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A break from the kids and one more lesson in being a Mum passed!!

My mother in law offered during the first week of the school holidays to take my older two away. “Let me have them there is a good summer camp here and they will have lots of fun!”  I did not need to be asked twice, although I did feel a little guilty. But the constant arguing between them here, the tensions as I tried to re arrange a perfectly working child minding pattern, I had developed while they were in school, all was beginning to take it’s toll. The worst was we were only 2 weeks into the holidays, could I even make it to the 30th of August!! It was as hard on them as on me. This may ease it for everyone.

So off we went last weekend, bags packed excitement kicking in as they realised they were about to spend a week with their fabulous young and glamorous Gran! They had indeed been booked into a great local camp every activity any 11 year old and 8 year old could wish for, including absailing, rock climbing and swimming.

Then it started the guilt slowly creeping in, kicked off by the 11 year olds nervousness as she realised the enormity of going to a camp where she knew no one. The 8 year olds solution to just announce he wasn’t staying and would have his bags packed by the time we were heading back to Dublin.

What was I to do? (more…)

Keep ‘baby on board’ with a properly fitted car seat

Three out of four child car seats are fitted incorrectly. That’s the scary fact that research from the Road Safety Authority‘s (RSA) ‘Check it Fits’ Roadshows over the last four years has revealed.

What’s more, more than half of all seats checked would have provided little or no protection to the child in the event of a crash.

With your child’s safety at stake, what should you do? (more…)

A mum’s work is never done and replacing her would cost €60,000

A WOMAN’S work is never done and it is also hugely undervalued, a new study shows.

It would cost around €60,000 a year to replace the work done by a typical multi-tasking mother. (more…)

Taking a trip on the Dart in Dublin with the kids.

If you are looking for something to do this summer with the children, taking a trip to Dublin may be on your list.

Why not try this great trip along the Dart Line, you would never manage all of this in one day, but either pick a few which interest you or spread it over a day or two.

For the price of a family ticket for Dublin Bus and Dart it should be easy enough to move around. (more…)

Vitamin D and Your Baby

What you need to know

Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed your baby you should give your baby 5 micrograms (5µg) of vitamin D3 every day, according to the HSE.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is important because it helps our bodies use calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Children (and adults) in Ireland have low levels of vitamin D which can lead to weak bones.   In severe cases low levels of vitamin D can cause rickets(1) in children. There has been an increase in the number of cases of rickets in Ireland in recent years.

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Jack wins out again and Sophie races up from 6th Position.

CSO Releases most popular baby names for 2009.

Irish Babies’ Names 2009

The CSO today released the Vital Statistics, Irish Babies’ Names 2009 report.

Some of the key points highlighted in the report are as follows:

* Jack and Sophie were the most popular babies’ names registered in 2009. Jack retains the top position it held in 2007 and 2008 while this is the first time Sophie has taken the number one spot, climbing from sixth in 2008. (more…)

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