June 2017

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.  [...]

April 2017

Are you a bad parent?

By | April 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 [...]

The parenting choice – laugh or go mad

By | April 6th, 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 [...]

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 [...]

October 2016

June 2016

We need to get out more

By | 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.  [...]

March 2016

Family life in all its glorious reality

By | 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 | 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 | 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 [...]