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Bad Mums Round-up: Where have all the bad mums gone?

Perhaps it’s a New Year’s resolution thing, but every bad mum in the UK appears to have turned over a new leaf or chosen to go underground since the last time I did my badly neglected bad mums round-up. As I trawled the BritMums members community, Twitter and other online hunting grounds to unearth fellow […]

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Dads Round-Up: New Year, New Dads

Hello there and Happy New Year to you all. It’s 2014, and I know we’re only a few days in but I hope its working out for you all. A new year. You can practically smell the cellophane it was wrapped in. A new year and with this year that is new comes renewed optimism, […]

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Is it tough, you know, being a dad?

  There’s a question I’m often asked by mums when they discover I’m the main carer for our two daughters. The words vary slightly, but it goes something like this; “Is it hard looking after two children compared to having a full time job?” I’ve been asked this question many times and yet I still […]

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Why Louise Mensch hasn’t let our side down

News that Louise Mensch has resigned to spend more time with her family (a phrase that in this instance doesn’t mean “I was pushed out” but that she wants to live in the same city as her husband and spend more time with her children as well as perhaps grow her newly launched social network) […]

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The 47 funniest things kids are curious about

At the #BGCuriosity Twitter Party, sponsored by British Gas, we asked what types of questions your children have and were amused and intrigued by what you told us. In thousands of tweets parents revealed what their children wonder about – some of it sweet, some scientific and some quite thought-provoking for the grown-ups as well, such […]

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Didn’t get your choice of school: What’s next?

Sarah Ebner blogs for The Times on School Gate, and has also written The Starting School Survival Guide to help parents and children who are starting school. Here she gives her expert advice on what to do in wake of the announcements about primary school places this week: If you’re the parent of a 4 […]

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Guest post: Moving from blog to book

When Joanne Mallon decided to write Toddlers: An Instruction Manual, she knew just who to turn to for assistance–her fellow parent bloggers. Combining her own experience with stories from other UK parent bloggers was no easy task but the amazing end product was well worth it! Here Joanne tells us about the experience and adds […]

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From contented little babies to chaos

Jody Brettkelly, the chic mum behind the blog About Last Weekend, thought she had the contented baby thing sorted… and then they became teens. Perhaps she’s now wondering if there’s a contented teen book! Over to Jody… Fourteen years ago when I had my first baby boy, Harley, we were utterly clueless. We knew nothing […]

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A guide to having a premature baby

Bookshops have shelves of guides about pregnancy and baby how to’s–what to expect, how to plan, and how to cope with different situations. But information on having a premature baby isn’t so readily available. Kylie Hodges of Not even a bag of sugar reviews an informative, reassuring new guide to having a premature baby, produced […]

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Guest post: Humorous and gritty, blogs about children with additional needs

Alex is our BritMums Live! Ambassador but she is also mum to the beautiful, funny Alenya, a child with special needs. She blogs about life with her daughter at Doing it all for Aleyna. Here, Alex recommends more blogs about parenting children with additional needs. My husband and I spend a large amount of our […]

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Hurry, second Printer Projects competition closes Monday!

Our Christmas Photocrafts Challenge closes tomorrow (Monday, 19 December) so if you have yet to add your Christmas photo or craft idea, get your ice skates on and head over to the Christmas Photocrafts Challenge Linky post. Remember, you could win one of four printer or camera packages, including: • 2 x a 7.1 Hero […]

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Guest post: why a portfolio career is the only choice for working mums

Henrietta Pretty used to be a marketing manager…until the children came along.  Here, she shares her strategy for career after kids. I’ve left and gone back to work at least three times in the past few years. It’s not so much that I don’t know what I want, more that that kind of work just […]

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Guest post: Cutting and sticking isn’t just for kids

Alice Langley was a further education teacher before taking voluntary redundancy to raise her daughter (and number two, due very soon). Writing her An Essex Wife blog as a hobby, Alice soon realised writing was where she belonged. Here, she discusses why the ‘make do and mend’ mantra means arts and craft time is no […]

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Video: Show Biz Kids

There’s no business like show business like no business I know! But our video bloggers ask if it is the right kind of business to be encouraging your child to tap dance, warble or pantomime their way into? Like Ruth from geekmummy.com asks, why would you encourage your child into showbusiness any more than accountancy […]

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Guest post: Keeping kids safe online

We recently saw Emma Jeffs, Norton’s Internet Safety Advocate for the UK, talking about online safety at a blogger parenting event, and she had some powerful suggestions and statistics to share. We asked her to write a guest post to share the tips and tactics with all of you, but we'd love to hear your […]

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School admissions: When should you panic?

In the second of her series on choosing and applying to primary school, Sarah Ebner, author of the Starting School Survival Guide who also writes for The Times' school gate blog looks at the timescales and panic decisions that kick in around now… Some say it’s never too early to start stressing about school! If you are […]

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Guest post: Parents, teachers are not childminders

Julia Skinner, retired-headteacher and vociferous blogger lifts the lid on an unpleasant phenomenon creeping into some parents’ attitudes to schools… So, do you or anyone you know think of the school as somewhere to ‘put’ the children rather than a source of enriching education?  Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s recent speech caught my eye especially […]

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Guest post: How to choose a primary school

Welcome to the next stage of your life, says Sarah Ebner, author of Starting School Survival Guide: everything you need to know when your child starts primary school. If you have a three or four-year-old child (or, if you are impressively efficient, one even younger than that), you need to start thinking about applying for […]

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