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EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA FAMILY
SCOTTISH ISLANDS WITH KIDS
ones to watch
MATERNITY DISCRIMINATION IN EDINBURGH
SUNDAY ROAST AT HOPETOUN HOUSE, A THREE NIGHT BREAK WITH WEE HOOSE CAMPERVANS, A BUNDLE OF GOODIES FROM LILLA AND A FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT WITH RACHEL HEIN!
Look out for our competition in the magazine to win a family Sunday roast for 4
LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO TAKE THE KIDS THIS EASTER BREAK?
The Stables Kitchen, Hopetoun House NEW LOOK NEW MENU Opening 30th March
Visit us at the Stables Kitchen at Hopetoun House for home-style hearty fare as well as a delicious new lunch menu and ‘made from scratch’ sweet treats and bakes. We have also dedicated a room for your little ones with their own ‘little people’ furniture, toys and menu so you can sit back and relax whilst the kids have fun!
Visit us this season Open Monday – Sunday 11am – 4:30pm Reservations: 0131 331 3661
The Stables Kitchen, Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, EH30 9SL www.hopetoun.co.uk
The Easter holidays are my absolute favourite holidays. They offer no stress like Christmas, they’re a perfect two-weeks long, my winter clothes and boots have been packed away in favour of pumps and cropped jackets, and Lent is over so I can eat chocolate again! My kids love it too because there’s an abundance of things to do; places re-open for the warmer season, we dust the cobwebs off their bikes and scooters, and go on more day-trips and weekend outings. What’s not to love! See you out and about
We asked our contributors about their favourite things about spring…
Dawn Geddes It almost feels like the world has been sleeping and it’s slowly being reawakened. Seeing everything start to bloom again always gives me some extra zing and puts the spring back into my step!
Kirsty Nicholls You know that feeling when you’re walking along the sunny side of the street and you feel the sun on your back? Even if it’s still a bit of a chilly day, it’s that feeling of warmth and light that is probably my favourite part of spring.
Emma Walker International Women’s Day, the changes in nature which hint that summer is on its way, spring flowers and Easter lunch with my family.
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Contents MAR / APR 2018
58 8 News 14 Competitions
4 chances to win
16 Little People, Small Islands
By Dawn Geddes
23 Mum’s New World Chickenpox
24 Mother’s Work
32 Plant based nutrition
By Kirsty Nicholls
What to do in March & April
38 Easter Events and Camps
An egg-citing time for all!
with Anna Williamson
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51 Business Profiles
Local businesses to watch
Tips from the experts
Bubble bursts into Edinburgh
Turn your house into a home
64 Happy Birthday to you… 66 Shopping with Kids
By Michael Atkinson
Stagecoach Edinburgh is enrolling in classes near you
Our fun and engaging weekly classes are for 4 - 18 year olds. Children are given both structure and freedom as they learn how to sing, dance and act. Days: Thursday to Sunday Venues: various locations across Edinburgh including Stockbridge, Leith, Grassmarket, Sighthill and Fairmilehead
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Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools are operated under franchise and are independently owned by their Principals. Stagecoach is a registered trademark of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd.
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WELCOME! Welcome to Stagecoach. We provide quality training in the performing arts. We nurture and develop young potential, stretching imaginations and building confidence.
Children aged from four to six begin their Stagecoach journey in our Early Stages classes. The 90-minute classes are split into three sections: 30 minutes for singing, 30 minutes for dancing, and 30 minutes for acting. Classes run during term time.
Main Stages (Ages 6-18) Children from six to 18 are split by age into small groups for our weekly Main Stages classes. Classes are held in term time and last for three hours: one hour for singing, one hour for dancing and one hour for acting.
Help your child to grow in confidence, be active and stretch their imagination
NEWS THE BABY & TODDLER SHOW The UK’s biggest baby and toddler show is coming to Scotland for the very first time on 27 – 29 April at the SEC in Glasgow and it offers amazing shopping, huge deals and expert advice for new and expectant parents. The Baby & Toddler Show will have an unbeatable line-up of big name brands, unique innovative products, local companies, services and experts to offer a helping hand in parenthood! Save 1/3 on tickets, quote SBT28 at www. babyandtoddlershow.co.uk – adult tickets £8. Plus, there is a free goody bag for every family, packed with lots of branded products!
LAUNCH OF BLACK IVY ‘NET-WORKING’ BUSINESS CLUB Edinburgh’s newest luxury bar and hotel, Black Ivy in Bruntsfield, launches its monthly ‘net-working’ business club featuring a variety of inspirational guest speakers, including Zara Janjua from STV, on the last Thursday of every month from 10am -12noon, perfect for anyone in business from idea to growth stage. The ‘Love Your Business’ events are hosted by Michelle from Michelle Brown PR and Niki Hutchison from The Simplicity Concept who have 30 years’ collective agency experience and run their own successful businesses. The Business Club takes place in an innovative and quirky ‘free’ coworking space around two ping pong tables to encourage people to work productively all day, then remember to take time out and have fun when the nets go up at 7pm every night. Tickets available at Eventbrite
Kids’ Stop in Morningside has been expertly cutting children’s hair for 16 years; but a recent change in management now brings extended opening hours and an exciting revamp of the salon. New owner and mum of two, Naomi, realises the potential of what the new-look salon will bring to Morninsgide, ‘This is an exciting change for Kids’ Stop. There is a real need in the area for a reliable, fun place for kids to get their haircuts. We’re now open every day and we still do adult cuts too - everyone is welcome!’. For more information go to www.kidsstophair.co.uk
Turtle Tots swimmers were busy splashing for cash raising vital funds for Global’s Make Some Noise. Local Edinburgh fundraiser, two-year-old Helena was the area’s top fundraiser raising over £800 of the total £47,000.
EXCLUSIVE TO ART & CRAFT COLLECTIVE Darren Gate is an illustrator and designer based in Glasgow. His illustrations tend to be aimed at younger audiences, including children’s literature and educational magazines. “My passion for illustration has come from a love of drawing wildlife and being outdoors. I am always looking to add a little humour, fun and emotion into my illustrations. All of these passions have inspired my recent art prints and children’s book illustrations,” says Darren. Art & Crafts Collective Gallery has a selection of Darren’s large and small prints ranging in price from £25 to £8 as well as greetings cards, postcards and one original framed piece priced at £105. www.artcraftcollective.co.uk made MAR / APR 2018
EDINBURGH DESIGNER MAKES HER MARK Little Letter Studio has launched two new children’s wallpapers, Awesome Alphabet and Woodland Tales, by Jo Martin. Both wallpapers feature hand-drawn, quirky details designed to fire childhood imaginations. The inspiration to design children’s wallpapers came from Jo Martin’s own childhood memories: “I remember lying in bed as a child and whilst falling asleep, I’d look at the wallpaper next to my bed and in the abstract swirls and patterns, I’d create characters and stories. I’d return to the characters each night and it provided great comfort and reassurance. I love the idea that my wallpapers can provide a similar space for children today.” Wallpaper rolls and samples are available to order via www.littleletterstudio.com
NEWS THE LITTLE FELT FACTORY It’s an exciting time at The Little Felt Factory; their kitchen table business is growing very quickly indeed! Alongside seasonal work, they create bespoke and personalised garlands and framed artworks for babies, children and adults. Owner, Jay, is always happy to design something totally unique for. Their new Easter range is proving very popular, featuring little individual decorations, garlands and wreaths. And next up is a new range of baby mobiles. Find The Little Felt Factory on Instagram @littlefeltfactory and Facebook.
