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Emily Hourican
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Tantrum Taming
The following piece, written for US website quickanddirtytips.com, on the subject of toddler tantrums and how to deal with them, seems to have attracted a surprising amount of controversy. Some parents seem to feel I am raising a monster by giving in to my ...
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Boys V Girls? Vive La Difference
I had two lovely boys, and then a lovely girl came along. "You wait," the mothers of girls said ominously. "Girls are a totally different ball-game..." So I waited, and nothing seemed terribly different. A baby, basically, with the usual sort of baby demand...
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The Best-Laid Birth-Plans
Did you have a birth-plan? I certainly did, and very careful and prescriptive it was too. No inductions, no epidurals, no cutting, no shaving, no interventions, just lovely, healthy, natural birth. I was very happy with it. And then the baby came along, and...
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My Hero Likes My Book!
This is really a boast disguised as a blog... but hey, I'm excited and cannot help bragging a little. Oliver James, psychologist and author of many really excellent books, including They F*** You Up , Affluenza and The Selfish Capitalist , has long been the...
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Survivng The School Gates
It's not just your children who go to school, it's you too. And while the whole 'School-Gate-Thing' may not be quite as fraught as a thousand articles about what Claudia Schiffer is wearing to drop Clementine and Caspar off, or the best healthy muffin recip...
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Doing It Our Own Way!
The instinct to help mothers – especially new mothers – is a great one. But too often it comes with an awful lot of 'You Should...' attached. Here is a piece I wrote for the jolly good US site Kidville.com on the subject, as part of their 'Supporting Moms' ...
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What Kind of Mother Does Society Want Us To Be?
Society has considerable expectations
around women as mothers; the kind of mother we will be, the things we will do
and, therefore, the sort of children we will produce – these are matters that
Society, like a strict and judgmental Aunt, has strong views on...
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The Cruelty of Contrast
A recent visit to an orphanage in Russia, with superb Irish charity To Russia With Love, showed me clear as day something I already knew, but in a murky, confused sort of way. All the agonising that I do, endlessly, over whether I am doing enough to ensure ...
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When 'Good' Parents Go Bad
It is the mark of 'good' parents that we care for our children, think about them, plan for them, protect them, encourage them and teach them. All of those things are wonderful. But, like anything else, there is such thing as too much, even of the good stuff...
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Motherhood, Guilt And The Fantasy of 'Choice'
Is there anything in the world of parenting quite as awful and contentious as the debate over working and stay-at-home mums? All that talk about the 'choices' we have apparently made, and the impact these might and might not have on our children... As if ch...
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