Tech-savvy grandparents get mobile

By | 2017-09-26T14:39:58+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Family Life, Grandparents|

UK’s tech-savvy grandparents keep the wheels on the family bus going round and round. The UK would shudder to a halt if all the grandparents who look after their grandchildren simultaneously downed tools. 9.2 million people in this country are lifesavers for their own children, taking either an active or essential role in [...]

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

By | 2018-02-05T16:01:21+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 [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]

Why music is good for kids

By | 2017-05-15T15:42:50+00:00 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 [...]