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REAL NAPPY WEEK 2018 The Edinburgh Real Nappy Community has been going from strength to strength over the past year, and Real Nappy Week in April is an opportunity to further promote that cloth nappies could a feasible alternative, and to spread the word about the options and support out there. Find out more at a monthly sale and advice session at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre near Tollcross.
Monkey Music classes are now available on a Saturday in Edinburgh South at Marchmont St Giles Parish Church. It is lovely to see so many dads joining in…… and mums and grandparents! See the timetable and book your free trial for a Saturday, or for any other week day, at www.monkeymusic.co.uk/area/ morningside-pentland Morning and afternoon classes are also available in Stockbridge, Murrayfield, Corstophine, Polwarth, Comely Bank and Cramond. To book your trial and for further info contact www.monkeymusic.co.uk
OVER 550 CITY DANCERS TAKE TO THE STAGE AT EICC Since it was established in 2010, Dynamnic Dance has grown steadily and now teaches from five locations across Edinburgh. Tickets were recently released for its two shows ‘Newsflash!’ and ‘Sugar and Spice’, which have been written and choreographed specifically for the school’s students to perform. School owner and principal Nicky Bleakley said “Following our sustained growth over recent years, we felt it was time to look for a new venue with increased capacity. We’re absolutely thrilled to be taking our show to such an iconic venue, and can’t wait to follow in the footsteps of renowned professional dance companies and even President Obama when the curtain rises on our first EICC show!” Tickets are on sale now at dndance.co.uk
TWO SPECTACULAR SPRING DANCE SHOWS!
Sat 24 March 11am Tickets from £5
YOUR PARTY BOXED Getting stressed about organising your child’s party at home this year? Let Your Party Boxed help. They offer three choices of activities – craft, ceramic or paint a t-shirt; they will send you everything you need to ensure the kids have a great day. Along with these they send you all the party-ware you need. All you need to do is add food and cake, they do the rest and all delivered to your door. To order visit www.yourpartyboxed.co.uk made MAR / APR 2018
Sat 24 March 2pm & 6.30pm Tickets from £7 EICC, Morrison Street Edinburgh TICKETS ON SALE NOW
NEWS WATER BABIES CLASSES AREN’T JUST FOR VERY WEE ONES Due to demand for classes in older age groups, your toddler can now join in by way of an introduction class. These sessions are aimed at toddlers from 18 months with little to no swimming experience and aim to provide a structured introduction to swimming, the pool environment and some of the key skills taught within the Water Babies programme. After attending a term of these classes, your child could then start the next term in an existing Water Babies class. The Water Babies summer toddler term begins in April, so call 0131 554 6682 or email woggle@waterbabies. co.uk to register your interest. Alternatively, if your child has already done some structured swimming lessons and is confident in the water, get in touch to find an existing class to join straight away.
BEARFOOT COMEDY CLUB The Bearfoot Comedy Club brings local laughter to the South of Edinburgh every 1st Friday of the Month. They give the audience a brilliant night with a wide range of comedians, featuring wonderful local talent alongside excellent acts from further afield. They enjoy creating a mixed bag of musical comedy, improv and stand-up. Find them upstairs at the Merlin on Morningside Road, and they’ll welcome you in for a fun night out without the trip into town. Find them on Eventbrite and Facebook.
BLACKHALL PLAYGROUP Blackhall Playgroup at St Columba’s Church is a small friendly playgroup offering early learning and childcare in a play based setting for children from their second birthday. They meet Mon - Fri, 9.00am to 11.30am during term time. Their qualified staff support children’s curiosity, social skills, wellbeing and learning through play in a caring and fun environment. Playgroup is a great stepping stone between home and nursery. email@example.com
NEW PRE-SCHOOL SERIES 2 These beautiful new board books from Edinburgh designer, Alice Melvin, recount the daily life of a young child and their family using beautifully simple paper-cut illustrations. Me and You uses opposites to explore the activities of a young child, from playtime in the park to cuddling up ready for bed. My Day follows the young child and family through a typical day, from waking up to settling down with the perfect bedtime story.
MORE ‘MIRACLE’ CREAM FOR YOUR MONEY Childs Farm has launched new, larger, 500ml bottles of its hugely popular baby moisturiser and grapefruit and tea tree moisturiser. Recently dubbed a ‘miracle’ cream by UK mums, last year saw the baby moisturiser flying off the shelves at an astonishing rate of one bottle a minute as mums demanded more of the must-have product. Available from Boots and childsfarm.com made MAR / APR 2018
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Rachel Hein is one of Edinburgh’s leading family photographers. She’s been capturing memories for Edinburgh families since 2010 and this year she’s offering MADE readers the chance to win a family photography package worth £495! The photography session will take place at a favourite outdoor location or at your home and after the shoot, the lucky winner will receive a beautiful set of edited images which will be supplied as print ready digital files. Rachel’s sessions are fun and relaxed and she’ll take gorgeous, candid and creative shots of your family that you’ll treasure. To be in with a chance of winning this family photography session, just tell us:
What is your favourite Edinburgh location? To see Rachel’s portfolio of work go to www.rachelhein.com
April is birthday month at Lilla! The Scandinavian kid’s boutique turns two in April, to celebrate they are giving away this fabulous Rice DK Swan LapTop bag, full of lovely Rice goodies (total value £65), to one lucky reader! The happy, colourful store has an amazing array of Scandi gifts for little ones. Lilla favourites include Plus Plus, Moomins and Maileg (super cute mice in matchbox beds!) as well as stylish bedroom accessories from Ferm Living and Oyoy. Look out for special offers in store throughout April, and see Facebook for more information. To be in with a chance of winning this bundle of goodies from Rice, just tell us:
How long has Lilla been open at Holy Corner? For more information go to www.facebook.com/lillaspektakular/
T&Cs. The winners will be picked at random by MADE magazine on April 20th. Competition entries are restricted to Edinburgh, Lothians and surrounding areas only. Editor’s decision is final. No cash alternative is available and prizes are non-transferrable. Please indicate on your entry if you would prefer not to receive information from MADE and any of its partners. Campervan competition T&Cs: Entrants (for insurance purposes) must be 25-75 years old, must hold a valid full driving licence for at least 24 months and have never had their driving licence endorsed or suspended or more than 6 penalty points imposed on their licence. 2. The vehicle is ideal for two adults, however it can sleep two adults in the fold down bed and two small children in the pop up roof if desired. Please see website for further details. 3. Valid from March 2018-June 2019. Excludes ‘peak season’ months July and August 2018. 4. 3 nights can be taken Mon-Sun depending on winners preference and availability. 5. Wee Hoose Campervans terms and conditions still apply. Please visit us at www.weehoosecampervans.co.uk for more details.
Campervan discount T&Cs: Entrants will receive 10% discount voucher by email within 7 days of announcement of the winner. Hire of the campervan must take place by end of June 2019. Minimum 3 day hire. Wee Hoose Campervans terms and conditions apply- visit us at www.weehoosecampervans.co.uk Rachel Hein T&Cs: The winner must, be available to do the session Mon - Fri before the 31/5/18; and give the photographer permission to use their images for marketing purposes and social media. Sunday Roast T&Cs: Prize is for a Sunday Roast for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Advance booking required and prize must be used before 30th September.
