04.05.2017 Family Article
Family life in Ireland can be a bit of a juggling act. Trying to keep children entertained, cook, and clean, when one or both of you are working is no mean feat! Parenting can also be a bit scary, especially with your first child, there are loads of questions and changes happen fast. What’s normal and how do other people manage? Thankfully you are not alone, there are lots of Irish parents who are blogging about the ups and downs of parenthood. We’ve created a list of 10 of the best Irish parenting blogs and whether you are a parent of one, or have a brood, there is one or more that are perfect for you to follow:
Mother of one Jennie shares the trials and tribulations of raising her son with a dash of good humour. This has a great section called ‘Anyone else…’ where Jennie wonders if other parents are thinking the same thing. Great to read about those random moments that come with parenting and realise it’s not just you! Like when your child spills something on a special St Patrick’s Day outfit just before you leave the house, adjusting bed times so they sleep later during holidays or when they love the cardboard more than their actual toys! Jennie also shares the small but significant moments from a mother’s perspective like the first visit to the dentist or choosing a primary school.
Post to check out: Anyone else Autumn special
What it covers: Fashion, beauty, travel and family life with her son
Mother of three, Catriona combines posts on life as a parent with comprehensive guide to cooking on a budget. Originally motivated to start the blog during the darkest days of the recession the blog has evolved into a fantastic resource for anyone interested in cooking wholesome food for their children without breaking the bank.
Post to check out: Rattle those pots and pans and try making some Beetroot Hummus
What it covers: Cooking, recipes and growing your own food
Mother to two boys (aged 4 and 1), Laura, covers the trials and tribulations of life as a working mother, home décor, renovations and travel in this eclectic mix. Laura’s parenting blog includes everything from, encouraging siblings to bond, to what to look for in a good after school club.
Post to check out: A house can be a minefield for little ones, check out Mamma Fairy’s tips for making your home a safer place
What it covers: Musings on parenting, reviews for parents and travel
Mother to four little ones, Kellie is on the adventure of a lifetime, ‘winging it all the way’. MyLittle Babóg is filled with entertaining posts from a coffee loving, rocker mammy with a grá for breast feeding and cloth nappies. Posts are down to earth and realistic in this parenting blog, like the Easter holidays when potty training didn’t go as expected, there was a lot of whining and a one year old scaling every height in the house. There are lots of fun times too including family days out and unicorn hot chocolate!
There is also a section were other mammy’s get to share their birth stories, worth a look if you are expecting yourself!
Post to check out: One of the most popular is My Unplanned Home Birth : Kadie’s Birth Story.
What it covers: Birth stories, days out in Ireland and breastfeeding in Kellie’s own words, ‘parenting fails and honest tales’.
Mother of three Eimear talks about family life but also her own passions for fashion, beauty and creative projects around the home. It’s a great parenting blog to find hacks for your home, ideas for your wardrobe and make-up as well as musings on life as a full time mother in Ireland.
Post to check out: An anxious time in many families, Eimear writes a wonderful post on Introducing a baby to a toddler
What it covers: parenting, lifestyle, beauty and DIY
Yaz is a mother of four and fully trained beauty specialist, so this is the place to go for recommendations on beauty products and routines that are manageable for busy mums. Glitter Mama covers the full spectrum of beauty, skincare, makeup, hair and nails. In terms of parenting it’s a great place to go for reviews of days out and products for your little ones.
Post to check out: Get ready quickly with Yaz’s Quick and easy 5 product face
What it covers: Beauty, lifestyle and parenting
Mother of three under 7 years of age, Sinéad blogs about life on Ireland’s west coast. Sinéad’s comprehensive blog covers feeding, entertaining and parenting her family as well as her own journey from couch to 5k. Posts are light and funny, with great gif use! Sinéad covers practical topics like, fantastic books for under-fives to a humorous takes on playdates including a ‘letter of recommendation’ for a child.
Post to check out: Things that make you go ewww…cos parenting is gross
What it covers: Feeding and parenting children and running (Mom to 5k)
Louise blogs about life with her fiancé and four year old son Luke in Cork. This is the parenting blog for you if you have a toddler asking lots of awkward questions, changing their minds and having the odd meltdown but generally being a sweetheart. Something really lovely that Louise tracks are the things her son loves each month like:
“This month Luke loves:
Great idea for all of us, we think we will remember everything but as the years roll by we may not.
Post to check out: Me & Mine February
What it covers: Parenting, recipes and some beautiful photography around the Munster area.
Join Debbie and her family on their campaign to make children more aware of where food comes from and how to cook it in a way that is nutritious and fun. The Saucepan Kids take the ‘everything in moderation’ approach to food so not all of the recipes are healthy but no matter which one you choose, you will enjoy making them at home.
Post to check out: Christmas is a fun time of year with a lot to do; Debbie suggests ways children can help with the preparations in the kitchen
What it covers: Cooking with children and family travel
Cork mammy of one, Lisa, writes about life with her son, learning as she goes – like all of us. Physical (Lisa suffers with severe back pain) and mental health around being a mammy as well as fun things to do in the People’s Republic.
Post to check out: 9 things I would do differently with my second baby]
What it covers: Metal and physical health, being a mammy at every stage, stories about life in Cork with kids.
If you are looking for ways to keep your little ones entertained, why not try our Family Time Quiz for a fun family activity in your area. Don’t forget to share your adventures with the #AIGFamilyTime on Facebook or Twitter