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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Twins or two under two, which is more difficult to parent?

Twins or two under two, which is more difficult to parent?

I was having a conversation recently around how exhausting it can be with 2 kids under 2 years old when someone in the company said it is probably worse than having twins. This got me thinking, would it actually be worse than having twins?!?   I wouldn`t know not having twins myself. What I do know is this, it is great to have had a little bit of a break between Sarah and Niamh but also think it may have…

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Rhythm and Rhyme after such a long time!

Rhythm and Rhyme after such a long time!

After 11 months away from my daughter’s first rhythm and Rhyme classMy first trip to Rhythm and Rhyme! I finally made it back this week with two children in tow. I couldn’t believe the change in the short space of time, now let’s paint a picture last time Sarah was 9 months and crawling around the room whilst I jumped every time any other child came near her, we usually just sat meekly in the corner, chatting politely and going through…

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The big personal Facebook and blog dilemma!

The big personal Facebook and blog dilemma!

Almost one year on from my blogging debut I am beginning to rethink one of my decisions from when I began. That is that I am now considering whether or not I was right when I decided not to promote/share my blog on my own personal Facebook page? Why did I do that, what was I afraid of? Where it all began.. Well I’m not sure to be honest, I think that at the time, like many I’m sure, I started by…

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Our big screen debut!

Our big screen debut!

Having been invited to take part in a local news feature a few months back I was delighted to be able to take part this week. The topic was shared parental leave and how it has landed 6 months after its UK launch. Having taken advantage of additional paternity leave as it was called last year when Sarah was born I’m now poised to take another 3 months shared parental leave now with baby number two,  Niamh. As I say…

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Blogging with 2 under 2 and a full time job, is it possible?

Blogging with 2 under 2 and a full time job, is it possible?

Having been consumed so much in recent weeks by our newest addition I have finally found time to scribe a quick post which has been playing on my mind. Firstly I am delighted that we welcomed our daughter Niamh Bridget into the world on 26/08/15 at 4.20am. I now have my two daughters as I previously scribed, It`s to be two daughters! It is truely the most amazing feeling in the world to have another baby now at home, she…

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Do dad’s to be nest?

Do dad’s to be nest?

In the past few weeks as we await the arrival of baby number two ( now 5 days late!)  I have began to ponder if dads to be nest in a similar vein to other animals. Why I hear you ask,  well I now have a sense of urgency to carry out tasks or chores which I have pervious let linger. Example being painting the decking,  yes it’s late August and I know we will probably get limited use of…

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