Children Gaming

A New Approach to Screen Time

I never play video games alone; I always sit on the sofa with my two boys, ten and twelve years old. We all thumb away at our gamepads together. Gaming is one way we bond — one way we engage in ‘family time.’ You would probably imagine that anyone who dedicates as much of his […]

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Clare Llewellyn

Scientist and Author of Baby Food Matters: A Day In The Life

Clare Llewellyn leads the Obesity research group at University College London (UCL) and is the director of the Gemini twin study, the largest of its kind to explore the origins of babies’ and children’s eating behaviour. In her new book Baby Food Matters, she and co-author Dr Hayley Syrad use scientific evidence to explore what […]

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Pukkas 2

Parenting the Sh*t out of Life – Papa Pukka

Mother Pukka and Papa Pukka offer you a book that will not help you grow or raise a human successfully, but a book that might, if you’re not too emotionally battered – and can see past the permanent eye twitch – help you laugh a little more than you cry. Papa Pukka told us his […]

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Mother Pukka

Parenting the Sh*t out of Life – Mother Pukka

From Mother Pukka and Papa Pukka, the minds behind highly popular parenting blog, comes Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life, the Sunday Times bestselling account of parenting told from both perspectives and a handy guide (kind of) on how to raise a small human. It’s the must-read for all parents and parents-to-be – and […]

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7 Things I Learned Weaning A Baby

Introducing your baby to food is a fun, messy, exciting part of being a parent. Its also strange – your tiny dependent creature who has been doing well on his or her magical liquid diet is suddenly allowed to eat some of the same things as you do. But as with anything baby-related there are […]

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Katie Kirby

Sometimes You Have to Say Goodbye

It’s easy to look at pregnant women and seemingly perfect nuclear families and think, ‘Wow, don’t they have it all!’ If you are in the zone of desperately wanting a child and it being out of reach, almost everyone around you seems to hold what you are missing. But what you don’t see is their journey. You can’t see years of […]

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Dear Michael

Your Child & Depression – What You Need To Know

My eldest son, Michael, went to university in 2007 and, over the next three years, became depressed and anorexic. Throughout that time, my letters and emails to him were full of laughter and good humour. It was only when he was hospitalised and then transferred to The Priory that I, and our family, truly realised […]

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Angry boy

How to handle stressful moments with kids – Self Reg Tips

We asked expert author Stuart Shanker for his Self-Reg tips for stressed kids who we know (and love) so we can put into practice some strategies to help them. There’s a lot of pressure on children now to succeed at school, to fit in there and on social media, in addition to dealing with day-to-day troubles […]

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Thumbprint Cookies

Calgary Avansino’s Cashew Thumbprint Cookies

My kids are my most trusted recipe testers – I try everything on them first. Sometimes I get a ‘that’s okay’ or ‘that tastes weird’, but these super-easy raw cookies got a ‘Mummy, these are delicious! Can I have another?’, so my bet is you’ll like them too. All you need is a food processor […]

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Future Tree

Some Peace of Mind for Mother’s Day

One of the lovely ideas for calm and meditation in Peace of Mind by Georgina Rogers is to draw a future tree. Starting with the tree outline, like in the image above, draw branches off full of your future plans, hopes and dreams. You can reflect on these as you do so and whenever you see it […]

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