Catch the Pigeon (Toddler Lessons in Mindfulness)

Liz Lowe | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

February began, for the toddler and I, with snotty cuddles and coughing competitions. 'Dry January' was an easy win for both of us (aided by pregnancy and not being tall enough to reach the wine rack), but our current glow owes more to contamination than bountiful health.

Things You Should Know About Owning a Threenager...

Helen Wallen | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Planning on eating out...?! Don't. It's a trap... The iPad doesn't work anymore... you better set aside some time to mourn this period of your life. You won't be going to cafes/restaurants/out of your living room for playdates anymore.

How to Turn a Bad Day Into a Good Day

Liz Lowe | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Lowe

After a morning of procrastination, I spent the afternoon working in Central London with similar levels of productivity. The tube was busy when I returned home, as apparently other people had been working there too (I don't get out much).

Slogans for World War Terrible Twos

Lucy Gaskin | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Gaskin

In a war, you need slogans. For public safety and morale, and all that jazz. Now, of course, in this war, no one has time to be coming up with slogans, because... caring for/restraining toddlers here. Fortunately, there is no need to create our own.

Things You Should Know About Owning a Toddler...

Helen Wallen | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Yep. Toddlers. If your baby has just 'levelled up' you should really know what you're dealing with... So here's my handy list of everything you should know about owning one...

A Two Minute Trick for Instant Calm

Liz Lowe | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Lowe

Now if the decade I spent as a home-based wine rep taught me anything, it's that wearing pyjamas at midday is perfectly acceptable, and in no way related to productivity. In this case my husband had in fact been working for an hour, and the toddler and I had half-peeled a banana (it is sometimes related to productivity).

Attempts at Mindfulness (With a Toddler and Chocolate)

Liz Lowe | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

With my daughter, I paused more frequently to take it all in; to imprint the memories. Appreciating those small moments seemed to lessen the grip of the trying times; a little, at least. There could be something to this mindfulness thing after all.

Hat Avoidance and Other Key Skills for Babies and Toddlers This Winter

Helen Wallen | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Winter is coming.... (well, actually it's here.) And with it... *shudders* ... mittens. So below is an essential list of key skills for all babies, t...

Tantrums and Threesomes; Trials and Tribulations of Teenagers on the Train

Kylie Barton | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Comedy
Kylie Barton

Image Source The only good thing about a packed train at 5pm on a weekday is that you can listen in with ease on a variety of comic teenage talks as...

Your Buggy Personality Quiz...

Lucy Tobin | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Tobin

Every time I enter the nursery bit of a department store I spot worried-looking parents touring the travel systems and fixated on the fact that they *really, really* need a particular £8350.54 buggy because otherwise their baby won't grow up happy/healthy/middle class.

'Twas the (Real) Night Before Christmas

Lucy Gaskin | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Gaskin

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house The children were shrieking, like they'd seen a mouse. The stockings weren't hung by the beds anymore; The children thought they looked better thrown on the floor.

That's Not Going on the Christmas List

Claire Kirby | Posted 20.12.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Over the years I have learned to filter these lists to stop undesirable toys getting in through the door. This year I am thinking of operating a doorman style policy on Christmas presents. You know, if your name's not down, you're not coming in.

Letter To My Teenage Self

Dale Shaw | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Comedy
Dale Shaw

Hey! This is me, or rather it's you, writing from the future. I have now reached my fortieth year and have decided to mark this event by looking back through my life and offering some thoughts on what I have learned.

How to (Not) Make Christmas Cards With a Toddler and a Baby*

Lucy Gaskin | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Gaskin

This simple tutorial (*this is not a tutorial*) contains all the instructions you need to create beautiful (*ahem*) handmade Christmas cards (*there will be no cards*) with very young children.

It's Human Sausage Season

Kylie Barton | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Style
Kylie Barton

You know what, nude tights are actually one of the most ridiculous creations. As well as falling to pieces through one use, they are literally like a sausage skin. If you have ever made your own sausages you will know that pulling on that thin membrane makes absolutely no difference to the appearance of that sausage.

The Twelve Days of Toddler

Lucy Gaskin | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Gaskin

On the fifth day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me five fingers stuck in the letterbox again, four handfuls of cereal out of my bowl, three items of clothing removed from about The Baby's person, two part chewed raisins, and a cabbage in a teapot.

Nativity Children

Claire Kirby | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

"Never work with animals or children" is a well used phrase for good reason. Come performance day who knows what your little angel is going to do! Whether your child has the starring role or has been cast as a sand dancer (what's a bloody sand dancer?) no nativity is complete without the following children...

Fighting Hatred With Humour - Why the #1in5Muslims Trend Was Important to Set the Record Straight

Furqan Naeem | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Furqan Naeem

Me and a group of friends on Twitter decided to get together to start a campaign with the hashtag #1in5Muslims to show that the vast majority of Muslims are just really normal people who oppose the abhorrent views of Isis and the like and with many mocking the survey with jokes and made-up facts.

The Most Positive Things About Being In Your Forties

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

Age has it advantages. It's great that men in white vans no longer shout 'YOU SLAG' out the window as they speed past. I like the fact that sometimes when I've had a particularly bad day I get offered a seat on the tube.

How NOT to Use Baby and Toddler Selling Sites - A Normal Mummy's Guide

Helen Wallen | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Facebook selling sites. An annoying yet necessary element of modern parenting... So, here written down for all the delusionals are the top ways to NOT to conduct yourself on selling sites.

Five Benefits of Being Middle-Aged

Katy Cox | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Cox

Twenty five minutes into the show, I grabbed the remote control in a frenzy and hit PAUSE. Carrie was straddling her new boyfriend on the armchair and he had his hands up her top and his tongue planted half way down her throat.

We Are NOT Sheep: Why It's Cool to Be Out of the Herd

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

We have the right to loathe anything we like, even if everyone else insists its ace. Here are a few suggestions of REALLY POPULAR THINGS it's ok to choose to ignore, reject or even outright hate, no matter what the 'too cool for school' crew insist to the contrary.

Rainy Day Activities for Lazy Mums and Dads

Helen Wallen | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

I know the days spent entertaining the baby and toddler at home by myself are likely to increase now that winter is on it's way... As I can't be arsed to find the rain-cover and spend several hours working out how to re-attach the foot-muff to the buggy. So. Here's my guide to making the most of the rainy days stuck in the house with small people...

Parenting Badges

Claire Kirby | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

I wanted everyone to know I was a mum. In hindsight the bags under my eyes and slightly deranged swaying from side to side, was a dead giveaway. However it sparked a conversation about other badges parents need.

Obituary: Dr. Waseem Akhtar

Aamir Aziz | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Aamir Aziz

If I collect accounts from all his intimate friends, an extremely arresting plot of a true epic will be in your hands. But that would require a mettle...