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Lots of you have been in touch recently asking me about how MADE started, and about me and my wee family. I forget that MADE is now 8 years old and that I should probably re-introduce myself for the new readers. So, here goes! I’m Louise. I’m 40 years old. I’m originally from N.Ireland but have lived in Scotland since I was 19. I’m married to Steven (an Edinburgh teacher) and we have two wonderful boys, Luke (9) and Jack (4). I started MADE so that I could work flexibly when Luke was a baby. My dream has always been to work in film. I’m not giving up on that dream, but these days I love books, movies, travelling, singing and dancing (both of which I do very badly) sunshine, fresh air and my friends. My biggest hobby is making magazines, which is why I pinch myself everyday that I get to do this as a job! I also love food, wine, coffee and gin - in abundance!

We asked our contributors about their hobbies… Ian Noble My biggest passion is travelling, which involves 60% actual travel and 40% being jealous of other people’s travel. I’m a keen football and golf fan and love to relax on the sofa watching a movie.

Kirsty Nicholls I have been practising yoga for a while, but I have recently started Forrest Yoga. It’s a fusion of traditional yoga with asanas and stretches for our modern-day postures. I’ve been managed to do a few upside-down tricks (albeit assisted!) which has really given my confidence a boost.

Rachel Hein I love heading for the hills in our VW camper, cycling, hiking, photography (of course) and I’m also in the Edinburgh Got Soul Choir.

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6 News

46 Behind the scenes at…

13 Competitions

16 Gratitude

By Ian Noble

20 Mummy mows the lawn By Claire Daly 22 How are you, Dad?

By Kirsty Nicholls

26 Kids’ Classes

Are they worth it?

32 How to choose a family photographer

By Rachel Hein

36 What’s on guide

May and June

Maddie & Marks

50 Mum of Multiples

By Coo Clayton

53 The news and children

Help it make sense

56 Garden Lifestyle

With Wildchild Designs

58 Shopping for…

Father’s Day at Cloudberry

60 Family Finance

The ‘What if’ guide

62 Phil Jupitus

The Sassy Knack Tour

64 Happy Birthday to you!

41 Kids’ Summer Camps

66 Wet Wipes

Keep ‘em busy!

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By Michael Atkinson



Come along for a day of fun at Jupiter Artland on 15 & 16 June, where under 16s can visit for free. Enjoy a day exploring the Artland, or take part in some activities throughout the day. Due to the popularity of this event, tickets are limited and must be booked in advance.


SEE THE DIFFERENCE THE MONTESSORI APPROACH MAKES This May and June, visit The Montessori Nursery School in leafy Murrayfield to find out more about the Montessori experience. Prospective parents are invited to join a personalised tour, see the classroom in action and meet the staff. The best kept secret in Edinburgh, with grades of “very good “awarded by the Care Inspectorate, this hidden gem has been providing outstanding Montessori education for 27 years, offering a warm and engaging learning environment for children aged 2.5 - 6. Curious young minds are nurtured, inspired and guided in exploring their own interests by highly qualified and experienced staff as well as able to choose from a range of sensorial, practical, cultural, language and maths activities. Music, drama, cooking and nature activities, and opportunities to begin French and Spanish are also included and take place in the spacious indoor and outdoor classrooms and gardens.


Causewayside gallery and gift shop, Art & Craft Collective, has launched a new range of gifts for babies and children; handmade cards, natural baby soap, nursery rhyme t-shirts, fingerprint keepsake art prints, handmade Harris Tweed slippers, wooden alphabet trains and clown letters. They have a great selection of unique and original gifts (many capable of personalisation) and regularly add new items. Pop in for a look or if you have something in mind, ask them and they will do their best to source it for you. Open seven days.

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MONKEY MUSIC IS… 11! It was all smiles at Monkey Music’s 11th birthday party with pupils new and ‘old’ joining in the celebrations. Rachel Huggins first opened her Monday Music franchise in Comely Bank, Murrayfield and Corstorphine in 2008 and now, 11 years on,

over 5500 local families have enjoyed Monkey Music’s unique mix of fun and learning. Monkey Music is the UK’s premier preschool music group with classes running weekly for children aged 3 months to 4 years.


“Our 30th anniversary programme promises to be another spectacular one,” said Festival Director Noel Jordan. “Families will again have an opportunity to see some of the world’s best theatre and dance specifically created for young people. You can voyage from a retro kitchen into outer space with the first female astronaut, or marvel at the determination of triplet sisters as they journey separately around the globe. Whatever your choice, you can be confident the shows will be diverse, compelling and visually stunning. Shows that will make children laugh, gasp and cry while encouraging them to be critical thinkers.” Full programme and booking info is at


GOLD GOLD, a new album packed full of 32 songs, stories and rhymes for babies and toddlers, is the latest release from the prodigious output of Gill Bowman’s Song Circle. This is the fifth album in the series, a spin-off of Gill’s hugely popular daily Song Circle classes for little ones in The Skylark Café, 40 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge. Aimed at ages 0-5, the classes encourage pre-school age children to sing along with each other and at the same time learn a rich catalogue of songs, especially from the Scottish tradition. The CD, which is great for singing along with at home or on long car journeys, is available from The Skylark Café or mail order from Brechin All Records.


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FIND YOUR SEA LEGS WITH MAID OF THE FORTH Blow away the cobwebs and enjoy the great outdoors with family-owned Maid of the Forth sightseeing tours. The award-winning visitor attraction, which sets sail from South Queensferry, is ideal for little ones who will love the open top deck for spotting marine life such as grey seals, porpoises, dolphins and even the occasional Minke whale. Enjoy a 90-minute sightseeing cruise, which passes underneath the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge before sailing to Inchgarvie Island, Haystack Rock, Inchcolm Island, Forth Road Bridge and then to the Queensferry Crossing. Or a 3-hour cruise which includes a 90-minute landing trip on the historic island of Inchcholm. Refreshments are available on board and dogs are welcome too. For tickets and info go to

Dads deserves a special thankyou gift this Father’s Day and little else could be better than an express photoshoot with Blue Sky Photography. From new dads on the block to much-loved Grandpas, allow Blue Sky to create some beautiful images that will become part of your family history. The experience includes a relaxed photoshoot, a special brew or coffee whilst viewing the images and a complimentary 7” x 5” enlargement. You can add in other products as you choose. Shoots are subject to availability on selected times Friday 14 Monday 17 June. Book online at

ROLL UP, ROLL UP The MoonWalk Scotland is coming to town on Saturday 8 June. Take on a challenge and raise money and awareness for grant-making breast cancer charity Walk the Walk. Join thousands of women, men and children who will be part of the circus-themed event, walking through the streets of Edinburgh at midnight. Walkers aged 13+ are invited to wear a decorated bra - the more fun and colourful, the better!


