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October, 2013

Coping with sleep deprivation as a new parent

As a first-time parent, your life has changed significantly. You are now charged with the care of a precious little infant who, among other things, doesn’t yet have a sleep schedule in sync with yours. Sleep deprivation as a new parent can be tough – it’s fairly common to average only four consecutive hours of sleep a […]

Baby ring slings: Convenient, comfortable and colourful!

You are never more aware of the fact that you only have two hands than when you have a baby. Our daughter Hannah loved to be held as an infant, so a pushchair wasn’t always ideal. This meant that I had to juggle holding her and doing things that required my hands, such as preparing […]

How to make after-school activities fun

Learning shouldn’t stop once children come home from school, so it is important to plan after-school activities that entertain and educate! Since Tom and Mary started school, I have juggled my work timetable so that I can be at home when they arrive. Even though they normally have a good deal of homework to do, I encourage them […]

Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt

Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt may be only 8 years old, but the daughter of A-list actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has already travelled more than most. Born on January 8, 2005 in Ethiopia and adopted by Jolie six months later, Zahara was jet-setting around the world with her celebrity parents before she could even walk. […]

How to soothe your teething baby

Teething can be a very uncomfortable time not only for baby, but also for first-time parents. Parents want to do all they can to help their baby, but because little ones cannot communicate exactly where and how they are hurting, it can be difficult to know what to do. Teeth usually begin to emerge in […]

Mum, Dad, that’s me! Personalised storybooks for children

There are many ways to capture special moments with your children as they grow older. You can keep a photo album off or online. You can periodically measure your children’s height and mark it in pencil on the wall. You can also keep a scrapbook or baby book with photos and mementos. For our nearly […]

Quick and easy packed lunches for kids

As a working mum, it’s sometimes tempting to save time and energy by sending my children off to school with a store-bought packed lunch or with a few pounds of pocket money so they can buy lunch. But those meals are usually high in the bad stuff and low in the good, so I try […]

Coping with your children’s fussy eating

Most families have fussy eaters. You know the one – the child who eats jam sandwiches every day for every meal and turns their nose up at vegetables! When Tom and Mary were toddlers, they were fussy eaters. In part, being picky about food was a way for them to explore their independence. But being a […]

Fancy dress: who is it really for?

Eldest child hates fancy dress. It makes him self-conscious. He prefers looking like a regular five-year-old boy. His mother loves it. Loves it with a serious and abiding passion. And I’m not fussy – from supermarket ready-made costumes to intricate hand-crafted ensembles –  if it’s fancy, it’s in. We are like chalk and cheese on […]

Bluebell Madonna Halliwell

Geri Halliwell was once the idol of little girls everywhere, as the feisty red-headed Ginger Spice in the musical group the Spice Girls throughout the 1990s. But these days, one little girl in particular looks up to Geri – her 7-year-old daughter Bluebell Madonna Halliwell. Born May 14, 2006, Bluebell and single mum Geri are […]

The day I started to recover

That’s what I felt like the moment I walked into my new doctors surgery the day that I made the decision to change doctors, as my previous doc wanted me, in the midst of my depression, to practice breathing techniques. Don’t get me wrong, I am a great believer in alternative therapies, and one day […]

The importance of a working mum’s me time

Wake up, get ready, get the children ready, make breakfast, eat breakfast, and make packed lunches. Take the kids to school, work, pick the kids up from school, take the kids to extracurricular activities, cook a healthy dinner, eat, shower, and sleep. Repeat five days a week. My day-to-day routine is quite hectic, leaving very […]

Top and tail: Bathing your newborn

A new baby can be overwhelming for first-time parents. Between feeding, soothing and spending time with your newborn, there is a lot to do! But for the first month or so until a baby’s umbilical cord drops off, new parents don’t have to worry about giving baby a bath. However, just because your newborn isn’t ready […]

Autumn is the season of kids wellies

It’s that time of year again. Although the passing of summer can be somewhat sad, the cool, crisp and colourful season of autumn is a nice change. We like to take our daughter Hannah to the local woods during autumn to see the trees changing from green to shades of orange and red. Hannah is quite […]

How to manage the homework battle

With my children Tom and Mary back at school, the battle over homework has become part of our evening routine. Mary normally does her work quickly and without complaints, but Tom can make a mountain out of a molehill of a few pages of algebra. Things have improved in the last couple of years, but only […]