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Taking the plunge – Flexible working for dads

I have to admit I struggle with balancing being a parent and working full time. I have a pretty senior role in the cut throat world of sales. This takes me away from home a lot and when I am back in time for bath time I have to admit coming home to something that […]

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5 mums review electric & plug-in hybrid cars

For an honest-to-goodness test drive, one of the best people to ask is a mum – between the school run, the weekly shop, the around-town errands, the family outings and the kids’ taxi service, they’ll put any vehicle through its paces. That’s exactly what 5 families did with a range of ultra low emission vehicles […]

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6 tips for dealing with gaming addiction

Video games and an online presence has become the norm for everyone, even young children are starting to find their way but do you ever worry your child is spending too much time playing games? Ciaran O’Connor a psychotherapist and game designer shares his 6 tips for dealing with gaming addiction. If your child has an uncomfortable reliance […]

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Does anyone blog in August?

I have a confession, in August I am the worst blogger. Does anyone blog in August? Of course, they do. Don’t they? Having largely failed to visit other blogs (as a good blogger should) I’ve very little idea. Is anyone reading this? *knocks on screen*. I’m rubbish at blogging in August. It’s my ‘slow’ month, […]

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The underrated summertime moment

There are so many great things about summer holidays — experiencing bona fide sunny days in the park, watching endless reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — but one of the little things I really enjoy as a summertime activity is no activity at all. It’s just breakfast with my daughter. We can get up […]

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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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