Louise O’Gorman

September 14, 2017
man jobs

Calling Bullshit On…’Man Jobs’

The other day I was attempting to chop up a 7 ft tree with a rusty saw. In spite and anger, I used his expensive oil for his bike to oil it. I was sweating profusely and cursing under my breath. I am sick of doing ‘Man Jobs’. How many […]
September 8, 2017
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Can I Resign As A Mum…?

I’ve been toying with the idea of returning to work lately; only on a part-time basis. But my goodness, I never thought I would come up against so many barriers blocking my way. These barriers consist of my kids mostly. Because as a mother of three children, I’m not flexible. […]
September 7, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Doing It Like A Girl

Do it like a girl, sounds like a Nike ad doesn’t it? But when did doing something ‘like a girl’ become an insult? You kick like a girl, you throw like a girl, you hit like a girl. My pet hate; you whinge like a girl. Have we moved on at all? […]
August 29, 2017
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A Street Light Has Gone Out

The Summer this year has being tainted by the loss of a good neighbour and friend. A huge gaping hole has been left not only on the road, but in my own heart. Living and rearing your children on a street or in a housing estate you become so familiar […]
August 26, 2017
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Mums: Do You Know Your Worth?

I came across a beautiful video on ‘Upworthy’ a long time ago about mums and what they are really worth to their children. It’s a moving piece that shows mums how special they are. Both mothers and children were interviewed and their answers compared. The mothers interviewed were all focused on the negatives, […]
August 24, 2017
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I Can See The Light!

It is almost here. We are clawing our way out of the summer slowly. I feel the anxiety leaving me bit by bit. With each purchase of a school bag or uniform my happiness is slowly returning. Putting the stickers and name tags on everything nearly pushed me to hold a […]
August 10, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Taking The Train

Take the train this summer, leave the car behind. Have a stress free day with the kids. That was exactly the plan. Drive to the train station, leave the car, pay €27 for a return ticket. Great value for two adults and three children. Train was late but that was […]
July 25, 2017
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A Letter To My Husband’s Boss

Firstly, let me open this with a thank you for giving me the opportunity to be the best Mum possible. How did you do that? Well, you employ my husband, who is worth every penny and more to you by the way! (Pay rise wouldn’t kill you, inflation and all […]
July 23, 2017
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Living Without…Parents

Even at the age of forty I still get that pang living without parents in my life. Both my parents are still very much alive but we have no relationship. And I know they say you don’t miss what you never had. This is true to a certain extent, although […]
July 14, 2017
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To Camp Or Not To Camp?

Summer camps sound like a great idea when the long summer months are pending. But to be honest I think they are ruining the flow of easy going summer months. It is more restrictive, you can’t plan anything because, as it’s worked out this year, the three of them are […]
June 22, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Summertime

I look forward to the summer every year. The warmer weather, not always sunshine, but in Ireland we take what we get. I look forward to freeing my feet, flip flops, my favourite thing in the world, or bare feet. Even with the Leaving Certificate done and dusted, the good […]
June 14, 2017
Six-Word-Mum-louise

The Six Word Mum: Louise O’Gorman

It’s a truism – everyone has at least one story in them. And it was one story by Louise O’Gorman that caught our eye last year which really resonated with M Word readers – when we were just knee high to a grasshopper. Since then, Louise has continued to write […]
June 12, 2017
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There Is No I In Team

This time last year if you asked me anything about GAA there would have been an eerie silence between us. Maybe even an uncomfortable silence. I had no clue. My eldest played it then, when I say played it she was part of a team but never got her match. […]
June 9, 2017
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How My Staycation Turned Into Fawlty Towers

Some much needed family time was badly needed for this family. We have endured the last fifteen months with a family split up. My husband working away in Limerick Monday to Friday and me holding the forth up here. So I was online a few weeks ago and found a […]
May 24, 2017
OUT-22

This Mum Is Going Out No Matter How Much Work It Takes To Get Out The Door

  So every once in a while this Mammy manages to break free for a night. This is a rarity because sometimes it is just too much hassle and preparation before it. The preparation also involves having all your ducks lined up for the next day because let’s be honest […]
May 23, 2017
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As A Parent I Cried When I Saw What Happened To Those Children In Manchester

We live in fear. Today I have such a heavy feeling of fear and devastation as a parent. I went to bed last night with the news of a possible terrorist attack in Manchester last night. Still missing in #Manchester. Please RT to help find them and reunite them with […]
May 17, 2017
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Living Without…My Husband

