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A new Unicef report has found that Ireland has the fourth-highest teen suicide rate among the world’s high-income countries. Things are so bad, that the report grimly forecasts that one in 10,000 Irish kids between the ages of 15 and 19 will die by their own hand. I have two children who fall into that category; you may have a couple, and, indeed, virtually all of those children who will take...
Last updated: 21/06/2017 by AoifeOCarroll
There is an ad on the radio at the moment that I find myself identifying with a lot, lately. In it, a small child comes bounding into his parents’ bedroom on a weekend morning, gleefully reminding them that this is the day they promised to take him to the park. Mum and Dad groan and tell him to go and watch cartoons while they sleep off their hangovers (They don’t actually tell him that’s...
Last updated: 26/04/2017 by AoifeOCarroll
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
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