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07 October 2020

The coronavirus has changed our lives in a number of ways, and one of the most drastic changes has taken place in the way we work. Large swathes of the population are now working from home, and research from Direct Line* suggests that this trend is set to continue once life returns to normal (with 13 million Brits set to request permanent flexible hours). For many of these workers, working from ho...

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  • Time to Upskill
    09 September 2020

    Time to Upskill


    While many of us find ourselves unemployed or furloughed, now is the perfect time to reassess our career goals or seek a new career path.  With extra time on hand, it is a good idea to upskill your talents, or learn a new trade.

  • Tips for Single Parents in Lockdown
    17 July 2020

    Tips for Single Parents in Lockdown


    The Coronavirus Lockdown has been without a doubt, challenging times for all parents, however even more so for single parents who have nobody to share household and childcare responsibilities with. Being alone with a child, or multiple children 24/7, without a break can take a toll on a parent’s mental health. In this blog, we will look at some ways parents can work around the challenges. Re...

  • Eating Healthy and Staying Active in Lockdown
    05 July 2020

    Eating Healthy and Staying Active in Lockdown


    With so many parents stuck trying to work from home while also home-schooling their children, it makes it difficult to be on top of all aspects of our lives. Many families we spoke to found it challenging to ensure they stay active as well as eat healthy food. In this blog we offer some suggestions how families can encourage healthy eating habits among all family members as well as stay active.

  • Money Saving Tips for Post-Lockdown
    25 June 2020

    Money Saving Tips for Post-Lockdown


    With restrictions gradually easing after 3 months of Lockdown, many of us have had to survive without anything that is not essential.  While it is important to help the economy and support local businesses when we can, not everyone may have the financial resources to do that, as many families have been hit financially. With that in mind, here are some ways to control spending in life after Lo...

  • How to Support Your Mental Well-being while in Lockdown
    22 May 2020

    How to Support Your Mental Well-being while in Lockdown


    Some people may find the sudden isolation suffocating and the silence deafening, and this will evoke all sorts of thoughts and feelings. Remember, this is only a temporary measure and soon life will get back to normal. But in the meantime, it is important to feel content with your surroundings.

  • How to Support Your Mental Well-being while in Lockdown
    22 May 2020

    How to Support Your Mental Well-being while in Lockdown


    How to Support Your Mental Well-being while in Lockdown

  • Home Schooling Children During Lockdown
    14 April 2020

    Home Schooling Children During Lockdown


    Every school may have a different approach to expectations during Lockdown. Some schools are conducting live lessons online and children are expected to be present and participate. Check with your children’s teachers to find out what homework or projects they have been given, how it is to be submitted and when it is due by.  Prioritise your children’s schedule by ensuring they do ...

  • Home schooling: An alternative approach
    14 April 2020

    Home schooling: An alternative approach


    Home schooling children during the lockdown will look different for every family and depend on different circumstances. In the age of social media, we can easily fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to our friends and invoke feelings of inadequacy of how we are handling things in our own homes. Parents who must work full time will not have the luxury of time to devote to colour coded schedule...

  • Home Schooling Children During Lockdown
    14 April 2020

    Home Schooling Children During Lockdown


    Home schooling Children during Lockdown

  • Home schooling: An alternative approach
    14 April 2020

    Home schooling: An alternative approach


    Home schooling: An alternative approach

  • Celebrating Father
    11 July 2019

    Celebrating Father's Day as a Single Mum


    Father’s Day around the world is meant to be a joyous day celebrating dads who sacrifice for their families and to acknowledge them for their positive role and influence in raising a family.  For some families headed by a single mother, this can be a difficult day full of mixed emotions such as anger and grief, as it serves as a reminder of unpleasant past events.  For four years s...

  • How to Throw a Simple, Budget-Friendly Birthday Party for Your Child
    08 June 2019

    How to Throw a Simple, Budget-Friendly Birthday Party for Your Child


    How to Throw a Simple, Budget-Friendly Birthday Party for Your Child

  • From Mum of One to the Expert of Twins!
    19 May 2019

    From Mum of One to the Expert of Twins!


    My family was in the middle of a move when I had the big ultrasound appointment at St. George'sHospital. I left my husband and 2 year old son at home with the movers while I headed alone to myappointment. In those initial weeks of my pregnancy, I felt a sense of heaviness that I had not feltwith my son, so I would joke with my husband that I think I'm having twins. So much so that I hadstarted to ...

  • 4 Important Ways to Prepare Your Life for a Child With Disabilities
    01 April 2019

    4 Important Ways to Prepare Your Life for a Child With Disabilities


    Expecting a child with a physical or mental disability can be an emotional experience. The worries and questions you may be experiencing are all normal. However, you can calm many of your anxieties by making the right adjustments for your new life with a special needs child. Here are some important steps to take to get ready for your new role as a parent. 

