Parent Mantras for the days we are surviving not thriving!

I know there are days when I can just go shove my mantras where the sun don’t shine 😅 Straight in the bin 🤪 There are days so challenging that our parental brains wouldn’t let us get to the point of even remembering these or being able to repeat these to ourselves. But there are days where these might help soothe the heart and redirect brain ❤️ 🧠 They may give you the prompt you need to reset or reframe the challenge of the day.

Remembering their age and how many days they are on this planet has always helped me when I feel like screaming and days I need to scream I just go outside and do that when they ask what’s wrong I tell them I thought I saw a ghost 👻 🤣 That helps too because then we all have a good laugh 😃

If you would like this in a free printable pdf to stick it on the fridge as a visual prompt click the link below and download it now ❤

Do let me know what you think in the comments, which one you use or will use and definitely let me know if the printable is useful 😉

Click this link to download the Parent Mantra PDF Free Printable

A little Christmas gift from me to you!

If you use a weekly visual schedule this pdf of Christmas icons I’ve created and attached may come in handy for the coming days and weeks. Download it by pressing the link and print it off for your own use for free.

Hope you find it helpful and if you wish to show your appreciation by sharing my website, supports and page with other parents as alway I am very grateful. Sharing, likeing, commenting is exactly what helps my visability and then more parents can find me.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

Gardening With Kids; activities, ideas and what we can teach and they can learn!

The Gains of Gardening:

– Planting with soil and watering are all great forms of sensory play for every age. 

-Teach them where food actually comes from, you know not the shop!

-Responsibility and resilience some will grow and some won’t learn from your mistakes and move on and make sure enjoy and revel in the wins.

-Science and Maths what do you need for growing, energy, sunlight, water, measuring, sorting, time and patience.

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Parenting Support Workshops Information and Tickets

Please find my online Workshop Information below. There are two online workshops I currently run  

  • Empowering Parent’s – Workshop for a helping hand with Behaviour  
  • Toilet Training Less Stress more Success – Workshop. 

Please find current information, available dates and how to book for each below. I hope to see you on Skype!

Empowering Parent’s – Workshop


  • May 2nd 2020 at 10am to 12:30pm 
  • May 23rd 2020 at 1pm -3:30 pm
  • May 30th 2020 at 10am – 12:30pm

Price: 50pp

Workshop content includes:

-The Wipe the Slate Clean Approach

-Reacting and Managing Strong Emotions

-Reinforcement and how to utilise it correctly.

-Tuning into Preference and Motivation

-The Why: Thinking about the function of behaviours

– Tools for your Tool Box: Tried and tested techniques for every day unwanted behaviour.

-Routine and Predictability their role in anxiety and the “tantrums out of no where”


I’ve limited numbers for all online workshops to 6 spaces to ensure quality and time for everyone to ask questions etc. If you would like to book a workshop please click the link for your preferred date below;

May 23rd 2020 – Empowering Parents Workshop

May 30th 2020 – Empowering Parents Worksho


Toilet Training Less Stress More Success – Workshop 


  • May 2nd 2020 at 10am – 12:30pm 
  • May 23rd 2020 at 10am – 12:30pm
  • May 30th 2020 at 2pm – 3:30pm

Price: 50pp

Workshop content includes:

  • Prepare For Success what to do in the weeks leading up to training to prepare for success
  • Basic Training
  • Reinforcement
  • Nap Times
  • Night time Training
  • Pitfalls
  • Regressions 
  • Bowel Movements
  • Managing Fears with Empathy

I’ve limited numbers for all online workshops to 6 spaces to ensure quality and time for everyone to ask questions etc. If you would like to book a workshop please click the link for your preferred date below;

May 2nd 2020 – Toilet Training Less Stress more Success:

May 23rd 2020 – Toilet Training

May 30th 2020 – Toilet Training


If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me via comment on this post.Email: Instagram @deehollhan


Clonakilty Model Railway Village – A Review

LooWest Cork Model Railway Village may have been the boys favourite day out of the summer! Ned for sure thought it was the best thing sinced slice pan, from the actual model village right down to the playroom which even got a mention when reporting back to Grandad.

It was our first time visiting Clonakilty and it has 100% won us over. Next time we plan to go for two nights though, as one was just not enough for all this part of the country has to offer. Family Friendly Ireland at its best!

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