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CONTENTS

Welcome Hello! Spring is here and I hope you have a spring in your step as we tentatively head out of our year-long hibernation. The return to school has been surprisingly emotional for many parents. After the rigours of remote learning and the provision of 57,932 meals and snacks per day, on top of all the usual work, I thought I’d be jumping for joy! But I certainly had a lump in my throat as I waved them back through the school gates. Because I would miss them, yes. But also because, as they were reunited with friends and teachers, I appreciated more than ever how very special and important school is. Anyway! These months bring with them the Easter Holidays, so we won’t be pining for long. I hope you find plenty of inspiration, ideas and fun for the holidays and more within these pages.

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Spring Activities

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April Fool’s Day

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Easter Activities

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Outdoor Activities

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Consumer Advice

Win a Smoby Playhouse! T&Cs apply

24 Early Years 25 Science Activities 28 Environment 32 Travel Competition Winners from the Nov/Dec issue Weronika Puchala, Luna Smith, Kelly McGleish, Simone Ayres, Taya Freeman, Katie Scott, Melanie Oley, Jenni Weston, Annelien Bass, Virginie Renaut, Lauren Powell, Margaret Challen, Maria Jornet Escuet, Philomena Price, Sophie Venables, Vicki Wright, Stephanie Chan, Chalice Palmores. Familiesonline.co.uk

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Spring “Make and Do” Outdoor Projects

Make a Bird Feeder

Search for Tadpoles

Make a Nature Journal

Make a Rain Gauge

Grow Butterflies

Make a Butterfly Feeder

Build a Den

Plant Tomatoes

Go Stargazing

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BRONTË HOUSE For ages 2 to 11 years March/April 5


EDUCATION

Support your Child’s Love and Learning of Music

Meet the Orchestra with the Royal Albert Hall Fun introduction to the world of percussion for young children.

Gentle Guitar

Online guitar school with lessons for children ages 5-12.

BBC Play the Noise

Explore the elements of a song. Play/clap along. Listen back to your own version. 6 March/April

Cbeebies Radio Prom Podcast

Enjoy an imaginary musical journey to the moon with this podcast.

On Stage at Home Nordoff Robbins & the Clangers

Young children have fun making music using household objects.

Virtual Musical Instruments

Chrome Music Lab

Naxos Music Box

Sing Up at Home

Fun, hands-on music Learn & create music. experiments. Make and Play instruments online learn your own songs. using PC keyboard/ mouse.

Interactive musical resource for ages 4-12. Activities, puzzles, quizzes.

Keep kids learning & singing. Free online resources and A-Z playlist. Familiesonline.co.uk


EDUCATION

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APRIL FOOL’S DAY

April Fool’s Day Prank Ideas In the Bathroom….

Bath Blues. Paint a bar of soap with a thin layer of nail varnish so it won’t lather. Shampoo Shock. Put some cling film between the bottle and lid of a shampoo/shower gel bottle. How long will it take your family to realise nothing is coming out? Wrap Attack. Place some bubble wrap under a rug or bathmat. Wait for the shriek! Toilet Bowl Alert. Remove the lid of the toilet cistern and pour in 10-20 drops of food colouring! Tooth Trouble. Pop a raisin inside the neck of a tube toothpaste and cover with toothpaste to conceal.

Around the House….

Spiders on the Loose. Cut out spider shapes using black paper and place inside a lampshade. Television Terror! Place a very small piece of black tape over the sensor/light on the end of the TV remote. Shoe Trouble. Stuff the end of a pair of shoes with toilet roll so your family member can’t fit their feet in. Loopy Laces. Tie a family member’s shoe laces together so they’ll get nowhere fast…. Balloon Door Explosion. Tape balloons to the back of the front door before the family comes in.

In the Kitchen….

Brick of Breakfast. The night before, fill a bowl with cereal and milk, half-submerge a spoon and then put it in the freezer. Add a touch of fresh milk before serving it. Cereal Confusion. Swap the contents of boxes of cereal, and watch the look of confusion as its poured out! Pudding Prank. Make an ‘ice cream sundae’ out of mashed potato... yum! Juice Joke. Put jelly in your child’s glass instead of juice. Browned Off. Announce you have just baked some “brownies” and present a plate of letter Es cut from brown paper.

