In our Meet a Mykidstime Parent series, Mykidstime.ie talks to Fiona, who lives in Kerry, about parenting and being a mum of two girls.
Tell us about your family
I am happily married to Jim and we have two delightful daughters, Líle who is 4 and Róise who is, very importantly 3 and a quarter!
Líle just started school this year and Róise has started naíonra – they both love it and it gives me a few hours a week free to myself yay!
My husband works in retail. I'm an electronic engineer but after Róise was born I left fulltime employment to enjoy more time with the girls. I am currently studying via distance learning with the University of Ulster and I hope to go back to some part time work in the future.
Describe a typical day in your house
We are usually up with the crows! The morning routine kicks in and everyone gets dressed, we each demolish a big bowl of warm porridge and Uncle Mike’s yummy honey before dashing out the door to school/naíonra.
I usually get the shopping finished & dinner ready before Líle & Róise arrive home. We try to go on an “adventure” most weekdays which really just involves doing simple things like playing on the beach, going for shoreline walks to see if we can spot Fungi, having picnics in the garden and getting some fresh air!
Then our evening and bedtime routine kicks in with Líle and Róise usually tucked in by 8pm.
What aspect of parenting do you find most enjoyable?
I love spending time with Líle & Róise; they are great company and such fun to be with. I love to hear them laugh out loud and I make sure to steal lots of hugs & kisses every day!
What do you find most difficult as a parent?
I am a little conflicted about the stay at home vs career option! It’s difficult to leave your children every day to go to work but it’s also difficult to leave a job/career behind.
What is best piece of parenting advice you have ever received?
Communication is key. I think this is vital with children of all ages.
And the worst parenting advice you received?
Nothing springs to mind so I obviously didn’t take it on board!
If you were Minister for Children what one change would you make?
I would introduce a program of free health checks for all school going children to address the childhood obesity problem.
What are your hopes for your children?
I hope they will adopt these lyrics as their lifelong mantra!
“Make your own kind of music,
sing your own special song,
make your own kind of music even if nobody else sings along!”
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