July 2017

Are you a bad parent?

By | July 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 [...]

June 2017

The parenting choice – laugh or go mad

By | 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 [...]

May 2017

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 [...]

April 2017

March 2017

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 [...]

February 2017

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, [...]

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 [...]