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15 BEST group party games for kids - low cost and fun packed activities for kids parties

15 best group games for kids parties

So you’re hosting a kids party and you have to keep everyone entertained? Gulp. Don’t worry. We’ve put together some fab group games to break the ice, get everyone having fun and even some to keep everyone busy and quiet (ish).

Gifts for expecting dads - our top gift ideas for expecting dad - gifts for new dads that they will love

Top 12 gifts for expecting dads

Nothing changes a man’s life quite so profoundly as the moment they become a dad. To celebrate that moment we’ve put together some of the best gifts for expecting dads to mark and to prepare them for this momentous occasion.

PACKING hacks for her - halve your suitcase with these smart packing hacks for her - together with pdf travel packing list

12 packing hacks to halve your suitcase size

These 12 packing hacks can help you pack lighter, smarter holiday suitcases. It also comes with a FREE downloadable pdf of a Travel packing list to help you check you haven’t missed anything. 

MINIMALISM with kids - how to keep your home free from clutter when raising a family

How minimalism with kids in the home is possible

The first step to achieving minimalism with kids in the home is to have that one big clear out. We’ve put together 11 easy ways to achieve minimalism with kids in the home and to keep on top of the clutter once and for all.

How to declutter your house in one day - tips for tidying up your home and having a big clear out

How to declutter your house in one day

Are you putting off that decluttering? Is the mess piling up in your home and does it seem never ending? If so check out our top 10 steps to declutter your house in one day.

mindful tips to make school mornings less stressful - turn chaotic mornings into calm events

How to mindfully change chaotic mornings

Lauren Mead

Mornings can be crazy when you’re trying to leave the house at a decent time and also manage the chaos of kids. Usually we want to hurry up to get out the door, but learning to slow down, can help your mornings go more smoothly.

This is our secret nightly ritual - why I love co-sleeping with my toddler

Why I love co-sleeping with my toddler

Isla Buchanan

Letting my children sleep in my bed is something I vowed never to do. My bed was a place of sanctuary. It was a place where me and my husband could sleep (hopefully uninterrupted) and a place we could call our own.

Dear daughter forgive me when I fail

Dear daughter, forgive me when I fail

Sophie Anderson

My days of perfect parenting can be counted on one hand. The ones where everything goes smoothly from start to finish and we spend a relaxed and happy day together without so much as a disagreement.

You will always be my baby girl - a mother's letter to her grown up daughter before she leaves home

You will always be my baby girl

Claire Henderson

No matter how big you grow, you’ll always be my baby girl. No matter how big you grow I’ll always have a place for you in my arms. No matter how tall you are I’ll always try to get to your level and listen.

How to be an amazing single dad - single dad tips to help them through parenting

How to be a great single dad

You might be the best dad in the world but now you have to figure out how to be the best ever single dad. And that means getting used to all sorts of new rules and facing some hurdles and setbacks along the way.

complete beginners guide to car seats - car seat safety and how to choose the right car seat

The complete beginners guide to car seats

Deciding how to choose the right car seat for the first time can be utterly confusing. We’ve put together a complete beginner’s guide to car seats to help you navigate your way through the minefield.

advice for new parents - 9 myths of motherhood debunked

Real advice for new parents – 8 cliches debunked

Giving birth is the best day of your life. Cherish every moment. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Some advice for new parents can make you want to cry. Don’t. Instead know that so many of these things are just not true.

stay at home date night ideas for tired parents

8 great at home date night ideas

Mas & Pas

After your baby arrives, romantic nights out seem like a dim and distant dream. With that in mind we’ve put together some great stay at home date night ideas that are achievable no matter how knackered you are.

To my husband - thank you

To my husband, thank you

Kate Scott

To my husband, I just want to say thank you. Two small words. But I don’t say them enough.

Living the mom life. You know you're a mom when one or all of these things happen

32 signs you’re officially living the mom life

Check out these 32 signs you’re officially living the mom life. You might try and fight these quirky habits that you pick up as a mother but before too long they become part of your daily routine. How many of these can you tick off?

Baby number 2. Welcome to level two. Out of Depth Dads life has changed with the arrival of baby number 2

Welcome to LEVEL TWO. Life with the arrival of baby number 2

Chris McGuire, The Out Of Depth Dad

They say that ‘pride’ comes before a fall. As a SAHD to my two-and-a-half-year-old son, we’d got things into a nice routine, and nothing (poo, puke or my pathological hatred of Peppa Pig) could rock our little boat.

postnatal depression in dads - what you didn't know about paternal postnatal depression

6 myths of postnatal depression in dads debunked

Viren Swami

After the birth of my son, I was diagnosed with postnatal depression. As a dad but also a social psychologist, I began writing about my experiences to try and better understand what I was going through.

