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[ 18 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

WHY DON’T YOU… Hold a family sports day
In a recent poll, sport was one of the top three activities children told us they wanted to do with their parents, so why not turn an area of your garden or your local park into your very own sporting arena? Hold a running race, beanbag throw, mini hurdles or go retro with a game of rounders.
WHY DON’T YOU… Go on a nature treasure hunt
Make a map with a list of ‘treasure’ on it that the family has to tick off and find …

finance, house and home »

[ 18 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

Life after university can be an excruciating reality check. It is abundantly evident now with many adults aged 18-34 living with their parents instead of with partners or flatmates, as high student loan debt and premium rents coupled with low earnings are making independent living a challenge.
Therefore, parents can again come to the rescue by financially helping their children get on their feet in the following four ways:

SHOW THEM THE MONEY

A straightforward way to help your child is by just giving them the funds they need. Talk to …

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[ 16 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]
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A new year at school offers a great opportunity to create an improved sleep routine for your child. The key is to plan ahead and to encourage and support good sleep hygiene for the whole family, not just children on their own.  Dave Gibson, WarrenEvans bed makers sleep expert, and founder of thesleepsite.co.uk, shares his top tips.
1)  Work out how much sleep your child needs during the new school year – on average, 3 to 5 year olds need between 10 to 13 hours sleep, 6 to 13 year olds need 9 to 11 …

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[ 14 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

Giving up work to look after your new baby can be both very rewarding and very challenging. SO how do you find the right balance? Yuliana Topazly from BuddyWith has some advice on how to make the transition from intellectually engaged career woman to full time mum:
1. Join supportive communities of fellow parents. These can be virtual or physical. It is important to be in touch, talk about your challenges, share experiences, listen to other people going through the same journey as you. By connecting with others, you will know …

Headline, holidays, house and home »

[ 1 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

Last week, we climbed, canoed, went orienteering, shot clay pigeons, walked to Mont St Michel and made bread. We built a raft, did an assault course and tie dyed t-shirts. We played palet and petanque, had a campfire, and some of us tasted wines of Normandy.
We have just returned from a fabulous week with Family Adventure Holidays at their Normandy Chateau. We slept in a treehouse up in a small woodland village along with four other families in a mix of yurts, treehouses and a cottage. Conditions were fairly simple, …

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[ 24 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Improving sleep has just got easier with the launch of a brand new, expert-driven, self-help tool. With parents losing out on more than six weeks’ worth of sleep in a single year of caring for a newborn*, The Sleep Council has created The 30 Day Better Sleep Plan to help people wanting to improve their sleep and prevent more serious and prolonged issues.
The 18 question and answer format available on the website (www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/30-day-plan/) builds a downloadable tailored plan which people are encouraged to follow for 30 days using The Sleep …

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[ 19 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Medication is a marvellous thing, life-giving in some cases, pain or symptom-relieving in many others. However, managing medication can be difficult, and it’s important to get it right, especially if a few medications have been prescribed together.
Medications taken incorrectly can lead to further medical problems, with dizziness, confusion and depression just a few of the symptoms that could be experienced when a mistake is made. So, keeping track of medication is crucial, so you can be assured the right amount has been taken at the right time, and that’s not …

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[ 18 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

These days we must be conscious of the environmental impact we have on the world as it becomes more crowded, richer and more and more demanding of resources. One of the most resource-intensive times in our lives are home improvement projects, whether this is done DIY-style or not. Now we all know that these can be fun, can improve hands-on skills and boost confidence, not to mention that by DIYing you can save buckets of money on home improvement professionals. However, it can be difficult to know how to make …

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[ 18 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Change is an inevitable part of our lives. Every aspect of your life will undergo some significant modifications—your work, home, family, or social lives will be affected by change in some way eventually. While it can sometimes be exciting and rejuvenating, in most cases it is stressful, chaotic, and tiring. That’s why it is so important to be able to deal effectively with change; this way you can maintain your quality of life without much disruption. Here are five tips for handling changes effectively.
Identify What You Can And Can’t Control
First …

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[ 17 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Long summer afternoons extending into sultry evenings are the perfect time to throw an outdoor family party. Stay safe and make sure everyone has a good time with these 3 top tips for a successful event that’s memorable for all the right reasons.
Fire Safety
From barbecues to candles and patio lights, where there’s flame there’s the chance of burns. Keep children and pets under supervision at all times if you’ve got open flames anywhere people are gathered:

On still summer evenings, candles are gorgeous, but floaty skirts, little fingers or party games …