Laundry tips for time-deprived parents

Mar 28 2019

I have always wondered how much laundry other parents do because in my household I end up running the washing machine at least four times a week. My son has PE at secondary school three times during a school week, plus tennis, football training so a lot of sporting kit has to be washed on top of the uniform – a 12 year old boy sweats a lot! Add to that my own sports’ clothing (for fencing and football) and all the extra clothes I like changing all the time (wink), I often find myself overwhelmed by the laundry duties. That without including the hanging of the clothes afterwards (because let’s face it, the dryer is terrible and leaves the clothes badly wrinkled) as well as putting the things back in the drawers. Phfew! Now you see what I mean… 

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Four steps to breaking the news of a separation to your child

Mar 23 2019

When going through the difficult time of a separation, having children involved can become an emotional minefield. Aside from looking after yourself and powering through, you also need to make sure that the little ones don’t end up as your divorce’s collateral damage. More and more children are experiencing their parents separating, and the process can affect their wellbeing if it’s not handled sensitively to their needs. Here, are 4 key steps to consider when you have decided to separate or divorce and you need to break the news to your child. 

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How to help your child ‘resist’ the Fortnite charme

Mar 19 2019

With big breaking stories every day giving worrying new insight into the dangers of social media and screen-time to our children, and as a mum to a 12 year old boy ‘addicted’ to Fortnite, I am looking at ways to keep my son off the highly addictive video game which has been compared to heroine. I have been reading reports about the devastating effects of gaming platforms and observed my son being totally immerse in the game. What makes it so fascinating is its irresistible nature that rewards children with little treats and encourages the involvement of friends’ groups. This social element to gaming is constantly alluring new ‘customers’ and makes it even more popular. 

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