Wee Hoose Campervans is a new family run campervan hire business located in Edinburgh. Their newly converted stylish Nissan Elgrand comfortably sleeps a couple or small family. Perfect for a rare romantic weekend away or a small family adventure - a chance to get back to the ‘wee things’ in life! To celebrate the launch of Wee Hoose Campervans we are giving away a three night break for one lucky MADE reader in the newly converted Nissan Elgrand Campervan. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question:
What colour is the Wee Hoose Campervan kitchen as shown on www.weehoosecampervans.co.uk? a) Brown b) Blue c) Grey As a special treat, all competition entrants are eligible for 10% discount if they book their Wee Hoose Campervan adventure before June 1st 2018!
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The Stables Kitchen at Hopetoun House has recently been refurbished and will be launching their brand new menu when they open for the season on Friday 30th March. They have a dedicated room for the little ones with their own ‘little people’ furniture, toys and menu. The Stables Kitchen will offer guests home-style hearty fare such as tableside carved roasts with all the trimmings as well as a delicious lunch menu and ‘made from scratch’ sweet treats and bakes. They strive to source locally, ensuring to make the most of seasonal produce. Hopetoun House is the perfect place for a fun family day out and we have a scrumptious family Sunday roast up for grabs! To be in with a chance of winning a Sunday roast for four, just tell us…
What is your favourite Sunday roast to make at home? For more information go to www.hopetoun.co.uk
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By Dawn Geddes PHOTOS: KEVIN GEDDES
all dream about a more stripped back way of life for our children sometimes. With the lure of technology and so many demands on our children’s time from homework to after school activities, it can be difficult to provide them with the wild and carefree existence that we had when we were little. But, with so many beautiful Scottish islands just on our doorstep, we don’t need to go far to experience a more rural and rustic way of life. Leave your gadgets behind and climb aboard a ferry with your family, and prepare to have your very own Katie Morag experience.
Isle of Skye Taking its name from the Old Norse word sky-a, which means ‘cloud island’, Skye is a place full of magic and wonder. This small island, which is home to just over 10,000 people, is so far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, making it the perfect place for you and your family to discover. Get your walking shoes on and take a careful walk up majestic hills and mountains such as the Kilted Rock, which is nicknamed for its pleated appearance and the dramatic Old Man of Storr which is one of the most photographed places on the planet. Visit the enchanting Fairy Pools near Glenbrittle and look out for mystical creatures that could just be lurking underneath its crystal-clear waterfall, and take a picnic on the shore of the spectacular Coral Beach where you can skim stones and search for dolphins. With a made MAR / APR 2018
Hand picked family holidays that are perfect for children and their parents too!
From luxury family hotels to relaxed family hostels, fun farm stays and child friendly cottages and castles, family camping in the English countryside to glamping in France - Away with the Kids offers masses of ideas for your holiday break with baby and toddlers, older children or teens. Every specially selected holiday is independently owned and is personally approved by Away with the Kids family friendly holidays GUARANTEED!
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good range of hotels and selfcatering accommodation you have plenty of choice when it comes to choosing where to stay – just book early. The island is exceptionally busy during peak season. For a more rustic trip, camp, glamp or stay in one of the island’s wigwams in Portree. For further information about The Isle of Skye, go to visitscotland.com/destinationsmaps/isle-skye/
Isle of Arran Sailing on the boat to Arran, will be just the start of your Katie Morag-esque adventures on the island nicknamed Scotland in miniature. The Isle of Arran offers families the best of both worlds, with a mixture of tranquil quiet areas as well as busier parts for those amongst us that bore easily. Brodick is the most populated village on the small island and has a good mixture of family friendly cafes and restaurants as well as made MAR / APR 2018
offering plenty of fun things to do such as playing a round of crazy golf or exploring a majestic castle. However, even in the island’s most populated areas, you never have to wander far to find the wonderful wilderness or the stunning beaches, that the island is famous for. For a stripped back, rustic day, visit the beautiful area of Blackwaterfoot and play pooh sticks in the tiny village’s black river. Afterwards, drive three miles to Machrie Moor, a mystical landscape that dates back to before 1500 BC, featuring six standing stone circles. Hold hands as you trek across the deserted moorlands together to discover these Neolithic stones and make up stories about all weird and wonderful events that might just have taken place in that exact same spot, hundreds of years before. For further information about the Isle of Arran, go to visitarran.com
Isle of Mull The Isle of Mull will already be familiar to most visitors, thanks to the beloved children’s TV programme Balamory. This large Inner Hebridean island, which is just a hop, skip and ferry ride away from Oban, is a fun and stunning place to discover with children. Hunt for Miss Hoolie and Josie Jump amongst the brightly coloured buildings, take a pit stop at Tobermory Chocolates and then look for treasure whilst walking along the island’s spectacular shores. Wildlife spotting is also a must do on a trip to Mull. The island is famous for its stunning sealife and is the perfect place for children and adults alike to spot whales, dolphins and basking sharks, together. Make your family trip extra adventurous by packing in a few more islands during your visit. Travel to nearby Iona, which is renowned for its tranquil beauty, Staffa, which is home to the historic 227 foot cavern, Fingal’s Cave or travel to the Treshnish Isles where you’ll be able to spot a puffin or three during the summer months. For further information about the Isle of Mull, go to visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/islemull/
The Shetland Isles Closer to Norway than mainland Scotland, a visit to the Shetland Isles will feel like a voyage to you and your family. With crystal clear water, breath
taking beaches and heathery moorlands – a family holiday to Shetland will be every bit as special as a trip abroad. Famed for its Norse history, a visit to Shetland is educational as well as relaxing. After ruling the island for 600 years, the Vikings have certainly left their mark on the stunning island, with many place names, animal names and even surnames being in Norse. Retrace the Viking’s steps by visiting Shetland’s most uninhibited Isle, Unst, and see real life evidence of their rule. From discovering stunning Viking longhouses to visiting The Skidbladner, a replica of the 9th Century Viking ship, known as the Gokstad, this trip is sure to convince your kids to ditch their ipads for a little while at least. Time your holiday just right and you might even be lucky enough to see one of the most magical sights in the world – the Aurora Borealis. As Shetland is closer to the North Pole, than any other place in Scotland, it’s the perfect place to spot the Northern Lights. Wrap up warm and hunker down together to watch the sky fill up for a night that you and your family will never forget. For further information about the Shetland Isles, go to shetland.org No matter which Scottish island you choose to visit, you can be sure that it’ll provide you with a trip to remember. With beautiful scenery, buckets full of fresh air and miles and miles of rugged landscapes to discover, an enchanted family experience awaits. n
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knew that chickenpox was going to strike, but it caught us completely unawares. Its possibility crept vaguely into my thoughts every now and again, but it was always something that would happen in the future. Even when those first little red splodges appeared on Jack’s tummy, the thought didn’t enter my head. Then there were more. Then they were everywhere. Oh my goodness. Chickenpox. I got out my diary and contacted everyone we’d seen over the past three weeks. I’d heard about those chicken pox parties, where parents take their little ones to an infected house to get it all over and done with. But let’s get real: Chickenpox is horrible. What’s more, it’s inconvenient. So although the response from friends was warm and caring, there was a definite hint of uh-oh. At the time of writing, I have one case of crosscontamination confirmed. I’ve been keeping my ear to ground about the source of Jack’s virus, but so far the intelligence I’ve gathered has been inconclusive. Jack was absolutely fine. In fact, he wasn’t fazed in the slightest. Having read all of made MAR / APR 2018
the horror stories that Google could provide me with, I was waiting with bated breath for terrible symptoms. Don’t get me wrong; Jack was absolutely covered in spots and very itchy. I had to sleep in his little cotbed with him for several nights to gently stop him from clawing at his blisters. But he was still loving life. And lots of Peppa Pig. That little Tom was also going to catch chickenpox was a certainty. As soon as his older brother’s rash appeared I texted a friend to say, “That’s me stuck indoors for at least a fortnight”. But Tom had a few little blisters on his back and his face, and that was that. Both boys went back to nursery a week later. I know we’ve been pretty lucky with our experience of chickenpox. I’ve also learnt that for all of the things that go badly, there are more that go right. A few times I’ve woken up in a bad mood worried about something I’ve got to do during the day, only to have a really positive time. Let’s face it, when you’re a mum of toddlers simply a warm coffee can turn your day around. Our experience has also taught me that I’ve very prone to over-
WE’VE BEEN THERE, DONE THAT AND GOT THE CALAMINESTAINED T-SHIRT complicating our days. Having the boys at home when I was trying to work was tricky at times. But Jack and I had several snuggly afternoons watching movies that I found very relaxing. Jack was calmer, too. So I’ve started to take things at a bit of a slower pace. I’m trying not to over-commit us, or pack our schedule full of activities that will set us in a whirlwind of rushed meals and “sorry we’re running late” texts. Plus I feel a little bit smug that we’ve jumped the hurdle and joined a new club. We’ve been there, done that and got the calamine-stained t-shirt. n
Mother’s Work By Emma Walker @MothersWorkUK
efore I had my son, I’d not heard of the term ‘pregnancy and maternity discrimination’. Then I watched a BBC report on the epidemic of women losing their jobs once they decide to try for a family. This chimed with what a close friend was going through. As I worked my way around Edinburgh’s Bookbug sessions and baby classes, I began to drop the topic into conversation. Within six months more than twenty women had confided in me that they too were being pushed out of their place of work. They are not alone. A report from EHRC in 2016 found that 54,000 women each year lose their job because they are pregnant or because they have children. Mothers are often made redundant or their role changes (in terms of responsibility or pay grade) while they are on maternity leave, but increasingly the discrimination is more difficult to prove.
