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How To Help Kids Adjust To The Clocks Going Back. (What Extra Hour In Bed?!)

Remember when - back before you had kids - putting the clocks back on the last Sunday in October used to mean a lovely extra hour in bed? Then babies came along and BAM! Goodbye extra hour in bed, and hello the distinct possibility of getting up to a wide-eyed and bushy-tailed baby or bouncy…

How My Daughter Finally Settled At Nursery School

I probably shouldn't tempt fate with this post incase I jinx it but… *whispers* my three-year-old seems to have finally conquered her fear of going to nursery. I've written about being the mum whose kid won't settle at nursery and every word was painfully true at the time. While the true extent of the stress…

Heidi  

Mums Asks Aldi To Recall Baby Wipes

Mums Asks Aldi To Recall Baby Wipes

A mum in Birmingham has taken to social media to ask Aldi to recall its Mamia Newborn Sensitive Wipes bafter her daughter suffered a serious skin reaction to the popular cut-price baby wipes. The Birmingham Mail reports: A Birmingham mum was horrified to see her daughter's face look "like she'd suffered sunburn" after using Aldi…

Heidi  

Kids Prefer Granny Over Me, Say Mums

Kids Prefer Granny Over Me, Say Mums

Did you know that this Sunday is Grandparent's Day? Nope, me neither. But c'mon now, I'll be having none of that cynicism about how such things are marketing ploys designed to guilt trip us into parting with our hard-earned cash. We're talking about grandparents here. They're pretty worth celebrating, no? Here's the thing, though. A…

Heidi  

Should Schools Ditch Homework?

Should Schools Ditch Homework?

I hate homework. There; I said it. Few things cause quite as much disruption and upset in my house as homework. And I'm not convinced it has any real value beyond tormenting parents, anyway. Now don't get me wrong. I *used* to be the kind of parent who clutched her pearls in dismay when other…

Binmen Won't Collect Nappies Once Tots Turn Three

We all know that local authorities are strapped for cash but one local authority is demanding that parents produce their children's birth certificates if they wish the council to collect dirty nappies. You couldn't make it up. According to the Telegraph, the council says Anglesey's waste management teams have "evidence that most children are potty-trained…

Heidi  

Public Potty Use: Yes or No?

Public Potty Use: Yes or No?

Would you ever allow your child to use a potty in a public place? I don't mean in a discreet corner of a car park when your potty training tot is suddenly caught short. I mean in the middle of a restaurant or in the living room at a friend's house where there's a toddler…

Heidi  

Do You Have Work / Life Balance?

Do You Have Work / Life Balance?

Are you happy with your work / life balance? Over a third (35%) of parents in the UK are not happy with their work-life balance, and believe they spend too much time at work and not enough time with their families, according to new research. Oh man. Tell us something we don't know, right? Maybe…

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…