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NEWS THE LABYRINTH CHALLENGE Dalkeith Country Park brings the longest giant inflatable obstacle course, The Labyrinth Challenge, to the park on 4-5 May. Standing at over 1000 ft long, packed with 30+ obstacles, The Labyrinth Challenge is brilliant for both adults and children aged 10+ who can run, slide and jump through the five different zones whilst tackling a series of interactive and wacky obstacles. There’s also a specially designed Mini Labyrinth for 5-9 year olds, which is just as much fun as the main course, but for little explorers. For tickets and info visit



Casa Montessori Nursery is opening soon in Bruntsfield, just around the corner from parent+child classroom Montessori Mornings started by Sorour and Rosita in 2015. Their teacher-led company is expanding to provide full time care and Montessori education for children from 6 months to 5 years. The science-based approach, the inclusive ethos and LOVE MUSIC A place where your child feelstheasemphasis free, on sustainability and nature education make for happy environment for children Love Music Junior Choir is a fun, safe and loved as they do at home -a healthy, a to develop their intrinsic talents at their own pace, adventurous and inclusive singing initiative for up to 200 children aged place that is their very ownsupported Casa. by a highly qualified team of professionals. Read more and apply through the website: 8-12 at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Singers of all abilities and backgrounds develop their musical skills and increase their confidence and well-being, making friends from right across the city. Free places and support with travel costs are available for families on low incomes. No auditions or experience required. Register your child or donate:



SUMMER IS COMING TO CONIFOX Conifox Adventure Park have just added even more exciting events to their summer schedule. Join them for a Princess Party on the 26th May, FREE entry for dads on Father’s Day 16th June, and American Independence Day Car Show and BBQ on the 30th June. It’s a great family day out for every age. To find out more visit their Facebook page @conifoxadventurepark or


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Follow in the footsteps of royalty and, with complimentary audio guides, tour Britannia’s five decks, permanently moored in Edinburgh. Rated Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction (VisitScotland), all ages will enjoy seeing the homely State Apartments and the Naval Crew’s Quarters where 220 Royal Yachtsmen lived and worked. Spot Clarence the cuddly corgi and friends as they hide along the tour route to receive your badge at the end of your tour. Try on the uniforms in the Petty Officers’ Mess and then head to the Royal Deck Tea Room to enjoy sea views with delicious soups, sandwiches, cakes or scones. Don’t forget to look out for the 11foot LEGO replica of Britannia! We have a family ticket (for two adults and up to 3 children) to visit Britannia. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

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Kids parties can often be a bit of a letdown, but at Jump In, the city’s fantastic trampoline park, everyone is guaranteed a bouncing fun time.Their jumpin’ pumpin’ unique birthday parties allow kids to bounce, skyrocket, roll and slam dunk. Parties suit kids of all ages and start at £150 for 10 people, including one hour of jumping, your own personal host, food & drink and everything you need for a party. Plus you don’t have to clear up! Jump In’s Party Team will take care of the organisation, provide you with your own party table and supply your choice of pizza or hotdogs, a fruit platter and unlimited squash. They’ll even help you present your birthday cake. We have a fantastic party package at Jump In to be won for 10 kids, including host, food and socks!

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Find out more at To enter any of these competitions, just go to and answer the questions before 21 June. T&Cs. Winners will be picked at random by MADE magazine on 21 June. 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. Britannia Ts&Cs: Family ticket applies to two adults and up to three children. Children are defined as aged 5-17 years old. Under 5s go free. Any extra costs on top of the outlined amount must be paid for by the winner. The Royal Yacht Britannia reserves the right to change these terms and conditions.

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very now and again we all have a little point in time when we catch ourselves in a moment. A moment of unadulterated appreciation. I won’t lie, I sometimes have it when I’m sitting on the sofa watching T.V. I suddenly realise that I haven’t moved an inch for what seems like an eternity because I’m so ridiculously comfortable that it feels like everything is in tune - me, the sofa, my footrest, all as one. It feels brilliant. For most of us though, it’s an ‘every so often’ feeling and not a regular one. I’m lucky to have worked with young children, as a sports coach and a primary teacher, since I was sixteen. Kids have this wonderful ability to suck you into their world. It’s a world where, unless it directly affects them, the people around

Find your desert island By Ian Noble



them, their toys, pets or the big one… food, it’s not worthy of a second thought. They get lost in their own individual moments of living life as it’s happening, not worrying about what ‘might’ happen or what people ‘might’ think but simply being. When most adults gets sucked into that world they usually feel one very simple thing… Joy. When you live in the present and surrender yourself to that exact point in time then that’s when you have that moment of unadulterated appreciation. These are the moments that make life mean something. In my job I get to travel around the country going to different primary and secondary schools every week. One week I’ll be in Manchester and the next Thurso. I love getting in the car, driving all over the country going to places I’ve never been before and seeing things I’ve never seen. Driving through parts of Scotland is absolutely sensational, some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve seen in the world, and I’ve seen my share. At the age of 30 I made a decision to quit my lecturing job, sell my house, my car and give most of my belongings away. I was going on an adventure. And this adventure was going to take me to some of the most challenging places in the world. The most incredible of which, was a tiny little island of 250 people in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I joined a volunteer teaching organisation and set my bearings for the Republic made MAY / JUN 2019

of the Marshall Islands, and more specifically, the island of Imroj. Living on an island for the best part of a year in the most paradisical place I’ve ever seen was wonderfully terrifying. Imroj doesn’t have electricity, or even running water and with no shops to buy food fishing for your supper was fun, but very necessary. You get by with very little of nearly everything on a desert island, except one thing, time. Lying on a hammock, sometimes for 8 hours a day, as difficult as it was, allows you the time to think, to reflect and most importantly to learn. Learn to appreciate. Most of us go through life not appreciating what we have. Not because we don’t appreciate it, but because we’re just too busy to appreciate it. It’s amazing what you appreciate when you have very little, on a desert island you appreciate the tiniest of things. The gift of a coconut from a neighbour, catching enough fish to share with a family… even rain. I never thought as a Scottish guy growing up in Aberdeen I’d be standing on a desert island appreciating rain. At the end of my first day teaching English to the children on the island, I told them I liked drinking coconuts. On the morning of day 2 I had 18 coconuts waiting for



me with each child eager to see my face light up as I accepted and appreciated each one. When you type ‘How to be’ into Google, the top two sentence ending suggestions are interesting. Number 1 is ‘How to be Single’. I’m not entirely sure if this means how to ‘become’ single or how you should ‘be’ when you’re single but there are clearly a lot of people thinking about it. The second sentence suggestion is, ‘How to be Happy’. This makes more sense. 3000 odd years ago Aristotle suggested that all men and women really want in this world, is to be happy. That hasn’t changed. The exploration into what makes us happy and how we can all be happier is one that has been ongoing for centuries. One such theme which is evident in article after article, study after study is gratitude. Showing gratitude and being grateful for what we have. And if this is one of the major factors in finding happiness then we’re in luck, because it’s incredibly easy to do. We just need to start by doing a few simple things; If we can take a step back, take a few minutes to take stock and think about what makes us happy, what makes you happy. And importantly, what you’re grateful


for, who you’re grateful for, or even where you’re grateful for, like having a happy healthy family. If we can do that we will start creating those little moments of appreciation for ourselves. Rather than being someone those moments happen to we will start to be the architect of our own moments and… our own happiness. Appreciate what you have and enjoy it. And if you need help with that you can always just pack up your stuff and move to a desert island. n