Women who have enjoyed positive relationships with their employer are suddenly removed from projects, undermined in front of their colleagues, told they are not allowed to go to midwife appointments. They are worn down, made to feel useless at a time when they are at their most vulnerable, and told to put up or shut up. This is the best kept secret of motherhood. We are told repeatedly that we’ll lose our sleep, our spare time, our minds (don’t get me started on the detrimental impact of the term ‘baby brain’ on women in the workplace) but were you told - in explicit terms - that you could lose your job? Didn’t think so. Women often end up being paid thousands of pounds less in their next job after an experience of maternity discrimination. And we wonder why the gender pay gap still exists. In 2016 I tweeted asking for women who
EIGHTEEN MONTHS AND OVER 100 INTERVIEWS LATER I CAN REPORT THAT PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY DISCRIMINATION IS RIFE IN EDINBURGH
THE FACTS: 54,000 women across the UK experience maternity discrimination each year (over 30,000 Scottish women - that’s 3 out of 4 women in Scotland) Pregnancy and maternity is one of nine “protected characteristics” covered by the Equality Act 2010. 77% of mothers in paid employment report that they have experienced maternity discrimination. Just 3% have gone through internal grievance processes. Less than 1% have taken the issue to tribunal
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have experienced this type of bullying to email me and within ten minutes I had the accounts of six women sitting in my inbox, four from here in Edinburgh. I worked with the women to develop a case study interview where I invite women to talk through their experience, starting at six months before they became a mother. Eighteen months and over 100 interviews later I can report that pregnancy and maternity discrimination is rife in Edinburgh. If it’s not happening to you, it’s definitely happening to someone you know. The majority are women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth, but I have also spoken with women going through IVF and adoption. Women who have miscarried or have been through a stillbirth have been treated appallingly, too. Not only is this illegal, a grave injustice to the capable women in question and often irreparably damaging to both career and confidence, but we have to question what this is doing to the workplace overall.
It’s little wonder that despite women making up 51% of the population, we are a long way off reaching gender equality in most sectors. There is a huge variety in the backgrounds and incomes of the women I speak with, but one thing is clear to me. In every single situation, there are key points in her pregnancy where a) a woman is at her most vulnerable to discrimination and b) most likely to walk away from her job without making a complaint. I’ve mapped these and I am committed to fighting for changes to be made - where necessary to the law - so that women have the protections that they deserve. There are instances where I have interviewed several women from the same organisation. As disturbing as it is to know that in some Edinburgh institutions workplace bullying towards mothers is systemic, it also means that I can visit the employer in question to try to work with them on making changes whilst protecting the identities of the women I have spoken with. The benefits of this service are yet to be appreciated by the bosses that I meet, but there is a definite change in the air. Of course, the shift that is coming is driven by the bullied, not the bullies. Women have secrets that they are no longer willing to keep. The #MeToo movement has gained momentum, and it seems that 2018 is the year for #timesup. Time’s up, indeed. Through my project, Mother’s
Work, I am going to continue to represent women who have experienced pregnancy or maternity discrimination. I am planning a series of events in Edinburgh, pushing this issue with Scottish media and working with politicians to create change. Please get in touch via my website or Facebook to register for information. Every interview and conversation I have is in the strictest of confidence. n
If you find yourself in this situation, you may look for examples of others who have gone before you. There are none. If you don’t take action against your employer then you aren’t able to talk about what has happened as the other party hasn’t had a chance to fight their corner. But what about when the 3% of women who seek justice through their internal grievance process win? Surely they can shout from the rooftops:
For more information, support or to get involved in Emma’s campaign, visit: https://emmawalker.org/motherswork/ @MothersWorkUK Pregnant then Screwed: http://pregnantthenscrewed.com Maternity Action: https://www.maternityaction.org.uk
“THIS HAPPENED TO ME! THIS IS HOW YOU GET THROUGH IT!” Nope. They’re given a sum of money in return for their signature on a NDA (non-disclosure agreement). The bullies get away with it, the women remain silenced and the scene is set for another 54,000 women to be discriminated against next year.
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was a real farm kid—a ride-my-horse-to-school kind of farm kid. I had every type of pet you can think of, all who touched my life in ways I will never forget. When my brothers didn’t want to play my girly games, Ginger the cat never said no to dressing up in my doll’s clothes. When I had a bad day at school, Dusky the horse was always there, ready to laugh with me. And trust me, horses do laugh! Recently, my mother sent me some old childhood photographs she found. Just about every one of them was of my pets and me. Just looking at those photos warmed my soul. They took me right back to those moments, reconnected me with feelings of unconditional love, and my happy childhood. After spending the greater part of an afternoon remembering and rejoicing, I felt so grateful to my parents for having picked up the camera, and capturing those important snippets of time. Many things in my life inspire me in my work as a photographer, and this was one of those times. I have visions of gorgeous portraits of my daughter and her cat all dressed up in their best dress up clothes, cuddling and sharing a tender moment, or jumping around playing catch. I want my daughter to have as many connections to her joyful childhood moments as I can possibly create for her, just as my mother did for me. Thank goodness, the only way to see your photos back then where in prints, otherwise my brothers would have flushed her phone down the toilet with all those pictures a long time ago! Let me help you create inspiring memories that will reconnect your children with their happy childhoods. This May and June only, I am opening my studio to all pets big and small, as well as their human best mates. My Pet and Me photography sessions are where we capture the true bond between your child and their pet. We create amazing pride of place wall art pieces or albums your kids will want as their bedtime stories. n
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used to work as an investigative journalist for the BBC. About 8 years ago I was tasked with working undercover in an abattoir to research the quality of meat going into our supermarkets. It was more the experience itself than what I discovered there that prompted me to become a vegetarian. The years passed and I slowly started to eat meat again. But then I read about the Edinburgh-based LeanFit programme and it felt absolutely right that I should take part. David Waine is a personal trainer and fitness coach who runs classes in Edinburgh, including a popular “Fit Mummy” bootcamp. He used to be an overweight smoker with a junk food addiction. The loss of his mum to cancer prompted him to reassess his lifestyle, and after years of trying different diets he came across plant based nutrition. Last year he and his wife Carly launched LeanFit, an eight week online plant based nutrition programme. They have two little boys, so make the recipes as simple to prepare and family-friendly as possible. ‘My kids are super fussy,’ he tells me. This revelation comes as a huge surprise to me, after seeing numerous photos of his children eating platefuls of veggies. ‘Carly has had to find ways to get their greens into them,’ he says. ‘A huge proportion of people who take the course are mums and dads and our recipes have been a revelation.’ As soon as I received my password for the LeanFit recipe book, I clicked on the “Sweet Treats” section. To my amazement, I found carrot cake muffins. What’s more, the recipe says that you can eat them for breakfast! No wonder David and Carly’s little chaps are loving mealtimes.
