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Healthy Kids are Happy Kids

As the kids go back to school after the holidays are you making sure they start the term fit and healthy?  It’s that time of year again.  The nights are coming in earlier and there is less time to run around outside, but more than ever children’s...

Posted on 19 October 2012

How can I be a Great Dad?

With governmental changes to Shared Parental Leave there is a greater emphasis on fathers and the role that they play than ever before.  However, with the pressures of work, being a father and having the time to engage with your children is not an...

Posted on 16 April 2015

Hassle free children’s birthday parties

When it comes to a big celebration, some parents thrive on planning, decorating and hosting. Others - myself included - want to make birthdays as fuss-free as possible. Whatever your preference, it's clear from talking with other parents that many...

Posted on 25 April 2018

First steps towards adult independence

First steps towards adult independence Adolescence can be a fraught time for many families as their child, now young person, learns to become independent. This is normal but the struggle to redefine the parent/child relationship can feel painful f...

Posted on 18 December 2017

Guide for trouble free sleepovers

More commonly referred to as “work of the devil,” a sleepover can strike fear into the heart of even the most fun loving parent.  It’s not unusual, given the mayhem, mess, lack of sleep, and subsequent grumpiness the following morning, to hear...

Posted on 09 April 2018

Peace in our Christmastime

Ah! The mixology of Christmas or should that read aaaaaargh?  Blend together in-laws, elders, teenagers and toddlers, who may not be used to spending extended periods of time in each other’s company.  Mix with a steady stream of alcohol et voilà!...

Posted on 07 December 2017

How to have a Happy Halloween

Whether you revel in All Hallows’ Eve or prefer to hide away, the goblins and ghouls of 31st October have steadily crept up on us all. We’ve rounded up some of the latest advice for parents on how to keep children entertained, happy and safe amids...

Posted on 25 October 2017

Black Friday Bargains

Black Friday, 24th November, is when the UK’s biggest retailers slash their prices. In fact, some retailers will even extend their sales throughout November. This is the perfect opportunity for you to save on Christmas presents for the family...

Posted on 03 November 2017

Critical Thinking

Enhance your child’s educational development with critical thinking skills Fake news, email scams, a workplace dominated by artificial intelligence these are just some of the reasons we need to ensure our children can think for themselves, with a...

Posted on 24 November 2017

Hey big spender!

A sobering fact as we head for peak spending season, one in three of us will get into debt over the Christmas period, half of whom will spend the following year paying it off.  This is bad news for many families across the UK already feeling the...

Posted on 07 December 2017

Save more money in 2018

Did you know 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February? But how about a resolution you can easily keep? Save more money in 2018. There are plenty of really simple ways you can save money on everything from your supermarket shopping to your...

Posted on 05 January 2018

Cut your costs this Easter break

If the thought of keeping your kids entertained for more than two weeks over Easter sounds daunting and expensive, then we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up our favourite low cost activities and money-saving tips to help you save this Easter! 1.  ...

Posted on 12 March 2018

Life’s so unfair: a parent’s guide to the teenage brain

Some days, it takes the patience of a saint to parent a self-centered, moody and seemingly lazy teenager. In a nanosecond their mood can flip from one extreme to the other. What is going on with them? - And how should parents react? We’ve gathered...

Posted on 23 March 2018

The stigma and the joys of Shared Parental Leave

Hey dads, did you know that you’re allowed to share 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay with your partner after you have a baby, thanks to Shared Parental Leave (SPL)? And did you know you’ve been able to do this since April 2015? If you didn’t,...

Posted on 10 April 2018

Fortnite: Battle Royale – Harmless gaming craze or something to worry about?

Say “Fortnite” to any child over the age of eight, and the chances are that the reaction will be much more than a flicker of recognition. If that child isn’t already playing the game, then a friend probably is. Since its launch in September 2017,...

Posted on 24 April 2018

The Benefits and Dangers of Co-Sleeping

Co-sleeping with your child; is it a vital bonding experience for parents and their children? Or is it dangerous and to be avoided at all costs? What is co-sleeping? Co-sleeping can refer to a number of set-ups including placing a cot alongside yo...

Posted on 08 May 2018

11 Tips for a Successful First Residential Trip

Between the ages nine and eleven, your child will probably embark on a school residential trip. These trips, which involve a couple of nights away, are considered a rite of passage and a way to introduce your child to various aspects of spending...

Posted on 08 May 2018

Are Smartphones Damaging our Children?

Smartphone use – what are the dangers? Many parents ask this and other related questions, like How many hours is safe ? Is Social Media the main issue ? Where do I look for guidance ? Just by typing “ are smartphones safe for children ” into Googl...

Posted on 08 May 2018

Plan the Perfect Family Picnic

We all know the drill when it comes to British summer time – the second the sun shows its face you cannot hesitate for a moment; get out and absorb that vitamin D! There’s no better way to bask in the summer sun than with a family picnic. Here are...

Posted on 18 May 2018

Choosing a summer camp

Summer camps are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Whether your child is academically-minded or after a summer of sports and activities, there are thousands of programmes to choose from at home and abroad. Not only do summer camps provide y...

Posted on 01 June 2018

Seven Tips to Alleviate Sibling Rivalry

When your kids argue, do you feel like the referee? If you are blessed with more than one child, then it won’t be a surprise to you that siblings bicker, pester and fight once in a while. Siblings don’t get along all the time. But when is it too...

Posted on 01 June 2018

Prioritising you: A guide to healthy, stress-less parenting

“I simply don’t have any time to myself”, comments a busy mum, rushing her child to the park with a buggy full of shopping. We’ve all been there. The kids are busy and they are getting busier. The food lists are growing and so is the washing pile....

Posted on 25 July 2018

Spooky Halloween family fun

From the ghastly and ghoulish to the frightfully fun, there are several ways to get involved with Halloween activities this month. Museums, parks and town centres are getting into the spooky spirit, hosting parades, arts and crafts markets and eve...

Posted on 22 October 2018

Tips for a thrifty parent

Although the notions of saving money and parenting don’t always go together naturally, we need to save at some point. It’s not always easy to be frugal but there are some amazing stories on the web of family savings to inspire a bit of thriftiness...

Posted on 19 November 2018

Seven festive hacks for a stress-free Christmas

Every Christmas season starts like the one before – with decorations, lights and chocolates going on sale before the first of November. The shops are a not-so-subtle reminder of all the stress that can come with this festive time of year. Below ar...

Posted on 19 November 2018

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

It’s the start of a new year, so why not add a few parenting resolutions to your life that might actually stick? Like most resolutions, which are easy to start, our top ten parenting resolutions will help make your life more enjoyable in 2019....

Posted on 17 December 2018