Meet a Mykidstime Parent – Mary from Cavan

In our Meet a Mykidstime Parent series, talks to Mary, who lives in Cavan, about parenting and being a mum of two kids. 

Tell us about your family

My family is my hubby Peter who I have been married to for 25 years and our kids Luke who is 15 and Sasha is 9 next week.

Describe a typical day in your house

A typical day in the our house is Peter leaving for work at 3 in the morning as he works in Dublin.  The kids and I get up at 7.15 …but more like 7.30 ha.  With getting the breakfast & helping get them out the door it's 8.45 before I know it.

Luke walks to school but Sasha gets the school bus.  After they are gone it's time for coffee and facebook, then it's on with the housework.  I have to say I think I clean too much but I love the house clean.

Sasha is off at 3 o'clock and Luke is off at 3.45 then Peter gets home from work about 2.15 so he picks the kids up then it's time for dinner & Sasha will go out to play.  Luke lovesssss his Xbox…

Homework is grand because Luke can do all his so it's only sasha that might need some help.

If Sasha has nothing on at weekends, we might go the park for a hour.  We have lived in cavan now 6 & 1/2 years and love it in Ballyjamesduff.  I find I am happy when the kids are happy so we do try to do things most weekends.  We might go see family in Navan or Dublin.  If we go to Dublin it's great because the kids get to see their nanny or she might come down for the weekend to us.

We love meeting friends for a meal or just someone calling in for a cuppa.

What aspect of parenting do you find most enjoyable?

Luke is now in 5th year in school & Sasha is in 3rd class, they are both doing great.  The photo was taking in Spain in april this year, we always try to go with friends or family so the kids have a great time (and so do we).

What do you find most difficult as a parent?

I find it difficult to buy them all the things they want but I try to make sure they have what they need.

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

The best piece of parenting advice  is try to remenber they grow up v fast, so some days you have to leave the housework and just play in the garden with them or let them make a mess painting on the kitchen table, it can all be cleaned in a few mins but the look on their face be so worth it.

If you were Minister for Children what one change would you make?

I would give all kids a Doctors card because not everyone has 45 euro to bring the kids the doctor

What are your hopes for your children?

My hopes and dreams for my kids are that they will do very well in school, they will meet someone they love and that I will be a nanny someday x x.

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