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Aisling O’Loughlin says baby Joe has found his voice

After barely making a sound for eight months, thankfully not even that much crying, baby Joe is piping up. He’s found his voice and he’s in great form with his wild squeals and “gah” sounds. He’s also crawling backwards and looking to stand up at any given opportunity. Sure it’s all happenin’ around my neck of the woods! In other breaking news, my five-year-old Patrick has decided he’s not growing up because he doesn’t want to die, and getting older means impending death and he wants to live forever. Nic turned 50 recently and Patrick has been studying his face with the conclusion: Daddy’s not that old. As for three-year-old Mr Lou, I must, must, must record his high-pitched baby voice before the wind changes and he no longer says things like, “I not wuv (love) it Mommy” after tasting Brussels sprouts or “mine car, mine hat, mine bike” when describing things he owns. Apparently, the best approach is not to correct smallies when they’re learning to talk and let them at it because eventually they’ll cotton on. This works with me as I never did like being corrected constantly when learning French; it’s so restrictive and irritating, even if you are wrong. Anyway, who would want to correct such cute expressions? They make my day.

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT EIMEAR

I’ve become a little obsessed with Cork model, mum and blogger Eimear Varian Barry, who has accumulated more than 67,000 followers on Instagram thanks to her conversational posts, stunning good looks and her honest chat about everyday life. Living in Surrey with her husband and two children, Eimear is putting in the hard blogging yards and reaping the rewards. She’s even scored collaborations with Dorothy Perkins and L’Oréal. Watch this space.

GIRL PROBLEMS

Oh dear. Here’s one to watch out for parents of girls. A new study has found that by the age of six, girls are less likely than boys to think they can be brilliant. It’s from this point they tend to shy away from activities associated with being smart such as maths and science. The study found that girls believe in their super-smart potential up to the age of five but, bizarrely, it all changes in that one, vital year – despite girls being top of the class in terms of grades. How very worrying but good to note. The results which appeared in the journal Science, suggest that early gender stereotypes can limit aspirations. “If we want to change young people’s minds and make things more equitable for girls, we really need to know when this problematic stereotype emerges, and then we know when to intervene to avoid these negative consequences on girls’ educational decisions and their future career choices,’’ says lead author Lin Bian, a graduate student of Psychology at the University of Illinois. The first thing we have to do as parents is to do away with this notion that boys are better than girls at maths and science, and be so careful about how we talk to little girls. Even as a mom of three boys, I am hyper aware when talking to little girls not to focus too much on beauty. It’s not fair. Of course, every child should be told he or she is beautiful, but we all need to encourage other qualities too and be aware of the way we speak to our little ones. Food for thought.

VERSATILE COMMUNION

Communion dresses are so beautiful, but there’s something wasteful about only wearing them once. This skirt and top creation by Arklow designer Theresa Bury really caught my eye. Made from the finest embroidered cotton, the full skirt would work a treat for another occasion with a little jumper or cardigan and the top would look cool with a pair of jeans or shorts. Theresa’s designs are heirloom quality and made with love. The Isobel skirt and top is €220, visit www.theresaburydesigns.com for more details.

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