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How To Recreate The Ultimate Laid-Back 1980s Summer

How To Recreate The Ultimate Laid-Back 1980s Summer June 22nd, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

With the summer holidays lurking dangerously close, is it just me who feels a surge of panic bubbling up inside? How the hell am I going to entertain my kids for seven weeks straight? How will I keep my shit together? How much is this all going to cost? Despite hearing Facebook cheers of ‘yay summer!’ from numerous other parents (they can’t all be genuine surely?) the mere thought of playing entertainer, teacher, diplomat and slave for the forthcoming weeks fills me with dread. I start to wonder if my own mother had the same worries as June merged into … Continue reading How To Recreate The Ultimate Laid-Back 1980s Summer

How To Have A Low-Cost, Fun-Filled Summer

How To Have A Low-Cost, Fun-Filled Summer June 16th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

With the summer holidays looming just around the corner, many parents will be worrying about the cost of keeping their little darlings entertained for seven weeks on the trot. At Baby & Children’s Market our mission is to help parents bring down the cost of parenting. With this in mind, we’ve put together some ideas for a fun-packed, low-cost summer holiday break. 1. Explore Your Local Area There are plenty of ways to use the resources in your local area to enjoy budget activities. Of course there are parks, playgrounds and splash parks but how about involving the kids in … Continue reading How To Have A Low-Cost, Fun-Filled Summer

4 Reasons Why Teachers Are Super Heroes

4 Reasons Why Teachers Are Super Heroes June 8th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

‘A Great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches  a heart.’ You may have seen this quote doing the rounds on the internet, especially as the school year is coming to an end and we think about how we can show our appreciation to our children’s educators. In my experience, my daughter’s Year One teacher does a whole host of other commendable things as well as opening minds, touching hearts and, you know, actually teaching. Here are four reasons why I think she’s actually a superhero: 1. Her Ability To Show Enthusiasm About Some Truly Crap Things Anyone with … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Teachers Are Super Heroes

7 Essential Apps For Parents

7 Essential Apps For Parents June 1st, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

When it comes to parenting, technology offers an equal mix of advantages and disadvantages. How much screen-time is too much for our kids? Do we pay too much attention to our digital devices? What are the effects of technology on our children’s development? As there first generation of parents to navigate our way through the digital age, many of the answers may, for the time being, remain ambiguous. Yet one thing is certain – there are apps and websites available to make parenting easier. But with new apps coming out all the time, it’s easy to feel inundated. While they … Continue reading 7 Essential Apps For Parents

To The Mum Who Almost Lost It At The Park

To The Mum Who Almost Lost It At The Park May 25th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

I heard your quaking voice and felt your anxious energy before I saw you. I could tell you were having the worst of bad days. We sat at a nearby bench as I waited for my friend in the playground. You touched my heart instantly – a mum trying her best to hold it all together. Believe me, I know how that feels. My 6 year old was playing nearby and my 2 year old son was at home with my husband (let’s face it, had he been with me I would never have had the space to really see … Continue reading To The Mum Who Almost Lost It At The Park

He Broke Me

He Broke Me May 18th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

(This post was contributed to the blog by Jaki Jelley) I did plan on writing today but it wasn’t going to be this post. This one has come completely out of the blue. Totally unplanned. They say it’s best to write when you feel the emotion so here I am. Because not only am I emotional, I’m broken. It’s not yet 2pm on a Saturday afternoon and my child has broken me. Well and truly broken me. I don’t particularly enjoy writing these types of blogs because it’s never the kind of thing that any parent wants to admit to. … Continue reading He Broke Me

5 Ways To Enjoy Boring Tasks

5 Ways To Enjoy Boring Tasks May 11th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

If, like me, your average day includes plenty of boring tasks, you may benefit from finding some ways to inject a little fun into them. Or, if this isn’t possible, at least a way to get through them without feeling a sense of dread and resentment. Motherhood is made up of many components. One of them, unfortunately, is boring and mundane tasks. By far my least favourite daily task is clearing up after my children’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. I spend far too much of my time picking food up, wiping the floor,  vacuuming, doing dishes, wiping the high chair, … Continue reading 5 Ways To Enjoy Boring Tasks

The Parental Incentive Plan

The Parental Incentive Plan May 4th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

(This post was contributed by Michal Johnson). I’m working on a new incentive system. A rewards programme if you like, such as the one AMEX has. It is called the Parenting Incentive Plan, people will call it “PIP”, and it will be amazing. It starts in pregnancy where you enter into a contract with the expected child. You will be the rewards receiver and they will be the rewarder. The deal is signed and comes into effect immediately upon birth. (Can you tell I’m a lawyer – I’ve thought this through). There can be no cancellation of the contract. As … Continue reading The Parental Incentive Plan

8 (Undeniable) Motherhood Truths

8 Motherhood truths April 27th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

This post has been contributed by Katie from Mummy Snowy Owl. Ahh Motherhood….Here’s what I’ve learnt so far… Time has passed so quickly since I had my little boy and I can honestly say that the parenthood road has been bumpy. I’ve tried my best but yes I’ve made mistakes. Here I’ll share what I’ve learnt so far to help you along the road! 1. Post pregnancy sometimes you will wet yourself and there’s no avoiding it! Cough. Pee. Sneeze. Pee. Laugh. Pee.  Brake suddenly in the car. Yes, sometimes I pee. I never really understood the obsession with pelvic … Continue reading 8 (Undeniable) Motherhood Truths

The Hunt

April 20th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

Nearly new sales, baby sales, preloved sales. Doesn’t matter what you call them. The mere mention is like a bolt of lightning in a DeLorean at 88 miles per hour. I can feel the adrenalin soaring already and a countdown begins! Dates are highlighted on the calendar and my weekend work is moved around accordingly – my piano pupils have no idea. I may have been known to visit parents in Scotland when there happens to be a sale on, or the in-laws near Cambridge. I’m in London. How did it all begin and are there many like-minded souls? My … Continue reading The Hunt

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