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, [...]

Just how tech-savvy are today’s childminding grandparents?

By | 2017-12-30T16:59:13+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 9 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. [...]

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 [...]

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.  [...]

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, [...]

Are you overparenting your child?

By | 2016-05-25T12:56:37+00:00 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 [...]

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 [...]