Mykidstime.ie talks to Sarah, living in County Sligo, about parenting and being a mum of a lively two and a half year old girl.
Tell us about your family
I'm Sarah, a single mum to Robyn We are originally from Cork but moved to Sligo last year.
It was a big step as we didn't know anybody here but it turned out to be the best descision for us and we are both very settled in Sligo.
Describe a typical day in the Murphy house
Basically our typical day starts between 7am and 8am (ironically it always seems to be earlier at weekends!) then breakfast and out the door to creche. Robyn attends the local creche three mornings a week.
Once I get home, it's time to answer emails or make sales calls for Gymboree. Right now I am very busy as we are launching in Sligo at the end of the month.
I also crochet baby blankets, which are stocked in a local shop, so I try to get some work done on those too. I try to get dinner on the go and pick Robyn up at 1pm. She has a little nap at that time and that is my 'lunch break'. When she gets up I try my best to spend some quality, one on one time with her. We might head to the playground or do some painting together, all the while keeping an eye on dinner, answering work calls and tidying up.
We have dinner at 5pm which is nice because we sit down together and enjoy it. Dinner-time is family-time in our house!
Robyn is in bed for 7pm each evenig which gives me time to clean the house and have it all ready for the next days adventure.
What aspect of parenting do you find most enjoyable?
The aspect of parenting I find most enjoyable is knowing this little person looks up to you and depends on you to be their role model.Its such a huge respnsibility but also the worlds biggest reward.
What do you find most difficult as a parent?
What I find most difficult is doing it alone, as a single mum there is little or no time for me but the positives totally outweigh the negatives.
What is best piece of parenting advice you have ever received?
To trust my own instinct. Nobody knows your child as well as you do so always trust your own gut feelings.
And the worst parenting advice you received?
When people tell you what your child 'should' be doing at their age. Every child is different and unless you feel there is a problem they develop at their own pace.
If you were Minister for Children what one change would you make?
I would put so much effort into supporting charities like Barnardos and Childline. Our children are our future and so what better to invest in?
What are your hopes for your child?
My hope for my daughter is a simple one. To do what makes her happy.
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