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5 sure fire ways to save money on your food bills

Each month, the average family throws away almost £60 of good food that was bought but not eaten. TV Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis says “Throwing food away is the purest waste of money possible.  I’ve been banging on about how to beat it for...

Posted on 18 December 2017

6 things to check before you travel while pregnant

Are you pregnant and going on holiday this summer? Look at our checklist to help you have everything in place for a safe and comfortable trip. 1. Get the okay from your doctor or midwife first Travelling in the middle of your pregnancy term is bes...

Posted on 03 May 2016

Active children become healthier teens

A new study in Australia shows the need to get children active at an early age to ensure better health through their teens. More evidence of the importance of getting children active at an early age has been released following a study in Australia...

Posted on 23 July 2015

Understanding your child’s needs during puberty

Spots. Mood swings. Hair “down there”. All the physical and emotional changes during puberty can be pretty overwhelming. Your support can mean a lot to your child. When your child starts puberty, there will be various changes that will become...

Posted on 15 September 2015

Girls and periods: How to support your daughter through a difficult time

Girls usually start puberty between 8 and 13 years old and they go through a lot of hormonal changes in this time. Speaking to your daughter about these changes can be difficult and embarrassing for both of you, especially for dads! But it’s...

Posted on 14 October 2015

Packing lunches without the pester power – how can you resist?

Standing in the supermarket facing a wall of special offers for packed lunch snacks is stressful enough, throw in a couple of kids begging you to buy their favourite cereal bars, sweet drinks and crisps and before you know it all of your hopes and...

Posted on 15 August 2016

Are your kids eating healthy without you?

Getting children enjoying healthy food from an early age is the way to help them eat well for the rest of their lives. But how can you tell if your child is getting a healthy meal when you’re not there?  Well the good news is that school meals hav...

Posted on 28 September 2016

Calling all parents - ready, steady, cook!

Whether you’re thinking about getting started or you already love to cook with the kids – we’ve got just the thing for you.  Run by the Children’s Food Trust, Friends of Let’s Get Cooking will provide you with the skills, knowledge and inspiration...

Posted on 27 October 2016

Is the cost of childcare impacting your work?

Is the cost of childcare impacting your work? With childcare costs rising year on year and wage growth hardly increasing there’s more pressure being put on parents to save money by forgoing the babysitters and afterschool clubs and cutting time ou...

Posted on 21 November 2016

Grab the perfect last minute Christmas gift

Last minute gifts can be nightmares, with crowded high streets and empty online shopping baskets; it can be difficult to find the perfect gift with the clock ticking.  However for those family, friends, and even kids who are crazy about cooking...

Posted on 14 December 2016

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

Ideas for low cost, high impact summer holiday childcare

With the school holidays in full swing the search is on for low cost, high impact childcare. We’ve done the legwork to provide you with a comprehensive guide to summer holiday childcare options to accommodate all budgets and age ranges from four t...

Posted on 15 August 2017

Top tips to a happy summer holiday

Pleasant, carefree family-time to recuperate from a busy academic year. Or a grouchy trip complete with niggles, grumbles and the odd full-blown row? Family summer holidays have their highs and lows, but here are 5 steps to help avoid the pitfalls...

Posted on 04 July 2018

Back to school

Long, lazy days, filled with day trips, late nights, and an ever-sliding routine are what make the school summer holidays. But as the days draw in and the autumn term looms, here’s how to tackle that tricky transition back to structured days and...

Posted on 24 August 2017

‘Staving off the Winter Blues’ / Keeping the family healthy and happy throughout the winter months

As the clocks go back and the autumn draws in, here’s the latest thinking on how to stay energised as the colder months take hold. Launch a three-pronged attack on your family’s exercise, diet and sleep routines to keep everyone bright-eyed and...

Posted on 03 November 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

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

Support from day one – can continuity of care in pregnancy make a difference?

“Continuity of care could potentially save 700 babies’ lives a year,” said Jeremy Hunt MP as he announced plans in March to provide mothers in England with the reassurance of seeing the same NHS midwife through pregnancy and labour. The new plans...

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

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

Seeking help for postnatal depression

One in 10 women in the UK will experience postnatal depression (rising to 40% in teen mothers), and as many as 20% of women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or after childbirth. It is incredibly common. What are the symptom...

Posted on 18 May 2018

Encouraging your kids to play outside

When you think back to your summers as a child, what do you remember? Seemingly endless evenings riding the streets on your bike? Water pistol battles in the back garden? Playing with real, reach-out-and-touch-them friends outside in real life?...

Posted on 18 June 2018

Summer holiday survival guide for parents

With the school summer holidays just around the corner, most parents are mentally preparing (and booking) various activities to help the time go a little smoother.  Whether you are working or not, the summer holidays are a time of earned relaxatio...

Posted on 18 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

Tips for being a green parent

You may have noticed the recent flurry of activity on your favourite social media feed on the use of plastic straws. Straws, and single-use plastic in general, are the latest environmental case to make big headlines as people and businesses scramb...

Posted on 17 August 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