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'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 2,007 Views 0 Comments

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

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 2,925 Views 0 Comments

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

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 1,210 Views 0 Comments

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

'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 9,977 Views 3 Comments

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

'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 2,639 Views 1 Comment

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

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 13,739 Views 2 Comments

Sheena McGinley offers some dos and don’ts.

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 3,098 Views 0 Comments

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

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 1,982 Views 0 Comments

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

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 25,560 Views 11 Comments

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

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 9,423 Views 3 Comments

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

'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 6,341 Views 3 Comments

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

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 5,938 Views 2 Comments

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

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 8,127 Views 1 Comment

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

'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 12,607 Views 9 Comments

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

'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 6,257 Views 4 Comments

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

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 1,126 Views 3 Comments

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

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 4,356 Views 0 Comments

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

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 16,548 Views 17 Comments

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

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 2,218 Views 1 Comment

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

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 3,406 Views 1 Comment

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

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 1,935 Views 0 Comments

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

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 7,756 Views 0 Comments

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

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 2,330 Views 0 Comments

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