Deidre Reidy

December 5, 2017
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Want To Be A Better Mother? Get A Fitness Tracker…

Fitness trackers adorn the wrists of adults going about their daily business all over the place.  They jiggle up and down as grown ups power through the day.  There is a dazzling array of options when it comes to the style, design and various functions offered.  I think in the […]
December 1, 2017
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Here’s How To Cheat At Elf on the Shelf

Festive spirit is starting to weave its magic and infect everyone and everything in its path. Shock at the fact that is is nearly December shows on faces as they mentally calculate how many shopping days left. Black Friday saw hordes of unnecessary, panic purchases made that at least didn’t […]
November 26, 2017
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Want To Be A Better Mother? Get A Fitness Tracker…

Fitness trackers adorn the wrists of adults going about their daily business all over the place.  They jiggle up and down as grown ups power through the day.  There is a dazzling array of options when it comes to the style, design and various functions offered.  I think in the […]
November 11, 2017
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Calling BS On…Trying To Be Good

It’s an innocuous enough phrase that gets a lot of use wherever you will find women gathered. “No thanks, I’m trying to be good.” Crack open a packet of biscuits and offer them around to a group of women, and I guarantee you someone will respond with those few words. […]
October 2, 2017
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How The Number of Children You Have Affects Society

It doesn’t. There you go, it’s nobody else’s business how many children you have. That’s the short answer, if you’ve just popped in quickly to see what I have to say on the matter. Here you will find no arguments over global warming, over-crowding, snow-flake children, pensioners needing more tax […]
September 17, 2017
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If Men Had Periods…

Clutching a hot water bottle, I held on to the bag of maltesers like they were a life-saving ring tossed to me in choppy waters.  I set up camp on the sofa and moaned about cramps and the likes to himself.  He told me he had never come across someone […]
August 5, 2017
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An Ode To The Green

To many it is a seemingly innocuous, irregularly shaped, grass-filled space. To my children and the neighbour’s children, it is an imagination playground. You might drive by in your car, reading house numbers and trying to find your destination, totally missing the magic that is happening right outside your car […]
July 23, 2017
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Sun-cream, We Need To Talk…

Dear Sun-cream, I need you more than you need me, I get that. I know you could decide to walk away and leave me exposed to the elements with the children, but please don’t act so callously. I fully accept that life (in the summer) would be worse without you […]
July 1, 2017
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I Am Exhausted Scrubbing Tomato Based Stains Out Of Clothes

My head hung in shame as I scrubbed at the tomato sauce stain on the rug with a baby wipe.  There was still steam coming from my ears and I was muttering all sorts of ranty things. Minutes earlier I had chased after the two year old who was brandishing […]
June 30, 2017
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Stop Telling Dads How Great They Are!

Men are not dogs.  I’m convinced this is the root of this problem; somewhere along the way I remember “advice” circulating that recommended approaching men’s behaviour as you would your dog. Reward good behaviour and ignore the bad. Simple! Soon your man would be cooking up a cordon bleu storm […]
June 29, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Names

Names. We all have one, or two or three as the case may be. First names, middle names, surnames, nicknames, maiden names, married names…the list goes on. They are necessary and useful (we can’t all go around being identified by a squiggle or trade-marked symbol) so I’m not suggesting we […]
June 27, 2017
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What About A Summer Camp For Mammy?

It’s the time of year when brightly coloured flyers promising to make our children singing sensations, Oscar winning stars or Olympic athletes in one short week abound.  The (annual) age of the Summer Camp has dawned. As I waded through the collection of leaflets, ads and notes about various camps […]
June 12, 2017
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How To Survive…An Irish Summer!

The calendar pages have firmly turned over to June and it won’t be long before the last day of school rolls around. While the majority of us are still busy exclaiming that surely it can’t be June already, summer is waiting in the wings for her big entrance and nobody […]
June 7, 2017
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Why Sleeping With A Toddler Is A Lot Like Sharing A Bed With A New Partner

As I lay in bed last night (who am I kidding, as I hung on to the edge of the bed precariously and shivered as there wasn’t a square inch of duvet anywhere near me) I thought about how sharing a bed with a toddler is like those first few […]
June 2, 2017
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Five Things You Can Do Right NOW For Less Stress

We live in a time of information overload; constantly bombarded by images of what we should look like, what we should be doing and the lives we should be living. All of this can drain you and make you feel like a failure when you’re already struggling to do do […]
May 22, 2017
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How To Survive…When Your Baby Is Overdue!