FIND OUT MORE Ian Noble is an inspirational Speaker/Trainer with Dunfermline based training company, Tree of Knowledge. He takes his unique experience of teaching and working with children in 8 countries across 3 continents into his role to motivate and inspire children and adults all across Scotland. @IanNobleTok

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Mummy Mows the Lawn

Written by Claire Daly


y two-year-old likes to garden. In the Botanic Gardens recently, some American tourists spotted her building an earth sandcastle and declared gardening would be her future career. She has built her own mud garden in the front garden and I am waiting for my partner to discover that his favourite blue teapot has been redeployed as a plant pot, or should I say an earth pot. We aren’t especially outdoorsy people, and we are struggling with our new-found suburban garden. My partner and I, nether very practical, could not even put our new lawnmower together. We were too weedy. But our garden, sprouting for the last six months unimpeded, was even weedier than us. Finding time to garden with a toddler around has been difficult, especially in the long winter months. There never seems a time when all things are in alignment for grass mowing: the sun has to be out and grass dry, two of us have to be at home, it has to be earlier than 6.30pm because of the noise it would cause in our very quiet neighbourhood, and we still have no gate for our front garden so I had been putting it off. Our daughter Rose discovered the lawnmower in the garage and started wheeling it about, thrilled that she could do what Mr Woolf does in one of her favourite Debi Gliori picture books. But it just isn’t possible to mow the lawn with a toddler in tow, no matter how enthusiastic they are. She begged us to let her help, but she is afraid of loud noises and the long cord on our mower is a trip hazard. Six months after we moved into our house and four months after we bought the mower, we finally got it going. I say we, but my partner was so reluctant that it was finally me who snapped, out of neighbourly fear and shame (the grass was now over a foot long in parts).


It was 6pm and Rose was going for her bath. The grass was finally dry. This is my moment, I thought. I plugged our cheapo electric mower in, I wheeled it to our front garden where a small oblong of grass awaited me. I switched it on, and with one small oomph, we travelled forward together for nearly three inches, before something was pulling me back. The cord was at its fullest length. I would have to put the plug out the living room window. Inside I could hear shouts of, ‘I want to help!’ coming from the bathroom. So I get the thing going again. I stutter and trip and bumble along, over every bump of earth and donk it into the wooden edging. We stop and start because I can’t work out how the controls work. The long bits of grass refuse to be got, hiding in the corners like wallflowers. (Rose and I later make a game of trimming the edges with scissors.) We finally hit our stride, and circle around the small lawn, in concentric circles, but I realise too late that, as we go round and round, and I fling the wire over the lawnmower, that I am wrapping myself up like one of Rose’s badly wrapped presents, in a loup-de-loup of confusion, until I am mummified in lawnmower cord. By the end I am in hysterics and just hope the neighbours didn’t see me. Next time, Rose and Justin can do it and I will watch, sniggering from behind the curtains, while he too entangles himself like a kitten with a ball of wool. n

Claire Daly is a freelance journalist and an agent for the TCT Literary Agency. @DalyReads

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he night of Jack’s traumatic birth, my husband sobbed himself to sleep. After witnessing a traumatic c-section and experiencing the touchand-go birth of his little boy, he was sent home alone. For the first three days, his contact with Jack and I was limited to hospital visiting hours. Over that time Jack’s weight plummeted and the first night as a family at home was spent frantically googling and texting friends as our new baby cried and cried and cried. Before long Jack ended up in the neonatal unit; underweight and jaundiced. By the time we got home for a second time, my husband and I were zombies, our nerves shredded through worry and chronic lack


of sleep. I was focused on Jack’s wellbeing and my husband was focused on mine. Beyond the odd bleary-eyed, “You okay?”, it didn’t even occur to me to think about the impact of the situation on my husband. A generous bystander might give me the benefit of the doubt: I was an anxious new mum trying to get over a difficult birth. But why didn’t any of the health professionals we saw over those months ask my husband how he was feeling? Their focus was on Jack and me, but it’s clear that my husband’s health also had a huge impact of how we - as a family unit - were coping. Luckily, we all recovered and lived to tell the tale. But that so often isn’t the case. It is



estimated that one in 10 new dads will become mentally unwell and that figure is even higher for those whose wives are themselves suffering from postnatal depression. Suicide is the biggest killer in men under 45 in the UK. I recently started working with Fathers Network Scotland and we train and mentor organisations providing frontline services to fathers and families to be more dad-inclusive in their practice. From a survey of 564 dads in Scotland, the charity discovered that only 16% of them were asked about their mental health during routine antenatal appointments. We’re hoping that our ‘How Are You Dad?’ project will help to boost this figure. The made MAY / JUN 2019

Scottish Government has funded us to increase the understanding by practitioners and NHS maternity staff of dads’ perinatal mental health, and the impact that it has on children, mums and families. To start with, we’ll provide training for midwives and health visitors in Fife, North Lanarkshire, Lothian, Tayside and Greater Glasgow, so that they feel confident to check in with dads during their family visits. A key partner in this journey is Mark Williams, who is an international campaigner and author of ‘Daddy Blues: Postnatal Depression and Fatherhood’. He set up his organisation - Fathers Reaching Out - to support dads whose wives were experiencing postnatal depression. But he found that many of the dads were also suffering from birth trauma, antenatal depression and anxiety which they just weren’t talking about. “Postnatal depression in men can look different to postnatal depression in women,” he says. “Drink, drug abuse, anger, and the number of relationships that break down because there’s a lack of support for both parents, it’s terrible.” Mark is speaking to midwives and health visitors across Scotland himself, through the ‘How Are You Dad?’ pilot. He suffered from postnatal depression after witnessing the traumatic birth of his son and experiencing the subsequent mental illness of his wife. “There’s nothing worse than seeing your wife, somebody you love, going through trauma and also thinking your son is going to die as well,” he says. “I remember using drink to cope with all of this. My personality completely changed. It took me to have a breakdown to realise the impact of what I had gone through.”