You wouldn’t know that there is zero naughtiness in these! To make them yourself you’ll need: • • • • • • • • • •
300g grated carrots 100g grated apples 140g rolled oats 100g buckwheat flour 100g raisins 5 tablespoons almond butter 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 8 tablespoons date syrup 250ml almond milk
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THEN: 1. Preheat your oven to 160C (140C fan). 2. Place the grated carrots and apples and all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. 3. Heat the almond milk and almond butter in a saucepan and warm until combined. 4. Add your warm liquid to the bowl with all the other ingredients and combine everything well. 5. Scoop your mixture into 12 muffin cases that are in a 12 hole muffin tray (sprinkle some chopped walnuts over the muffins if you like). 6. Bake for around 35 minutes, until the tops turn golden brown. 7. Remove them from the oven and let them sit for 10 minutes to cool slightly in the tray and then place them on a cooling rack for another 20 minutes before digging in. I have to say, I was a little sceptical that I could hoodwink my two little chocoholics into eating this carrot cake, or the no-added-sugar (and entirely plant based) cookies and brownies. But they didn’t even blink. The Easy Quinoa Pizza went down a treat too. To try making your own you’ll need: FOR THE PIZZA CRUST • ¾ cup quinoa (soaked for about 8 hours or overnight) • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar • 2 tsp mixed herbs - I use oregano and basil • A sprinkling of chilli powder/flakes • 1 tsp garlic powder • 2 tbsp of tomato paste • Any vegetables you fancy on top!
THEN: 1. Soak the quinoa overnight or for about 8 hours in water. 2. Pre-heat the oven to 190C. Drain the quinoa then put it into a food processor with the apple cider vinegar, herbs, chilli and garlic. Blend for a few minutes until a smooth dough forms. 3. Line the bottom of an oven dish with baking parchment and a wipe of olive oil and pour the mix in, spreading evenly then bake for 15-20 minutes until the base is firm and starting to brown around the edges. 4. Remove and add your toppings, either place it in the oven for a few minutes to warm them or enjoy your toppings raw!
‘It’s very satisfying making creamy or baked plant based foods that people would never suspect is plant based, or even think is achievable,’ says nutritional therapist Claire Hider. ‘My brownies fooled my partner, and they’re made with sweet potatoes!’ Claire used to be a civil servant, but qualified five years ago as a nutritional therapist. She became a vegetarian in her mid-twenties because of her love of animals. But the turn to veganism in her mid-forties was for health reasons. Her Edinburgh-based business is called Vital Spark, so-called due to her experience of losing her spark and then retrieving it with a whole food, plant based diet. ‘It’s fairly common for clients to email me with concerns that they’re not feeding their children a comprehensive enough vegan diet,’ says Claire Hider. When asked for advice about how to make sure a child isn’t missing out on vital nutrients, she points parents towards Viva. ‘They have a lovely, detailed booklet,which is nearly 60 pages long. It has great nutritional advice for following a plant based diet during pregnancy and useful information for parents with babies and young children too. Dietician Ginny Messina is also a very sensible and down to earth source of information,’ she adds. ‘She won’t have you spending hours in the kitchen making things from chia seeds.’ My boys are happily scoffing Mexican Bean Potato Skins and Roasted Vegetable Lasagne. But they’re still drinking generous cups of milk,
IT’S VERY SATISFYING MAKING CREAMY OR BAKED PLANT BASED FOODS THAT PEOPLE WOULD NEVER SUSPECT IS PLANT BASED a source of calcium that I’m too cautious to stop. ‘It’s completely programmed into us that milk consumption is a must,’ says Claire. ‘When I was little, it would have been seen as child neglect if my parents hadn’t given me dairy. But milks made with grains and pulses are great nutritionally. Oat milk tastes realistic, and oats are great for eczema and other childhood skin conditions. Pea milk is a new one. It has a high protein profile like hemp milk.’ Dr Stephen Turner is the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Officer for Scotland. He maintains that, ‘For 90% of us, dairy products are a suitable, easy and affordable way to get the fats, vitamins and minerals that we need. We definitely need the plant based foods that tick the vegan box, but we started as hunter gatherers and became farmers. We’ve evolved to live in that environment so we’re made to eat both meat and plants.’
A baby triples its birth weight in the first year. By the age of 2 a child is already half his or her adult height. ‘A huge amount of growth happens when you’re under five and you need all of the protein, carbohydrates, fats, nutrients and vitamins that come with a balanced diet,’ he says. Claire Hider disagrees that children need animal products to be healthy and feels that a plant based diet offers everything they require to thrive. ‘When people read the advice from The Vegan Society about cooking for children, they’re surprised that the diet is quite carb-heavy, which is a source of lots of energy. Children need plenty of good fats too. Avocados for example are naturally nutrient dense with a substantial amount of healthy fatty acids.’ David Waine from LeanFit is very relaxed about the choices his programme’s participants make. ‘As long as 50% of your diet is plant based, I’m happy,’ he says. ‘I want to bring awareness to families about the benefits of plant based nutrition. There is absolutely no pressure. Don’t worry about sharing a photo of your turkey
chilli in our Facebook group. Or if you have social occasion or weekend away, enjoy yourself! Just change up your ingredients and include more plant based foods again on Monday.’ The only thing that I haven’t quite got to grips with yet is what kind of milk to have in my tea. None of the plant based versions taste quite right to me yet. Apart from that, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I’m certainly not wasting away; far from it! As far as I’m concerned, this is a brilliant opportunity to learn how to get as many veggies as possible into my boys’ diet. And we can all enjoy carrot cake for breakfast while we’re at it. n
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is open to everyone so you and your family can experience the magic of The Yard. 10am - 4pm every Sunday in Canonmills £6 per child for two hours
The Yard is the only adventure play centre in the east of Scotland, with indoor and outdoor space offering something for everyone, where you can all get messy and have fun! theyardscotland.org.uk Scotland Yard Adventure Centre (known as The Yard) is a registered Scottish Charity SC002538 and Private Limited Company registered in Scotland 101671.
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Dates for your diary Monday
1 World Book Day! For lots of book fun go to worldbookday.com
5pm - 10.30pm Edinburgh Lumen @ St Andrew Square, Assembly Rooms Lane and The Mound Precinct. A stunning immersive visual and sound display. Runs until March 11th. 12
Lots happening at The Scottish Storytelling Centre! Tiny Tales (10am & 11.30am) with fun songs and stories; and a Cafe Ceilidh celebrating St Patrick’s Day at 2pm. 19
Edinburgh Yarn Festival runs @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange from March 15th - 17th.
