Family

Advice, tips and lifetsyle features aimed at parents, children and families.

Office party

Office Christmas Parties Cancelled 

Authored by Laura Bond

Large gatherings of people are likely to be restricted for the foreseeable future, and this is leading to those who have forward-booked large work and office parties being told their party plans will not now happen.

“Just as we thought 2020 could not get much worse, we’ve had to cancel our Christmas party – as have many of our clients. Our party venue isn’t sure how social distancing...

Children with asthma

Is it safe to send my asthmatic child back to school?

Authored by Laura Bond

My son isn’t shielding but has asthma. Am I putting him at risk by sending him back to school?

Respiratory expert and GP Dr Andy Whittamore, Asthma UK (asthma.org.uk) clinical lead, says: “Going back to school after a long break is usually an exciting time for children. Understandably, parents of children with asthma are more concerned this time round, and may be worried about...

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Noisy neighbours - Top list of worst neighbour noises during lockdown

Authored by Laura Bond

The world’s fastest-growing marketplace has revealed the worst noises neighbours make in the UK after a rise in noise complaints around the nation.

When the marketplace polled the British public about the worst sounds heard from their neighbours, 86% cited ‘bad music choices’ as the worst offender, followed by ‘children playing’ and ‘loud lovemaking’, completing the top list of...

Teenager at home on phone

How do I stop my teens from just drifting now they’re off school for such a long time?

Authored by Laura Bond

My teenage children don’t go back to school till September, and while they’ve reluctantly done some schoolwork at home, they’re mostly just getting up late, playing computer games and drifting. How can I realistically get them to use their time better over the next few months?

Hannah Abrahams, leading educational and child psychologist on the Zoono Family Panel, says: “Young people...

Celebrity Robert Webb's new book

Robert Webb says we fight like any other couple, but using stupid voices

Authored by Laura Bond

Comedian and writer Robert Webb, 47, who rose to fame with David Mitchell in Peep Show and That Mitchell And Webb Look, recently recovered from a heart operation and is relishing family time with his wife, fellow comedian Abigail Burdess and their two children Esme and Dory.

He writes from his home in London in between school hours, and has just penned his first novel, Come Again....

Get crafty with the kids

Ten fun craft projects you can do with the kids

Authored by Laura Bond

When the stress of homeschooling starts to heighten, crack out the craft – easy, fun projects are great for encouraging kids to be creative, and can be relaxing too.

Get involved if you can, as focusing on just one thing can be wonderfully mindful, while your children will love spending quality time together. And if the mess stresses you out, choose an option you can do outside on a...

child at school

Top Barrister urges parents to know their legal rights when sending children back to school

Authored by Laura Bond

One of the UK's leading Family law Barristers has urged parents to know their legal rights ahead of schools potentially reopening on 1st June. With government rules and advice constantly evolving many parents and teachers have commented that they don't feel safe sending their children back to school. Here we have some expert comments from Paula Rhone-Adrien, award winning Family law Barrister...

Family life, children arguing

How to get young children to listen to you and stop fighting with their sibling

Authored by Laura Bond

No matter how accomplished a parent you are, there will still be stressful times when your child doesn’t listen to you, fights with their sibling or is simply naughty.

And how you handle those crisis points is crucial both to your child’s development and your parenting experience.

The parent-child relationship can benefit from using some stress-free psychotherapeutic...

Anita Rani Channel 4 Parenting

Anita Rani: Miscarriage is still such a taboo subject

Authored by Laura Bond

Parenting is one of those subjects that everyone has opinions on, from the food we should be feeding kids to how we discipline them. And now there’s a brand-new show on Channel 4 in which mums and dads can compete to prove their way is how everyone should do it.

Each episode of Britain’s Best Parent? will see three different sets of parents showcase their individual parenting...

Celebrity Joe Wicks at home

Joe Wicks says he has learned patience and tolerance while weaning his daughter

Authored by Laura Bond

Weaning your child can feel like a daunting prospect. What will they like? What if they choke on something? What if they throw the lovingly-prepared food across the room?

Joe Wicks – aka The Body Coach and now everyone’s favourite online PE teacher – says he felt exactly the same before introducing his daughter Indie, who turns two in July, to solid food.

“I was in the same...