Kids

Why A Cardboard Box Is All Your Child Needs

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Parents

The most alluring potential toy for your tot? Nope, not your iPad mini/ the TV remote/your smartphone. It’s an empty cardboard box. With infinite po...

Crafty Gifts You Can Make With Your Child

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Parents

Trying to find the perfect present for a family member or friend can be expensive, time-consuming and, if we’re being honest, soul-destroying. How m...

Sand, Screen And Surf: Why Summer Is The Ideal Time To Teach Your Kids About Internet Safety

Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Parents
Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters

As parents it's difficult to know how much screen time is too much, but if you're constantly asking yourself 'how do I persuade my teenager to turn off Snapchat and have a conversation?', then it's probably time to moderate their usage.

The Ultimate Moments of Joy Playlist To Soundtrack Your Kids' Summer

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Parents

Our favourite songs trigger happy memories. Dancing at weddings with electric in the air, singing along with our parents in the car as kids and unforg...

How To Plan A Super-Fun Birthday Party For Twins

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Parents

From their first birthday when your icing-covered little ones giggle at each other over their cakes, twins’ parties are joy-filled events. Just with...

Easy Ways To Jazz Up Your Kid's Bike For More Family Fun

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Parents

Hitting the road on a family bike ride is fun. Fresh air? Check. Nature? Check. Heaps of exercise? Double check. Take along a picnic and drinks, and ...

8 Steps To A Brilliant Double Playdate

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents

When your child is a toddler and still learning to speak, ‘mine’ and ‘me’ are two of the first phrases they’ll ever learn. And they’ll lik...

How Nursery Rhymes Took Over My Life

Oli Reed | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

One day, hopefully many decades from now, I can picture myself rocking manically in an old folks' home (or mental asylum), still haunted by the sinking realisation that the the Wheels On The Bus may never stop going round and round. Or that the Grand Old Duke of York will never stop marching his troops to the top of the hill. Or that I will be Row, Row, Rowing My Boat gently down the stream until i'm clinically insane.

Measles: Everything You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Parents

Measles is not something that concerns lots of UK parents as most children (92%) are given the MMR jab as part of routine childhood vaccinations. Howe...

Finding Dory - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Anything centred around cute baby fish and lost parents is going to melt even the coldest of hearts on this exceptionally rainy August. Finding Dory truly is a recipe for waterworks, with the opening scene being pure Pixar magic.

Here’s How You And Your Child Can Make A DIY Water Slide

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents

After some fabulous summer fun? Nothing beats a water slide. A total magnet for children, they bring hours of joy from all the slipping, sliding, laug...

How To Make A Kid-Friendly Chocolate Owl Cake

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Parents

This chocolate cake looks tricky to make but is simply a sponge cake, creatively cut and decorated with chocolate buttons. If you’re nervous about c...

Top Outdoor Toys for Summer 2016

Faye Jacobs | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Faye Jacobs

Is it just me or is summer starting later and finishing earlier every year?! I'm trying not to get depressed by the late start and am focusing on the dates of the summer holidays set by the school, this means we still have almost 2 weeks for the climate to get its act together... So, in preparation for a glorious season and time spent in the garden, here are my top outdoor toys - all tried and tested by my 3 very active children!

Daddy Daycare Diary: Home Alone for the First Time

Oli Reed | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

Today was a momentous day for me as a dad, because Gemma popped into the office for the first time since Sonny was born - leaving us to fend for ourselves. For an entire day! Here's how it went...

How To Entertain Your Kids For Free

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents

There's no getting away from it - bringing up children costs a lot, thanks to childcare, clothes for your ever-growing little ones and food bills. Bu...

5 Things Every Parent Knows About Their Kids' Favourite TV Programmes

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents

Before kids you were in blissful ignorance of children's TV. Now you could win Mastermind on the collected works of SpongeBob SquarePants. You can't r...

15 Parenting Fails We've All Experienced

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents

Sometimes life, not to mention 'truthful' kids, foil our best parenting intentions (and bite us in the bum). Recognise these? That's the joy of the S...

The Best Holidays for Single Parents

Cathy Winston | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Parents
Cathy Winston

Doing all this as a single parent - with the potential financial penalties for travelling as the sole adult - can seem like a huge challenge. But now there are around two million lone parents with dependent children in the UK, more travel companies are waking up to the demand. Here are my trips on booking a holiday for single parents, whether it's your first or fifth, and whatever age your kids are.

How to Pick a Running Buddy

Olivia Cox | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

There's more to a running buddy just than a matchable pace. Spending circa 50 minutes in step with someone really does require a certain degree of friendship. And they've gotta be able to nail your outfit shot at the finish. Obv.

The Day I Stopped Feeling Guilty and Everybody Won

Katie Gregory | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

This week, please, try it for yourself. Because if there's one thing I figured out last Friday, it's this: guilt doesn't change the end result one bit. It just makes the process of getting there a whole lot harder.

Seven Life Lessons We Can Learn From our Kids

Aimee Foster | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

What if we always knew the truth we seek? It seems that at some point during our turbulent transition from child to adult we managed to unlearn the life lessons we came hard wired with.

A Letter to My Children - About Our Morning Routine... And Cooperation

Nick King | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Nick King

Cooperation is what happens in families. Particularly in the morning. When Dad has already left for work. It's how families work. It's how they ensure certain family members get to play on the X-box or iPad regularly.

Feelings, Hormones and Terrorism

Wendy Wason | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents
Wendy Wason

I thought it would get easier as they get older but it doesn't. They ask more questions, have opinions and need to discuss their feelings. Ante-natal classes covered how I felt. Not them.

17 Signs You Are a British Family Abroad

Emma Conway | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

Most of the plane journey involves you discussing the weather, worrying about if your suitcases will be lost, how warm it is going to be when you get off the plane and if anyone ears have popped yet.

Childhood Obesity: Exploding Nightmare

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

If parents can have such an impact on their child's well-being surely it's time more adults begin to take responsibility for their own health, thereby encouraging their children to follow suit?