Archive for the ‘Things to do with the kids’ Category

Affordable Christmas present ideas for class teachers

Love them or loathe them, teachers spend hours with your child and sometimes showing little gratitude can go a long way. If you’re feeling the Christmas cheer and want to give a gift to your child’s class teacher, here are some ideas for male and female teachers alike.

Five top tips to setting up your child’s bedroom

Creating the perfect bedroom for your child can be a bit of a challenge. Not only does the room need to be practical, cosy and relaxing but it also must pass muster with your little ones, who can be pretty tricky customers to please. 

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

Looking for some fun (free or cheap) activities for the holidays? Go back to your childhood

It’s not uncommon that parents and grandparents bemoan the generational change in activities. These days, many children spend endless on gadgets of some sort and they just don’t have the same experiences of yesteryear.

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,

How to help your child develop a love of reading

With World Book Day just complete last week, many children have find memories of their favourite book character – or how much they enjoyed dressing up and getting into all the fun their school had prepared for them.

Online tutoring: a convenient and fun way for children to learn

We all share a desire to give our children the best possible opportunities to succeed and to reach their full potential – it’s just that juggling the commitments of our own work and of current after-school activities can make this hard to achieve. Adding more activities to your child’s schedule

Can’t read, won’t read? Three ways to get your child into books

Having good reading ability helps children in all their subjects, according to teaching professionals. And it makes sense – if your literacy is poor, how will you learn other subjects? If your child is showing little interest in reading, there is – here are three ‘tricks’ you can use to

Swimming: why it’s important to teach young children

Teaching your child to swim has many benefits. Not only is it a great way to improve their fitness, it is lots of fun and a great way to make new friends. On a more serious note, it could one day save their life. Alarmingly, drowning is the 3rd highest

How to make skiing work as an activity holiday for your family

It doesn’t seem that long ago since the school summer holidays, but it’s still not too early to start looking at holiday deals for the family. If you’re looking for an activity break, there are some limitations to what you can do, but skiing can be a great way to

It’s not too late to take a staycation break! Here’s how

When you spend your time juggling between looking after the kids and working for a living, it can almost feel like too much effort to organise a holiday on top of everything else – no matter how much you love getting away from it all. But if you don’t go

No holiday this year? Create one at home

If your family couldn’t afford a holiday this summer holiday don’t feel bad. Holidays are all about memories and experiencing something new – you can do that from home. Here’s how:

4 ways to get your child ready for school…even when the summer holidays haven’t finished!

It’s about this time in August that parents and children alike are tiring of each other. The summer holidays (thank goodness!) are drawing to a close, and with it the end constant complaints, nagging, spending and ungratefulness. While we parents can’t wait for September to rear its head, here are

Cheap last-minute holiday ideas for families

Left it late to plan a family holiday,and running out of ideas? Here are some great ideas for every budget and no matter the age of your children:

Fun and fitness ideas for the whole family

Summer’s here, end of year exams are finished and school holidays are just around the corner. This is the perfect time for the whole family to bond and reconnect and get fit. There’s a sport that the whole family can do – whether you have toddlers and teenagers, or a

How to teach children about money

With the school summer holidays looming, the spending budget for families will be on the up as children make their purchase demands known! This is probably a good time to teach children about managing and saving money – and today’s video gives some fantastic tips on howto do just that.

The working mum’s guide to planning a children’s party

You got through your engagement party and made it to the wedding reception, so planning a children’s party should be a doddle, right? Remember those pre-baby days when you used to host every good dinner or night out going…this should be a breeze, right? But what looks like a piece

Four staycation ideas that the whole family will love

We all need a break, but sometimes going abroad just isn’t going to happen. So. Do you stay at home and do nothing, or find something to make it as enjoyable an experience as possible? We’ve found four staycation ideas that the whole family will love:

7 tips for travelling with the children this half term

Are you planning a family getaway this coming half term? Are you looking for ways to save money in your travel costs? Here are seven tips to help you do just that – and more:

Digital parenting: how to set parental controls on the latest gadgets

These days, most children own a computer, mobile phone and games console, so it’s essential that mums know how to set up the parental controls on these devices. Need advice? Get the lowdown here.