• Modern Manners

    Have you ever been mortified by your child picking her nose or wiping her mouth on her sleeve in public? Have you wished you could disappear through the floor when your son interrupts your conversation with your mother-in-law or your daughter gets down from the meal granny has prepared without saying thank you? Good manners aren’t a thing of the...

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  • Teaching Self-Control

            You may be recovering from a post-Easter chocolate-induced sugar coma you’re your children may still be bouncing off the walls. Easter calls to mind two rituals that fall on opposite ends of the consumption spectrum. During Lent Christians, and some non-believers too, traditionally take the opportunity to give up some...

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  • Five Fun Ideas for Easter

    As a chocolate loving child I loved Easter, but one of my daughters for some reason can’t stand the stuff. Needless to say her sister does very well out of this, especially around this time of year. However, it does mean that I always try and make an extra effort to make sure Easter isn’t just about church and chocolate. So here are five of my ...

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  • Top Hairstyles for Little Boys

      Working out exactly how we’d like our little girls to wear their hair, is by and large pretty straightforward – and if we don’t know they certainly have an opinion on the matter. However with boys, unless you have taken a keen interest in your male hair, it is definitely trickier. Even if you do know what you like, it’s even harder...

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  • 3 Tips to Manage the Morning Mayhem

    Mornings can be hellish for lots of us. They can be marked by shouting and nagging, threatening and cajoling, sometimes begging. And that’s just us…the adults! Kids have absolutely no sense of urgency and sometimes seem to be moving deliberately slowly. Children may seem to be intentionally obstructive, but they’re not –they just have a di...

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  • Seven Skills For Raising a Good Friend

    “I have NO friends” are words that no parent ever wants to hear from their child. A few years ago I remember having to pop into my child’s school during playtime. I saw my daughter out in the playground, alone, while the other girls were all running around after one another. I jumped to the most dire conclusion … that she really didn’t h...

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  • Family Valentine's Day Ideas

    In our household, we always welcome any excuse for a celebration – especially if there is cake or chocolate involved. So whilst I’m not hugely keen on ‘date-night dinner’ for Valentine’s Day, it is definitely a day where we all get involved and share our love for each other. So, as ever I have been searching the internet for some cute new...

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  • Entertaining Whilst Parenting

    Top chef and author of Homemade Takeaways, Rob Allison, gives his top tips on how to entertain whilst parenting: Every now and then we all lose the plot and think it’s a good idea to invite other grown-ups into our chaotic toddler ruled world for a dinner party. Although it is totally illogical to add pressure to our already stretched resource...

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  • What to Wear on the Slopes

    WHAT TO WEAR ON THE SLOPES If you are taking the kids skiing for the first time, the bottom line has to be if they are cold or uncomfortable they will put more energy into whining than skiing. The other consideration is that, unlike adults, kids won’t think twice about charging head long into a giant snow drift or rolling around to make snow ang...

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  • Now Stop Crying!

    NOW STOP CRYING ! Have you ever listened to the words of this popular Christmas song? You may have had your fill of it over the recent Christmas period. You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He's making a list And checking it twice Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice Santa Claus...

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