SheenaLambert's Blog

I've come to the conclusion that there is no worse feeling than the feeling of having let your kid down; o f coming up short when your parenting skills were called into question; of realising that your efforts just weren't good enough, that you just didn't cut it, that you are a failure as a parent, albeit temporarily. I hadn't felt like that in a while thankfully - we seemed to...
Last updated: 28/10/2015 by SheenaLambert
I have a list. A list of things – little things – that I remember as being fun, life-forming and important, but that are now obsolete. This list depresses me, partly because it makes me feel old; partly because I know these are things that my kids will never experience. The list includes such things as foil tops on milk bottles. And milk bottles themselves. And milkmen, come to think of it...
Last updated: 07/10/2015 by SheenaLambert
So we're back to that time of year again when, after depositing your little darlings at the school gate and driving off at speed as they wave tearfully at your retreating dust-cloud, you can head to your nearest coffee shop and just sit. Sit and enjoy the silence. And the coffee. And the silence. On your own or with a friend, if the mood takes you, you are back to yourself. Back to the quiet...
Last updated: 23/09/2015 by SheenaLambert
I’d like to think that we’re good at bringing our kids to ‘cultural’ stuff. We often drag them along to museums and galleries, and we set a good example by going to local theatre and concerts on a fairly regular basis ourselves. But if anyone else asks me if I am planning to go to Electric Picnic with the kids… Seriously? No. Do I look like I am on day-release from the nearest mental...
Last updated: 24/08/2015 by SheenaLambert
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks cowering beneath playground apparatus all around Dublin, waiting out heavy showers of rain, while wrapped in waterproofs and fleeces. Clutching paper coffee cups for warmth, I’ve tried not to think bad thoughts about my sister who, at the same time, has been baking on a Mediterranean beach, while I have to buy my vitamin D in a plastic bottle from Boots. We...
Last updated: 07/08/2015 by SheenaLambert
Oh dear, where’s the summer gone? Or rather, when will it show up at all? A recent week in Kerry felt more like an October mini-break than a summer holiday. Less bikinis, more fleeces. The barbeque supplied by the house-owner in a fit of misplaced optimism served as a bird bath until it was blown over in a gale. But at least staying indoors meant that we got to light the turf fire, and nothing...
Last updated: 22/07/2015 by SheenaLambert
Is it just me or is it becoming increasingly difficult to impress when it comes to kids’ birthday cakes? I remember being in total awe of my mother when she produced a simple, round, chocolate ‘clock’ cake for me. The height of sophistication back in the late seventies, the cake had icing hands pointing to numbers iced onto chocolate buttons - with the added wow factor of them pointing to my...
Last updated: 07/07/2015 by SheenaLambert
I’ve often considered my life to be divided into two parts – before my J1 and after my J1. It might seem strange to think that one summer in the United States could have had such an impact, but it did. For many reasons. I formed the most important friendships of my life that summer. The girls that I shared a tiny house with – a house where giant cinema bags of stale popcorn functioned as...
Last updated: 23/06/2015 by SheenaLambert
Surely the next best thing to being blessed with a great mother, is to be blessed with a great auntie. It’s probably fair to say that in the majority of cases, the best aunties – the ones we are truly closest to – are your mother’s sisters. Maybe it’s because we know them better from spending more time with them as kids or maybe it’s because so often the good ones are like your own...
Last updated: 08/06/2015 by SheenaLambert
I read an article recently, written by a mother of four sons, outlining 10 things she thought every mother of boys should know. It made me think back to when I had my second son, and how it was only then I realised that raising boys was a whole other ballgame (literally) to raising girls. And so I thought I might make my own list of things to be aware of, should you be lucky enough to have a few...
Last updated: 22/05/2015 by SheenaLambert
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