7 Ways Adult Kids Can Help Their Mother

Updated: February 24, 2014

The Mothering Game | Marie Howard | Galway, Ireland | Blog 003 | 24 February, 2014

Marie Howard

Old School

Old School



I’m old-school.

I have been reviewed by experts and that’s their verdict.


It’s not the way I look, not the way I drive, not the way I dress.


It’s the way I write.

My three sons, bless them, who have enjoyed the benefits of a second and third-level education, have reviewed my first two blogs for The Mothering Game and have come to that conclusion.

I’m old school.

So for their benefit I would like to present my new-school blog. One of those numbered lists that keeps popping up every time I go online.


LOL where have you guys been? Social Media Patronise?

Yes I know you saw Facebook first. Great. Similarly, I saw books, newspapers, television and cinema first. But I didn’t bar you from them did I?

And I didn’t get embarrassed when my friends read your stories did I? Great.

So it’s mine now. Mine. Get over it. Less of the smart-ass remarks and friend me up.

And by the way, have you even liked the Salthill Devon Facebook page yet?

2 Respect The Throne

Mothers and fathers have a favourite chair in the living room.

That’s their seat, not yours.

If you are sitting in it during Game Of Thrones or Match Of The Day and I come into the room, get up and offer it to me. I’m your mother, not an Ever-Ready battery that goes all day and brings you snacks and cups of coffee when you visit me.

3 IN The Dishwasher

When you clear the table (and announce it to everybody) put the dishes in the dishwasher, not on the dishwasher.

4 Do Your Own Laundry

Is there a washing machine in your house? Because it sometimes seems to me that I’m the only one in Salthill with a washing machine. Oh and while I’m at it, any chance you could learn how to do your own ironing? (Yes I know nobody does it as well as me…)

5 Take Your Hangover To The Prom

Why do you always end up in my place with your hangover? If you were out with the lads last night and you were hoovering pints and it was a great night–go for a long walk on the prom before you come over to my house. I’d really prefer not to have to deal with your grumpy-head hangover.

6 Press the Rom-Com Button

Does everything we watch on the TV have to contain gratuitous violence/graphic adult scenes or be about a vampire? Have you heard that there is a Rom-Com button on the remote?

 7 Gizza Hug

Finally, give your mother a hug! There’s much more of me to appreciate these days. So bring it on grumpysox. Show the love.

There you go.

Hope that’s old-school/new-school enough for you.



  1. Oliver Daniels

    February 26, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Love this blog!

  2. kenny

    February 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    These are a great read each week.

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