More Play Leads To More Learning – Making Christmas Presents Easy

“Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.”  ~ American Academy of Paediatrics It’s coming up to Christmas and you’re probably wondering what toys to buy for your kids. I think it’s helpful to remember that more play leads to more learning and that […]

How To Handle Grandparents ….. Positively!

I love answering my regular column in Parents World India Magazine  Here’s a tricky one about Grandparents: Question: My family is a joint family, and I don’t like the constant comparison between my twin boys (9) and by co-sister’s girls (8 and six.) They are better at some things, but I don’t want my children’s confidence […]

How to cut your childcare costs.

From tax breaks to sharing a nanny, there are savings to be made when it comes to caring for your little ones if you think creatively, plan ahead and have the knowledge you need to be informed. I was speaking on BBC Radio Leeds this morning about the spiralling cost of childcare. I work with […]

Does Granny knows best ?

Many grandparents think their grandchildren are being raised incorrectly. In the study I read recently, published by the Mature Times, two-thirds of grandparents said they felt modern children are ill-disciplined, disrespectful and bad mannered, with a quarter blaming the parents for treating their children too leniently Read more: What do YOU think?

The Important Role of Grandparents

We were away in Newcastle for Grandparents Day, as my husband Kevin was doing the Great North Run  and the kids were at home being spoilt rotten by their Grandparents. But I read that 42% of grandparents lose contact with their grandchildren after a divorce – just when they need the stability, love and unconditional support […]