Sinead Lawlor

November 14, 2017
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25 Things I Have Learned From Becoming A Mother

Your tea is usually cold. If you can find where you left it. Playrooms do not exist. Also apply this to Kids’ side of the garden or house or room. Their stuff goes everywhere. It spreads. If the pasta is still wet or warm and on the floor, leave it till […]
October 29, 2017
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How To Get Them Ready For Hallowe’en Without MAJOR Fuss

Its that spooky time of year when all things dark and grisly are floating around neighbourhoods. Certainly my 3 kids have finished a week in school full of homemade decorations, cake sales and of course costumes. Here’s a quick look at how you can get them ready for Hollowe’en without […]
September 18, 2017
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How To Survive…Shopping With Kids

The panic. I know. I have it, I feel it. Dammit, I can feel yours. The sheer perspiration I have thinking about it. We need something and I might have to go to the shop to get it. And I might have to bring my actual children with me. I […]
September 6, 2017
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Oh, How I Would Love To Give Football The Red Card

I remember I used to have my baby’s chubby little hands wrapped around my neck when sights of a football came within inches of us when out and about. The owner of these hands would jump up at me as the ball missed a goal at the park and head […]
August 21, 2017
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How To Survive…Their First Day At School

So earlier in the year I visited my daughter’s new school. She will be starting in Junior Infants in September. This is my 3rd time attending the Open Evening and Meet and Greet but this time I’m a little sore. She’s ‘My Last’ and so this makes everything a little […]
June 8, 2017
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I Hate Birthday Parties…And Here’s Why

I hate Birthday Parties. There, I’ve said it. I know, I must be the worst mother on earth to consider it, let alone type the words, but its true! My first birthday party experience was when I took my son, then aged three to a party in the house of a […]
May 24, 2017
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Swimming Lessons Turn Parents Into Zombie Slaves

So here were are, another Friday. The Zombie Mom Apocalypse is here…More Zombie Moms arrive in groups to swimming pool car parks around the country, shuffling brainlessly with heavy feet into Swimming pools. It’s another week of swimming lessons for their kids. This vacant look is the result of the […]
April 28, 2017
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Our First Weekend Away – WITHOUT The Kids

We are married twelve years this year. We have three kids from 4 to 10. Like so many other families Monday to Friday is the usual show of school drop-offs and pick ups, homework, lunches, dinners (that aren’t eaten), drama class, football training, swimming, rinse, wash, repeat. We have weekends booked up […]
February 24, 2017
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My 10-Year-Old Is Scared Of Going To Sleep

The sleep problem with my eldest started when he was brought home from hospital. We put him in a cot next to our bed and all night he mooched and squeaked. He didn’t cry so much but, well, mooched. We fed him every three to four hours as normal but the mooching and squeaking continued. […]
February 17, 2017
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Grow Up But Don’t Grow up. Please!

My eldest will be 10 in April. My PFB (Precious First Born) – the one that taught me all about becoming a mum. A full decade on from when I was happily rubbing my first baby bump. I can’t quite grasp this is happening to me! There are milestones you want them to […]
February 14, 2017
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Why I Don’t Want To “Get” That Cancer Ad…

You’ve all seen the posters, and you’ve heard the radio campaigns. I can’t not hear them. My brain is invaded by it even when I have consciously tried to avoided it. My children are upset and they don’t understand. This advertising campaign is the most upsetting thing we have ever […]
February 13, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On…Getting Your Social Life Back

You’ll never get it back. Words that were ringing in my ears as I rubbed and stroked my glorious, much longed for first baby bump. Here was I, having lunch with a close friend of mine and her new (latest?) baby, and the words just stung. I eyed her up. […]
August 29, 2016
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And So, The End Is Near (And Other Back To School Happiness)

The last day of school in June was brilliant. It was a gloriously sunny day. I was looking forward to having my kids around me for the summer and I couldn’t wait! We went for lunch and I beamed and I cuddled them all! I had plans! I had activities […]