  • Stella
    31 January 2019

    Stella's Journey of Empowerment


    My name is Stella and I have been a single mum for 9 years. I have been raising my three childrenalone without any support family members. My beautiful children are 11, 4, and 2 years old. Thepast 3 years have been extremely difficult for me. I lost my home, my work, and my father passedaway. I had no family support, no income and no benefits. I would have to go to the food bank tofeed my kids.Wit...

  • Managing Life with Multiple Kids
    31 January 2019

    Managing Life with Multiple Kids


    Moving to a new neighbourhood is challenging, even more so if it is a new country as well. The fact that all of my family and friends were across the ocean did not help the situation. Soon after that, being a new parent was another challenge that had to be faced. However, as I reflect on this journey a decade and a half later, with five children, it seems there are a few things that helped me not ...

  • Travelling Abroad with Kids
    31 January 2019

    Travelling Abroad with Kids


    What is your ideal holiday with the children? Do you imagine relaxing on the beach or camping innature? Do you want to meet your relatives back home or visit your ancestral homeland? Or do youwant to use it as a learning opportunity to teach your children valuable lessons about the world? It isgreat travelling to developing countries with your children and it is not as hard as you may think!Before...

  • Managing Life with Multiple Kids
    31 January 2019

    Managing Life with Multiple Kids


    Moving to a new neighbourhood is challenging, even more so if it is a new country as well. The fact that all of my family and friends were across the ocean did not help the situation. Soon after that, being a new parent was another challenge that had to be faced. However, as I reflect on this journey a decade and a half later, with five children, it seems there are a few things that helped me not ...

  • Travelling Abroad with Kids
    28 January 2019

    Travelling Abroad with Kids


    What is your ideal holiday with the children? Do you imagine relaxing on the beach or camping innature? Do you want to meet your relatives back home or visit your ancestral homeland? Or do youwant to use it as a learning opportunity to teach your children valuable lessons about the world? It isgreat travelling to developing countries with your children and it is not as hard as you may think!Before...

  • How to Practice Self-Care with a Newborn
    09 October 2018

    How to Practice Self-Care with a Newborn


    How to Practice Self-Care with a Newborn

  • How to Practice Self-Care with a Newborn
    09 October 2018

    How to Practice Self-Care with a Newborn


    How to Practice Self-Care with a Newborn

  • Stacy, Crazy mum of three
    17 September 2018

    Stacy, Crazy mum of three


    Stacy, Crazy mum of three

  • How my Birth Experiences Inspired me to Found Tranquil Birth Hypnobirthing & Post Natal
    17 September 2018

    How my Birth Experiences Inspired me to Found Tranquil Birth Hypnobirthing & Post Natal


    How my Birth Experiences Inspired me to Found Tranquil Birth Hypnobirthing & Post Natal

  • Preparing For Parenthood: Six Ways Disabled Parents Can Get Ready
    18 June 2018

    Preparing For Parenthood: Six Ways Disabled Parents Can Get Ready


    Preparing For Parenthood: Six Ways Disabled Parents Can Get Ready

  • Facing the Big Challenges of Being a Single Father in a Healthy Way
    16 May 2018

    Facing the Big Challenges of Being a Single Father in a Healthy Way


    If you’re a single dad, you already know how hard it can be. If you’re about to embark on the journey - whether by choice or circumstance - you’ve probably heard that you have a difficult road ahead. While this is certainly true, it’s important to remember that the path is also rewarding - maybe the most rewarding path you could ever take. Every single dad faces their own s...

  • The Benefits of Networking
    11 April 2018

    The Benefits of Networking


    When people think of networking, they envision a formal event with important and wealthy businesspeople.  However, networking is more than simply attending events.  Its purpose is to make contacts.  As the saying goes, “It is not what you know, but who you know.”

  • Helping Your Child Learn and Have Fun Online
    03 April 2018

    Helping Your Child Learn and Have Fun Online


    Many kids these days are computer literate before they even start school. It seems that everywhere we look, there are new ways for young people to get online. For some parents, this can be frustrating when it’s hard to get their children to focus on school work, but in some cases, your kids can actually benefit from going online.

  • Why we need to celebrate International Women’s Day
    02 March 2018

    Why we need to celebrate International Women’s Day


    International Women’s Day began as a movement for women’s suffrage. The earliest instance was in 1909 in New York as women were demanding the right to vote. In 1910, a woman called Clara Zetkin from Germany came up with the idea of an International Women’s Day. She organised a conference of 100 women from 17 countries so that women could collectively fight for their rights. Thus,...

  • Top Time Management Tips for Working Mums
    16 February 2018

    Top Time Management Tips for Working Mums


     As a working mother, it can be very exhausting and overwhelming to manage a career, household, and children all at the same time.  The slightest shake up to the routine or a last-minute emergency is bound to make your stress and panic go into overdrive.  How can a working mum stay on top of things to ensure that each day goes as smoothly and calmly as possible?  

