Category: Tips

Chickenpox: A parent’s survival guide with help from ViraSoothe

One of the things that I am dreading about my oldest going to school is the inevitability of illness. Obviously, it’s horrible to watch your children sick even if it’s just with a cold or a 24 hour bug, but the one I’m really not looking forward to is chickenpox. Ridiculously …

7 top tips for a fun family night in

The summer holidays are drawing to a close, and as tradition would dictate the weather is pants, my sanity levels are getting dangerously low and my bank balance is sorely diminished. One of my go-to low-cost and minimum-effort family activities is the family night in. The children absolutely love having …

9 things to pack for a UK family staycation

The UK has plenty of brilliant beaches, beautiful countryside, quaint towns and exciting attractions which make it perfect for a family holiday. When you take a self-catered family holiday in the UK, you have to think carefully about what you take with you. Although there is likely to be a …

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 …

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 …