Mykidstime.ie talks to Claire, a mum of two boys and two girls living in Athenry about parenting.
Tell us about your family
My name is Claire and my husband is Chris. We have four children in our family; Alan (8), Aoife (6), Aidan (4) and Aisling (2).
Describe a typical day in the Kelly house.
Monday to Friday is of course work and school!
I am a stay at home mum so Chris would usually go to work about 7.30 and I would get the kids up and ready for school.
Usually we are out the door by 8.35.The "big 3" go to our local Gaelscoil and love it. Aisling stays at home with me at the moment and we do lots of fun things like swimming, gymboree class.
I also help run a breastfeeding support group so we try to go there every Wednesday.
Of course we do the boring stuff too, like housework!
Weekends are usually fairly laid back here with Sundays usually kept for visiting grandparent !
What aspect of parenting do you find most enjoyable?
I really enjoying teaching them new things and seeing how excited they get! Like riding a bike without training wheels, or baking cakes or cookies!!
What do you find most difficult as a parent?
Discipline! I have been told I am too easy on them…..
What is best piece of parenting advice you have ever received?
Follow your instincts and don't listen to any advice from anyone else; just do lots of nodding and smiling and then do your own thing.
And the worst parenting advice you received?
Hhmmmm… I don't think I have had any really bad advice……
What's the best thing about being a child now, compared with when you were a child?
I think there are more facilities available for children now.
What's the worst thing about being a child now, compared with when you were a child?
When I was a child we were always outside doing things, I think kids now are too interested in TV, games consoles etc… Mine included!
What are your hopes for your children?
That they get to follow their dreams and grow up to be whatever they want. Most of all that they are happy with any decisions they make or that I have made for them.
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