To work or not to work

It’s only when you get a few women together that you realise when it comes to raising kids, everybody seems to think that the person next to them is doing a better job than they are! Somewhere between our grandmother’s time and here we’ve captioned child-rearing as being the most important job of all. For…

Keeper to Kept

Over the past forty years the role of the woman within the family unit has changed significantly in Ireland.  Back in the sixties and seventies it was standard practice that women stayed at home while the men went out to work.  The women busied themselves with raising the children, keeping the house and trying to…

Quit Moaning – International Women

International Women’s Day was celebrated on Wednesday last.  Living in Abu Dhabi and surrounded by expat wives and women ( I differentiate purposely)  it prompted me to think of the women I know and love and their qualities and achievements.    Unfortunately, many of the qualities that immediately come to mind were bitching, moaning  and complaining…

Stepford Wives with Birkenstocks – Qatar Days

There’s almost a formula for expat couples in the Middle East.  The man works all year round, takes two weeks off in summer for holidays and the woman looks after the home and hightails it back to Ireland or the UK for a two month hiatus from the intense climate and the hot weather! My…