Meet a Mykidstime Parent – Emmet from Longford

In our Meet a Mykidstime Parent series, talks to Emmet, a dad of two children living in Longford, about parenting.

Tell us about your family.

There are 4 in our family altogether we have 2 children Ellen aged 3 and Johnathan aged 2. We both currently work so kids are in creche Monday to Friday. We live in the country and have a farming background so kids get plenty of fresh air.

Describe a typical day in your house.

We’re all up by 7.45 and my wife drops the kids to the creche on the way to work. Everyone is home between 6 and 7 most evenings sometimes I work late. the kids usually go to bed around 9 and we can relax!

What do you like to do together as a family at weekends?

At the weekend I babysit in the morning and my wife takes over after lunch as I go farming in the afternoon. We usually take it easy on Sunday.

What aspect of parenting do you find most enjoyable?

It’s hard to beat getting a hug from the both and told you’re the best daddy ever!  It also pretty good seeing them discover new things every day and the fun they have with each other.

What do you find most difficult as a parent?

A whole new set of worries from health to safety to not knowing if something was wrong that I could do something about it.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you have ever received?

Best advice: when they can’t sleep bring them for a drive, saves your sanity when they won’t stop crying.

And the worst parenting advice you received?

Worst advice: don’t let them watch tv!

How do you think parenting has changed since we were growing up, if at all? 

I think there are many things better now.  It’s difficult to say which is best. Children are now safer and parents are more aware of what to watch out for. More facilities are available for their entertainment even their tv programes are better suited to them compared to what we had.  The worst thing may be that they grow up too quickly there will be more pressure on them and they need to know so much more than we did.

What are your hopes for your children?

My main hopes are that they stay healthy, grow old, are educated, are happy and hopefully have their own family one day and have a good standard of living.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls