Category: Top tips & how tos

My top family summer holiday must-haves

The summer holidays are upon us! If you’re lucky (?!) they might see you heading off to sunnier climes – or maybe a tent in Cornwall – with the kids in tow. If you are travelling with the kids this summer, then here is my list of essentials. Having only …

7 tips for making family meal times less stressful with Portmeirion

When my daughter was a baby, she ate anything and everything. She was a veritable eating machine. Friends complained about their children’s picky eating habits and I used to think, naively and a little smugly perhaps, that somehow I’d cracked it. ….And then, inevitably, she turned into a toddler and …

Surviving a third birthday: Ten top tips for parents

It was my smallest’s third birthday yesterday. We decided to throw him a party, and as his birthday fell on a Sunday it seemed like a good idea to have it on his birthday. It certainly made for a full-on day for all of us! Here are my top tips …

Eight time-saving hacks for the busy stay-at-home parent

As a stay-at-home parent, you can find that the burden of the daily chores; the admin, the cooking and cleaning, falls to you. Not ironing and making beds, those are for suckers. Even if you’re a very equal household and share the load as much as possible, if one person …

How to cope when your toddler drops their nap

I have been dreading this inevitable turn of events for a long time. I am of course talking about the death of the nap. My smallest – now two years and eight months, or 32 months if you’re weird – has decided he is done. He is dropping the nap …

Five ways to encourage socialising in your preschooler

Some children, like my oldest, are naturally social. They skip off to preschool and barely look back. They come home, happy, with tales of all the friends they’ve made (although for the first year she claimed to have ‘played Play Doh’ every day). Other children, like my youngest,  find it …

Top tips for surviving long car journeys with small kids

We have recently done quite a few long car journeys with our kids, and it can be really hard work; the whinging, the repeated requests for loo stops and snacks and the knowledge that you probably have to do it all again in reverse in a few days… Well it …

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