July 2017

GoMunkee asks – The school summer holidays – are we parents or slaves?

By | July 14th, 2017|Boys, Family, Family Life, Girls, Holidays, Parents' survival|

Dearest Kids, The summer holidays are upon us and you've just Brexited school.  You'll want to get the most out of the weeks ahead, so I'm planning to be at your disposal 24/7 to ensure it all goes well. Firstly, you have my complete approval to leave your stuff wherever you want this summer. Empty [...]

Are you a bad parent?

By | July 6th, 2017|Family Life, Parenting|

We’ve all had them.  Moments in our lives when an incident – a small mistake, a misunderstanding, a close shave or the tiniest lapse in our vigilance - left us feeling and reeling as if we were the worst parents in the world.  Maybe, at that moment in time, we were bad parents.  Or possibly [...]

Oh no, it’s parental FOMO

By | July 1st, 2017|Family Life|

Worrying about our children is the default mode for many parents these days. And there’s no end to the things that trouble us as we strive to raise kids in this uncertain world. Then, just as we’re adjusting to the fact that, actually, we're not bad parents after all, parental FOMO blips onto the radar. [...]

June 2017

The parenting choice – laugh or go mad

By | June 30th, 2017|Family, Family Life, Grandparents, Parenting, Parents' survival|

There’s no end of advice contained in the thousands of parenting books lining the bookshelves to help us in our quest to raise our kids. Doctors, academics, child psychologists, therapists and experts are primed, ready to tell us how to handle this parenting lark. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but we’re muddling [...]

Why mindfulness and motherhood can never mix

By | June 23rd, 2017|Family Life, Parenting|

Raphaella Wilson looks at mums' everyday mental clutter, and asks if it's ever possible to be truly 'in the moment'? This may sound defeatist, but I just don’t think it’s possible to be a mother to young children AND truly experience quiet, contemplative downtime – even if the kids are being cared for somewhere else.  [...]

Stuff dads don’t like to admit to

By | June 1st, 2017|Family, Family Life, Parents' survival|

By Louis Hampson Five and a half years in as a father – three children and a painful vasectomy later – I’ve found myself reflecting  (with lashings of guilt) on the banalities and realities of parenting. How is it possible to be immensely proud and completely mind-numbed at the same time?  I don't know how my [...]

May 2017

THE KID TAX: 10 ways parents get fleeced by their children

By | May 15th, 2017|Family, Family Life, GoMunkee life hacks, Grandparents|

Let's be clear, raising a family is an unbelievably expensive business.  But it tends to be parents, rather than grandparents, who, on top of all the expenditure, waste the greatest amount of money on children.  What follows isn’t a helpful article on ways to save money.  It's a simple reminder of the ways in which parents across [...]

February 2017

TED Talks – How to raise successful kids.. without over-parenting

By | February 20th, 2017|Family Life|

By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humour, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford (USA) makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success through grades and test scores. Instead, [...]

January 2017

Just how tech-savvy are today’s childminding grandparents?

By | January 6th, 2017|Family Life, Grandparents, Parenting|

“The UK would shudder to a halt if all the grandparents who look after their grandchildren simultaneously downed tools”, so says Annie Harrison, founder of GoMunkee. “Over 14 million people in this country are lifesavers for their own children, taking either an active or essential role in the care or raising of their grandchildren. From [...]

December 2016

Good tidings of Hoo-ga and joy

By | December 12th, 2016|Christmas, Family, Family Life, Uncategorized|

By Andy Cope of Art of Brilliance Here’s a happiness strategy for anyone of any age, and yes, it is rather ‘fashionable’. There’s a Danish word, ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’) for which there is no direct English translation. The best approximation might be ‘comfort’ or ‘coziness’? Coming in on a winter’s morning to a steaming mug [...]