Postnatal anxiety - the postnatal condition no one talks about

Postnatal anxiety, what we don’t talk about

Katie Scott

It first happened a few days after giving birth, when I was chopping carrots for an evening meal. It was like a sudden vision, a flash across my mind’s eye. As I drove the knife down into the carrot

mess up as parents - 12 parenting fails you'll almost definitely experience

12 ways you’ll almost definitely mess up as a parent

There’s no such thing as a perfect parent and, if truth be told, everyone is bound to mess up as a parent and make mistakes along the way. Let’s just hope our kids forgive us somewhere down the line. In our defence – we REALLY didn’t mean it.

Being a working mum - what the truth of working and raising kids is like

The truth about being a working mum

Being a working mum often feels like you’re being pulled in two directions. Both ‘jobs’ feel like they are full time and you are doing your utmost to keep the plates spinning and give each your best.

Parent resolutions - 8 real parent new years resolutions that we can all try

8 Real parent resolutions for the new year

The New Year has finally arrived and it’s a chance to look back and reflect on the year passed.  So we thought we would put together a list of 8 things we think a lot of us could do with giving up this New Year!

Breastfeeding - no one tells new mothers that breastfeeding is hard

Breastfeeding – what no one tells new mothers

Natasha Mahtani

Everyone warns you about the symptoms you’ll experience during your pregnancy, the braxton hicks, the labour pains. But not one person sat me down and said “breastfeeding is going to be hard.

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My favourite hand to hold

Sally Johnson

It was a haze of hospital beds, nurses and bleeping machines when suddenly you were here, with that first exhilarating cry. I reached out and you wrapped your tiny hand round my finger and held on tight.

angry at your husband - how not to hate your husband

How not to hate your husband after having a baby

All the dreamy photos on your social media feeds make you feel as if every other couple with a new baby is living in a blissful bubble of loveliness. It turns out though that not every picture tells the full story.

romance alive - parenting and romance - parenting and relationships

10 ways to stay lovers while raising kids

When a baby comes along your whole relationship is thrown up into the air. If you can make small changes it can help keep the romance alive and help you feel more connected.

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New dad: 8 things every mum wishes she could explain

However many baby books we’ve read, however many birth preparation classes we’ve been to nothing can prepare us for the reality of becoming a parent.  Here are 8 things every mum wants a new dad to know about how she’s feeling after birth.

sharing a room - sibling bedroom share - sibling room share

7 steps to sibling bedroom sharing success

Whether your children are sharing a room out of necessity or because you think it will be a great experience for them, you want the space to work for them. A little thought and preparation can make it all go more harmoniously.

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19 easy tips to save money while raising kids

Once you have kids then the cost of living can rocket. Latest figures reveal it costs £150, 753 to raise a child to the age of 18.  When it comes to the family budget every little helps and so we’ve put together some top tips to be frugal and save money.

school run - things parents do before the school run - parents in the morning

20 things parents do before the school run

You might think that the school run marks the beginning of a week day but in fact parents have already faced a whole raft of tasks and challenges before then. No wonder we’re all knackered by 9am.

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Why I hate sleepovers: parent confession

Kate Burnett

Ok so I’m prepared to sound like a mean mum. I’m prepared to get shot down in flames on social media for admitting this but here’s the thing. I hate sleepovers. I really, really hate them.

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Best decluttering tips we’ve heard

If there are countless piles of clutter strewn on every surface in the house, then read on to find out our top (realistic) tips to declutter once and for all.

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Today’s parents feel more judged than ever before

It seems like from the very moment you become a parent the judgement begins, often from other parents. A recent survey revealed just how widespread this issue is with 70% of parents saying they feel judged on the decisions they make for their child.

bad mum - dear mama you're not failing - you're not a bad mother - we're allowed to have bad days

Dear Mamas, you’re not failing

Whatever happened to make you feel like you were totally failing as a mother today, know that other mums have been through it too. Having a bad day doesn’t mean you’re a bad mum. So go easy on yourself mama, and remember too the amazing things that you do.

working mums - working moms - working mum guilt

To all working mums, ditch the guilt

Who was it that said ‘A mother’s place is in the wrong?’ There’s no one who feels this more than a working mum. You feel guilty about not spending enough time with your child when you’re working and about not spending enough time at work because you have to rush back to look after your child.

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