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We truly believe that the best voice for new parents to hear is the voice of other parents! Irish people are born storytellers and we absolutely LOVE receiving your tales of the challenges, joys, tears and laughter that come with parenting.


If you’d like to share a story with us (long or short, we adore them all!) please send it, along with a photo if possible, to Lorraine at

Nov 6, 2018 by

       My sister Caroline was born on the 19th of February 2005. I was just two weeks shy of my sixth birthday. I remember certain moments from the days following her birth – going to visit her in hospital for the first time; holding her for the first time; and welcoming her to the […]

Adam’s Story
Oct 16, 2018 by

         On 6th July 2013 our second son Adam was born. We already had a 3 year old son Cormac, and had done everything under the sun to get pregnant this time round. I’d had acupuncture, taken traditional Chinese herbs, totally cleaned up my diet, did mindfulness, listened to mediation cd’s on […]

A Very Special Friendship
Oct 9, 2018 by

      It’s the 13th February 2014, my phone rang – “Incoming call from Edwina” read across the top of my phone. Edwina my best friend since the days of Take That, playing tip the can and Tamagotchi’s was ringing to update me on the birth of her niece. I had been waiting for […]

The Next Stepping Stone
Sep 17, 2018 by

The Next Stepping Stone   Mia Preston (3) on her first day in Playschool   Mia started playschool in Stepping Stones Montessori on Tuesday, September 4th 2018.   Over the last 8 months there have been many conversations and communications with multiple contacts around our little girl Mia reaching the next “stepping stone” in her […]

Safia’s New Journey into Primary School
Sep 12, 2018 by

Safia’s new journey into primary school   Just over five years ago, I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl Safia. I had five weeks of getting to know my daughter, before we found out she had Down syndrome. An emotional roller coaster began, a lot of which was rooted in ignorance, as I knew […]

Big School Looms
Aug 22, 2017 by

Joshua on his last day of pre-school   “So here we are, at the point in time that always felt a world away. Next week Joshua will begin his primary school days. I know it’s a big deal for all our kids; it’s a right of passage, a milestone with the obligatory first day of […]

The Next Stage
Oct 9, 2016 by

Advisory Panelist, Triona Cussen talks about her son Joshua joining mainstream preschool next week. 

Katie’s 21/3 Story
Mar 19, 2013 by

Mary Gaynor – Dublin

I’d say over a year ago I began to explain to Katie (now 13) all about down syndrome and that she has down syndrome. Of course Katie wanted to know everything so I set about telling her in a way that was quite simple and that she could understand. 

First Time for Everything
Feb 18, 2013 by

So it’s the 7th July and we’re off to the airport! No sooner out the door and we’re back again – forgot the sat nav! And now we’re off……again! Park the car and I start to think, this is the first time we are going away as a family of five. We’re flying to Toulouse, hiring a car, and driving down to Wes’s parent’s house for our annual two week ‘vaccances’. The travelling party consists of ten humans, three buggies, numerous cameras, sat navs, ghds, and chargers galore, you know yourself, we’re travelling light!!!

Dr Visit & Flashback
Feb 18, 2013 by

It’s 11.05pm and there’s a bang like thunder that wakes me up. Oh My God, not thunder …not unless it cries!

Up we jump and run into Max, our eldest, who’s nearly six. He’s fallen out of the bed and is trapped down the side between the locker. He looks grand and all seems to be ok until I spot a big open gash on his chin! I jump into my running gear (not jogging to hospital, it’s the only thing I could find) and off we go to Caredoc.