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Fun climbing experience for all the family * Regular Climbs 4 to adult * Tots Sessions 2½ to 6 years * Kids Parties. Café & Slush machine * Guides / Scouts / Groups / School trips * Corporate / Team building / Wellbeing

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EASTER

Best Easter Craft Projects for Families

Paper Easter Wreath

Salt Dough Easter Eggs

Tin Foil Easter Egg Art

Easter Bonnet

Bunny Bunting

Sock Bunny

Bunny Corner Bookmark

Dye Easter Eggs

Bean Bag Easter Chick

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EASTER

Set Up an Easter Egg Hunt

Use our clues to set up an Easter Egg Hunt in your house.

Laundry and Kitchen

With this clue, you’ll have to follow your nose, where does mummy put all your stinky clothes? (Laundry basket) In this place it’s very cold, “Close the door properly!!” you’re always being told. (Freezer)

Bedroom

In here, daddy puts his toes, take a big breathe though and cover your nose! (Shoes/slippers) Where do you go when it’s time for sleep? Take a look here, there’s some treats to keep. (Bed)

Find me in the kitchen, I’m a big cold white appliance. (Fridge)

You put this on when you’re cold, ‘Fasten it up properly” you’re always being told. (Coat)

I have a sound that goes beep, and my main function is to heat. (Microwave)

In this place you’ll find hundreds of pages, reading them all would take you ages! (Book shelves)

I take your clothes for quite a spin, but first, they get wet. That’s how I begin. (Washing machine)

Find me when you need to know how to spell a word. (Dictionary – Book shelves)

Other Rooms

In this place, it’s very wet, it’s where you and the duckies very first met. (Bath) I rain on you when you need a scrub, I’m very much like my friend the tub. (Shower) In this place we’re supposed to wipe our feet, open the door to see who to greet. (Front door) This is where you eat your dinner, find the hidden clue and you’re the winner! (Dining table) I have hands but no arms, just a face and my hands move at a steady pace. (Clock) I have four legs, but I don’t have feet, I come in handy when it’s time to eat. (Chair)

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EASTER

The Great Families Easter Bake Off

Easter Egg Cookies

Easter Bunny Pancakes

Chocolate Krispie Chick

Hot Cross Scones

Easter Egg Bark

Easy Easter Nests

Hot Cross Bun Doughnuts

Baa-lamb Muffins

Easter Egg Biscuits

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EASTER

Make an

Chick

With Easter just around the corner, it’s time for some crafty creating with your children to celebrate. This simple craft from Kidzplay Playbox takes just minutes to set up and creates a colourful Easter chick. You will need: * Eyes, beak, legs and feet pictured here * Scissors * Glue * Yellow Tissue Squares * Feathers * Paper Plate

Step-by-step guide: Step 1 Cover the paper plate in glue.

Step 5 Fold the beak in half and stick to the plate and then add the eyes.

Step 2 Stick the tissue squares onto the plate.

Step 3 Fold the legs along the dotted lines to make them bendy.

Step 6 Finally stick the feathers onto the plate to make the wings.

Step 4 Attach the feet to the legs and then stick the feet on the plate.

Step 7 Leave to dry before displaying.

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ACTIVITIES

Climbing the Walls – In a Good Way! Clip n Climb Ilkley is one of the many businesses in our area excited to opening its doors again.

All being well, climbing will available again from April 12, with café visits and parties to follow. Centre Manager Sally Shelton said, “Clip n Climb Ilkley is an independently owned business, we are not a franchise, we are not a chain. I run it as a mum - I always try to think what I would want for my kids. She added, “I am so happy to be opening again. To see the kids’ faces, having a treat after endless walks and home schooling will be so uplifting!” BOOK ONLINE HERE or call the centre on 01943 603829.

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Enter an enchanting adventure with your pre-schooler’s imagination. Little ones and parents alike will love exploring the nostalgic Timber Tots Magic Tree (based on the original from 1975). Suitable for 18mths+. To win a Magic Tree, (RRP £39.99), email us with the words TIMBER TOTS in the title by April 30.

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Making Family Walks More Fun By Claire Winter Three ideas to liven up family walking in your local area. Scavenger Hunt Make a list of specific things you might see locally eg red bicycle, car park, couple holding hands. Split into teams and walk around in your group, photographing the items when you find them. Whoever finds all the items first, wins.