It is common for dads to tell us that they feel guilty that they’re not being the husband they should be. Edinburgh dad Tim Porteus reveals, “I remember feeling this huge overwhelming sense of guilt leaving my wife in this exhausted state, and then I had to go to work and try to function there, and then come back and try and take over. How can you possibly say to your wife, ‘darling, I’m not coping’ when you can see that she isn’t either?” It took Tim to have a breakdown at work to seek the support he needed. “It’s hard-wired in a man that it’s his job to be the provider and be the strong one,” he says. “There’s a little voice in a man’s head that says ‘you need to man up, you’ve got to soldier on’, and I think the toxic part of that is it’s going to drive you into the sand.” Forfar dad Chris Duke knows that feeling all too well. “When I was growing up, mental illness was seen as a weakness, and I believe that is why there is such a negative stigma with it today,” he says. He has written ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’, a children’s book about a girl called Lucy with magical colour-changing hair, who is upset one


day to find her hair has turned blue. The book’s message – that “it is OK to not be OK” – hopes to rid the stigma of mental health from the next generation and is inspired by Chris’s personal experience of mental health issues. “I was very lucky that our health visitor was forthcoming in asking me how I was and I was diagnosed with paternal PND very early, which helped my development and my recovery to no end,” he reveals. “Dads are very proud people, we tend not to want to talk, but this is something that needs to change. Ask the question. It’s such a simple thing, but if you want dads to talk, give them something to answer. ‘So how are you dad?’ Could be the simple question that opens a gate and potentially save a life.” n

FIND OUT MORE You can find out more about Fathers Network Scotland and its work at



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hen I was a child I didn’t go to any classes or clubs. My dad taught me how to swim. I got home from school and played in the garden with my sister and neighbours. We were lucky to live in the countryside and have lots of adventures in the nearby fields - climbing trees, playing hide and seek behind hay bales and jumping in muddy puddles; and that was enough. Wasn’t it? I spoke to class facilitators and parents to find out more about the benefits of kids doing classes. Swimming classes I understand - it’s a life long, life-saving Gymnastics coach, Laura Hamilton, says, “At Edinburgh Leisure we recognise and understand the physical benefits of children exercising and being active, such as working the muscles, raising the heart rate, having a healthy state of mind, and reducing the risk of being overweight. However, being sporty and active can also help children make new friends, increase their self-confidence, learn new skills and develop positive attitudes.” So, yes, I get this. I’ve seen how team sports and bonding over games can forge excellent


friendships; friendships outside a regular group of school friends. I believe this is a massive positive. And with so many sports on offer it’s easier than ever to try a few different ones to find the right fit for your child. For example, kids can start Rugby Tots when they’re just two. They offer a fun, non contact, rugby themed play programme, and in addition to the many physical benefits, their classes provide structure and encouragement, develop social skills, promote bonding and help children engage with each other through teamwork. My son’s friends are now four and love Rugby Tots classes. They receive strong discipline from the teacher - a positive male role model - and respond brilliantly and quickly to his teaching. But what about children who just don’t enjoy sport, or have physical challenges which make it difficult for them to join in? One type of class which has grown massively in popularity and diversity is that of dance. You can literally find dozens of dance styles to learn, and thanks to

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the likes of Britains Got Talent and The Greatest Dancer, both girls and boys are keen to try their hand at some of the latest crazes. Local award-winning, urban dance company, Step It Up Dance, teach a wide range of dance styles including breakdance, hip-hop and acro. I spoke to their director, Niki Hutchinson, and she agrees the benefits of children learning to dance are huge - offering aerobic exercise, increasing confidence, and honing observation skills. What’s unique about Step It Up Dance is that they’ve created a unique hip hop curriculum that is not only fun, but also educational, ensuring


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that as children progress through SIUD classes, they gain confidence, skills and an Active Education (TM). Nicky Bleakley who runs DN Dance has recently launched Dance Babies for babies as young as six months. She explains why, “I have known the joy of dance for as long as I can remember. Since having my own little girl,

Step this way - a fun new activity for babies and toddlers! Discover the joy of dance from age 6 months - 3 years


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so young going to a dance class, but as I flick through videos of my own boys aged 6 months suddenly coming to life when music starts, rocking back and forth and waving their arms, I can understand how they would get a lot out of a weekly structured class even at that age. Similarly, when I spoke with Rachel Huggins who runs Monkey Music in Edinburgh, she agrees that music is so important for little ones. Her classes are structured to maximise the early years educational experience. Children have their own set of instruments to work with - around 20 different percussion instruments each term with each class age-specific so they aren’t trying too many things. The benefits are evident for all to see and each child has fun in class. The beauty of music classes, like all types of play, is that children immerse themselves entirely, having so much fun they are oblivious to the fact they are learning. Likewise, imaginary play and drama are like this. It’s so natural for children to pretend-play, they don’t see it as a task or shore, but still reap the benefits it offers. Alana Myant, Directory of Monkey Drama in Edinburgh expands on this, “Pretend play is such an important part of children developing into their own little people and understanding their thought processes, relationships and social environments. Exploring the imaginary is a way

for children to safely explore their fears and the unknown. Through drama, children can be who they want to be. They can learn what they like and don’t like, they can see what might make them afraid and learn it is okay to feel certain ways and all through role play”. So far we’ve seen that swimming, sports, dance and music are hugely beneficial to children. They tap in to children’s natural instincts and needs, and bring the best out of them. So I wanted to speak with someone about something completely different - something creative and non-physical - so I chatted with Elisa Tomba who runs La Torta cupcake decorating classes. She explains that psychologists have found a strong connection between creative expression and overall wellbeing, and because her classes take the child’s whole attention, it has a calming and meditative quality. “The decorating helps children develop pride and confidence in their abilities; they love the opportunity to accomplish things on their own, and giving their creations away as gifts makes


them feel happy”, explains Elisa. “Cupcake decorating classes promote social skills though sharing tools, helping friends and spending time connecting with others.” In this fast-paced, stressful world, it seems anything that can provide enjoyment, friendship and offset anxiety is a good thing. Yoga classes are a relatively new addition on the kids’ scene, but one which has an abundance

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of benefits, so I spoke with Tara McGregor who owns the Tatty Bumpkin franchise in Edinburgh. She explains that, yoga is accessible, inclusive, and easily adaptable to all abilities so is perfect for children. As well as the physical benefits, it inspires kindness towards others, patience and acceptance of differences. Yoga is noncompetitive. Children progress at their own rate, enhancing motivation and developing pride in their personal achievements, which builds confidence and promotes resilience. Classes can build confidence in our children, offer them a safe environment to make friends and discover what they enjoy, and what they are good at. Chatting with my friends about their kids’ classes, we all agree on one other thing. They are good for the parents too! It’s a way for us to meet friends. A chance to get a 30-minute or 60-minute coffee break, a chance to meet likeminded parents whilst watching the kids; it’s a

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change of scenery, a support group, a change to bond further with our children over a shared interest. It’s been great talking to so many people about their views of classes, but I’ve only managed a small number on my list. Next time I’m keen to look at computer and coding classes, martial arts and languages. If you have a view on any of these topics, as a parent or a class facilitator, please get in touch. n

WITH THANKS... to everyone who spoke to us and helped with this feature. • DN Dance & Dance Babies • Douglas Dance Academy • Edinburgh Leisure • La Torta Cupcake Classes • MerBabies • Monkey Drama • Monkey Music • Rugby Tots • Step It Up Dance • Tatty Bumpkin • Turtle Tots

Enjoy a FREE taster session with Monkey Music or Rugby Tots! Contact Rachel at comelybank.corstorphine@ or Please quote ‘MADE’ when booking.


