In our Meet a Mykidstime Parent series, Mykidstime.ie talks to Karen,a mum of 2,living in Offaly about parenting.
Tell us about your family
I am married and have 2 kids, one will be 12 on Christmas eve and the other turned 4 only last week on the day he started his special pre-school.
Describe a typical day in the Hayes house
During weekdays there is a lot more structure, I count myself lucky if my 4 year old climbs into bed with me to watch Thomas and Friends, I absolutely love that, even when it makes me late for my shower, I jump in the shower and most of the time I don’t get time to dry my hair before I bring my eldest to school.
At the moment my youngest is only in pre-school for 2 hours so I only have to drive my 11 year to school at 9, then when I come home I have my breakfast and play with my youngest for a while and then it’s time to drive him to his pre-school, the bus brings him home at the moment and then it’s time to collect the oldest again, then dinner time, maybe make a few cookies, sometimes a bath will follow, and then it’s time for my husband to put them to bed and I go to aqua aerobics!
What aspect of parenting do you find most enjoyable?
When they do something that surprises me, like with my youngest who has Autism, when he achieves something new I think it’s wonderful that he has overcome hurdles to get there
What do you find most difficult as a parent?
The constant worrying, what will happen when they grow up and we aren’t there anymore, especially with my Autistic son, who will look after them
What is best piece of parenting advice you have ever received?
Just take one day at a time, you don’t have to be super mum, just do your best
And the worst parenting advice you received?
When people used to tell me to suck a babies dummy if it fell on the ground before giving it back to them, YUCK
If you were Minister for Children what one change would you make?
That all children will get equal education and help if they need it, stop cutting Special Needs help
What are your hopes for your children?
That they will be happy and healthy, doesn’t matter what job they end up doing as long as they achieve their dreams and are happy
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