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Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Dreading the return to 'normal'?' Here's how to emerge from lockdown with your wellbeing intact
# Wellness Wednesday
# Wellness Wednesday

Dreading the return to 'normal'?' Here's how to emerge from lockdown with your wellbeing intact

Jul 1st 2020, 3:17 PM 17,312 Views 8 Comments

Sheena McGinley shares her thoughts and fears about returning to the ‘new normal’ after Covid-19 shutdown.

Tuesday 10 March, 2020

'Is the virus coming to our house?': 5 weighty questions from my kids - and how I've answered them
# Question Time
# Question Time

'Is the virus coming to our house?': 5 weighty questions from my kids - and how I've answered them

Mar 10th 2020, 5:24 PM 2,004 Views 0 Comments

From the coronavirus to mortality, my kids cover all the bases, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Repeating yourself? 9 effective ways to say 'no' to your kids - without the word 'no'
# You're No Fun
# You're No Fun

Repeating yourself? 9 effective ways to say 'no' to your kids - without the word 'no'

Feb 25th 2020, 5:04 PM 2,919 Views 0 Comments

Sheena McGinley shares some of the alternative phrases she’s employed in her own home.

Tuesday 18 February, 2020

How to keep costs down as your kids grow up - from creative packed lunches to DIY drama classes
# Get Thrifty
# Get Thrifty

How to keep costs down as your kids grow up - from creative packed lunches to DIY drama classes

Feb 18th 2020, 5:46 PM 1,208 Views 0 Comments

Sheena McGinley shares some practical advice for handling the basics on a budget.

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Tuesday 7 January, 2020

'There’s a different in-law here every week': 7 working parents share what they do for childcare
# Childcare Conundrum
# Childcare Conundrum

'There’s a different in-law here every week': 7 working parents share what they do for childcare

Jan 7th 2020, 4:50 PM 9,885 Views 3 Comments

Sheena McGinley asks families around Ireland how they balance all those spinning plates.

Tuesday 10 December, 2019

'Mum didn't deny the magic of Christmas, she was just so exhausted dealing with Dad'
# Christmas Past
# Christmas Past

'Mum didn't deny the magic of Christmas, she was just so exhausted dealing with Dad'

Dec 10th 2019, 2:38 PM 2,637 Views 1 Comment

Sheena McGinley on making Christmas magic – and making up for lost time.

Tuesday 5 November, 2019

5 ‘reassuring’ phrases I didn't want to hear after my miscarriage - and 5 that actually helped
# How To Help
# How To Help

5 ‘reassuring’ phrases I didn't want to hear after my miscarriage - and 5 that actually helped

Nov 5th 2019, 5:20 PM 13,717 Views 2 Comments

Sheena McGinley offers some dos and don’ts.

Tuesday 15 October, 2019

10 milestones I worried about with baby #1 - and threw out the window for baby #2
# Milestone Moments
# Milestone Moments

10 milestones I worried about with baby #1 - and threw out the window for baby #2

Oct 15th 2019, 5:30 PM 3,022 Views 0 Comments

One look at the official list of developmental landmarks would put any new parent on edge, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 27 August, 2019

'She stopped crying when she heard me': Mums and dads on the moment they first felt like a parent
# Hello Baby
# Hello Baby

'She stopped crying when she heard me': Mums and dads on the moment they first felt like a parent

Aug 27th 2019, 5:26 PM 5,753 Views 7 Comments

Here’s when reality started to hit home.

Tuesday 6 August, 2019

'Nothing can actually prepare you': 8 mums share how they dealt with their fears about giving birth
# What To Expect
# What To Expect

'Nothing can actually prepare you': 8 mums share how they dealt with their fears about giving birth

Aug 6th 2019, 4:05 PM 9,308 Views 6 Comments

From pre-natal yoga to positive thinking, there are lots of different approaches. Here, some veterans share what worked for them.