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Summer atA R T L A N D Jupiter Artland From two-hour sessions to two-day courses, join us for outdoor, creative play this summer holiday at Jupiter Artland just outside Edinburgh For children aged 3 to 12. Visit for more information Charity no. SC037732

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You’ve decided you would like to have some family photos taken, so how do you choose the best photographer to take them?


he following tips from family photographer, Rachel Hein should help you do just that. The first question you should ask is ‘what style of photography is right for you?’ There are three main styles of family photography: 1. Posed - usually studio based. 2. Lifestyle - natural, relaxed photos with a little bit of direction. 3. Documentary - no posing or directions. It’s really important that you start by choosing the right style for your family. Documentary style photography would not be the right choice for somebody looking for beautiful pictures of their newborn baby wrapped and posed, and if you like your kids to run wild and get muddy then a studio style shoot is not for you! Within these styles of photography, you’ll also find lots of variations: the photographer’s editing style, the quality of the photos and the locations. All of it this is important. Have a good


look at the photographer’s portfolio - do you love the images? If not, move on! Don’t make the assumption that the photographer will change his or her style to match your tastes. LOCATION

If you’re drawn to candid photos, lifestyle and/or documentary photography is the perfect choice for you. Both styles aim to capture real moments, emotions and details. Photography sessions are relaxed, fun and tailored to your family. If your favourite place to hang out is the beach, then that’s where to go! The great outdoors is perfect for the spontaneous nature of lifestyle photography but the family home is also a great location for these types of sessions, particularly for younger children and babies. Documentary style newborn sessions that take place in the home are increasingly popular with clients who are looking for more relaxed and honest images that capture what it feels like to welcome a new baby home.

Studio photography is also a great choice if you’re looking for more posed photos, and works really well for newborn and baby shoots. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHS?

If you’re hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of your family, what are you planning to do with the photos? Do you want to have digital images that you can print yourself or share on Facebook? Do you want some beautifully framed prints to hang on the wall or would you like an heirloom album that will be cherished for years to come? Whatever it is you are looking for, make sure you choose a photographer who offers that service. Many photographers offer digital-only packages so do check if you would like to have some tangible items as well as a USB stick. Some photographers will also help you select your images and decide on the best way to display your favourites in your home.


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Is the photographer someone you think you could get along with? You’re going to be spending an hour or two with them so it’s really important that you can feel relaxed during the session. Most family photographers will chat away to you and engage with your family while taking your photos which will help you all to relax in front of the camera. This may well be something that you plan to do every year, or two and you’ll be building a relationship over many years, so it’s important to choose someone you feel you can have a really good rapport with. INVESTMENT

Family photographers usually charge a session fee and add on prints and digital files afterwards or include them in up front packages. Pricing can very tremendously so make sure that you understand what’s included before you go ahead and book a session. Well established family photographers are professionals with years of experience and have to charge accordingly for their time and talent in order to make a living and stay in business. If a photographer is offering very inexpensive packages, they are likely to be


new to the industry and very inexperienced. Hiring a good professional photographer does require a degree of investment but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. n

FIND OUT MORE Rachel Hein is a professional lifestyle photographer who has been photographing Edinburgh families since 2010. She offers a wide range of packages and sessions for mums-to-be, newborns, babies, families and couples. Newborn and baby sessions take place in the client’s home and outdoor sessions are relaxed and fun and make the most of stunning local locations. If you would like to learn how to use your camera properly and take great photos of your kids, Rachel also runs photography workshops with fellow family photographer, Anna Moffat. The next course runs at Tribe Porty on 22 June.

Dates for your diary Monday


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Robots @ National Museum of Scotland. Your chance to see the most significant collection of humanoid robots ever assembled. Runs until 5 May. ROBOTS @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND UNTIL 5 MAY


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7 The Worst Witch @ King’s Theatre. Before Harry Potter there was Mildred Hubble. An ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Runs 7 - 12 May. For ages 7+. 14 Small Wonders @ The Warehouse, Elizafield, EH6 5PY, 14 May - 2 June. Part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, for ages 5 - 11. See times and info at



21 Little Top @ The Studio, Potterrow. A playful, joyous, upside down, topsy-turvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible. For ages 0-18 months. On 22 May too.










23 11am & 1.30pm Tidy Up @ The Studio, Potterrow. When it starts out ship-shape, there’s only one way for it to go… this dance-theatre show gets all messed up! For ages 3-8.

27 28 29 30 Super Human Heroes @ Traverse Theatre 27 May - 1 June. Part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. For ages 8-13. See times and info at



This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing @ Brunton Theatre 28 May - 1 June. Part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, for ages 7-12.. See times and info at

The Invisible Man @ Traverse Theatre 30 May - 2 June. Part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, for ages 4 - 11. See times and info at

may 2019 Spotlight on... Friday Saturday Sunday 3 4 3pm & 6pm Singalong Shenanigans @ Howden Park Centre. A singalong mashup of the best Disney songs and clips with Moana & Maui, Poppy the troll, Minions, Elsa, and loads more. Also on 4 May.

The Labyrinth Challenge @ Dalkeith Country Park. The world’s longest inflatable obstacle course for adults and kids 10+. There’s a Mini Labyrinth for ages 5-9. On 4 & 5 May.

10 11 11am Polwarth Pre-loved Sale @ Polwarth Parish Church.

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25 May - 2 June

10am - 4pm Sunday Funday @ The Yard, Canonmills. Open to the public on Sundays so everyone can get messy and have fun! £6 per child for two hours.

Jupiter Artland opens for the summer season. Go to for more info.

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In this magical, immersive and interactive experience, Bella invites you to join Nanny Lacey in her flat and explore the tiny worlds she has created.

A comical and musical dance with darkness, exploring the ways we are, fail and try to be super human heroes. There will be singing, there will be silence. We can’t be heroes all the time. It’s ok to be human.

The Little Bath

It’s the story of a man who takes a bath. Actually, it’s a dancer sculpting clouds. Or is it a cloud cradling a dancer in its arms? Or maybe it’s something else entirely… For details of more shows, their locations and times go to


Dates for your diary Monday


Wednesday Thursday

Use the Dribble app when you’re out and about for easy info on child-friendly venues nearby


Fathers Day is 16 June - visit Doodles in Marchmont for great gift ideas, or take him along on the day for complimentary fizz and a sweet treat while he paints.



‘Pay What You Want Tuesday’ @ Jupiter Artland. Every Tuesday in May and June.

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11 10am & 11.30am (40 mins) Tiny Tales: Magical Morning @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. Join Susi Briggs, on an enchanted trail through the world of pixies and giants. For ages 1-3. £5 per child. 18




Book the kids’ summer camps! See pages 40 - 45 for info.

24 Barnardo’s Big Toddle Week runs 24-30 June. Nurseries and families are encouraged to hold their own animal-themed Big Toddle for Barnardo’s. Register before May 20.


