After a looong week, struggling to keep the baby’s temperature down, struggling to keep him hydrated with home-made isotonic drink - half and half orange juice and water with the tiniest pinch of salt, (similar to the preparations you buy in a pharmacy for children who are vomiting or have diarrhoea) I was literally fit to collapse myself! Continue reading finally, a chance to relax?
I try to take a moderate approach in my parenting and childminding practice, but this is often difficult. For instance, like all other mums, I try to ensure the children have a pretty healthy diet. But rather than ban any food type, or force feed them brocolli (as was done to me by a childminder when I was a child) I just don’t buy certain foods, I leave the fruit in easy reach and cook vegetables into their meals. I guess you could say I’m just more sneaky about it !
The one that’s really foxing me at the moment though is that old chestnut, television. Continue reading Kiddie Cocaine
I didn’t sleep a wink last night. It’s so worrying having a baby with a temperature and it doesn’t get any easier when you’ve had three children, you feel just as frightened, just as confused as to what is the right thing to do. It feels like I’ve gone right back to being a 21 year old new mum. Continue reading Baby fever, day 3
The weekend was wonderful, until about half way through yesterday…
It started so well! On Saturday morning I did a training course run by Clare county childcare committee on manual handling. The course was well run and useful and it was, as these courses always are, a great chance to meet other childminders. The fact that I had to be at a course early Saturday morning and go straight on to the christening and then west clare meant that I had to buy, shop and pack for the whole weekend on Friday, leaving a detailed instruction list out for hubby. Continue reading Monday, and another bout of infection..can I go back to bed?
As you will know if you are also a childminder, there is this fine line you walk, you want to keep your home a home, with things you enjoy looking at and using, but you also want to run a professional practice as a childminder. Continue reading Best useful thing I’ve found in ages! – offer alert!
I’m sure all of you are aware at this stage of the controversy surrounding the fact that Pennys (called Primark in the UK) were selling padded bras and bikinis for children. Continue reading Pennys/Primark not the only offender
Having read this, its really nothing to worry too much about. Before I had my last baby, I paid this minimum contribution to PRSI in order to qualify for maternity benefit which I would have been lost without.
As Patricia Murray points out here, it is also a great benefit to be able to contribute to a state benefit. It’s a shame however that is doesn’t entitle you to job seekers if the work dries up.
Yesterday I was childminding for my sister as she was away for the bank holiday. To keep the girls entertained while we worked on fitting a reclaimed floor into the smallies room, I showed them how to make up their own play dough. Continue reading play dough
I had my first writers group meeting in ages on Friday night and I was nervous! So, my first thought, before I even thought about what writing I was going to bring was, ‘better bake something – chocolate!’ Continue reading Even writers love chocolate!