Parenting and family from birth to great grandparents

How to encourage children to be more active

| Family, Health & Beauty

importance of outdoor play #tearsintosmiles

  Before the age of tablets and smartphones, children used to live fairly active lifestyles. They’d go out and play with their friends and spend hours exploring outdoors. These days however, you’re more likely to see children with their heads glued to the TV or mobile phone screen. It’s no coincidence therefore, that there’s been […] Read more…


The importance of family meals

| Family, Home & Garden

#familymeal #familydinner

  Over the years, I think eating family meals together has declined. More and more people are eating with their dinner on their knee in front of the TV or giving the children their meals and then eating later when their other half has returned from work and the children are in bed. When new […] Read more…


Teacher training tips for busy parents

| Family, Projects

Teacher training tips for busy parents

  Teaching is a great career option for parents – not only do you understand the young mind, thanks to spending so much time with your own little ones at home, teaching hours are also usually a good fit for busy mums and dads who need to make sure that they can be at home […] Read more…


Why I love wooden toys

| Family, Reviews

Wooden toys brightly coloured alphabet snake puzzle sri toys

  Lucas was recently sent* an Alphabet Snake from SRI Toys to review and just from opening it, I loved it. There is something about wooden toys, the simplicity of them, the bright colours they have painted on them, the timelessness. Wooden toys don’t go out of fashion, we go to my Grandma’s on a […] Read more…


Engineer the chocolate bar of the future

| Family

Engineer the chocolate bar of the future

  It’s no secret that children like to ask the question ‘why’, but just how much? New research reveals that curious children in the UK ask their parents 22,174 questions during their school years – more than half of which are science or engineering related (53%). Nearly two thirds of parents believe curiosity is key […] Read more…


Bath, Book, Bed with Jo Frost and Book Trust

| Family

Bath, book, bed

  Lucas and I were invited* to the Trafford Centre on Thursday as part of Book Trust’s #BathBookBed campaign. Parenting expert, Jo Frost and the Peppa Pig family have teamed up with Book Trust to emphasise how important the well known bath, book and bed routine is to help your children get the sleep they need and […] Read more…


What is intrinsic motivation?

| Family

Intrinsic motivation

I have followed Alice and Living with a Jude for a while now. I love the her honesty and humour while she tells the story of living with her young family including her son Jude who has autism. When Alice said she would like to guest post I gave her free reign of any topic […] Read more…