AoifeOCarroll's Blog

One of my favourite things about going to the hairdresser is flicking through the magazines. I weaned myself off glossies years ago, about the time when it was a choice between Marie Claire and a pack of nappies, but I still love a good Grazia binge when I’m getting my roots done. Last week, I had the pleasure of discovering what a typical day in the life of supermodel and successful...
Last updated: 22/03/2017 by AoifeOCarroll
You can imagine my surprise and delight to receive not one, but two invitations to parent-teacher meetings in one week. Thankfully, the invitations arrived at such short notice (a week in one case, and two days in the other) that I did not have an opportunity to build up much of a sense of dread and apprehension. As it happened, the events were two very different experiences, prompting me to...
Last updated: 01/03/2017 by AoifeOCarroll
Most of us have been paid; the end of January is nigh; and wonderful spring is just around the corner. However, many of us are still clinging to our New Year’s resolutions, persisting in the myth that we are actually still keeping up our virtuous lifestyles. However, the evidence suggests otherwise. If any of the following apply to you, it is time to face reality and enjoy life without the pain...
Last updated: 30/01/2017 by AoifeOCarroll
After my third child reached 12 years of age, I thought my baby days were over, but I had reckoned without the persuasive powers of my second child. One dog is enough, I insisted. I’m working, you’re in school, I reasoned. You’re going to college in two years. You’ll have to walk him and feed him and look after him. All very reasonable arguments. So why do I now have an eight-week-old...
Last updated: 21/12/2016 by AoifeOCarroll
At tea break the other day, one of the women I work with recounted the trials she went through to secure a Hatchimal for her daughter for Christmas. (Note to those without children under ten: A Hatchimal is a Furby-like bird that pecks its way out of a plastic egg once it gets attention. More on Furbys below). She did track one down eventually in T.K. Maxx, so now Christmas has been salvaged...
Last updated: 22/11/2016 by AoifeOCarroll
By the time child number three arrived and helped to redress the gender balance in our house, I felt sure I had mastered the whole parenting lark. I had already endured the terrible twos, threes, and fours with a brace of boys, so raising a girl was going to be fairy cakes and princess costumes all the way. After all, I had been a girl myself in the distant past, so how hard could it be? And, to...
Last updated: 26/10/2016 by AoifeOCarroll
I don’t usually give much thought to the pictures of jubilant teenagers on the front of newspapers every August and September, except to wonder why anybody would do nine exams for their Leaving Cert or 12 Junior Cert subjects... And I will also make a mental note to give Town a wide berth that evening to avoid the reek of fake tan and the sight of several hundred bare legs squeezed into denim...
Last updated: 20/09/2016 by AoifeOCarroll
The Olympics may well be over, but after following it this year, what’s impossible to escape about the Games (when you get past the doping and corruption) is the absolute dedication and discipline of each athlete who makes it this far. It is tempting to dismiss the ones that come last in their heats, fall over, or struggle to finish – until you remember that these people make your average...
Last updated: 29/08/2016 by AoifeOCarroll
Being a mother has never been easy; parents have always had to worry about things like keeping their children fed, healthy, and educated. What I didn’t think they had to concern themselves with (until now) were the implications of showing affection to their sons and daughters. In fact, thinking back on my own childhood, showing affection was not something parents gave much attention to at all...
Last updated: 21/07/2016 by AoifeOCarroll
The sky is a colour usually seen only in holiday brochures, topless lads are turning pink, and sales of 99s are flying. Yes, it is exam season. The weather has obliged us by putting on a magnificent display, just as those who should be enjoying it most are stuck inside panicking over past exam questions. Well, I suppose some of them are. We have the Junior Cert this year. I almost said “only...
Last updated: 23/06/2016 by AoifeOCarroll
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