Clarks Says Sorry For 'Sexist' Shoes

You can't have missed the recent online furore about sexist school shoes. It started with one mum's Facebook post – which went viral – about Clarks school shoes for girls being of inferior quality to boys' shoes, and ended with politicians wading into the debate and calling for an end to sexist clothing lines for…

Ben and Sarah Officially The UK's Clumsiest

Bad news for Bens and sad times for Sarahs. According to new data published by tech repair specialist iSmash, people named Ben or Sarah are most likely to damage their phone handsets. The data also exposes men to be the clumsier sex, suffering more mobile-related blunders than women and accounting for 76% of UK phone…

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Scottish New Mums Get Baby Boxes

Scottish New Mums Get Baby Boxes

As of this week, Finnish-style baby boxes are being sent to new mums in Scotland. In Finland, expectant mums receive a box of baby essentials from the state. Once empty, the box can be used as a temporary crib. The Guardian reports: 'All new mothers in Scotland are being offered free baby boxes including clothes,…

How Much Do You Spend Replacing Lost Stuff?

Go on... hazard a guess. My running total totted up to several hundred pounds before I was interrupted by one of my little darlings sheepishly notifying me that he's lost his headphones again. According to the Mirror, we fork out well over a thousand pounds on replacing items our kids lose before they reach the…

Buggy Lane At Chessington World Of Adventures

The whole notion of a buggy lane for parents with prams is controversial at the best of times, but now Chessington World of Adventures Resort has introduced its first ever Buggy Lane to ensure mums and dads can transport their toddlers without having to swerve around other families as they enjoy their day out. The…

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Should Kids Offer Seats To Adults?

Should Kids Offer Seats To Adults?

Should children be made to offer their seat to adults on public transport? That was the topic of debate on Good Morning Britain earlier this week, and the issue has since provoked quite the debate online. (Ok, and in the Playpennies office...) Etiquette expert William Hanson argued that children should offer their seats to adults…

Back To School: Everything You Need Checklist

Where would we be without lists? The Summer Holidays are hectic and costly for many of us too. There's holidays, entertainment for the kids, childcare and not forgetting new School stuff to shell out for. Thankfully, you have us on your side to compile as full list of all those 'Back to School' items you…

Up to 4 Nights at Kyriad Disneyland Hotel Including Return Flights & Tickets to Disneyland Parks From £149 Per Person @ Groupon

Always wanted to go to Disneyland Paris? Now you can! Seriously, you don't need to remortgage the house. Groupon have Disneyland Paris minibreaks from just £149! No joke - £149 per person! Click here to book your Disneyland Paris Minibreak from £149 @ Groupon* This is what's included: A Stay for one person in a…

*Sob* Tom Hardy's Final Bedtime Story On CBeebies

Was anyone else wishing that Tom Hardy was to become a regular on CBeebies? Well, he did Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day this year (along with another three bedtime dates). Why not thank us hardworking parents with his silky voice, like once a week? Unfortunately, CBeebies have disclosed that Tom will only appear on one…

Should Schools Cancel Trips Because Of Terrorism?

It might still be the school summer holidays – just, depending on where you live – but soon enough we'll all be into the old Back to School mayhem. And with that comes the prospect of school trips. And with the mention of school trips comes the whole unpleasant question of whether schools should cancel…

RECALL: Next Recalls Younger Boys Navy Brogue Shoes Due To 'Restricted Substance' (Item Code: 964786)

UK retailer Next has recalled a pair of boys’ shoes because of "a potential problem" with the lining. The shoes contain a restricted substance, benzidine, which can increase the risk of cancer if in prolonged contact with the skin. The Independent reports: High street retailer Next is recalling a pair of children’s shoes after they…

Parents’ Biggest Hairdressing Mistakes Revealed

What lengths (no pun intended) would you go to in order to save cash when it comes to the costs of raising kids - would you cut their hair yourself to avoid paying a barber or hairdresser? A new study has revealed the top hairdressing fails that parents inflict on their children and, according to…

An Answer To All Your Prayers? Hertz Introduces The Colour-In Car

Do you constantly tear your hair out at the mess the kids leave the car in? We have something to show you that might just remedy that. Car Rental Specialists, Hertz bring you the world’s first colouring-in car. No, I am being serious here - it's a car that you can let the kids loose…

Amazon Beauty Must Haves - Tried & Tested

Amazon sells EVERYTHING let's face it, some of it's junk and some of it is absolute treasure. Want to know what are Amazon Beauty Must Haves to put in your basket? We have a shopping list just for you! Fanola No More Yellow Shampoo £9.50* (300ml Bottle) This stuff has to be made by hair…

​Parents Spend £468 on Summer Fun

How much do you reckon you spend on entertaining the kids over the school summer holidays? According to the Post Office Money annual Parents’ Summer Spending report, UK parents are set to spend £6.2 billion on keeping their kids occupied over the holidays – that's £78 a week or £468 over the average six-week-long school…

Family Roadtrips And How To Handle Them

As I write this, my household is a-flurry with activity as we’re packing for a family road trip. Thankfully it’ll take us less than three hours to get where we’re going, but you’ll understand why I laughed maniacally when I read that the typical family road trip lasting over 60 minutes will include two tantrums…

Let The Kids Get Bored This Summer? No Way.

School summer holidays have already begun in my house. (Please send gin.) We get NINE whole weeks off school here, so you’ll appreciate that the words ‘Mu-um, I'm booooored’ ring through my house on a p-r-e-t-t-y regular basis throughout that interminable period. Bu according to experts (how come they always know everything?), letting our kids…

What Do You Think Of This Worry Plaque?

Have you got a little one worried about starting school or nursery in September? Well, here’s an interesting idea that might help alleviate some of those fears. The interactive Worry Plaque by Irish Fairy Doors is designed to make your child’s anxieties disappear as if by magic. Tots aged three years and above can hold…

Would You Buy Superdrug's Chicken Pox Vaccine?

Superdrug is to sell a chicken pox vaccine, despite warnings that doing so could lead to more people contracting chickenpox in adulthood. The Telegraph reports: Superdrug has announced that it will offer the vaccine at 58 of its specialist pharmacist stores at a cost of £130 for a two-dose course. But Public Health England has…

Which Is The Best Supermarket School Uniform?

With all the leading supermarkets now selling reasonably-priced school uniforms – including Lidl's astonishing uniform for £3.75 deal – it can be hard to know where’s best to get your kids kitted out for the next school year. Thankfully, The Sun newspaper did us all a favour and put Tesco, Aldi, Asda and Sainsbury's budget…