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The ones you really love and go to the absolute end of the world for!

Looking for ways to make your 16-19 year old’s studies pay?

By the end of June, when GCSE season has finally been put to bed, parents around the country will start to bemoan the cost of keeping a teenage bloomer in the style (they think) they deserve.

If you can get through the summer holidays, the good news is that if your child stays in full-time education, there is help at hand.

EMAs

Known as the Education Maintenance Allowance, EMAs come in the form of £30 paid every week into your child’s account to help them afford to stay on at school. Children in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland cane apply directly from Student Finance Wales.

If your child doesn’t have one already, they will need a bank account for the payments to be made into – they’ll need these details for the application form.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund

For students in England, the new bursary scheme will help with the cost of equipment for school, travel and lunch. It replaces the EMA for England (only), which was scrapped in 2012.

The bursary amounts to £1,200 and is discretionary, so schools and colleges can decide which students need it most to help them continue their studies.

Four places to get free childcare during the summer

With just a handful of weeks left before children break up for the longest school holiday of the year, parents around the country are looking for ways to not only keep children busy, but to cover childcare while they work…you are not alone!

So, what have you got planned? Here are some ideas that start at zero cost to less than £100 per week.

Do you know who you are? Three questions to help you work that out

Feeling lost in all things motherhood? Do you feel like you’re stuck in a vacuum of school run, work, school run, chores, (little) sleep, then rinse and repeat?

Routine is good, but if you’re really not enjoying life in the process, it’s time for a change. Life really is easier when you know who you really are.

Forget the bills and the reasons why you need to work for a minute – it’s time to do you! Here are some questions to ask yourself to get the ball rolling:

Surviving the school holidays: the cheat sheet for parents

With the school Easter holidays now here, many of us are full of mixed emotions. On the one hand, it’s always great to spend some (more) quality time with the children. But on the other, keeping them busy and happy for almost three weeks can be a task…an expensive one, at that.

So here are few things to remember while you get through the holidays:

Save the gym membership – try these calorie-busting chores and lose weight

Spring’s on the way, and that means the bikini season isn’t that much further behind. No pressure, then, for the rush to lose weight and firm up those wobbly bits…

But the answer might already be at the tips of your fingers. Yes, believe it or not, housework really can help you burn those calories.

According to fitness experts British Military Fitness, housework really does pay!

How to be a smug and happy freelancer or business owner

It’s a dream for many, but somehow you’ve managed to go freelance or set up your own business. Hurrah!

But what all your friends and observers don’t see is how you often struggle to get some structure and enjoyment into your day. While they wish they could ditch the monotonous 9-5, you miss some aspects of it.

So what now? Do you throw in the towel and go back to the hard grind, under the thumb of an ungrateful boss or inflexible employer? No – here are some tips to rescue your working life before anyone notices.

Need somewhere to escape to on Mother’s Day? The Travelodge room review

When it comes to Mother’s Day, chocolates, flowers and perfume are a kind gesture, but we could all do with some me time away from the family just to recharge, rest and do whatever (or nothing) we want to do.

While going away for a spa break may not be feasible for everyone this weekend, when you need a night away, something simple, clean and relaxing I tried last weekend was a stay at the Travelodge in Convent Garden in one of their newly refurbished rooms.

5 habits of highly organised people…and how you can become one, too

We all know someone who seems to be on top of everything in their lives – the children are ferried to and fro without any issue, they get to work early (never mind on time), they always look immaculate and they never seem to break out in a sweat.

If that description sounds like you, then hats off to you – and please send your tips into us here at Mothers Who Work Towers; but if it doesn’t read on to see how you, too, can become an organisation machine.