Parenting Help & Advice


How can parents alleviate bullying?

According to a shocking new survey conducted by the YMCA, over half of the children in England and Wales are bullied. Bullying has always been prevalent amongst young people, but since the dawn of the all-seeing, all-commenting, all-tweeting eagle eye of social media, this behaviour now has the capacity to be even more pernicious and harmful. The effects of bullying can be devastating; its known to affect school performance, cause low self-esteem, and trigger anxiety and depression. Needless to say, bulling can be immensely upsetting for child and parent alike.... Read More


How to deal with a clingy toddler

Clinginess will blight most toddlers in varying degrees. Perhaps your little one is always firmly rooted in your lap, or follows your around the house 24/7, to the extent you can’t even do laundry alone, let alone use the bathroom? Oh, and play dates – you can forget them. She’s not fussed as long as you are there. Basically, if you’re not within eyesight, the waterworks are switched on pronto. So, what can you do if your tot suffers from separation anxiety? Fortunately, as with most developmental stages, your child’s... Read More


Going on holiday? Here’s the ultimate travelling checklist for your toddler

Family holidays call for relaxing, bonding, and escaping the toils of modern day life.  Besides packing your summer dresses, sandals, and sunnies, you’ll also need to do a lot of prep if you’re travelling with a tot. In fact, you may be surprised to learn just how much it takes to keep your munchkin amused and happy. To simplify things, we’ve created the ultimate travelling checklist for your toddler.  Food and drink Bottles, beakers and sippy cups Bring your little one’s favourite drinking apparatus to encourage her to drink plenty... Read More


7 tips to help your child sleep in their own cot

If you’re reading this, you most probably co-sleep. The risks, the benefits, the safety advice of co-sleeping, it’s all there to be read up on. The opinions of others, also there to be welcomed, or ignored. There are some parents that absolutely love co-sleeping and will do it for as long as they need to. But if like me and you no longer love it and have now become a little tired of getting kicked in the ribs at 3 in the morning. Or you might just want to get... Read More

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Baby’s First Christmas – How to Survive

This year we’ll be celebrating Baby’s First Christmas with our second son, Freddie who has just turned 11 months old. Having enjoyed a first Christmas with our first son, Olly back in 2013 I have a little experience on my side and this year things will be a little different. Sometimes, the most pressure we feel is the one we put upon ourselves so this year here’s four things I’ll be doing this year… Don’t set your expectations too high Babies under the age of one don’t know what day... Read More

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Top 5 Essentials for Weaning

When it comes to weaning your baby, it can be really exciting with all the new flavours and textures they’re about to try and in all honesty, it can be rather daunting too. It’s a huge milestone so you’ll want to do what is right for both you and your baby. My youngest little boy Freddie is currently being weaned and at the age of 9 months, he’s now 3 months into his exploration with food. Here’s my top five essentials that I recommend you’ll need when it comes to... Read More


Winter Survival Hacks For Your Family

We know that ‘run-down-feeling’: your body aches, your throat tickles, and you just can’t think straight. You’re getting sick. And sickness can spread like wildfire in your family, especially amongst little ones with their teeny tiny immune systems. But don’t despair. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep everyone happy and healthy when cold and flu season strikes. Here are our winter survival hacks for your family.  Get snug as a bug Biting temperatures call for getting cosy in chunky knits and endless hat-scarf-gloves-combos. But instead of throwing one... Read More

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Making Christmas Magical for Children – Seven Fun Activities to Make the Festive Season Extra Special

Now we are into November, Christmas is just around the corner. It will soon be time to dust off those decorations and start thinking about making Christmas magical for your children. These are some fun activities to help make the festive season extra special. Make a Christmas Eve Box Christmas Eve boxes have grown in popularity over the past few years. It doesn’t have to be something you spend a fortune on. A simple shoebox wrapped and filled with a few items will be just as magical as a huge... Read More

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Reasons You Might Want to Find Out the Gender of Your Baby

Finding out the gender of your baby in advance seems to have become quite a divisive topic in recent years. Some people have strong feelings about whether it is right to find out the sex of a baby in advance, and some just feel it’s nicer to keep it a surprise. Having the option to be informed whether the baby is a boy or a girl at your 20 week scan is actually a relatively recent occurrence, with women from my mum’s generation not being given the choice. As with... Read More


It’s a boy! Popular baby boy names for 2018

Choosing a name for your baby boy isn’t always a straightforward task, especially when you have plenty of other things on your mind during pregnancy (read: endless clothes-buying, baby shower-planning and nursery- decorating). As far as names go, you’re spoilt for choice: do you go for classic or unconventional? Gender neutral or biblical? If you’re still toing-and-froing with your partner, mother-in-law, or the corners of your own mind, this might just help. Published by the Office for National Statistics, here are 25 of the most popular boys’ names for 2018, along with their... Read More