13 Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians @ King’s Theatre. Using actors and 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill. Both shows run 13 - 16 June. Check times online. 20 Royal Highland Show @ Ingliston. The best of farming, food and rural life. Runs 20 - 23 June.





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1 The Little Bath @ The Studio, Potterrow 1 & 2 June. Part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, for ages 2 - 6. See times and info at

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10am - 5pm Scottish Fairy Festival @ Archerfield Walled Garden. Theatrical wonders, arts, crafts, performances, music, dance, top notch food, and creative pursuits.

14 15 Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival @ Harmony Garden, Melrose. Runs 13-16 June anåd includes Alan Titchmarsh, Kate Humble and Cressida Cowell.

2 Wildhood Festival @ Tullibole Castle, nr Kinross. A magical family festival made just for children. On 1 & 2 June. See spotlight for more info…

9 10am - 4pm Sunday Funday @ The Yard, Canonmills. Open to the public on Sundays so everyone can get messy and have fun! £6 per child for two hours. 16

Father's Day 23 2pm Funbox: The Wild West Show @ King’s Theatre. Saddle up as FUNBOX heads out on the prairie for their brand new spectacular. For ages 2+.



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10.30am - 1pm Jack & Jill Market @ 350 West Granton Rd. Find everything for 0–9 yr olds under one roof - buggies, bikes, car-seats, cots, clothes, toys and much more.

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Kids Go Free Weekend @ Jupiter Artland. Enjoy a family day out when under 16s visit for free. Explore the Artland, or take part in activities. On 16 June too.

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Tullibole Castle, nr Kinross Enjoy complete family escapism with a magical festival made just for children. WILDHOOD has partnered with Scotland’s wonderful wizards of creative and outdoor pursuits, alongside masters of traditional arts & crafts to present a weekend of adventure filled with family activities, arts and crafts, music & theatrical magic. WILDHOOD is aimed at children 12 and under with their families. It’s a small festival with limited ticket numbers and camping places. All activities, workshops & experiences are included in your ticket price, the only thing you’ll need to pay for at the festival is food & drink from carefully chosen, independent foodies on site.


Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield Avenue, Edinburgh, EH12 6AU Church of the Good Shepherd Tel: 0131 346 8921 Murrayfield Avenue, Edinburgh, EH12 6AU Mobile: 07799 523 719

In operation for over 25 years offering a stimulating, nurturing and inclusive Montessori environment in which children are able to develop to their full potential. Excellent staff: child ratios. Mature, experienced, university educated staff. Spacious classroom and outdoor environment. Term time (08.15-15.00) for 2.5 to 6 year olds.

Contact us to arrange a visit: Trish Thornton - 0131 346 8921/07799 523 719


Book the camp! Sports, games, dance, drama, swimming, arts & crafts and adventure. Pick your kids’ favourite, get them booked in and make summer simple.

JUPITER ARTL AND Bonnington House Steadings, Wilkieston Summer Sessions (ages 3-5) Set in an outdoor classroom, these sessions introduce a world of creativity, imagination and messy fun, themed around an artist, a sculpture or a material in order to really facilitate experimentation and creative play. Fridays in July and 2, 9, 16 Aug 10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm Summer Sessions (ages 5-10) Focusing on one sculpture or artist per session, classes encourage participants to respond to the world-class art at Jupiter Artland in their own voices. Sessions are messy, imaginative, exploratory and unique. Fridays in July and 2, 9, 16 Aug 2pm – 4pm Junior Masterclass Series (ages 7-12) These two day classes offer a real opportunity to learn, explore and refine a new set of skills. Using Jupiter’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions as a reference point and inspiration, classes will develop your child’s creative thinking and encourage their own unique artistic vision. made MAY / JUN 2019


Casting & Carving: Wed 10 & Thurs 11 July Printmaking Masterclass: Wed 24 & Thurs 15 July 3D Construction Masterclass: Wed 7 & Thurs 8 Aug Woodland Explorers (ages 5-10) Nature can be both a playground and a classroom and days in the forest will reflect this. Discover the natural world, climb trees, learn how to use tools, cook over the campfire, create art and explore the hidden sculptures. Wed 3, 17, 31 July & Wed 14 Aug




STAGEC OAC H EDINBURGH Everyone is invited to join the Stagecoach holiday workshops - you don’t need to be a current Stagecoach student, just lots of enthusiasm and energy. Holiday workshops are a fun-filled week of drama, singing and dancing. A chance to make new friends, have lots of fun and develop your skills. Parents and friends are invited to come along and watch the performance, complete with costumes, at the end of the week. Step In Time (ages 4-6) Dance Base (Grassmarket) 1 - 5 July, 9am-12.30pm Broadway to London (ages 6-18) Dance Base 1 - 5 July, 9am - 4pm Movie Madness (ages 4-6) The Music Box, Edinburgh College, Bankhead Avenue 5 - 9 Aug, 9am-12.30pm West End Rocks (ages 6-18) The Music Box, Edinburgh College, Bankhead Avenue 5 - 9 Aug, 9am - 4pm


TURTLE TOTS edinburghandeastlothian Turtle Tots runs summer camps in July across Edinburgh from level one babies starting out in their swimming journey, to pre-schoolers who love to get splashy. It’s a short four-week block, so perfect for those wanting to give swimming lessons a try for the first time. The classes are also a great way to get little ones used to the water before their summer holidays.

EDINBURGH DANCE AC ADEMY Edinburgh College, Granton Campus This is EDA’s 10th summer school. The week is packed with activity - workshops in ballet, lyrical jazz, contemporary, commercial jazz and musical theatre, finishing with a fabulous event showcasing the pupils’ hard work and learnings. Expect laughter, friendships, fabulous choreography, lasting memories and lots of tired, happy dancers at the end of the day. Mon 29 July - Sat 3 Aug 9.30am - 2.00pm (early drop off can be arranged)

RUGBY TOTS Trinity Scut Hall For kids aged 5-7. You don’t need to be an enrolled rugby tot to come along, just a desire to meet new friends and have an awesome time! (Kids need to bring their packed lunch with them). Mon 15 - Fri 19 July 10am - 2pm (drop off 9.30am and pick up until 2.30).