Introduce Incentives!

Give each child a matchbox to fill with tiny treasures; Volunteer Let them map read; Create a nature journal for them Show the kids the importance of to fill with bark rubbings, photos, kindness. Volunteer to clean up litter drawings and notes; in your community or walk dogs at a Bring hot chocolate; local animal shelter. Try geocaching. Advertisement

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OUT AND ABOUT

FREE Days Out in Yorkshire!

We have compiled a list of places that you can visit for FREE with the family once lockdown restrictions are lifted and you can travel out of area and enjoy the wonderful fresh air and the outdoors this springtime. Please be aware that some of these places might need to be booked, have specific opening times, and some have car-parking fees. Check online before setting off.

KNARESBOROUGH, HARROGATE & RIPON

LEEDS & BRADFORD Temple Newsam, Leeds Leeds Urban Bike Park Roundhay Park, Leeds Golden Acre Park, Leeds Lister Park, Bradford Otley Chevin Fewston Reservoir, Otley Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkey Bronte Waterfall, Howarth

Brimham Rocks, Harrogate Spofforth Castle Walk the Riverbank, Knaresborough Harrogate Valley Gardens Druids Temple, Ilton, Ripon Hackfall Woods, near Ripon Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn Scar House Reservoir, near Palely Bridge Skipton Castle Woods

WAKEFIELD, HALIFAX AND HUDDERSFIELD Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield Castle Hill, Huddersfield Ogden Water Nature Reserve, Halifax Shibden Park, Halifax

SOUTH YORKSHIRE

Walk the City Walls, York

THE EAST COAST Whitby Harbour 199 Steps & St Mary’s Church, Whitby Fossil Hunting in Whitby, Staithes or Robin Hood’s Bay Peasholm Park, Scarborough

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YORK & SURROUNDS

Rivelin Valley Nature Trail near Sheffield Endcliffe Park, Sheffield Ecclesall Woods, Sheffield

Walk the Riverbank, York Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village Dalby Forest, Malton

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ADVICE

What are Your Rights as a Consumer? by Gurpreet Birdi, Associate Director of Emsley’s Solicitors The Consumer Rights Act 2015 is very useful to have in mind when it comes to buying goods and services. If you have ever wondered about your rights and remedies when making a new purchase, then your first step should be to take a look at the features of this useful piece of legislation! Most of us are familiar with the commonly heard phrases “satisfactory quality” and “fit for purpose” – in fact, you may have used them when returning an item in a store. These phrases could be found in the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and are replicated in the Consumer Rights Act too, which means that the goods you buy must be of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose and conform to any description provided by the seller. Unless you are informed of any specific differences, this right applies. So what are your main remedies when things go wrong?

to engage in the spirit of repair/ replace then the seller needs to be proactive and efficient. This should not become a long drawn out saga or a ‘to me, to you’ routine and nor should you be put to any significant inconvenience as a consumer. Once 30 days have passed, what then? If the goods are still defective, as a consumer you can insist that they be repaired or replaced. If this is not possible (for whatever reason) then you may exercise your ‘final right to reject’. There are other considerations which can come into play, for instance, pre-contractual information and we would always suggest that you seek advice for bigger purchases if you are unsure about your rights.

The best way to summarise the position is to remember that within 30 days of delivery of the defective goods, you can exercise your ‘short term right to reject’ and claim a full refund or expect them to be replaced To speak to a member of Emsleys or repaired. Giving the seller one opportunity only to repair or replace Solicitors Dispute Resolution team, the item(s) is sufficient. If you decide call 0113 232 1030. Familiesonline.co.uk

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EDUCATION

Hot New Kids’ Books for 2021 All books can be purchased via Bookshop.org, an online bookshop which financially supports local, independent bookshops and of which Families Magazine is an affiliate.

Pip and Posy: The Friendly Snail

The Whale Who Wanted More

The Cat’s Cook Book

By Axel Scheffler. Ages 0-2.

By Rachel Bright & Jim Field. Ages 1-5.

By Julia Donaldson. Ages 2+.

Hom

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Nature Trail

By Jeanne Willis & Paddy Donnelly. Ages 3+.

Draw with Rob: Build a Story By Rob Biddulph. Ages 3+.

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By Julia Donaldson & Yuval Zommer. Ages 3-5.

