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 | 2017-03-06T15:56:39+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 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 | 2016-12-12T13:52:27+00:00 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 [...]

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.  [...]

Referendum: Why we’ll be making the wrong decision for our children on 23 June

By | 2017-07-31T17:07:13+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Family Life, Parents' survival|

I remember a phase my young sons went through when they challenged each other with scenarios starting with, ‘Would you rather…?’ ‘Would you rather be eaten by a tiger or a shark?’  ‘Would you rather die of heat in a desert or freeze to death in the Arctic?’  That type of thing.  Some challenges were [...]

March 2016

Family life in all its glorious reality

By | 2016-05-25T12:38:12+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Family, Family Life, Parenting|

Danielle Guenther is an American photographer who takes a unique slant on family life... If domestic life is getting you down, sign up to GoMunkee to find new and exciting things for your kids to see and do away from the daily grind. [hamzh_button url="www.gomunkee.com/blog/sign-up" style="grey" radius="default" size="medium" type="round" target="_self"] Sign Up to Our Newsletter [...]

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, [...]