DN DANCE Chesser, Kirkliston & Crewe Toll Ready to release your inner dancing queen or take a magic carpet ride? DN Dance run fantastic summer schools across all three of their venues this year it’s Aladdin and Mamma Mia. Each day covers a range of activities, looking at everything needed to put on a show, from singing, drama and dance right through to props and set-making. At the end of the week you perform the musical as a fabulous finale to an unforgettable week. Summer school is suitable for ages 5 - 12, split into groups according to age. Aladdin Mon 29 Jul - Fri 2 Aug DN Dance Chesser & DN Dance Kirkliston Mamma Mia Mon 5 - Fri 9 Aug DN Dance Chesser & DN Dance Crewe Toll

DOODLES 29 Marchmont Crescent Summer Children’s Clay Workshops (ages 7+) These fun creative workshops run 10.30am 12.30pm each day and include juice and a midmorning snack. Costs £20 per day or £85 for the week. Monday 15 July - Friday 19 July Monday 5 Aug - Friday 9 Aug made MAY / JUN 2019


EXCEL SPORTS St George’s School Excel Sports runs five weeks of camps from 1 July until 4 August for children aged 5-15 years. Both their All Sports Camp and their Excel+ Activity Camp are led by friendly and experienced coaches with children following a structured timetable each day. Excel+ Activity Camps include art, tennis, Computer Xplorers, football, athletics, Sports Leaders Level 5, dance, gymnastics, horse riding, Jedi Knight School, canoeing, life guard academy, drama and swimming/diving. Each week they offer a water fight (weather permitting), a dressing up day, film making, tournaments, an end of week ceremony and BBQ, which parents and carers are invited to attend. Drop off is from 8am with pick up until 6pm. Day places are available for All Sports Camp and Childcare vouchers are accepted.

BUMBLEBEE SPORTS Venues across Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife At Bumblebee Sports, children will learn a different sport each day, as well as having lots of fun with high energy games. Children will also do arts & crafts, get a snack and have fun experiences such as face-painters and animal handling and other educational activities. Stay up-to-date via their website and Facebook.





STEP IT UP DANCE Step It Up Dance hosts the most active, fun holiday camps around and this year is no different. Parents can enjoy a stress-free summer while children are in the care of the nurturing SIUD team, having tons of active fun. There are new creative activities, workshops and dance routines to enjoy every week and each child will leave with a certificate, progress report, bags of confidence and newfound friends.

SJM CREATIVE Marchmont Saint Giles Church SJM Creative camps have been tailored specifically to cater to any age or experience of child. Each holiday camp week comprises a mixture of singing, acting and dancing as well as learning theatre skills, gaining experience in script and stage work and working as a team. Children will have lots to keep them busy, but will also have time for relaxing, playing and being creative. Each week ends with a showcase for family and friends. Mon 1 - 5 July Mon 29 July - 2 Aug Mon 5 - 9 Aug


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“It’s twins.” …perhaps two of the most daunting words for parents-to-be. For Zoe, this was no different. She is a mum of four beautiful children ages two through eight. Her eldest, Ruby, was three when Zoe and her husband discovered their second would be second-s. Zoe was particularly panicked about the birth – how on earth would two little babies come out? And was she ready for a very busy household? The family knew at five weeks that they were twins, as they are IVF babies, like their big sister. Being pregnant with twins was a blessing, but it was also terrifying, and Zoe discovered a lot of negativity around the idea of multiples. She’d receive charming comments like “you are MASSIVE!” and “they will be double trouble!” alongside helpful questions like “how on earth will you feed them both?” and “how will you sleep with two crying all night?” If a pregnant belly is an open invitation for the public to comment, a belly with twins is even more scrutinised. All Zoe really wanted was cake, cuddles, and coffee – and luckily her family and friends were delighted to oblige. The twins arrived safe and sound, all 20 fingers


and 20 toes. Zoe remembers those hazy days of twin mothering all too well and collated these top tips for anybody else who is about to embark on this rollercoaster. ROUTINE

Routines were essential for Zoe in that first year. She managed to stagger feeds around 10-15 minutes apart. ‘I had a toddler at the same time as the twins,’ she recalls, ‘so they automatically had to fit into our routine with nursery runs and appointments. The sooner you can get a routine going, the better. It doesn’t have to be iron-clad; loose does the trick at the start.’ ACCEPT ALL THE HELP

Don’t be afraid to say yes if people offer to help. ‘If someone offers to snuggle those sweet bundles so you can shower… Mama, you stand in that shower and you enjoy it. Have friends make YOU tea when they come around. If you are visiting someone who has just had twins (or even a singleton!) take some sort of food. DON’T PANIC

Try to find your inner peace. ‘Babies are like dogs… they can smell fear on you.’


Work together and communicate. ‘We shared the night feeds, I did the baths, he did the cooking…. and we did our best not to resent the other for getting the easier gig. We were pretty much single parents to a baby each when he was at home. We chose a twin and they were ours until the next shift.’ SELF-CARE

Happy Mum, happy twins. ‘It can just be a quiet 10 minutes with a cuppa. Self-care is tough when you have little ones. Invite a friend around for a little glass of wine in the evening. Sometimes a good cry is helpful. And completely normal!’ Having twins reminds you the world is not set up for multiples. Double buggies are not especially easy to manouver. Just getting in and out the front door was a challenge for Zoe, let alone on and off a bus or train. Just when life couldn’t get much busier Zoe discovered she’d fallen pregnant – naturally – with her fourth! Baby Lucy was their surprise bonus baby. The early days of having the twins were a challenge but toddler and potty training twins alongside having a newborn was a whole new level of craziness.


The twins, Harry and Emily, are now four and the special bond they have is still evident. As babies they slept together and Zoe often remembers seeing them cuddling in the cot if one of them was crying or unsettled. They still behave like this now, always there for each other when they are upset. Having multiples is double the work, but, as Zoe says, ‘eventually you are lucky enough to get double the rewards. Listening to their twin laughter makes it all worth it.’ As well as being a talented family photographer, Zoe is an Instagram blogger (@mylittlewildlings) who loves to share stories of motherhood and family life. When Zoe is not busy with her little wildlings there’s nothing she likes more than a good cup of tea and a large slice of cake. n

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hat’s going on in the world can provide many real-life learning opportunities for children that they not only find interesting but can also challenge their perceptions of the world around them. Current affairs can also provide many opportunities for developing respect and empathy towards others. But teachers are stretched, schools are under-resourced and teaching and talking about current affairs is often neglected. Teachers have considerable curriculum pressures and because made MAY / JUN 2019

the news is always changing and developing, they simply do not have time to create their own plans and resources. At home, discussing the news might not be a part of everyday conversations. The increased use of technology might mean there are fewer opportunities for having a chat and a lot of the news can be quite negative which many parents want to shield and protect their children from. Having discussions with children, albeit at times difficult, are important. It’s what helps



naturally stimulate discussion, get children asking ‘big questions’ and encourage further dialogue. Our top tips for talking to children about sensitive news: l

Honesty is the best policy. Tell the truth. Lies will lead to mistrust and confusion. The truth usually comes out in the end. l Don’t talk too much. Children need time to process information. l Stay as calm as possible. l Don’t let the topic become the elephant in the room. l Provide reassurance and model good selfcare by being an emotional role model. l Understanding a bit about how children perceive the world in each phase of their development helps you deliver information about it in the most age-appropriate way. n

