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Half term fun on a budget


By Sam Hornby It’s school holiday time again! The holidays can be a very expensive time of the year so My Mum’s Diary has put together some free and low cost ideas to keep the kids entertained this half term. Free activities Drive in movie night – get a large box and make a car […]

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An afternoon at the Opera


By Emily McCoombe Last week my five month old daughter Elspeth and I were invited to the Opera. Yes, really. Well Baby Opera to be exact. Aimed at children aged 0-2½ years, the dress rehearsal of Musical Rumpus: ‘A Fairy Queen in The Forest’ took place in a little room in a Community Centre in […]

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It’s National Walk to School Week – are you taking part?


Walk to School Week 2015 began today, the annual initiative by charity Living Streets which aims to encourage families, children and teachers to walk to school. The initiative is running 18th-22nd May and is all about highlighting the health benefits of walking. The Living Streets website contains lots of free, interactive activities to encourage people […]

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Painting the dream


By Kathryn Carr With only eight weeks to go until baby lands, the time has arrived to start thinking about decorating the nursery. When it comes to interior design, whilst I know what I like (and that the other half is happy as long as his extensive CD collection has a home and he knows […]

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Diary of an elective C-section – part three


By Sam Hornby Read parts one and two 1 day old I can’t believe how much easier I’m able to move around! Getting out of bed is tricky and when I stand up, it feels like I have to wait for gravity to catch up with me but, all in all, I’m moving round well. […]

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The function of tantrums


By Rachel Bridgeford We’ve all been there. It’s 8am and all you want is to put clothes on your toddler and get them out of the door so you can get to work. They, of course, have other ideas. That brand new purple T-shirt with the dinosaur is never going to suffice when there is […]

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Calling all parents of multiples in Merseyside!


Home-Start Liverpool is looking to attract more families with twins and multiples to its weekly Multiple Birth Group. The weekly sessions are for little ones aged from birth up to pre-school age. They are held every Wednesday during term time, from 12.30-2.30pm, at John Archer Hall (next door to Windsor Primary School), Upper Hill Street, […]

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What the parties are offering parents of children this election


Childcare has been a key issue this election and the main political parties are all proposing different childcare options to compete for the working parent vote. Currently, free childcare is available for two year olds, however parents must meet specific criteria to qualify. Once children are three, 15 hours’ per week free care is available […]

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Diary of an elective C-section – part two


By Sam Hornby The second of our three part instalment – read part one here. 39+4 days pregnant – the eve of the C-section I had to go to the Antenatal unit today to have pre-op bloods taken and to be given two tablets called Ranitidine which I have to take at 10pm tonight. This […]

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