Do You Regift Unwanted Christmas Presents?

The youngsters in my house are itching to hit the sales and start spending their Christmas money. But apparently that's not the only popular sport at this time of year – it seems everyone else is busily 're-gifting' their Christmas pressies. The Mirror reports: The Department Of Unwanted Gifts (DOUG) - the body set up…

Check Your Child's Christmas Gadgets

If you bought your child an electronic gadget with internet access this Christmas, have you checked the settings to make sure you're in control of who they can speak to online? According to new research from children's charity Barnardo's, only half of parents monitor who their children are speaking to online. The Independent reports: According…

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Why NYE Rocks For Parents

Why NYE Rocks For Parents

I can't be alone in absolutely loving New Year's Eve now that I'm a parent, surely? What's not to love? While my young, free and single friends are all agonising over how to mark tonight in the most memorable or meaningful way, I'm relishing the fact that finally all the pressure is off. When you've…

What's Your Favourite Christmas Tradition?

I might have already mentioned that I am a sucker for Christmas. I love absolutely everything about it but I don't mind admitting that my very favourite tradition is probably one you've never heard of. That's because my son and I started it. That's right. It doesn't even have a name but every Christmas Day…

Coal In A Child's Christmas Stocking. Would He?

It's *that* time of year when you find yourself uttering ridiculous sentences like ‘If you don’t pack it in, we’re cancelling Christmas’. (That’s not just me, surely?!) But when I heard myself burbling this nonsense today during a particularly fraught family car trip, I started wondering whether anyone actually follows through on these kind of…

Tips To Get Kids To Sleep On Christmas Eve

Are you already panicking a little about how on earth to get the kids to bed at a decent hour on Christmas Eve? I know I am. With a tot aged four and an almost-teen in the house, I'm stuck in the vortex between an over-excited little 'un and a man-child who doesn't see the…

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Tips For An Autism Friendly Christmas

Tips For An Autism Friendly Christmas

Helping a child with autism to navigate their way through Christmas can be challenging. But there are ways to get through the festive fuss together. Here's how: Don't feel pressure to conform Other people's expectations can be one of the toughest things to contend with as a parent or carer of a child with autism.…

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Check Black Friday Gifts NOW!

Check Black Friday Gifts NOW!

Er, I don't mean to panic you but if you bought Christmas presents on Black Friday, you might want to open them up and check everything is as it should be. According to parcel expert ParcelHero, Black Friday was early this year, which means the legal 30-day return period ends on Christmas Eve. The firm…

Why Kids Should Unwrap The Best Gift Last

My absolute favourite part of Christmas is watching my kids tear into the contents of their stockings on Christmas morning. Santa's obviously got lots of time on his hand (or LOTS of elves) as he tends to wrap all the little stocking gifts so it takes a good while to get through everything. But it…

Treats Your Dog Should Avoid This Christmas

We all know that dogs shouldn't have chocolate, but how clued in are you when it comes to other festive Christmas treats that could be harmful to your pooch? According to new research, millions of dogs around the country will be fed potentially harmful festive treats this Christmas. The survey of 2,000 dog owners has…

Parents Spend £3k+ On Kids’ Bedrooms

Would it shock you to learn that UK parents have spent £43.9 billion making sure their kids have the most popular gadgets, toys and clothes? A recent study by bed and sleep specialist Time 4 Sleep has revealed that the average price of a child’s bedroom is a staggering £3,165, with the toys alone amounting…

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Would You Eat Out On Christmas Day?

Would You Eat Out On Christmas Day?

My family are breaking with tradition when it comes to Christmas dinner this year. We're eating out. I know this sounds absurd but as the person who's cooked Christmas dinner for the whole family for the past few years, I feel gloriously spoiled at the thought of not having to do it this year. Don't…

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Anyone For Elf Mail?

Anyone For Elf Mail?

Would you go to *any* lengths to make Christmas magical for your child? If so, you're going to love this. Alongside Elf for Christmas and trips to Lapland, you can now give your tots the ultimate festive experience – with a visit from one of Santa's helpers, courtesy of the brand new 'Elf Mail' experience…

Women Expect Partners To Spend £150 On Xmas Gifts

Do you and your partner do Christmas gifts for one another? It varies in our house. We've had our 'lean' years where we've foregone presents from each other in favour of treating the kids as best we can, and there have been other years where we've spoiled each other rotten. But according to a new…

What Do You Think Of Pink Christmas Trees?

I don't know about you, but I'm a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas decor. I like a real tree, white fairy lights, and only the most tasteful, stylish of decorations. Obviously the children's hand-made decorations all have pride of place, including several Santas made from loo-rolls, but that's as far as I go in…

Shopping Vouchers Boost Breastfeeding Rates

Paying mums to breastfeed their babies is always a controversial topic but, according to mums in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and north Nottinghamshire who received up to £200 in vouchers, the scheme might does actually increase breastfeeding. The University of Sheffield and the University of Dundee have shared the findings, which show an increase of 6%…

Do You Redecorate The Tree After The Kids Have Had A Go?

Come on, 'fess up. How many of you will admit to doing a little, um, strategic art directing once the kids have finished decorating the Christmas tree? I've got a good friend who r-e-a-l-l-y wants to be more 'present' with her kids this Christmas and less distracted by all the pressure to make everything perfect.…

Lidl Launches 'Fun Size' Festive Veg For Kids

Persuading your kids to eat up their greens is a tricky task on any given day, but factor in the faff and effort that goes into the average Christmas Day dinner, and it's no wonder that many of us ending up fretting over what the kids will and won't eat on the big day. Enter…

Kids Must Wear Safety Helmets In Nativity Play

These days, nativity plays can seem seriously far removed from the events that they're supposed to re-enact. But it's not just cultural changes that are playing havoc with the integrity of the traditional nativity play – Health & Safety also has a lot to answer for. Kids involved in a nativity play in Wales have…

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Are You Sending Cards This Christmas?

Are You Sending Cards This Christmas?

This year, I’m determined to get my cards actually posted in time the for the last posting dates before Christmas. Which, incidentally, are Thursday 21st December for first class post and Wednesday 20th December for second class post. Better get your skates on if you are sending cards this Christmas. But in recent years I’ve…