It is another Sunday afternoon and that feeling of dread is setting in. No I don’t have to go to work tomorrow or leave my kids, thankfully. But what I do have to do is put my single Mum hat back on soon. For over a year now and for […]
April 30, 2017
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Why Mums Really Should Hit The Gym

Doctors, TV ads are all preaching to us about getting slimmer offering us miracle potions to lose the weight. But they are a temporary fix and it all piles back on with more guilt and a low self-esteem. There is only one way to combat this epidemic, its hit the […]
April 23, 2017
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Living With…A Bi-Polar Parent

Living with… a Bi-Polar parent is a very lonely life. You are there but you’re not really, they matter you do not if that makes any sense. You are told you are selfish, as a child, if you do not feel sorry for your mother and do what needs to […]
March 31, 2017
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That Friday Feeling

I don’t know what it is but every Friday I still get suckered in to that Friday feeling. Its Thursday evening and all you can think about is ‘Thank god it’s Friday tomorrow’. The alarm goes off jump out of bed because its Friday? Why? I have no frigging idea. […]
March 17, 2017
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A Wolf Whistle Is Something Nice That Happened Today ……Sometimes

Definition of a Wolf Whistle; a whistle with a rising and falling pitch, directed towards someone to express sexual attraction or admiration. Definition of Catcalling, is to shout sexual comments at women who pass by. Definition of Feminism: the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities […]
March 12, 2017
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Love Your Mum Friends

Mum friends make the world a better place, and allow you to be you. Our Mum friends are the most important people to have in our lives as we wade through parenthood making it up as we go along. They are at times our rock and they totally get us. […]
March 1, 2017
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How Do You Prepare Children For The Loss Of A Grandparent?

Having children is just as big a deal to grandparents as it is parents. They get to relive the joy of kids but without the responsibility of having to chastise them; they get the good bits. And rightly so. I always say it’s a grandparent’s prerogative to spoil their grandchildren. […]
February 23, 2017
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Get Off Your Damn Phone

A crèche in Texas put a simple note on the window of their childcare facility asking parents to basically ‘Get off their phone’ and greet their children accordingly. This note went viral very quickly and it had such a profound affect that even ABC news in the US covered a […]
February 22, 2017
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There Is No Us And Them – And Here’s Why

This video is an advert for a local TV station in Denmark. But could you imagine if this was a social experiment? I have to say it would really hit home with a lot of people and make them think differently. It was very sad to watch because we all know we are guilty […]
February 15, 2017
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I Want To Shoot The God Damn Tooth Fairy…

Somebody get me a pellet gun so I can shoot the tooth fairy. It always seems like a great idea and so very cute to introduce our children to all these little childhood traditions, massaging their innocence. Why do we  make such a big deal about things, like the tooth fairy […]
February 10, 2017
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Why Are Some Parents Afraid To Parent?

I find I am coming across this a lot lately. Kids doing what they want and parents either don’t realise that their child is being a little shit or just cannot be bothered. It’s like reverse roles the parent becomes the child and the child is the boss.  Really? There is […]
January 29, 2017
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Man-flu: This Shit Is Real!

We had a weekend there when it was touch and go. We really did not think he was going to make it. Giving him every tablet, cough bottle, nose spray known to medical science and nothing, nothing would ease it. There was an air of worry hanging over the house […]
January 25, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Bras For Big Boobs

I am one of those women who hates her big boobs. I know that’s a criminal thing to say but it is so true. I have always had them. I reckon I was born with them actually! Women have told me how envious they are of them but I have […]
January 23, 2017
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We Need To Tell Them They Are Fabulous…Every Day

‘Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder characterised by an obsessive preoccupation that some aspect of one’s own appearance is severely flawed and warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix it.’ How many people especially Mammys whose bodies have changed so much after having kids suffer from this; maybe […]
October 29, 2016
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Life After ECMO

So the drama has all calmed down. The tubes are out you get to see his gorgeous pudgy face for the first time and your heart dares to soar with the hope it’s all over and he is coming home. A new type of adrenalin to live off for the […]
September 24, 2016
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Holding My Breath: My ECMO Baby And Me

“One last breath and your baby will be here”, the nurse encouraged me. So I did what she said took one last breath and I haven’t let it out since. It worked you came out but you took only one last breath to and silence. I held onto my breath saving […]