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 [...]

Why music is good for kids

By | March 10th, 2017|Cultural, Educational|

Fact:  Music is good for children.  To any non-musical adult who doesn't quite grasp the extent of its influence on kids, I'd just like to sing three words:  'Let it go!' Between Saturday morning sports, friends' birthday parties and family outings, your school-age child's schedule is pre-loaded with fun activities.  If you're still undecided about [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tick, tock, tick tock…

By | 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 [...]

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.  [...]

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

By | 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 [...]