The Invisible

By Tom Percival. Ages 3+.

By Benjamin Zephaniah & Nila Aye. Ages 3-5.

What Did the Tree See? By Charlotte Guillain & Sam Usher. Ages 4-6.

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EDUCATION

Hot New Kids’ Books for 2021 All books can be purchased via Bookshop.org, an online bookshop which financially supports local, independent bookshops and of which Families Magazine is an affiliate.

RuPaul

By Maria Isabel Sanches Vegara. Ages 4-7.

Wolfboy

By Andy Harkness. Ages 4-8.

Move Like a Lion

Rainbow Grey

A Tangle of Spells

Space Detectives

Best Bites Cookbook

Dragon World

By Laura Ellen Anderson. Ages 7-10.

By Omari McQueen. Ages 8-11. Familiesonline.co.uk

By Michelle Harrison. Ages 8+.

By Radzi Chinyanganya. Ages 5-7.

By Mark Powers and Dapo Adeola. Ages 7+.

How to Grow Up By Tamara Macfarlane. and Feel Amazing! Ages 8-12.

By Dr Ranj Singh. Ages 10-13.

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EDUCATION

Free Maths Downloadables Use these high quality maths resources from PlanBee to help support your child’s learning.

Converting Measures Chart

What is the Question?

Fractions of Numbers Posters

This handy chart helps to convert a variety of different measures.

Work backwards from the answer to find the question.

Watermelon-themed posters that explain the concept of fractions.

Position Puzzles

Interpret positional language to put the shapes in the correct place.

Multiple Mazes

Identify the multiples of the 2/5/10 times table. 3 levels of difficulty.

Place Value Game

24-Hour Time Display

Times Table Booklet

Compare the Money Cards

Help your child tell the time on 12 and 24-hour clocks. 20 March/April

All the times tables in one handy booklet!

What numbers go in the place value columns to win the point?

Recognise coins. Use for playing Snap or Matching Pairs. Familiesonline.co.uk


EDUCATION

Autism and Education One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Is Online Tutoring Effective?

By Jane Constantine

By Lucy Spencer

Today I cried with happiness at an email. It contained a glowing report of my 11 year old autistic daughter’s progress at school in recent days. We’re in lockdown and it’s her first year at a specialist secondary school. I’m so proud of how far she has come. READ MORE

If you’ve had time to breathe between home schooling, work and parenting, you may have wondered about the effectiveness of online tutoring. Like any online experience, the answer depends on many factors, particularly the facilitator, the goal and the environment. READ MORE

Why is My Child Teaching Another Child? By Annabel Gray

Just before the pandemic struck, I was in a café when I accidentally overheard a conversation between two mums. One was expressing her outrage that, at school, her child had been teaching another child to read. Let me share with you a secret about this. READ MORE Familiesonline.co.uk

March/April 21


HEALTH

FREE ‘End Emotional Explosions’ Online Course

Lucy Russell, mother and clinical psychologist at Everlief, a large child psychology clinic, has seen mental health issues in children accelerating in the last 12 months. EXCLUSIV In response to demand, Everlief has launched a parent E support site, They Are The Future offering free and paid online courses, masterclasses and blog. These include Calm OFFER & Connected, aimed at parents with pre-teens affected by stress, anger or anxiety. Everlief is offering Families readers a FREE 5 day mini-course in which Lucy teaches the Cup Approach, a powerful tool for preventing emotional explosions. You will learn the science behind emotional explosions, two distinct ways to prevent them and what is meant by filling your child’s “cup.”

Access the mini course HERE.

Boost Your Child’s Mood By Caroline Roope

With everything the last year has flung at us, it’s understandable that we’re feeling somewhat deflated. Children in particular can be prone to mood swings because they have not yet developed the emotional language to express their feelings. Try these activities to help banish your child’s blues. READ MORE 22 March/April

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HEALTH

Signs of Child Criminal Exploitation Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership highlights some things to be aware of… The teenage years are a time of great change for young people. As they develop their own identity they move closer to their peers and naturally become more independent. It is also at this time that they are more likely to be impulsive and take risks. This behaviour is perfectly normal, however organised crime groups and sometimes individuals, can use this time to their advantage and see the teenager as someone who can be easily manipulated or intimidated into doing illegal activities. This can lead to child criminal exploitation.

