June 2017

Why mindfulness and motherhood can never mix

By | 2017-06-30T13:45:42+00:00 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.  [...]

May 2017

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

By | 2017-05-15T20:41:21+00:00 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 | 2017-08-02T09:43:35+00:00 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 | 2017-12-30T16:59:13+00:00 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 9 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. [...]

October 2016

Tick, tock, tick tock…

By | 2017-05-15T18:04:41+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Family, Family Life, Parenting, Parents' survival|

Before you start reading, I’d just like to warn you that this is a rant.  A rant born out of frustration with, well... not getting enough and not making the most of it whenever I’m lucky enough to get some.  No, it’s not what you’re thinking. There’s a rarefied commodity to which we’re all entitled [...]

June 2016

We need to get out more

By | 2017-05-24T17:36:28+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Family Life, Nature and Wildlife, Parenting|

Most of us attending a doctor’s health screening brace ourselves for the inevitable question, ‘And how many units of alcohol do you consume in a week?’  Invariably, we pick a number we think sounds acceptable to our GP, and his or her knowing look tells us that we’ve been rumbled and they know we’re lying.  [...]

January 2016

December 2015

Things that mums with sons will understand – Part 2

By | 2016-05-25T12:49:11+00:00 December 18th, 2015|Boys, Family Life, Parenting|

Cool playthings Let's be honest, boys’ stuff is infinitely superior to all the hideous, flower-embossed plastic, pink and purple, princess, tasseled, doe-eyed, fantasy, fairy, Frozen kitsch that little girls seem to love so much. Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Wimpy Kid, super heroes, swords, scooters, trucks, trains, tool kits, diggers, helicopters, race tracks, balls, [...]

Are you overparenting your child?

By | 2016-05-25T12:56:37+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Family Life, Parenting|

How to Raise an Adult is a new book, taking America by storm.  It's author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, accuses modern parents of damaging their children with excessive hand-holding.  So, how did it all come to this? As a child growing up in the 1970s, I took it in my stride to be self sufficient and knew [...]