lockdown

Teenager at home on phone

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

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...

Woman cutting her fringe

Six hair mistakes everyone has probably made at some point

If you’re bored with your normal hairstyle, it’s altogether too easy to experiment.

You can drastically transform your look with a simple chop, colour or a new style – and (you tell yourself much too optimistically) if anything goes wrong, you can either undo it all or wear a hat until it grows out.

While we’re totally pro trying new looks, following this route almost...

Face Mask

Adidas has launched stylish reusable face masks

As lockdown measures begin to ease, many people are choosing to wear face masks while out in public.

Policies on face masks vary from country to country. In the UK and Ireland they are recommended for enclosed public places where social distancing is more difficult, like inside supermarkets and on public transport, but neither governments have made face coverings mandatory yet....

Celebrity Robert Webb's new book

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

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

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

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

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...

Fashion in lockdown

Seven fashion and beauty rules that only apply in lockdown

Karl Lagerfeld famously said: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” But after a couple of months living in lockdown, we’re inclined to disagree.

If you’ve recently found comfort in soft jersey fabrics, sought a kind a freedom in letting your body hair grow free and embraced the the socks and sandals trend with open arms, then...

Celebrity Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan says it is impossible to be liked by everyone

They say if you want something done, ask a busy person and, for Katherine Ryan, lockdown is proving the old adage true.

Ensconced with her husband and daughter on the London-Hertfordshire border, Ryan is supposed to be scribing the second season of her sitcom, but despite the mounds of free time, lockdown life is proving rather distracting. “I’m really not getting into it,” she says...

Tips to survive lockdown

Surviving Isolation - tips from a solo adventurer

Shand Cycles Ambassador and endurance challenger Jenny Tough shares her tips for staying positive when you’ve got little or no social contact

Jenny Tough, solo adventure specialist and Shand Cycles ambassador has unique insight into the challenges many millions will be facing up to in lockdown.

Jenny was the first person to run unsupported across the Bolivian Andes and spent...

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