  • Doing It All- Tips for Single Working Parents
    06 February 2018

    Doing It All- Tips for Single Working Parents


    Being a single parent is one of the hardest jobs there is, and it can be overwhelming even on a good day. Fulfilling all the tasks associated with being head of the household while making sure your children are safe, happy and well taken care of can lead to quite a bit of stress, so it’s important to find healthy ways to cope and focus on your mental health.

  • Help & Support For New Mums
    22 January 2018

    Help & Support For New Mums


    Help and Support For New Mums

  • Flexibility At Work
    05 January 2018

    Flexibility At Work


    A question many mothers may ask when going back to work is whether it is possible to find a job which is compatible with their childrens’ schooling and how does the law protect them in matters concerning flexibility to balance their work and home life.  It may appear a rather daunting task to find an employer who will be accommodating when it comes to matters regarding the children, lim...

  • Online safety for children: a guide to protecting your kids online
    14 November 2017

    Online safety for children: a guide to protecting your kids online


    Protecting children’s identities online

  • 4 tips for managing parental stress
    05 September 2017

    4 tips for managing parental stress


    Parents are often faced with managing a busy schedule including job related responsibilities, household duties, and raising their children. These demands occasionally result in parenting stress, which is stress associated with being a parent. Parenting stress is associated with both parenting behaviors and child adjustment. Numerous studies have shown that parents who report higher levels of ...

  • The right foods to help your child sleep.
    05 September 2017

    The right foods to help your child sleep.


    Diet is even more important in babies and small children as their bodies and brains are still developing. Because they are so small, they are much more vulnerable to some of the harmful chemical effects from food.

  • Five ways to prepare your child for school
    28 August 2017

    Five ways to prepare your child for school


     Starting school can be very scary for children so preparing your child for school is essential to make the transition a little bit easier for your child, below are five ways you can get your child ready for school.  

  • Ten tips for coping with toddler tantrums
    15 August 2017

    Ten tips for coping with toddler tantrums


    They call it the “Terrible Twos” but toddler tantrums can start at any age. You’ll know the signs soon enough – the screaming, the shaking and the rolling on the floor. It can be upsetting for parents, but here are 10 tips to deal with a tantrumming toddler – and avoiding the tears yourself.

  • How to deal with your fussy eating children
    15 August 2017

    How to deal with your fussy eating children


    There are many parents who struggle with their children being picky eaters, this can be a very frustrating and emotional for both parents and the child. This blog will provide tips for how you can try to slowly get your children to start eating again!

  • What does it take to be an adoptive parent?
    15 August 2017

    What does it take to be an adoptive parent?


    There are many parents who would love to adopt however do not believe they have the right qualities or do not know how or where to start, this blog will briefly inform you on how easy it can be to become an adoptive parent. 

  • 5 food money saving tips involving your freezer
    08 August 2017

    5 food money saving tips involving your freezer


    For many single parent families, food is one of the biggest weekly expenses. It’s scary to think how much we spend on food, drink, snacks and treats, but is there a way to cut food bills down to size without cutting out your favourite foods?

  • Your guide to the social networks your kids use
    02 August 2017

    Your guide to the social networks your kids use


    Facebook is a social network which lets you create a page about yourself. You can add friends, write on people’s pages, share photos and videos including live videos. Facebook Messenger allows you to instant message in group chats or one to one. Facebook allows live streaming.

  • Let
    02 August 2017

    Let's keep kids safe online


    The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?

  • Are school holidays hurting your business?
    04 April 2017

    Are school holidays hurting your business?


    Are school holidays hurting your business?

  • Medical Advice for parents of children under 5
    14 March 2017

    Medical Advice for parents of children under 5


    An NHS guide for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years with lots of useful hints and tips from experts in child health including hospital specialists, doctors, health visitors and pharmacists. Download the FREE app and watch the video online here >> http://www.ellisonviewsurgery.nhs.uk/links/medical-advice-for-parents-of-children-under-5/

  • Top tips for parents with two children under two
    14 March 2017

    Top tips for parents with two children under two


    Here are NCT's top ten tips on managing life with two under two…

  • Internet safety checklist for pre-school children
    14 March 2017

    Internet safety checklist for pre-school children


    More and more pre-schoolers are using their parents’ computers, smartphones or tablets to play games, use apps, and watch their favourite TV shows. There are simple things you can do to make sure they’re using the internet safely.

  • How much does childcare really cost?
    23 July 2016

    How much does childcare really cost?


    Last year, with much fanfare, the government announced their new deal for parents: 30 hours of free childcare for “hardworking families”. This is double the 15 hours currently provided for three and four-year olds. In addition, two-year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds will now be offered 15 hours of free childcare.

  • Insider information on why peer support for parents works
    19 February 2016

    Insider information on why peer support for parents works


    On paper, it may appear that parents receive a wealth of support from agencies, local groups and charities. But, research shows that parents often feel isolated and lacking in the information that can support their family.