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Should I get a divorce?

Should I get a divorce? How to know if your relationship can be saved Whether you’ve been married a short time or for many years, divorce is a life changing, stressful experience and you want to be sure before you take the decision to split up with your partner. How do you know for sure? Only […]

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42 inspired ideas for family fun this summer

There are 42 days of summer to fill with family fun. Does that statement fill you with fear or excitement? We’ve gathered 42 of the top tips for fun family summer activities you may not have thought of — suggested by BritMums bloggers — to make your summer more fun than ever. The tips have […]

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15 Tips To Having Fun On The Beach

With the summer holidays drawing closer one of the great quintessential ways to spend a day with your family, whether away on holiday or as part of a day trip, is to visit the beach. I am currently on my 2-week summer holiday in Cornwall being run ragged by my 3 daughters Poppet (4.5), Dumpling […]

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What baby milestones do people really remember?

Do you remember your baby’s first year with its heart-warming and sometimes funny firsts? At the #LittleDishFirsts Twitter party, we all shared memories of those special moments, with other blogging mums. There were lovely moments…and some surprises. The party was sponsored by Little Dish, makers of healthy chilled meals for children from one year plus. […]

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Hangout: Helping children’s imagination

  Children have strong and creative imaginations, something we want to nurture and encourage — but how to do that? BritMums held the #PlaytheHero Hangout On Air with psychologist Chireal Shallow and 7 parent bloggers and we got slew of tips, advice and inspiration. The hangout was sponsored by Philips Lighting and celebrates the launch […]

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Hangout: How to inspire children’s creativity

Children have amazing imaginations. So how as parents do we encourage them to use it to become more independent and creative? With summer holidays nearly here, how do we encourage them in creative play rather than tablet computer hypnosis? We’re thrilled to announce our #PlaytheHero Hangout on Tuesday 8 July at 12:00 with psychologist, author […]

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Family fun at the park with dogs

BritMums teamed up with the charity Blue Cross to throw the #parksforpets Twitter party, celebrating family fun with dogs in parks and open spaces. Blue Cross is appealing to dog owners to lead the way in keeping open spaces both dog- and people-friendly for everyone to enjoy. Sadly, in some outdoor areas, dogs have already […]

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The importance of making friends on Twitter

My friend Jane likes Blackpool. I’ve never been to Blackpool, I never want to go. Nothing about it appeals. I am a cat person, Jane prefers dogs. Jane enjoys cross-fit and running marathons. I’d rather go to Blackpool. Jane is firmly from the North and I am firmly from the South. We shouldn’t get on […]

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39 cheap family half-term ideas

How do you have family holiday fun on a budget? At our #MorrisonsMum and #MorrisonsDad Twitter party, you shared your top tips, which incorporated everything from fishing line to late-night walks to make kids feels special. This party was sponsored by Morrisons, which is making great food more affordable for families. It has just lowered […]

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Supporting women & girls with Melinda Gates

  Has determining when and if you want to have children been an important decision in your life? Of course. That might seem like a silly question — after all, it’s one of the defining decisions of women’s lives. Yet it is far from recognised as a fundamental right for women around the world. For […]

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Can working mothers have it both ways?

Laura Briggs is a self-employed journalist and expecting her second child in July. Her new blog, Aprons and Shoestrings is written for parents on a budget with tips on having fun as a family and musings on motherhood.  This week I got the letter through saying I was eligible for maternity allowance. It was like a huge weight off […]

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How to Reinvent Yourself After #Divorce

Peggy Melmoth has been through the wars recently, she’s not the first and sadly won’t be the last here she shares with BritMums her path to finding her new self. The other day I got around to watching the movie ‘Frozen’ with my two young daughters, and like so many animated adventures before it, the girl […]

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Excuse me, are you a single parent?

The other day a mum asked me if I was a single parent. Having seen me at the school gates twice a day, this was the conclusion she’d apparently come to. I couldn’t help feeling the question was a bit on the blunt side, especially as I wear a wedding ring which, I would argue, […]

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Looking back and looking forwards

The brilliant thing about the parent blogging community is its diversity, we are many things. We are diarist and chroniclers, we are opinionated and informed, we share the useful, we are funny, we are poignant. We craft, we cook, we review. How many of us started out to be the blogger we are now? Blogging […]

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Suffering from parental guilt. Again.

A few months ago I wrote a blog post saying I was going to do my best to stop feeling so guilty as a parent. I’ve tried my best, but it hasn’t really worked out. Things came to a head just before the Easter break. It was a Friday, the one day of the week […]

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Mike Wazowski and his work ethic

Gabriella (my 7 and half year old step-daughter) and I watched Monster’s University on Friday night. A girlie treat while dad was away and after Reuben had gone to bed. What a fun film! I just loved Monster’s Inc, it’s one of my favourite Pixar films, my favourite character being Mike Wazowski and after Monster’s […]

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Saturday Night vs. Blogging

It’s Saturday night, there are other places I could be; a restaurant, cocktail bar, even the pub around the corner. If I had a babysitter or possibly a social life. Instead, I am fixing broken links on my blog. Apparently, Google doesn’t like broken links and for some unfathomable reason, I care too much what […]

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‘How I delivered baby no 3 at home’

It’s a scene we often see in movies or TV shows, to great comic effect: There’s no time to get to the hospital and Dad has to deliver the baby.  Wham, bam, thank you Sam, it’s easy and over before the commercial break. But what’s an emergency home delivery like in real life? When we […]

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