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7pm Youth Theatre: Double Bill @ The Brunton. The Brunton Youth Theatre 12-15s are on stage with Peter Pan, joined by East Lothian Youth Theatre, Haddington 12-15s, with Alice in Wonderland.
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The Bearfoot Comedy Club @ The Merlin, Morningside Road.
10am - 4pm Sunday Funday @ The Yard. Open to the public every Sunday, everyone can come along to get messy and have fun! £6 per child for two hours.theyardscotland.org.uk
10am - 1pm Mother’s Day Pop-Up photo sessions at Wishing Tree Play Café with Susan from Clear Photography. To book, send a message via www.clearphotography.com
Mother’s Day! For gift inspiration see pages 58 and 59.
11am - 1pm Polwarth Pre-Loved Sale @ Polwarth Parish Church. Grab some fantastic bargains on quality baby and kids’ items.
Happy St Patricks Day!
23 24 Sugar & Spice and NewsFlash dance shows @ EICC! Performed by Dynam-nic dancers, these shows will sell out fast! See Spotlight for more info… 30 31 The Stables Kitchen @ Hopetoun house opens for the season. Book a table to try their amazing family Sunday roast!
12-6pm Canteen Street Food Festival @ Archerfield Walled Garden. Amazing street food, fire pits and music. £1 entrance for adults - children free. No booking required.
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Dynam-nic Dance’s biggest show yet! Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Sugar & Spice (11am)
Newsflash (2pm & 6.30pm) The youngest dancers (aged from just 3 years) will feature in ‘Sugar and Spice’ - a real feel-good production, full of colour and fun. DND also offers dance classes for adults, some of whom will be part of this show, showing off their ballet, tap and jazz skills alongside the littlest ones. Meanwhile, the school’s older dancers and Musical Theatre students will present their show ‘Newsflash’ - a high-energy show, this features an irresistible soundtrack with everything from Surfin’ USA to Purple Rain and Somewhere in the Crowd from LaLa Land. Both Dynami-Nic Dance shows promise to leave you with your toes tapping, and a smile on your face. For more info and tickets go to www.dndance.co.uk
Dates for your diary Monday
10.30am & 1.30pm The Worm @ The Studio. An enchanting, musical tale specially devised for 3-7 year olds.
Check out all the things happening as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival! See Spotlight for more info…
9 10am - 6pm Jurassic Kingdom reaches Edinburgh @ Lauriston Castle until April 15th. Explore gardens and parklands and encounter epic animatronic life-sized dinosaurs. 16
5 Enjoy Animal Avengers @ The Scottish Seabird Centre. A new interactive science show and puppet performances for ages 2+. Runs until April 15th. 12
Champions of Magic Tour @ The Assembly Rooms. An incredible show for the whole family. Runs April 11 - 14.
War Horse starts @ Festival Theatre. Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. Runs until May 12th. For ages 10+. 23
26 10.30am & 2pm What the Ladybird Heard @ King’s Theatre. Live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs! For ages 3+. On April 28th too.
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1 11am - 3pm Easter Egg Hunt @ Palace of Holyroodhouse. See more info on page ??
6 7 7.30pm - 10.30pm Bearfoot Comedy Club @ Merlin Roadhouse, Morningside
10am, 1pm & 4pm Teletubbies Live @ King’s Theatre. The Teletubbies’ first ever theatre show! Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter. On April 8th too.
12.30pm James and the Giant Peach screening @ National Mining Museum.
10am - 4pm Sunday Funday @ The Yard. Open to the public every Sunday, everyone can come along to get messy and have fun! £6 per child for two hours. theyardscotland.org.uk
National Tea Day
Edinburgh International Science Festival www.sciencefestival. co.uk This year, the Science Festival will be exploring the theme of Life, the Universe and Everything, contemplating and celebrating the wonder and diversity of life in all its forms, on Earth and beyond, asking where we have come from, where we are going and how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can help us sustain our planet for future generations.
DROP-IN ACTIVITIES, WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITIONS FOR FAMILIES at… • City Art Centre • National Museum of Scotland
27 28 Eddie & The Slumber 12-6pm Canteen Street Food Sisters Festival @ Archerfield Walled @ The Brunton Theatre. Garden. Amazing street food, fire Recommended for ages pits and music. £1 entrance for 8 plus. adults - children free. Also on April 28th. No booking required.
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29 Baby & Toddler Show @ SEC Glasgow. 150 top brands and expert advice for new and expectant parents in Scotland. Runs April 27th - 29th babyandtoddlershow.co.uk
• Summerhall • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh • RZSS Edinburgh Zoo • Dynamic Earth
FUN FULL S TEAM AHEAD AT BO’NESS & KENNEIL RAILWAY March 30th, 31st and April 1st, 2nd All children travelling on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway will receive a complimentary Easter treat. In keeping with the nostalgic theme of the heritage railway, children should wear their Easter bonnet to be in with a chance of winning a prize, judging takes place on the train! There’s also an Easter Egg Hunt in the Museum as well as lots of hands on fun interactive displays.
C ADBURY EAS TER EGG HUNT AT NEWHAILES Treat your loved ones to the magic of a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Newhailes! Become a nature detective to follow bunny’s clues and finish your adventure with a delicious chocolatey treat.
FAMILY EGGS TRAVAGANZA AT HOPETOUN HOUSE April 1st & 2nd Drop in anytime between 12 and 4pm and take part in Hopetoun’s Easter activities. Try the trail, find hidden treasure and makes some Easter Crafts. No need to book - pay at ticket kiosk upon arrival. For more info email ranger@hopetoun. co.uk call or 0131 3193956
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse Sunday 1 April • 11:00 – 15:00
ME & MY BEE
Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late… A new family comedy 8-11 April at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Tickets via sciencefestival.co.uk/event-details/me-and-my-bee Adults £6, Children and Concessions £4 “A rarity… deliciously eccentric” Lyn Gardner for The Guardian HHHH The Scotsman HHHH The Stage HHHH The List HHHH
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Join us in the Palace Family Room to make and decorate your own Easter basket and then follow a treasure trail to ﬁnd Easter eggs hidden around the Palace.
In the Great Gallery meet storyteller Allison Galbraith who will be telling family friendly tales of how the Get your ticket stamped on your ﬁrst visit and come Easter Eggs found their way back as many times as to the Palace. you like at no extra cost!
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Loads of fre e events too! We’ve got a festival packed full of workshops, shows and interactive activities throughout Edinburgh during the Easter holidays. Come join us! Programmes and tickets are available at sciencefestival.co.uk #EdSciFest BOOK NOW: 0844 557 2686
MAD HATTERS TEA PART Y AT WISHING TREE PL AY C AFÉ TRAILBL AZERSGO EAS TER ACTIVIT Y DAYS April 9th - 13th, 10am - 4pm TrailblazersGO’s activity days are specifically designed to help your children fall in love with the outdoors, develop their sense of adventure and realise their potential. Children can attend one day or multiple days. The camp is for P1 to P7 children. The Activity Days will offer a range of exciting outdoor activities including; Bushcraft Fire Lighting Tool Use, Den Building Team Working Woodland Craft, Outdoor Games Problem Solving Mindfulness. Drop-off and pick-up is from Greenback Church. For more information call Colin on 07484297842 or email hello@trailblazersGO.co.uk
CONIFOX Have a fun day at The Adventure Park, Conifox with pedal go-karts, off-road karts, giant jump pillow, trampolines, swings, crazy foot golf and pedal tractor farm. There’s lots to keep children and adults amused. Plus they have the Bistro restaurant, BBQ and outdoor bar and garden centre.
www.facebook.com/wishingtreeplaycafe/ March 30th 2-4pm March 31st 11-1pm Decorate your own mad hat at home and bring with you to take part in the Mad Hay Parade! Come in fancy dress as your favourite Mad Hatters Tea Party character; and enjoy an Easter Egg hunt, arts & crafts, afternoon tea with loads of yummy chocolate treats, party games and dancing and of course lots of soft play fun! Tickets are limited so make sure you book in advance, under 1s and adults are free!
