Eithne Shortall: The reason quitting gets such a bad name is because starting over is the actual worst

If you decide to speak Irish to your children at home, definitely keep going, because resuming after a break will not go well

‘Quitting has a bad name for a good reason. It’s so easy to quit and so much harder to begin all over again’

This month began with a mutiny.

We had pre-warned the four-year-old that come the start of September, we would be returning to speaking Irish in the mornings.

We had started doing this a year ago, and it had gone well. By the end of the first week, he could understand basic questions. Within a month, he could follow most of what we said to him. It helps that there’s a lot of repetition involved in ...