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Is Homework Unhelpful?

Is Homework Unhelpful?

How do you feel about homework? Does it cause stress and conflict at home, or do you think homework is an vital part of your child's education? If you're in the first camp, you're not alone. More than a third of parents feel homework "isn't helpful" for children of primary school age, according to new…

When Can Your Child Be Left Alone?

Is my child old enough to be left at home alone? I typed that into Google this morning because it's a subject that's come up for discussion again at the school gates recently. And the answer is something of a minefield. I've got friends who have routinely been leaving their kids home alone for an…

Have You Tried The Miracle Cream Everyone's Talking About?

Have you got your hands on the 'miracle cream' that's currently wowing the nation via social media? Mail Online reports: A mother claims her psoriasis disappeared after using a cream for children that has been branded a 'miracle moisturiser'. Laura Gray, from the North East, suffered from the incurable skin condition for years. Only 'harsh'…

Do Parents Really Have Favourites?

Which kid is your favourite? Ridiculous question, I know, but nearly a quarter of parents – and HALF of grandparents – apparently have a favourite child or grandchild according to new research. iNews reports: A survey by Mumsnet and Gransnet revealed 23 per cent of parents had a favourite child, while 42 per cent of…

The Entertainer Introduces Quiet Hour

High street toy retailer The Entertainer is introducing a weekly Quiet Hour, following a successful pilot during half term last month. The new Quiet Hour will take place every Saturday, starting Saturday 3rd March, in all its UK stores to create a more welcoming environment for children with autism. For the first hour of opening,…

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Should This Mum Pay Damages?

Should This Mum Pay Damages?

I was shocked this afternoon to read that a mother has been ordered to pay what could amount to a six-figure compensation settlement to a boy who was blinded by her son. The woman's ten year old son accidentally hit his classmate in the face with a golf club during his birthday party, causing the…

Do Mums Really Want This For Mother's Day?

This has to be one of the weirdest Mother's Day story ever – the supermarket Morrisons has announced that it will be opening mum-only checkouts in all of its stores this Mother's Day. The Sun reports: MORRISONS is opening special mum's-only checkout lanes this Sunday to help celebrate Mother's Day. The supermarket's own research has…

A Hot Bath Is Fine During Pregnancy, Researchers Say

If you've ever been put off having a hot soak in the bath during pregnancy, it might surprise you to learn that new research suggests there's no need to worry. In fact, it looks as though it's safe for expectant mums to excerise in warm weather, and even use saunas without worrying about negative effects…

Should Boys And Girls Toys And Clothes Cost The Same?

Have you ever noticed that toys and clothes for girls seem to be more expensive than those aimed at boys? If so, you're not alone. Two thirds of parents have noticed a kids ‘gender pay gap’ with stores charging more for almost identical items depending on whether they're aimed at girls or boys. Worryingly, the…

Facebook's New Messenger Kids App: Should We Be Worried?

Do your kids use Facebook? If so, are you worried about the new Messenger Kids app? Ninety per cent of parents say they have concerns about their children using Facebook’s new Messenger Kids service, and more than half (51%) would not let their child use it, according to an online survey for Barnardo’s. The app,…

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Have You Got World Book Day Rage?

Have You Got World Book Day Rage?

Have you got World Book Day rage? Have you just sat down after frantically scouring the house for something – anything – from which you could cobble together a World Book Day costume for your child? If so, you're not alone. According to The Sun, World Book Day rage is now a thing among parents,…

Do You Wish You Could Un-invent The Smartphone?

Have you ever wished you could just banish smartphones altogether? According to new research, one third of parents wish they could un-invent the smartphone to reduce the amount of time their children spend online. The research reveals that 69% of parents also feel guilty about the amount of time their children spend in front of…

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Easy Back To School Hairstyles

Easy Back To School Hairstyles

One of the hardest things in life is getting up on time after the school holidays, closely followed by brushing the tuggy hair of a reluctant girl (or boy). Worry not! We have some brilliantly easy styles that'll have your little 'un looking brand new. You won't even break into a sweat achieving them because…

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Slimming World Syn Free Ice Cream

Slimming World Syn Free Ice Cream

Doing Slimming World? How does Syn Free Ice Cream sound for dessert? That's right - you can have Ice Cream and not feel guilty about it. It's super easy to make too. Ingredients 2 pots Muller Light Vanilla 500g fat free Fromage Frais Sweetener Vanilla/Peppermint Essence Method: Stir two pots of Muller Light and the…

Are Child-Free Zones On Planes A Good Idea?

It takes a lot to shock me but I've just watched *that* viral video of the kid screaming on a plane, and I'm not exaggerating when I say I feel traumatised. I gave the clip a quick watch before writing this piece, expecting to see an unruly kid being a kid, but the noise is…

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Would You Lie About Your Child's Age?

Would You Lie About Your Child's Age?

Oo-er. This really surprised me. According to new research, more than one third of parents have lied about their children’s age to get discounted tickets for travel, entertainment or events. Surely not?! And get this – a poll of 1,500 mums and dads also found one in 10 have trained their kids to lie about…

Should You Mention Pregnancy In a Job Interview?

Expectant mums should disclose their pregnancy to potential employers, according to new research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Er, like hell they should. It's against the law to treat a pregnant woman unfavourably at work because she is pregnant, breastfeeding or has recently given birth, and I can't think of a better…

Are You Using All The Childcare Support Available To You?

Working, middle-class parents are struggling with high childcare costs and relying primarily on grandparents to care for their children, according to new research by investment house Killik & Co. In The Real Cost of Childcare Report, Killik & Co found that couples with a child under five are spending £6,500 a year on childcare on…

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Slimming World Free Foods List

Slimming World Free Foods List

Doing Slimming World? You need our Slimming World Free Foods List to keep on the straight and narrow. Beef Chicken Duck Goat Minced Beef (must be labelled at 5% or less fat) Minced Pork (must be labelled at 5% or less fat) Ham Lamb Pastrami Pork Rabbit Turkey Turkey or Chicken Mince (must be labelled…

Midwives Must Ditch Old-Fashioned Language From The Birthing Suite

Anyone who's had a baby knows that the things a midwife says during labour and birth can have a huge impact on how things progress during the delivery – and long after. So it's no surprise to me that medics have drawn up new guidelines for the language midwives should use – in order to…