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Why Boredom Is the Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Child

“I’m bored.”

I’m sure I’m not the only parent who hears this on a daily basis.

I fear it so much that I pack out the days to ensure that I don’t fail my son by allowing him to become bored or disengaged.

If we aren’t at home getting stuck into games, baking, stacking, sticking or painting then we are at a Tumble Tots, Rhyme Time or seeing friends at soft play.

If we are at home then I ensure we have stimulating, creative and educational activities to fill the time. If all else fails, then I call on an electronic distraction such as CBeebies – or better yet, the iPad.

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creative · Lifestyle

14 Ways to Find Time to Write: A Guide for Busy Parents

National Novel Writing Month is due to kick off again in November, when all budding novelists aim to write a 50,000 word book in 31 days.

Completing NaNoWriMo is tough, with the daily battle against eye strain, self discipline and the dreaded word count.

It can be hard to find the time to write even without distractions; however when you are a parent then NaNoWriMo may feel like a game you just aren’t going to win.

Whether you are wanting to write a book or sneak a bit of writing into your day, then here are some tips to help you find the time and keep the creative juices flowing.

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Blog · Toddlers

What Is Causing My Toddler’s Tantrum?

Like most mums, my stress levels can at times, go through the roof.

Whether we are on a day out, eating dinner, putting on shoes, potty training; the threat of a toddler meltdown is always looming.

Even the best-behaved toddlers have days where it’s hard to keep their cool. Tantrums are hard to predict but they are a normal part of development.

However, according to experts, the first step to managing tantrums is to understand what might be causing them.

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Blog · Health · postnatal depression

Is Mental Health Still A Dirty Little Secret?

It feels like we are finally waking up to the impact of mental health issues.

There are more people than ever before, one in four of us in the UK, suffering from at least one mental health problem each year and depression is the leading cause of disability in the world.

In Britain, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in men aged 20 to 49, overtaking cancer, heart disease and road accidents.

With celebrities and royalty sharing their own mental health struggles, it seems as though we are on the cusp of grasping what a devastating and prolonged impact mental health can have on people’s lives and how important it is to remove the stigma that surrounds it.

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Blog · Lifestyle · Parenting

Building a Creative Workspace on a Budget

Building a creative haven within your own home need not break the bank.  Even the smallest of spaces can be cleverly transformed into a place that offers instant inspiration. Here are a few tips on how to turn a drab workspace into your imagination bolthole with a few clever tricks.

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