ALMOND VALLEY Meet baby animals, enjoy a springtime trail and get crafty making bonnets and masks. Keep a look out for hidden Easter Eggs!
EDINBURGH LEISURE HOLIDAY C AMPS Be part of the biggest holiday club in town, with a variety of camps running across the city.
EXCEL www.excel-sports.co.uk At Excelâ€™s camp you will experience an actionpacked week of fun, exercise, skills development and the chance to make new friends. The week will have a variety of sporting activities, tournaments, team games and filmmaking.
Manager, Colin, will be teaching life-saving skills and will take the children through the essential skills of the recovery position and CPR on dummies. The Animal Man will be visiting to help your child interact with and find out more about reptiles, icluding Roaring Reptiles and the chance to meet and feed a T-Rex!
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W/C April 2nd, Colinton Scout Hall W/C April 9th, Inverleith Scout Hall W/C April 9th, Glencourse Centre, Auchendinny Holiday clubs focus on a high-energy combination of games, sports and all-round active entertainment for children aged 3+. Building on a fun ABC-based programme (agility, balance and co-ordination), your child will be introduced to and develop the skills for a broad range of sports. Plus additional activities on selected days include live animal handling sessions, face-painting and arts & crafts.
TURTLEDOVE PL AY C AFÉ TurtleDove are hosting lots of Easter activities that are free with your entry ticket! Face painting, arts and crafts, decorating sweet treats and mascot visits are all included in the ticket price. www.turtledoveplaycafe.co.uk
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ANIMAL AVENGERS! www.seabird.org March 30th - April 15th The Scottish Seabird Centre has taken inspiration from super-heroes, with a brand new interactive science show and family-friendly puppet performances. For ages 2+ What’s for Snack? is back by popular demand, as Craig the Crab enjoys sing-a-long fun, exploring the issue of marine litter. Craig also features in a brand-new story. He is Lost! Can he find his way back home? Travelling across the beach and rockpools with help from friends old and new, finding out about the beach as he goes. But there is danger from above! For ages 6+ Older kids are invited to attend Avengers: Animal Division. Egghead returns showing audiences how animals can defend themselves from attack in weird and wonderful ways. From exploding ants, squirting octopi and spitting birds. The audience will decide who is the best Animal Avenger!
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FAMILY EAS TER EGG HUNT AT PAL ACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE www.royalcollection.org.uk Sunday April 1st, 11am - 3pm
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Visit on Easter Sunday and take part in an Easter Egg Hunt. In the Family Room, make and decorate your own basket and then follow a treasure trail to find eggs hidden around the Palace. In the Great Gallery enjoy storytelling with Alison Galbraith, where she will be telling tales of how the Easter Eggs found their way to the Palace. Pick up a family activity trail and explore the Palace, Abbey and Gardens. COME BACK FOR FREE! Once you have bought a ticket, you can use it to come back for FREE for a year! A great way to fill the school holidays at no extra cost.
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Anna tells us about being a mum, coping with anxiety and what she thinks of Edinburgh...
Television presenter and bestselling author, Anna Williamson, first found fame on children’s television shows, however behind closed doors, she suffered from a battle with anxiety disorder. Anna now runs her own private coaching practice offering those in need 1-to-1 coaching sessions, alongside being the resident agony aunt and psychology expert for This Morning, Good Morning Britain (ITV), Inside Out (BBC One) and Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (C5).
HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE A HEALTHY WORK/ LIFE BALANCE? For me it’s all about having a good digital detox every day. The nature of my work as a TV presenter, therapist and author is that I’m online, all the time. Social media is a big part of what I do; connecting with people who are interested in my tips and advice. I make sure I turn all my devices off by 9pm and they are banned in the bedroom. It really helps make sure my husband and I communicate properly, have cuddles and read books instead of gawping at the screen incessantly. WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF ANXIETY THAT PARENTS SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR? A general feeling of dread, not ‘connecting’ with life, quite possibly your baby too, not really enjoying much anymore, becoming obsessive over actions and thoughts, and struggling to sleep are all signs that anxiety is taking over to unhealthy levels.
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WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO IF THEY ARE FEELING ANXIOUS? Be brave and reach out to tell someone. Your midwife, health visitor, partner, family, friends, GP, charity such as PANDAS Foundation or Mind....don’t suffer in silence....you’re normal and so many of us mums and dads, including me, feel all kinds of horrible things when becoming a parent (as well as the nice stuff)... no one will take your baby away just because you’re not coping too well with all the changes and mental health challenges that parenthood can bring. Support as early as you notice the signs is key. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO EDINBURGH? I absolutely LOVE Edinburgh! I’ve been several times, the first was as kid when my parents took my brothers and me to the castle where we had a massive argument over who got to sit on the cannons! I’ve since been to the famous Edinburgh Festival, have hosted various events for The Princes Trust and I took part in the Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival in January.
Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insider’s Guide to Parenting Anxiety by Anna Williamson will be published by Green Tree on the 8th of March, £12.99 at www.amazon.co.uk
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HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED SINCE BECOMING A MUM? I really struggled at first, it took me months to adjust to suddenly having a little person 24-7 and I definitely found it overwhelming I couldn’t just do what I wanted when I wanted any more. Change is scary, and even though I’m a therapist, I’m also human, and post-natal depression and anxiety were very present in the first few months. Fast forward 16 months, and I’m now so happy that I’ve really adjusted and just love being a mum!
At the end of 2017, hand in hand with The Simplicity Concept (www.thesimplicityconcept.com), a business and marketing consultancy run by Edinburgh mum Niki Hutchison, MADE launched a city-wide search for parent-led businesses (launched within the last three years) to feature in the spring edition of the magazine. Niki (The Simplicity Concept) and Louise (MADE Magazine) looked at dozens of diverse entries in a quest to showcase the most exciting Edinburghbased, parent-led businesses within this fabulously entrepreneurial city. And here they are!
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In addition to being featured within MADE Magazine, each of these businesses will receive a mini-business audit with Niki from The Simplicity Concept completely free of charge to help make sure that 2018 is their most successful year in business yet. www.thesimplicityconcept.com
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So you’re thinking of starting your own business? It could be the best thing you ever do! Our advice…… do your research, learn from others and trust your instincts. We asked some of MADE’s favourite business owners for their advice too:
Kirsty Nicholls OWNER OF SWEET PEA MEDIA www.sweetpea.media Focus on brand awareness. Write about 3 imaginary target customers. Detail their daily routines, professions, aspirations and hobbies. Then put yourself in their shoes and think about what they want to see on social media and when.
Emma Rattigan OWNER OF EDINBURGH MONTESSORI ARTS SCHOOL www.emaschool.co.uk The more we recognise that our people are our greatest asset, the further ideas of business will shift from simply accruing wealth, to the development of community and societal benefit.
Karina Reinhardt TURTLE TOTS www.turtletots.com Ensure it is a business you are hugely passionate about and truly believe in. That passion will get you through the tough times.
