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Is Your Kid The Bully?

This is more of a rant than anything but was in the playground the other day and saw this little girl being just pure mean to another one. I was watching with sadness and fascination also as to where the parent was and was she going to do anything. I felt like I should intervene; don’t get me wrong, that’s the last thing I want to be doing as no one likes to be told how to raise their child. Continue reading

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Book Review. Help! I’m a Father, by Mark Hearn

This is a review of Help! I’m a Father, by Mark Hearn.  This book offers some great for tips advice on parenting and from a father’s point of view from birth to adult.

When I was pregnant with my first child I read all the standard books on parenting and I thought I had it all sussed until the actual reality set in. No one really told me about the actual little day to day events that will occur that I just wasn’t prepared for.

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There is no one set rule for parenting Continue reading

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Prevent Your Child From  Drug Abuse and Addiction

Drugs as we know have and still are a huge problem in today’s society. The other week I was gobsmacked though after having a conversation with a friend of mine about her teenage son that had started secondary school. He came home and told her about a boy who had got caught selling drugs in the school hallway. He then went on to tell her how the kids are easily buying drugs online and arranging meet ups.

This boy was around 12 years of age. I was absolutely horrified. When you send your children to school Continue reading

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Confessions of a Mother  

This is a confession to my kids for when they are older. I will start off by saying, I really do love you both and would do anything for you and you know that as I tell you all the time.I will always be here for you, but that doesn’t mean you don’t drive me absolutely crazy at times!

  1. When you were a baby and I was looking at you on the monitor when you woke, sometimes the first thing I thought was damn will I have time for another cup of tea before you scream for your bottle. I sat there watching you while drinking my tea until I knew you were hungry but that was shortlived when you copped on to that one quick enough and started escaping from the cot.drinking-coffee
  2. Sometimes when I bring you to McDonald’s, it’s not because of a ‘treat’ . It’s more likely I’m too lazy to wash another dish and don’t have the will to cook that day so I can serve it to you and get into a debate about how good broccoli is.
  3. I miss the baby cage – this was known as your play pen where I could pop you in and know you wouldn’t follow me. There are times I just want that 10 minute shower without an audience.
  4. That extra TV time you get when it looks like I’ve given in to your demands is because I’m only too glad to zone out for another half hour or so.
  5. I actually enjoy going to the supermarket by myself and, no, the queues were not that long. I stayed in my car for an extra 20 minutes or so just so I could finish another chapter in a book.
  6. I don’t really have eyes in the back of my head. I just know when you are behind me being quiet you are up to no good.
  7. I am mentally keeping notes of anytime you drive me mad and will use it when you are older as a threat to embarrass you in front of your friends as my mother did to me. Now I can see why.
  8. Yes, I have used you as an excuse to get out of certain things.
  9. One of the things I like about going on holiday with you is the kids clubs that take you away for an hour or so. Sorry kid but Mammy needs her downtime also.
  10. I’m actually don’t feel guilty  sometimes  waving  you off at the school gate as I know I can get home and drink a full cup of tea to myself in peace.competition-1019774_1280
  11. There are times I’ve only brought you to the cinema so I can have a power nap.
  12. I’ve brought you on that play date so I can have a social life.
  13. I love watching you asleep. It’s not always because you look cute- it’s when my head starts to clear and I remember my own name.
  14. You had that extra ice-cream because I hadn’t got the will to argue. It wasn’t because you were being good earlier.
  15. That couple of times when I said the playground is closed… I wasn’t exactly telling the truth on some occasions. I just didn’t fancy sitting there getting dizzy watching you go up and down a slide while freezing my butt off.
  16. That extra tablet time you get sometimes in the evenings is because I’m too tired and can’t see in front of me to string the alphabet together, let alone read you a story.freedom
  17. I love the Christmas and Easter season as the threat of the little elves and the bunny spying on your every move and watching your fear saves me some bother when you can act up.
  18. The time the tooth fairy forgot to leave you money one night may have been my fault. She did make up for it the next day though.
  19. I also drove my mother up the wall with my behaviour when I was younger but I will let you know more about that when you are older when I’m happy relaxed Grandma and I’m handing  chocolate sweets to your kids as you walk out the door.

 

 

Children’s Books by Denise McCabe are available by clicking  here 

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Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award is a positive and nice time to see the interaction of others and who are taking the time to read each other’s blogs and connecting. The internet world is such a vast place and is growing daily and therefore it is easy to get lost among it. I was truly honoured to have received an email from Magicmindz informing me that they have put my blog down as one of the nominations. This is a great blog I have been following for a while now as it covers a range of topics including parenting, relationships, creativity and I would recommend to pop over and see for yourself.

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Internet Safety For Children

The other month my 7 year old informed me that he had his own you tube channel. When I say I was gob smacked, that was an understatement. I wasn’t aware of it at all, and I was annoyed at myself for not noticing. I felt like the worst mother ever! I had all sorts of thoughts of what he had on it, when he was recording it, was he talking to anyone and if there was any personal stuff going on in the background and more the fact, that all along, I was thinking he was playing away on games while I was pottering around the house. Thankfully there wasn’t much on it, as it was just a channel with his daily ramblings. There were a couple of idiotic comments from people, nothing derogatory, luckily enough but however I did notice though that some of the vocabulary being used was a little advanced which was quite worrying. I also showed him how to block people if there were any bad comments. It did get me thinking however of the safety of the internet. When I first joined Facebook for example I had all sorts of creeps annoying me. One guy was sending pictures of him and his mother to me. Another offered me a car so I said “Yes, that would be nice” and gave him a PO box number to post it over to me. Thankfully I discovered the block button. As parents, it’s not a nice thought of children being exposed to that, so what we can do to keep our children safe?

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