Tuesday 23 July, 2019

'My straight hair turned curly': 8 mums reveal the unexpected ways their bodies changed post-baby
# Aside From The Obvious
# Aside From The Obvious

'My straight hair turned curly': 8 mums reveal the unexpected ways their bodies changed post-baby

Jul 23rd 2019, 5:30 PM 8,856 Views 1 Comment

‘I grew a new mole with each pregnancy. So that’s three new moles…’

Tuesday 16 July, 2019

7 things a mum with postnatal depression doesn’t want to hear - and 4 helpful things to say instead
# Talking It Out
# Talking It Out

7 things a mum with postnatal depression doesn’t want to hear - and 4 helpful things to say instead

Jul 16th 2019, 4:58 PM 25,522 Views 11 Comments

Sheena McGinley recalls the sentences that made a dark time easier, and the ones that definitely didn’t.

Tuesday 9 July, 2019

The difference between hangovers pre and post-kids - starting with the 6am toddler wake-up call
# About Last Night
# About Last Night

The difference between hangovers pre and post-kids - starting with the 6am toddler wake-up call

Jul 9th 2019, 5:38 PM 1,867 Views 0 Comments

The headache and dry mouth is bad enough without two restless kids to wrangle, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 4 June, 2019

'She wasn't ready to share us': How we prepared our toddler for the arrival of a new baby
# Family Magazine
# Family Magazine

'She wasn't ready to share us': How we prepared our toddler for the arrival of a new baby

Jun 4th 2019, 5:20 PM 1,666 Views 0 Comments

“When her dad mentioned that she’d soon be meeting her baby sister, she declared, ‘I must fight her with a sword!’”

Tuesday 28 May, 2019

26 parenting hacks to make travelling with young kids a whole lot easier
# A To Z
# A To Z

26 parenting hacks to make travelling with young kids a whole lot easier

May 28th 2019, 5:26 PM 9,415 Views 3 Comments

You might think holidays are for relaxing, but under 5s don’t agree, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 7 May, 2019

'Put him in the sling and start walking': 7 practical tips for surviving the dreaded colic, from real parents
# Cry Me A River
# Cry Me A River

'Put him in the sling and start walking': 7 practical tips for surviving the dreaded colic, from real parents

May 7th 2019, 4:44 PM 6,225 Views 3 Comments

Sheena McGinley scouts out some advice for dealing with a newborn who Just Won’t Stop Crying.

Tuesday 30 April, 2019

Bellybutton, ankles and pelvic floor: 10 body parts that take on new significance when you're pregnant
# Family Magazine
# Family Magazine

Bellybutton, ankles and pelvic floor: 10 body parts that take on new significance when you're pregnant

Apr 30th 2019, 4:33 PM 5,922 Views 2 Comments

I was suddenly hyper-aware of the shape of my feet, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 9 April, 2019

How I threw a birthday party with 15 kids on a shoestring budget - from the invites to the goody bags
# Party Animal
# Party Animal

How I threw a birthday party with 15 kids on a shoestring budget - from the invites to the goody bags

Apr 9th 2019, 5:05 PM 8,117 Views 1 Comment

When Sheena McGinley realised how much the local play zone would cost, she took matters into her own thrifty hands.

Tuesday 12 February, 2019

7 'joys' of pregnancy that most definitely weren't joyful for me
# Baby On Board
# Baby On Board

7 'joys' of pregnancy that most definitely weren't joyful for me

Feb 12th 2019, 4:08 PM 7,945 Views 0 Comments

Sure, eating for two was enjoyable… when I wasn’t battling all-consuming heartburn.

Tuesday 5 February, 2019

'No detectable heartbeat': Miscarriage is devastating - here's the advice I wish I was given after mine
# Miscarriages
# Miscarriages

'No detectable heartbeat': Miscarriage is devastating - here's the advice I wish I was given after mine

Feb 5th 2019, 4:54 PM 12,461 Views 9 Comments

The mumbled “sorry for your loss” from hospital staff just wasn’t enough, writes Sheena McGinley.