• Do they seem to have money which they can’t explain where it has come from? Have you seen them using a new phone or wearing new or designer clothes or jewellery?

Parents and carers are often the • Are they receiving calls and first to notice the early signs that messages more frequently and at their child is at risk of or is being all hours of the day? Do they react exploited. You might notice that your immediately when they receive child is behaving differently, over and the message? above what you would expect from • Do they go out or come home at typical teenage behaviour. unusual or very regular times? Here are some of the signs to be aware of: There may be many reasons for a change in your child’s behaviour and • A sudden change in attitude. it might not be anything to worry Have they become secretive and about. However, if you notice a disrespectful to members of the combination of the above signs and family, teachers, or others they you are concerned, it might be time usually get on with? to seek help or advice. • Are they showing signs of For further information and support harm or depression? Are there see www.leedsscp.org.uk/cce unexplained absences from school? Familiesonline.co.uk

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EARLY YEARS

Easy Games and Activities for Toddlers

Running out of ideas for keeping the little ones busy? Here’s some you may not have tried.

Hair Cutting Station

Shaving Cream Paper

Spring Play Dough Garden

Pompom Drop

Posting box

Rainbow Rice

Tugging Box

Book Drop

Car Wash Tunnel

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SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

Fun Science Projects at Home Your kids will love these cool experiments and activities. Adult supervision may be required!

Make a Balloon Powered Car

Create Crystal Snowflakes

Build an Electromagnet

Make a Sensory Bottle

Create Giant Bubbles

Plant an Ice Garden

Make Magic Milk

Create a Cloud

Make Butter

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March/April 25


EARLY YEARS

Like Mary Poppins – Turn Jobs into Games….

Games and play ideas from The Good Play Guide that help children learn life skills in a fun and engaging way.

Tidy Up Game

Laundry Game

Bedroom Tidy

Ages 2+. Children tidy away their things by the end of a song.

Ages 2-3. Get children folding, sorting and matching the laundry.

Ages 3+. Makes another fun game out of tidying up.

Drying Up Game

Odd Socks Game

Changing Rooms

Ages 3+. Children dry up, playing ‘pick up sticks’ game with cutlery.

Ages 3+. Fun way to develop colour, shape & pattern recognition.

Ages 4+. Children learn to dress/undress and how buttons and zips work.

Running a Café

I Packed My Suitcase

Cooking

Ages 4+. Develops role play, social play, food/nutrition, money/ counting. 26 March/April

Ages 4+. Develops memory and concentration.

Ages 5+. Cooking and baking teaches children invaluable life skills. Familiesonline.co.uk


EARLY YEARS

When Do Babies Start Walking? By Andrew Campbell A baby’s first steps are an exciting development that every parent eagerly anticipates, marking the transition to toddlerhood. Babies begin walking at their own pace and each is different. Walking can occur from as young as 9 months but most babies take their first steps between 12 and 18 months. A range of factors can affect when a baby begins to walk. A ‘risk taker’ So what does each of these stages will want to get up and going involve? quickly, whilst a more cautious child may not want to walk until they can READ MORE do it well. Larger babies may walk later because they have to be stronger before they can carry their own weight. Ear infections can disrupt balance and delay the walking process too. A younger child may copy an older sibling and learn walking faster. There are key milestones you should expect to see on your baby’s journey to walking, as follows:

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ENVIRONMENT

Let’s Go Plastic Free! Start reducing your plastic consumption now. How many of these products do you use? How many can you try soon? Swap products or introduce new habits—one at a time.

A Simple Bar of Soap!

Compostable Coffee Pods

Buy Loose Fruit and Veg

Bin the plastic plunger container. Buy bars bar! We love these.

Swap to these Nespresso compatible compostable pods.

Bring your own cotton or cloth bag to weigh and carry it home.

Shampoo/ Conditioner Bar

Reusable Sanitary Pads

Re-Fill your Detergent Bottles

Plastic Free Toilet Paper

Shaving Soap

Widely available. Try Planet Organic or The Body Shop.

Loose Washing/ Dishwashing Powder

Sainsbury’s sells its own brand of powder. 28 March/April

Re-fill or make your Wash at home, save money or use reusable own with white vinegar & essential oils. mooncup.

100% plastic free. Free shipping (most orders).

