Video games your children can play without making you look like a bad parent

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My fantasy children spend their days running around in the sun, building huts for the homeless out of fig leaves and recycled materials. My real-life children, however, love video games and often have to be bribed to go outside. While this should have (and has had) me crinkling in shame, I’ve made my peace with […]

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7 easy towel animals you can make yourself

The concept of transforming towels and other clothstuffs* into cute animals used to be the domain of swanky restaurants and hotels. However, these gorgeous towel animals (courtesy of Credit Card Compare) are so easy that even I could do them. And that’s saying something. Not only will you impress your dinner party guests with your […]

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Hilarious parent selfies

In honour of National Selfie Day on 21 June, we have compiled a selection of hilarious parent selfies –  further proof that like many things, selfies are wasted on the young. First family selfie Even the baby manages a well-time smile/gas emission. Via Trend Chaser Be cool be cool be cool…  Dad’s grinning like a […]

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You know you’re a bad soccer mum when…

I’m not sporty. At all. However, I was decent at high school biology. I knew that with human reproduction came the risks of producing offspring with completely different personalities, interests and skills to mine. Nonetheless, when my children announced that they were keen on extra-curricular activities of the non-sitting-down kind, I admit to being a […]

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Best Family Games for a Rainy Day

Picnic’s all planned and packed and then it pours down with rain. No, it’s not the intro to an Alanis Morissette song, but just the kind of thing to expect with our infamously unpredictable weather. Not to worry, you can do that picnic next weekend, instead. For now, however, you have some kids hungry for […]

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Retro cool – old-fashioned fun for the family

The summer vacation is almost upon us. Even with camps, babysitters, playdates and bring-your-child-to-work days (which your boss may or may not have explicitly approved), it’s inevitable that at some point, you and your children will be spending some time at home together. What a perfect opportunity for family bonding! (said only mildly sarcastically) You […]

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Old-fashioned family fun that doesn’t involve a screen

With the cold weather driving us increasingly indoors to the cosy confines of home, what better time is there for a touch of family bonding? While it’s tempting to throw the kids in front of a screen, my philosophy is to build up that bank of #happilyfamilymemories and save the tech for when you’re really […]

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Hilarious Easter-themed April Fool’s Day pranks to play on your kids

This year, April Fool’s Day falls on Easter Sunday. Take advantage of this lucky coincidence and mesh together Easter festivities with a dash of cheek. For the sake of Easter, I’ve suppressed my mean streak and stuck to finding pranks that are not too cruel (even though the thought of Brussel sprouts Easter eggs makes […]

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13 whacky Elf on the Shelf ideas

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I know I know. Another Christmas-themed blog. But with only 76 sleeps till the big day, and still fewer than 100% of retailers displaying their Christmas stock, I need to inspire myself somehow. (Also I’ve misplaced my John Denver Christmas album. Either that or the kids finally made good with their threats and set fire […]

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The best Christmas apps to get your kids excited!

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I might be in the minority here but I absolutely love the lead-up to Christmas, almost more than Christmas Day itself!* In fact, with a mere 80 or so sleeps till the big day, I’m a bit disappointed that the shops around me aren’t already displaying their latest tinsel range and piping in jaunty renditions […]

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