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When Parenting Differences End In Divorce

Look, I know loads of you are going to cry 'Who cares?' in response to the fact that we're passing comment on the news that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after ten years together and two years of marriage. But bear with me here, because I care. No, not because they're…

Pregnant Crying: Weeping Over Stupid Stuff

We've just been laughing in the office about the stupid stuff we all cried about when we were pregnant. Of course I'm not suggesting that all pregnant women are weepers but I was definitely in that category. I'm probably a little bit prone to teariness at the best of times so it's no wonder that…

Heidi  

Fancy Some Global Unschooling?

Fancy Some Global Unschooling?

Have you ever contemplated quitting the rat race and ditching the school run in favour a spot of global unschooling? Or to put it another way, would you be up for touring the world with your kids in a bid to educate them in an entirely different way? I've got to admit I've considered it…

Heidi  

Have You Ever Staged A Mum Strike?

Have You Ever Staged A Mum Strike?

Right here's a question for you. Have you ever contemplated just going on strike from being a mum? Obviously I'm not talking about reneging on your actual responsibilities towards your children - don't be daft. I'm talking about taking a well-earned break from all the domestic drudgery that all too often goes hand-in-hand with motherhood.…

I Am The Mum Whose Kid Won't Settle At Nursery

I am the mum of *that* kid who screams at the nursery door every morning when I drop her off. The mum no-one wants to be. The mum the other mums shoot pitying looks at. The mum who the nursery staff must surely think is somehow making this harder on her kid. I am the…

Do Grandparents Help With The School Run?

Have you ever asked your parents or your partner's parent to help with the school run? Research by Motor Insurance specialist, Churchill Insurance, suggests that grandparents are desperate to help on the school run, but parents don't feel that they can ask. The survey revealed that 70 per cent of parents face difficulties getting their…

Pre & Post Natal Depression Awareness Week (#PNDAW16)

A new survey has revealed that more than half of pre or postnatal women have felt suicidal. Postnatal depression affects one in every ten women within a year of giving birth. Symptoms can include feeling sad and tearful through to difficulty bonding with your baby and thoughts of harming yourself or your baby. More than…

Sent Home From School For The Wrong Trousers

A school in Kent has hit the headlines for sending around 50 students home on their first day of school for wearing the 'wrong' school uniform. Apparently police were called to the school after parents and pupils protested about the school's harsh approach to enforcing its school uniform policy. According to the papers, children were…

Heidi  

Toddler Giving Up Naps?

Toddler Giving Up Naps?

I've just spent the best part of an hour trying to coax my almost three-year-old into taking a nap. That's 60 minutes of mind-bending stress and misery all over a snooze which might – if I'm lucky – last 45 minutes. Madness. I know it's not yet midday but I'm going to confess to having…

Heidi  

Prince George's Lovely Manners

Prince George's Lovely Manners

Three-year-olds are usually better known for their tantrums rather than their manners, but it seems little Prince George has been working on etiquette and politeness. A US magazine reported that George was recently overheard ordering a slice of cake in a garden centre cafe with his mother near his home, Anmer Hall. The magazine reports…

Does Motherhood Change True Friendship?

How much do you think motherhood changes your friendships? This was a topic of discussion in the Playpennies office recently. As one of the first of my social circle to have a baby, I have to agree that becoming a mum drastically changed the dynamic and nature of some of my friendships. Some of my…

50% Off Gro Company Baby Items @ Amazon

As part of Amazon's 'Deal of the Day', you can get 50% Off selected Gro Company Baby Items. That includes the highly rated Gro Clock plus other great products from Gro Company. These prices are only valid for today or until stock runs out. Click here for 50% Off Gro Company Baby Items @ Amazon*…

Tesco Gives Kids Free Fruit While You Shop

If you've ever been tempted to grab a bag of apples to keep your munchkins quiet whilst pushing them in a shopping trolley around the supermarket, you'll be glad to hear that Tesco has decided to start handing out free fruit to kids while their parents shop. It follows a trial of the free fruit…

When Relatives Disapprove Of Baby's Name

I was chatting baby names with a friend the other day, who mentioned something she'd read in the paper about a new mum falling out with her extended family over the name she'd chosen for her new baby. Can you imagine sharing your baby announcement with your nearest and dearest, only to have them recoil…

Five Back To School Buys We Love

Is your brain slowly cranking itself up for Back to School season yet, or are you firmly in the 'No, summer has barely even started yet!' camp? It's a bit of both in my house as I've got two kiddos heading off to new schools so I'm mindful of the need to get some serious…