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My perfectly imperfect blog and blogging envy!

My perfectly imperfect blog and blogging envy!

Greetings, During my time away from blogging there were a few issues which affected me coming back. Firstly there was web hosting service shutting my blog down due to high data usage, ironic in that it wasn’t actually active at the time. Fixed that then there was a virus on my blog so it was shut down again, seriously, it was more hassle when I left it inactive than it was even I was using it.. Maybe it’s like a…

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Thank funk it`s Friday!!

Thank funk it`s Friday!!

Well hello 👋.. Its been a while, its been a long long while.. But I’m back.. So you may remember my previous post about my redundancy, Redundancy, but you have a young family! Well I’m pleased to report that I have started a new career within the public sector working Monday to Friday 9 to 5, or utopia as retail workers call it! So that’s where I’ve been and you know what? I’d forgotten how it felt to work full…

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Shared parental leave but were afraid to ask..

Everything you ever wanted to know about Shared parental leave but were afraid to ask..

As we approach the third anniversary of the launch of shared parental leave on 05/04//2015 I started thinking about why the uptake is so poor. Most of the online focus looks at the financial impacts but there is nothing looking at the personal impact. I’m going to chronicle my journey over the next few weeks primarily looking at the impacts on day to day life around work, family, social life etc.. So you’re contemplating joining the exclusive 1% club? You…

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“I`m sure you`re hoping for a boy” and other wrong assumptions..

“I`m sure you`re hoping for a boy” and other wrong assumptions..

I’m sure you’re hoping for a boy! If I had a £1 for every time i have heard that in recent weeks I`d be a very rich man, maybe not rich persay, but I’d certainly be more wealthy than I am now. You see, our family of four will be becoming five in October, exciting times in the McCann household.   As you do, we waited until after the initial 12 weeks before going beyond our immediate family and telling…

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4 learnings from 4 weeks shared parental leave.

4 learnings from 4 weeks shared parental leave.

As I am now in my 5th week of shared parental leave I thought I would share some of my learnings so far with two daughters under two, 1, ITS AWESOME! No but serious its fantastic and one of the best decision we have ever made as a family, yes it can be taxing at times and there are no clocking off times or lunchtime when you can switch off but the smiles and giggles make it all worth while…

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An Easter holiday with a little piece of Irish history!

An Easter holiday with a little piece of Irish history!

We recently took a trip to Dublin over the Easter holidays. Nothing new for us grabbing a quick weekend away when we’re both off but this weekend coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Easter rising which meant it was going to be busy with hundreds of thousands expected in the city on the Sunday for the ceremony and celebrations. So why go to Dublin then if we knew it would be so busy? Simple really, primarily we  wanted to…

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Is it worth working and paying childcare?

Is it worth working and paying childcare?

As we are a few months away from both returning to work full time we are starting to contemplate what this means for our two cherubs.Two daughters The initial and natural thought I think is to start looking at nurseries and daycare, get prices, pick one, deal done! But unfortunately it’s not that simple. The first issue we came across was that we didn’t actually want anyone else looking after our kids, after all they are the most precious things…

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Our big Radio debut!

Our big Radio debut!

Following on from Our big screen debut last October we were today invited to take part in an interview on a local radio station, Radio Ulster. The topic of the interview was inequality around childcare with a recent report suggesting women in Northern Ireland do more than double that of their male counterparts whilst in the Republic of Ireland it indicated that men do as little as 7% of childcare. Being in my position, a week away from starting my second period of shared parental leave, I was…

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