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.  [...]

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

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 [...]

March 2017

Oh no, it’s parental FOMO

By | March 8th, 2017|Family Life|

Worrying about our children is the default mode for many parents these days. And there’s no end to the things that trouble us as we strive to raise kids in this uncertain world. Then, just as we’re adjusting to the fact that, actually, we're not bad parents after all, parental FOMO blips onto the radar. [...]

October 2016

June 2016

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 [...]

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 [...]