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children to learn, to grow and to understand the world we live in. Children are naturally interested in the world around them and what’s going on right now. It can therefore be empowering for children to learn about the world and to realise that they are a big part of it. They too can change things and make a difference. Child-friendly news is important because it makes information accessible and encourages children to think critically about events and key issues. Alongside the stories we hear or read about, another very accessible way for children to learn about the news is through images. Pictures tell a story, they lead to intrigue and provide a context in which we can discuss and learn about what’s happening. Learning about the news gives children plenty of opportunities to relate and empathise with people in circumstances very different to their own. Thinking about something that’s happening to someone else in the world connects them to a shared humanity. It’s crucial that we help young people grow up with understanding and they are informed citizens with enquiring minds that question everything. There are many ways to do this and using pictures is particularly powerful because they

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visitors will see Robin’s work all over the garden, including Wendy’s house and two giant mermaid tails to get inside for photo opportunities! Robin also designs and installs incredible play equipment for nurseries across Edinburgh and Lothians. In Newbyres Nursery, Gorebridge, he recently created a unique giant wooden marble run, which provides endless fun for children of all age groups. Robin is passionate about everything he does - his play equipment, outdoor classrooms, storytelling areas, adventure trails. They are all to encourage children to enjoy nature and the outdoors, to use their imagination, be creative and to have fun. He agrees wholeheartedly with Peter Pan’s author’s sentiment, ‘Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else’. n


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TO PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY All parents worry – after all, there are so many risks in life that we can’t prevent. But the good news is that we can plan for how to take these risks in our stride. As a mum and a financial adviser, whether I’m arranging a trip to the playpark or organising my family’s finances, I like to prepare for every eventuality. Having a Plan B in place helps me deal with the ‘What ifs’, and gives me personal reassurance that I’ve done everything I can to keep my daughter safe and happy. So what if you had a Plan B too?


e all know how important it is to protect our homes, our belongings and our families. This is why we all have home insurance, car insurance and travel insurance – and we even insure our pets and our phones! But how many of us have overlooked the importance of insuring something even more important… ourselves, and our ability to work? Did you know many families take out life cover for their mortgage, but: l We’re 2.5 times more likely to suffer a serious illness during the mortgage term than we are to die?1 l People aged 40-49 make the highest number of critical illness claims of all age groups?2 l 1 in 2 people are likely to be unable to work for at least a month due to accident or illness, with potentially disastrous financial consequences?3


If this is news to you, it might be time to face up to some of those ‘What ifs’… Those of us with young financial dependents have even more cause to consider how we can shelter our children from the financial fallout of the unexpected. What if… You’re only partly covered – you have life insurance, but no critical illness or income protection cover? What if… You don’t have enough cover to pay off your mortgage and cover your family’s living costs? What if… You don’t have any protection at all? All these ‘What ifs’ can be enough to keep you awake at night – but thankfully, there’s a simple answer.

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Ask yourself the following questions: l How much does your family need in order to live each month? l How might this change if you or your partner were to die, suffer a critical illness or undergo long term sickness? l Are you relying on any benefits available through your employment? l What personal policies do you already have in place?

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aving been a regular performer at the Edinburgh Fringe, Phill Jupitus embarked on a comedy tour to many nooks and crannies across Scotland in 2017. He enjoyed that experience so much that he has truly taken this nation to his heart. Not only has Phill made a permanent move to Fife, he’s back touring a series of venues north of the central belt. Even better than that, the man who has been a team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, DJed on 6Music, appeared on the Red Wedge tour in the 80s, and strutted his stuff in the world of musical theatre with major roles in Hairspray and The Producers, has dreamed up the perfect show title. Ladies and gentlemen of fair Caledonia, let us present to you Phill Jupitus with his stand-up and poetry extravaganza, Sassy Knack. Having a great show title is one thing, but Phill certainly won’t be resting on any such laurels. He knows he has to back it up with a strong night of comedy with a few intriguing twists here


and there. “This tour is about what happened on that 2017 tour, so Sassy Knack is why I moved to Scotland, in a very roundabout sort of way; it’s a bunch of disconnected stories that finish with me living in Fife.” When Phill played Scotland two years ago, with another triumphantly punning show-title, Juplicity, it seemed to give him a shot in the showbusiness arm. “I found it fascinating to go to these places, like Findhorn and Dunkeld, that you ostensibly never thought in a thousand years that you’d do a gig in. When you play in new towns you’re reminded why you did all this in the first place.” “At the age of 56, it’s weird to have a job that you can still get excited about especially when it’s a form of work that you’ve doing for 35. It’s odd that this year I’m playing Dundee, where I’ve never been before, but I’m also doing Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo. And I’m equally excited about all three. n

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re wet wipes one of the best inventions in the world? I mean I know there’s Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone, John Logie Baird and the television, James Watt and the steam engine, Alexander Fleming and penicillin, Thomas Edison and the lightbulb (although Edison didn’t actually invent the lightbulb as commonly believed, but he ultimately made the lightbulb practical and economical to use by creating a bulb that could last for a number of hours). I digress. There’s more contemporary stuff - Dyson and his hoover, Tim BernersLee and the World Wide Web. All great inventions. All great inventors. There are more. I could list many. But who invented wet wipes? For that inventor is possibly the greatest. Wet wipes are simply great. A truly fantastic invention. Wet wipes have an almost infinite number of practical uses. Until being introduced to them as a parent, I didn’t fully realise what was missing from my life. Clearly, they have some great uses related to children / toddlers / babies – bottoms, hands, faces – all wiped clean with ease and simplicity with the use of a wet wipe. No parent should be


without them. But to end the job of a wet wipe there is to do it a disservice. Wet wipes live to achieve so much more. Pen stains on the wall? No problem, use a wet wipe. Spillage on your tie? Who cares! Use a wet wipe. Mud on your suit trousers. Reach for the wet wipe. Need to clean your electric hob? Wet wipes will do it. Dirty windows. No more! Let the light in with wet wipes! Quick clean of the table required. That’s right, pull out the wet wipes. There’s little you can’t achieve with the use of a wet wipe. Every household should maintain a pack at the ready. You should never let your supply run dry (so to speak). That’s actually a significant point. A dry wet wipe is of no use to man nor beast. It is the wet wipe’s only failing. Well, not the only failing, there is another . . . A warning – make sure you dispose of your wet wipes in the appropriate manner. This is important, very important. Do not flush them down your toilet. Ever. We do know a street where wet wipe disposal led to a blockage in the street’s plumbing systems. A letter from the council arrived at each door, confirming the blockage as the result of the inappropriate disposal of wet


By Michael Atkinson

wipes. With toddlers, eyes turned on us. Who else could it be? Well, anyone actually, for anyone with an eye for practicality, has wet wipes on standby. For with wet wipes, great things can be achieved. Anyway, to be clear, it wasn’t us, we dispose of wet wipes in a more appropriate manner and have discovered ecofriendly ones. Yes, that’s right, no longer do you need to clog waterways with them either – with their value recognised by the many, the few have gone on to ensure we can now continue to make use of wet wipes, whilst also not causing environmental issues. You can now get wipes made from bamboo and other plant extracts, making them completely bio-degradable. I mean, can things get any better? 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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