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ENVIRONMENT

Let’s Go Plastic Free! Start small. Choose one new behaviour you’d like to take on board and only move to the next once it is established as a habit.

Plastic Free Tooth Brushing

Plastic Free Bathroom

Buy Loose and in Bulk

Think bamboo toothbrushes and toothpaste in tablets or a glass jar.

Cotton buds, dental floss, make up remover pads and more!

Buy larger quantities. Store in glass jars. Refill from zero waste shop.

Start your Own Food Group

Buy Oil in Larger Quantities

Plastic Free Meat or Fish

Buy products in bulk, save money, reduce your carbon footprint.

Think 5 litres. Pour in glass bottles at home.

Get your local butchers/fishmongers to wrap goods in paper.

Deodorant

Pasta in a Cardboard Box

Use Real Nappies

Widely available. Try Boots, Holland & Barrett. Familiesonline.co.uk

An easy switch that will further reduce your plastic footprint.

Wash and re-use nappies or use a laundry service.

March/April 29


FAMILY LIFE

Parenting Books that Don’t Shame! Dr Sarah Mundy from Parenting through Stories selects accessible, evidence-based books that she’s appreciated as both a mum and a psychologist.

What To Expect Series

No Drama Discipline

A helpful resource covering pre-pregnancy to the toddler years.

Interprets neuroscience theory into practical parenting, with clear examples.

How to develop a secure attachment relationship with your child.

What Every Parent Needs to Know

The Danish Way of Parenting

Parenting Handbook

Calm Parents, Happy Kids

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read

Pulls together up-to-date Advice on raising kids research into practical from the world’s happiest and accessible advice. people!

Why parents need to manage their feelings, and children need connection and empathy. 30 March/April

Relate how you were parented, to how you parent.

The Power of Showing Up

Make sense of every day challenges together with your child.

The Gentle Parenting Book

Helping parents become confident and calm. Putting gentle parenting into practice. Familiesonline.co.uk


FAMILY LIFE

What is Family Mediation?

Talk, Read, Play: Crucial Skills for Parents

By Louisa Dickson

By Cristina Odone

“I’m getting divorced and need a solicitor.” Only Mums & Dads, a not-for-profit social enterprise that supports people through divorce, hears this statement daily. Their advice is always to try mediation first (where there is no domestic abuse) and if it breaks down, to try again. But why? READ MORE

Lockdown has kept us at home with our children 24/7. Under these circumstances, we’d be forgiven for switching to autopilot, managing through the day without paying any special attention to our children: we’re always with them, so no special effort is needed, right? WRONG! READ MORE

Get Your Kids Recycling!

Families are Different! #ItsAllNormal

By Andrew Campbell

Everyone is responsible for creating waste, whether it’s leftovers on the dinner plate or the finished loo roll. And so everyone is responsible for sustainable waste disposal. Here’s some great ideas for teaching children about recycling and encouraging them to get more involved. READ MORE Familiesonline.co.uk

Tay and Chan Kabs, parents of the social media superstars The Kabs Family, spoke to Families about their new campaign with Haliborange - #ItsAllNormal. The campaign celebrates that we are all parenting in our own way, and it’s all normal. See #ItsAllNormal family stories on Instagram. READ INTERVIEW March/April 31


TRAVEL

UK Holiday Inspiration Families top ideas for places to enjoy a brilliant staycation in the UK this year! Please adhere to Covid-19 government guidelines when travelling.

Bodmin Jail Hotel in Cornwall

Rocks at Plas Curi in North Wales

Bovey Castle & Spa Hotel in Devon

4-star boutique hotel within the walls of the 18th century prison.

5* hostel near Snowdon + Zipworld. Family friendly luxury.

5*, child-friendly, relaxed, dogs welcome. Plenty of activities.

Crewe Hall in Cheshire

Eco Glamping in Wales

Eilean Shona in Scotland

Luxury stay, famed afternoon tea, family attractions nearby.

185 acres for walking, hiking and wild swimming.

Cottages on magical private island off Scotland’s west coast.

Winchcombe Farm in Warwickshire

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The Little Retreat in Pembrokeshire

Five unique tree houses at this gorgeous glamping retreat. 32 March/April

Sand-fringed islands, warm waters, empty beaches. 28m from Cornish coast.

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