smartphones

Oct 4th 2015, 6:30 PM 383 Views 34 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Sep 6th 2015, 10:30 AM 40 Views 23 Comments

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?'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Aug 30th 2015, 8:00 AM 458 Views 49 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

12 things I wish someone had told me before having kids

Aug 18th 2015, 8:00 AM 277 Views 46 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jul 29th 2015, 5:00 PM 1,349 Views 90 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

Ice cream wars and the battle of the childhood bulge

Jul 14th 2015, 5:30 PM 121 Views 43 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jun 6th 2015, 7:30 PM 226,073 Views 69 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

May 24th 2015, 7:30 PM 279 Views 38 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

Five presents you should never buy other people’s kids

May 9th 2015, 12:00 PM 1,342 Views 47 Comments

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?)
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Apr 24th 2015, 8:00 PM 20,538 Views 40 Comments

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?)
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Apr 14th 2015, 8:00 AM 243 Views 61 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Mar 15th 2015, 8:45 AM 4,928 Views 35 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Mar 9th 2015, 8:00 AM 2,745 Views 103 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Feb 20th 2015, 6:00 PM 53 Views 32 Comments

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'
# Tune Out
# Tune Out

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

Feb 16th 2015, 6:10 PM 68 Views 22 Comments

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
# Sick And Tired
# Sick And Tired

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

Feb 6th 2015, 1:00 PM 31 Views 16 Comments

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?
# Childcare
# Childcare

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

Jan 24th 2015, 12:00 PM 310 Views 73 Comments

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?
# Body Image
# Body Image

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

Jan 11th 2015, 8:45 AM 1,271 Views 129 Comments

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

Opinion: Why I love ‘Frozen’ (embarrassing and all as that may be to admit)
# Don't Let It Go
# Don't Let It Go

Opinion: Why I love ‘Frozen’ (embarrassing and all as that may be to admit)

Jan 1st 2015, 8:00 AM 382 Views 22 Comments

Go on ya good thing, Elsa.

Sunday 21 December, 2014

Column: The Ghosts of Christmas Past – dealing with loss at Christmas
# Departed Loved Ones
# Departed Loved Ones

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

Dec 21st 2014, 7:30 PM 219 Views 35 Comments

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)
# Goodbye Old Friend
# Goodbye Old Friend

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

Dec 8th 2014, 1:47 PM 88 Views 81 Comments

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
# Ho Ho No
# Ho Ho No

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

Dec 3rd 2014, 8:00 PM 27 Views 4 Comments

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
# Grief
# Grief

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

Nov 23rd 2014, 12:00 PM 4,853 Views 30 Comments

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

Saturday 15 November, 2014

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

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

Nov 15th 2014, 7:00 PM 7,233 Views 66 Comments

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
# Children
# Children

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

Nov 1st 2014, 12:00 PM 4,288 Views 42 Comments

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
# Family Time
# Family Time

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

Oct 25th 2014, 7:00 PM 53 Views 45 Comments

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
# Endurance

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

Oct 12th 2014, 12:00 PM 283 Views 61 Comments

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?
# Toddlers
# Toddlers

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

Oct 4th 2014, 12:00 PM 2,280 Views 21 Comments

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
# Grief
# Grief

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

Sep 30th 2014, 8:00 AM 30,476 Views 12 Comments

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’
# Holiday Have Nots
# Holiday Have Nots

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

Aug 31st 2014, 12:00 PM 118 Views 48 Comments

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?
# National Psyche
# National Psyche

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

Aug 21st 2014, 8:00 AM 40 Views 44 Comments

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'
# BALANCING ACT
# BALANCING ACT

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

Aug 7th 2014, 8:00 PM 197 Views 4 Comments

‘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
# Peaches
# Peaches

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

Jul 24th 2014, 1:00 PM 752 Views 91 Comments

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
# 9 To 5
# 9 To 5

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

Jul 18th 2014, 8:00 AM 48 Views 60 Comments

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?
# Bargain
# Bargain

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

Jul 12th 2014, 12:00 PM 34 Views 17 Comments

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
# Tee Total
# Tee Total

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

Jul 7th 2014, 7:30 AM 1,077 Views 40 Comments

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
# Out Of Office
# Out Of Office

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

Jun 27th 2014, 8:00 AM 718 Views 20 Comments

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

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