Category Archives: Parenting War Stories

Day #224 That kind of music just soothes the soul

If you’re a parent you know that, no matter how hard you try to resist, you will inevitably imagine your child becoming an amazingly talented person in one profession or another whenever they do something cute that is an imitation of a grown up. It’s just impossible not to comment when you see your toddler…

Day #223 On the line

I was recalling this moment as I was hanging up laundry the other day back at home in Dublin. (Wait, who am I kidding? I hang up laundry every day in Dublin right now. My loads seem to consist of teeny tiny underpants and I’m running out of jokes about shrinking my own underwear.) This…

Day #218 “On Inisheer, on Inisheer, Love, I shall wait you here…”

Despite a rushed start to the morning, we were at Doolin Pier nice and early to catch our boat, The Doolin Express, to the Aran Islands. This boat did not have the most… interesting name of the lot. That dubious honour went to a boat named MV Happy Hooker. “That’s better than having an unhappy…

Day #217 The sunny side of Doolin

It’s amazing the difference that sunshine can make to a place. Monday was a bit of a mixed bag but yesterday was gloriously sunny, despite a few patches of rain. Instead of windswept desolation there was an endless expanse of deep blue sky and verdant green farmland. Instead of a dark echo of the past,…

Day #213 Oh no, not more days of the week!

We overnighted at Nana’s last night before we continue on into the west of Ireland later today, and as I was repacking a few bits this morning I came across the pack of Hawkeye’s underwear and remembered that I meant to have a little rant about these. The Mister swears he hadn’t noticed when he…

Day #210 Toddler impressionism

Hawkeye’s second attempt at painting with watercolours. We’re calling it “sunset over hills and forest”. In case you’re curious, the first attempt was titled “how to disintegrate paper into a brownish-grey blob a by repeatedly painting painting over the same spot over and over and over and over again with different colours and excess water”.…

Day #208 Artsy Craftsy

I ventured into an arts and crafts store this weekend and walked out with a giant armful of stuff to experiment with for toddler craft projects. We’d done stuff like this outside of the home, such as workshops at the National Gallery of Ireland or The Ark, but at home we have mostly stuck to…

Day #207 Liar liar pants on fire*

If I had known at the time that we would be just past our first full week of toilet training when I was booking this weekend’s Early Learning Workshop at The Ark, I would never have gone for it. The traditional wisdom is to lock yourself in the house with your toddler and remain antisocial…