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How can I stop my child feeling so scared about the future of our planet?

Authored by Marc Astley

My seven-year-old child is really scared about climate change and what’s going to happen to our planet. What’s the best way to talk to her about it, and help her feel less anxious?

Scientist and environmentalist Matthew Shribman says: “It’s understandable that your daughter is worried, but she’s not alone. A recent report by McCain entitled Nation’s Conversations found children were...

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What it feels like to send your son back to work on the front line at a supermarket

Authored by Marc Astley

Hannah Stephenson shares her fears as her son returns to work in a supermarket after a period of self-isolation.

“Stay two metres apart, don’t forget your hand sanitiser. Do you have your gloves?”

These were my parting words to my 21-year-old son this morning, who left the self-isolation of home to resume his place on the front line – not of the NHS, but of the supermarket...

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Ten top home schooling tips

Authored by Marc Astley

Are you one of the many parents homeschooling since schools closed? Do you have a sharpened sense of respect for the teaching profession? Are those long summer holidays teachers enjoy looking less of a perk and more of a necessity?

Well, fear not, here are some home schooling tips for stressed out parents.

1. Get into a routine

By now, as you’ve probably established...

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Things you only know when you work from home with your partner

Authored by Marc Astley

As self-isolation and social distancing ramp up, most people are being asked to work from home, where they can, during the coronavirus outbreak.

And for a lot of us, that means our partners will also be at home – we suddenly have a new co-worker.

While we’re used to sharing everything from our bed to our dinner table and TV time with this person, sharing an office and...

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Six live zoo cams that bring exotic animals into your front room

Authored by Marc Astley

It goes without saying that since restaurants, bars and offices are now largely off the cards, you probably shouldn’t be planning a trip to the zoo.

Good news though – getting a close up of some animal action is easier than you think, thanks to the wonderful world of live zoo cams.

Whether you’re social distancing, stuck in quarantine, or just really like pandas and penguins...

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Working from home with kids – coping with the pressure

Authored by Marc Astley

After the government today announced that schools would close due to the Coronavirus outbreak from Friday, we explore some coping strategies to help home workers cope with what might be the most challenging period of life so far.

The reality of home schooling whilst trying to keep on working is very daunting indeed”, explains Jonathan Ratcliffe of

Working from...

Trio create firm to protect our loved ones after we are gone

Authored by Angela Belassie

Three businessmen who met while playing table football competitively have set up a firm to help protect our loved ones after we are gone.

Richard Thomson, Ben Mason and Tom King have combined their skills to create end-of-life planning firm kinherit – to ensure final wishes are carried out.

The team offers complex trust and will-writing services, coordinated handovers after...


Read this if you are worried about what might happen during labour

Authored by Claire Roberts

I’m pregnant with my first baby, and as the birth gets closer I’m worried about things that might happen during labour – am I likely to scream or swear a lot, and will I poo as I push? What if I just can’t push enough? Are these common worries?

Midwife Marie Louise, a hypnobirthing teacher and author of the new book The Modern Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond (Vermilion...


Ten fragrant gardening gifts for Mothers

Authored by Claire Roberts

So many plants offer fantastic scents – the sweet headiness of lily-of-the-valley in spring, the strong perfume of roses, mock orange and lilies through summer.

From shrubs whose scent is carried in the wind and can be enjoyed out on the patio, to houseplants that fill a room with fragrance, along with scented balms, oils and candles aimed at gardeners, your mum can inhale the joy of...

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Seven ways to lift up other women in your workplace

Authored by Claire Roberts

Let’s face it, even on the best of days the workplace can feel like a testosterone-filled, dog-eat-dog environment, and if you’re a woman that’s just starting out on the ladder or struggling to get the recognition you deserve for your work, it can be a pretty frustrating place to be.

The impact of women supporting other women can make a big difference to workplace culture though; it...