James Gammell DIRECTOR OF CONIFOX www.conifox.co.uk Lead from the front and don’t ask any of your staff to do anything that you would not be prepared to do yourself. Do not feel threatened by employing people smarter than you. Be firm but fair with employees and never blur the line between employee and friend.
Julie Wilson and Amy Livingstone FOUNDERS OF CHEEKY CHOMPERS www.cheekychompers.com If you have identified a genuine gap in the market then go for it - listen to your customers and deliver the best product or service you can to meet their need. Then use passion and dogged determination to tell the world about it. Follow your instinct, gut feeling is invaluable and should be trusted.
Sorcha O’Connor Charlotte Brink OWNER OF SPEKTAKULÄR AND LILLA facebook.com/SpektakularLtd Surround yourself with great support; the other half, family, friends, creative staff, school/nursery parents and social networks - these are the key to keep going. These last eight years (Spektakulär 7 and Lilla 2) have been a scary roller coaster but the amount of fantastic friends along this journey are lifelong friends who I am truly grateful for!
SEALBLADES sealblades.com You can do more than you think without outside help. When we started our business I had just left corporate life. I was used to hiring agencies to supply creative and build websites and so my natural thinking went that way. Don’t! Hunker down and find out what you can do yourself before you spend money on external support.
Ian Cameron MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CAMERON OPTOMETRY www.cameronoptom.com Try not to take too much time on the small things and seek input from the experts when it will take them a fraction of the time. Do this and you can achieve a good work life balance. For me, this is the huge benefit of running my own business.
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inding a babysitter is one of the great palavers for modern day parents. Gone are the days when you could nip to the shop to do next week’s grocery shopping in an under an hour. If only there was an ondemand service for good, trusted and highly recommended babysitters … well there is! It’s called bubble…
THE BUBBLE APP GREW FROM THE JOY OF PARENTHOOD, AND THE REALISATION THAT FINDING A TRUSTED SOURCE OF BABYSITTERS WAS GOING TO BE KEY TO SURVIVING IT!
WHAT IS BUBBLE AND HOW DOES IT WORK? bubble is an on-demand babysitting app that allows parents to regain some flexibility back into their lives. The app, which lets parents pay online, uses social and community data to connect parents to babysitters their friends have used and lets them read reviews left by other mums and dads; it works a little like LinkedIn. When parents are looking for childcare they put out a request for a sitter using the express book service, which typically sees responses in around 43 seconds. Sitters within the local area are alerted and have the option to bid for the sit. Parents can then browse the profiles of the available sitters and select the sitter of their choice. bubble also has a messaging channel on the app so that both the parents and babysitters can remain in contact. Parents pay a £3.50 booking fee and no other additional charges. WHY USE BUBBLE? Ultimately bubble provides families flexibility, allowing parents to continue with their day-to-day lives by making it quick and easy to find trusted and recommended childcare. Parents book sitters for all sorts of reasons - a lie in on a Sunday morning, a trip to the cinema, or, even if they’ve gone into labour! Sitters on bubble range from students, teachers and nannies. There are also registered nurses on the app too, allowing parents whose children
“As I am a nanny I have a lot of free time at weekends which meant signing up to bubble was perfect for me. I can pick and choose when I would like to work extra hours without any commitment. Edinburgh is such a great a city it makes balancing weekend work life and social life so easy. Using bubble is also great as money goes straight into your account. It’s a lot easier than dealing with cash!” Babysitter Nicola Johnstone, 27, Edinburgh
have medical conditions to get some well-deserved time off, knowing that their babysitter can administer any medication that may be needed. TRUST ON BUBBLE Every babysitter on the app must pass an online identity and background check before their profile goes live. These checks cross-reference their personal details against the electoral roll, credit referencing agencies and an adverse media check too. Babysitters on the app can also state on their profiles whether or not they have DBS check. bubble allows parents to read reviews on the babysitter by other local parents and see whether they have any mutual friends in common – it is essentially allowing parents to tap into their trusted social networks to find recommended sitters that their friends and family already know, use and trust. Parents are already trying to do this in the ‘real world’ every day. bubble just makes this process far simpler, smarter and more transparent for both parent and sitters. Yes it’s quick, yes it’s convenient and yes it’s an ‘app’! But parents aren’t simply tapping a button to have a sitter show up. Crucially –they always have total control over which sitters they want to use. n made MAR / APR 2018
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e love this gorgeous new home interiors find on Dundas Street. Halidon Home offers an original and quality range of furniture and home accessories at realistic prices. They aim to be different in the pieces they source, focusing on quality, individuality and keen pricing which is a nice change when it comes to interior design. Only purchasing a few of each item to maintain originality, the buyer, Aveline Evans has sought mostly smaller suppliers from across Europe. Halidon Home also exhibits original art, supporting Scottish artists and craftsmen and adding to the individuality of the home decorations they offer. The store also do a sourcing service so if you can’t find what you are looking for they’ll happily try to find it for you. Lighting, furniture, rugs, mirrors, art, decorative items and gifts are all part of the mix and a warm welcome and friendly service add to the enjoyable shopping experience! In addition Halidon Home offer a series of talks and workshops on decoration and interiors so keep an eye out on their website for events. www. halidonhome.co.uk n
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Shopping with children S
hopping with children can be a perilous affair. The perils vary in severity. There are major, severe perils, such as losing your child in a shop. This happened to me in a cloth and furniture shop a couple of years ago. I lost my son. Couldn’t find him anywhere. A ten minute rampage through the shop ensued as I dived under curtain material in a desperate hunt for my child and threw bed linen and cushions with a wild frenzy as I scoured furniture displays to find him. I charged into back offices and other rooms, flinging open the door with a scream of ‘have you seen a small toddler’ whilst seamstresses dropped sewing machines on their feet and sewed their fingers together in startled shock. Ten minutes later, my son was discovered. Playing a game of hide and seek. It was the hiding part. Blissfully unaware of a father’s panic. Suffice to say, in the words of Her Majesty, ‘one was not amused’. Then there are the more minor perils, such as facing prosecution on behalf on your child for grievous bodily harm after they slayed another customer in a shop with the pointed end of the large
WANDERING ALONG GEORGE STREET WITH A STOOP MORE SEVERE THAN THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME umbrella that they insisted on carrying (or wildly wielding), despite the fact that the umbrella is more than twice their size. The same umbrella that they insisted on carrying outside in the rain above your head, despite the fact that they have neither the strength nor the height to position and carry the umbrella above your head, resulting in you wandering along George Street with a stoop more severe than the Hunchback of Notre Dame. There are the embarrassing perils. The tantrums. Arms and legs flailing in an aisle of Waitrose whilst unsympathetic and disapproving shoppers weave their trolleys past whilst tutting their heads. (And that’s when you realise the alcohol aisle isn’t open yet. It’s worse when it’s the children having the tantrum).
By Michael Atkinson
The best story of shopping with children involve a clothes rail. And for once, it doesn’t involve me or my children. Whilst seeking guidance from a helpful store assistant with regards a potential clothes purchase for his wife, a father’s two eldest children, playing in the slight distance, began a game involving karate kicking. One thing led to another (as inevitably it does), a karate kick went too far and one child got flung into a long neat rail of clothing which promptly toppled over sending clothes (and a child) flying. The father and store assistant glanced across. Without missing a beat, the store assistant helpfully added ‘perhaps Sir would be better with online shopping’. I’ve not experienced that. Yet. n
Michael Atkinson is a dad to two young sons, but occasionally finds the time to write on golf, whisky, fatherhood and politics.
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