All things family.

July 2017

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

By | 2017-07-19T18:05:17+00:00 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 [...]

June 2017

The parenting choice – laugh or go mad

By | 2017-07-15T11:44:12+00:00 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 [...]

Stuff dads don’t like to admit to

By | 2017-07-07T16:09:33+00:00 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 | 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 [...]

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 [...]

May 2016

Money to spare after a family day out? Are you kidding?

By | 2017-01-05T15:24:24+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Family|

  Yes, we are kidding.  Have you ever had a day out with the children and got home to find you hadn't spent as much as you thought, leaving enough money for a treat for yourself?  Whatever your budget, this occurrence - having money left over - is extremely rare.  It's similar to spending your [...]

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 [...]

November 2015

Geocaching – treasure hunting for the whole family

By | 2016-05-25T12:59:05+00:00 November 27th, 2015|Adventure, Discovery, Family, Nature and Wildlife|

Geocaching is a modern, high-tech take on a treasure hunt, and has become something of a worldwide phenomenon. Promising a fun challenge for children (and adults) of all ages, geocaching ticks plenty of family-friendly boxes: It gets kids out and about in the fresh air It provides great opportunities for exercise (especially for ‘walk-resistant’ children) It tests mental agility It [...]