Children and chores

By Sam Hornby Should our children be given ‘chores’ or actually WANT to help around the house? I often wonder if my little boy should be expected to do ‘chores’. I have seen, on my many hours spent on Pinterest, ideas for ‘chores charts’ but I’m not sure I feel comfortable with it being linked […]



Dealing with discipline

By Sam Hornby Before my hubbie and I had children,  I worked as a primary school teacher and inevitably gained loads of experience working and spending time with children before I fell pregnant with my first. My hubbie, on the other hand, not so much. When we were dating, I remember being in a well-known supermarket, […]


Win a unique family illustration!

Congratulations to our winner Emma Rose Doherty! x   A fantastic prize of an A4 mounted personalised family picture created by Hallmark Illustration. Jackie’s artwork is beautiful and would be an ideal gift or perhaps as a special keepsake just for you! For more details and to enter, please see our Facebook page and post. […]


Majority of employers welcome shared parental leave

Over three quarters of employers surveyed by have welcomed new rights to allow parents to share parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child. The survey of over 400 employers found that 81% of companies welcome shared parental leave, while 19% – primarily smaller companies – said they would find the measure […]


Baby signing

Find your voice with baby signing

By our guest writer, Jacqualine Kurio It’s not unusual to feel frustrated and helpless when trying to understand a baby or small child who has yet learnt to talk, especially if they seem distressed in some way. Talking is one of the last motor skills to develop because learning to control the lips, tongue and […]


20 week scan

Womb with a view: The 20 week scan

By Kathryn Carr – Our North West mummy-to-be New Year is a time to celebrate; a time of new beginnings and of hope. Every year, as December draws to a close, we drum up the courage to make changes that will see our lives shift in positive ways. How apt then, that as 2015 began, […]


Win an activity box from Rainy Day Box Co

Congratulations to Leah Babbage who won our competition! We have a fantastic competition to win a box of fun from the Rainy Day Box Co. The activity box has lots of fun things to help you create with your children – perfect for those rainy days! The winner chooses their favourite large activity box from […]


A homemade Valentine’s Day

February 14th is Saint Valentine’s Day and is the time of year that we celebrate love and romance. As well as being an opportunity to tell our other half we love them (something you often don’t have time for once you have kids to attend to!), it’s also a chance to teach our children about […]


The Chokeables campaign by St John Ambulance to warn parents of the dangers of choking

New TV advert warns of the dangers of choking

Some of the nation’s favourite TV celebrities have teamed up with St John Ambulance to help warn parents about the dangers of choking. The new TV advert, ‘The Chokeables’, sees celebrities take on the characters of everyday objects that pose a risk to babies and toddlers, including a small princess toy, a pen lid, a […]


  We will have some more exciting competitions coming soon! We currently have a competition over on our Facebook page to win one of two family tickets to Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre.  The first foal of 2015 was born a few days ago and the Cotebrook team are on foal watch for the next gorgeous […]