Monday 10 December, 2018

'How does he get down the chimney?': Kids' trickiest questions about Santa, answered by experts
# Checkin' It Twice
# Checkin' It Twice

'How does he get down the chimney?': Kids' trickiest questions about Santa, answered by experts

Dec 10th 2018, 5:44 PM 6,253 Views 4 Comments

If you don’t know the answer, science probably does, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 20 November, 2018

7 truly awkward parenting moments you'll experience at every playdate
# Perils Of Playtime
# Perils Of Playtime

7 truly awkward parenting moments you'll experience at every playdate

Nov 20th 2018, 5:01 PM 4,317 Views 0 Comments

Step one, attempting to use the word “playdate” without smirking, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Mind your manners: I'm teaching my kids to say 'please' and 'thank you' - but nobody says it back
# Mind Your Ps And Qs
# Mind Your Ps And Qs

Mind your manners: I'm teaching my kids to say 'please' and 'thank you' - but nobody says it back

Nov 6th 2018, 5:10 PM 1,119 Views 3 Comments

The exchanging of pleasantries is an important social buffer, says Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 2 October, 2018

I know breast is best, but here's why I stopped feeling ashamed about bottle feeding
# Feeding Time
# Feeding Time

I know breast is best, but here's why I stopped feeling ashamed about bottle feeding

Oct 2nd 2018, 3:52 PM 2,211 Views 1 Comment

Let’s support mums whatever their situation is, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 25 September, 2018

9 truths about childbirth I wish I'd known before going into the labour ward
# Truth Aint Pretty
# Truth Aint Pretty

9 truths about childbirth I wish I'd known before going into the labour ward

Sep 25th 2018, 4:47 PM 16,525 Views 17 Comments

Prepare for sweating, grunting and lots of bodily fluids, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

10 things nobody tells you about your first few weeks* as a new mum
# Oh Mama
# Oh Mama

10 things nobody tells you about your first few weeks* as a new mum

Aug 21st 2018, 5:17 PM 9,074 Views 1 Comment

*Or months. Or years, let’s face it.

Tuesday 7 August, 2018

9 annoying types of adult you're guaranteed to meet at the local playground
# Playground Politics
# Playground Politics

9 annoying types of adult you're guaranteed to meet at the local playground

Aug 7th 2018, 5:20 PM 3,961 Views 6 Comments

#4: The competitive parent, most often heard roaring “who wants to go higher?” at the swings.

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

C-section guilt and not being "there": Why do mums feel such pressure to have a natural birth?
# Ideal Birth
# Ideal Birth

C-section guilt and not being "there": Why do mums feel such pressure to have a natural birth?

Jul 31st 2018, 4:32 PM 1,926 Views 0 Comments

An emergency C-section kept my daughter safe, but it certainly wasn’t on my birthing plan, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

When the baby blues don't go away: How I recognised the signs of post-natal depression
# PND
# PND

When the baby blues don't go away: How I recognised the signs of post-natal depression

Jul 17th 2018, 5:35 PM 3,359 Views 1 Comment

Sheena McGinley on the overwhelming experience of new parenthood – and the moment she realised that she needed help.

Tuesday 10 July, 2018

12 genius phrases to stop the kids squabbling in two seconds flat
# Hug It Out
# Hug It Out

12 genius phrases to stop the kids squabbling in two seconds flat

Jul 10th 2018, 4:57 PM 7,964 Views 0 Comments

‘That’s it, I’M TURNING OFF THE WI-FI.’

Tuesday 3 July, 2018

Naptime deadlines and ignoring the dishes: 9 realistic tips for working from home with kids
# Nine To Five
# Nine To Five

Naptime deadlines and ignoring the dishes: 9 realistic tips for working from home with kids

Jul 3rd 2018, 5:02 PM 2,327 Views 0 Comments

I’ve learnt to put my blinkers up and ignore the crumb-encrusted floor, writes Sheena McGinley.

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

6 survival tactics I've employed for staying sane around my in-laws
# Close Confines
# Close Confines

6 survival tactics I've employed for staying sane around my in-laws

Jun 26th 2018, 5:16 PM 7,653 Views 0 Comments

If I can endure an 18-day holiday with my MIL, you can get through one Sunday lunch, writes Sheena McGinley.

7 outdoor family events to enjoy this weekend - from pirate parks to trail runs
# Event Guide
# Event Guide

7 outdoor family events to enjoy this weekend - from pirate parks to trail runs

Jun 26th 2018, 5:14 PM 518 Views 0 Comments

Lather the kids up in sunscreen and head outside.