The last month of pregnancy is the slowest since time began, it is well documented that it has 74 days. If your baby is too comfortable in the fluid filled home you have created for them, this can stretch to an extra 14 days.  Nobody ever thinks this will happen […]
May 18, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Birthday Parties

So there have been quite a few stressful events over the past few days – an aptitude test in work, a visit to the dentist for a crown, and toddler chicken pox but none of them held a candle to The Birthday Party. My little girl recently celebrated six years […]
April 28, 2017
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Away With The Fairies. Literally.

Before you condemn me as an opponent to imagination and creative play, let me stop you in your indignant tracks.  I’m all for fairies and am not about to banish them from my house, but I do fear that I opened my arms too widely when I invited the magical […]
April 26, 2017
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How I Protected My Sense of Self

When you emerge from the labour ward (especially for the very first time), all battle scarred and dazed, life looks different.  Life feels different.  Life IS different.  You are now on the other side.  The Mother Side.  Motherhood will hold her arms wide open for you and draw in.  It’s […]
April 25, 2017
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Living With…Three In The Bed

There were three in the bed and the little one said “roll over, roll over” so they all rolled over and Daddy fell out, Mammy took an elbow to the face and gave a shout. That’s how we roll in my bedroom these days. I remember my husband on our […]
April 20, 2017
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Whistle While You Work

The other morning as I scrolled through my news-feed I saw a post about a working mother reaching out to a stay at home mother. This caught my attention; I’m all about the reaching out posts, and less about the mommy wars. None of us are getting out of this […]
April 5, 2017
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Living with…Post-Natal Depression

So I’ve really gone and given away the ending in the headline, this won’t be about how I’m not sure if I had PND or if it was just the baby blues that dragged on a bit. It’s my story, and everyone’s story is as unique as themselves. I’m telling […]
March 31, 2017
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9 Times The Grass Is Always Greener

Motherhood is a paradox of wishing time away but at the same time begging it to slow down. We inhale the precious scent of our tiny baby’s head and dream of staying in that moment forever; and the same day we look forward to a time when life might be […]
March 29, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…’Must-Have’ Baby Equipment

My first baby’s anticipated arrival activated a flurry of shopping.  “How were there so many pieces of baby equipment that I never knew I needed” I would wonder to myself as I lumbered around Mothercare?  Surely if someone went to the effort to create this magical feat of engineering, that […]
February 25, 2017
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My Own Glass Ceiling

A promotion!!! I looked at the email more closely.  This was great news; long-awaited and hard earned news.  So why was my first feeling that of panic? Child-care arrangements, that’s why.  A myriad of hypothetical situations raced through my mind, crashing into one another and causing a traffic jam of […]
January 19, 2017
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How To Beat The Parenting Jinx (Probably)

This morning the parenting jinx feels very real and very cruel. I look like an extra from The Walking Dead, I feel like crap and the atmosphere at home this morning was less than joyous. I was hit smack in the face with the worst type of the parenting jinx […]
September 22, 2016
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The Innocent Moment Where I Failed My Daughter

My daughter is beautiful; she is a radiant being who emanates her inner joy and wears her heart on her sleeve. She is beyond compare. My breath regularly catches in my throat when I catch sight of her at random moments and am stunned by her, the way she holds […]
August 30, 2016
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Why I Embrace Fine Lines And Wrinkles

For a few months at the beginning of 2015 I had the smooth, taut, wrinkle free skin on my face that we all try so hard to recapture. No frown lines, laughter lines, creases or any other class of wrinkles. On half of my face only. I was hit full […]
August 9, 2016
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The Truth About His n Her’s Holidays

The notion of summer conjures up leisurely images of relaxing on a pool side lounger, a book in hand and a cool drink within arm’s reach. Like a lot of things in life, once you enter the realm of parent-dom, that notion has an expiry date. I do cling to the […]