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'Freelancing made it difficult to have routine'

Aoife Ní Thuairisg, TG4 presenter – one son, Ruán (5):

"One of our biggest parenting mistakes was not getting our son into a regular eating and sleeping pattern. Working on a freelance basis, I was pretty happy just taking every day as it came.

"Our son was nearly nine months before I even attempted to get him into a routine, and only then because I was going back to work so I had no choice. Luckily, he adjusted very well and we all got a better night's sleep.

Turns out children – and parents – are a lot happier knowing what's going to happen and when!

"Bun number two is baking away in the oven and as soon as it arrives we are determined to try to establish some sort of organised chaos!"

Irish Independent