Remembering loved ones at Christmas

If you’ve been bereaved, what’s the best way to handle it at Christmas? Editor’s note: Last year when we published this a number of people approached us – through Twitter and emails – to say how hard Christmas can be for bereaved families and how much they appreciated an article that acknowledged this and provided some means […]

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Expert Post: Volunteering With Older People

Back in the summer, one afternoon when I picked my daughter Livi up from the holiday club, she was inexplicably dressed as a clown and very excited because she and a group of other four to six-year-olds had been to the local maison de retraite (old people’s home) to perform a little show. In an ideal […]

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Free Cycling Lessons for Kids

We’re thrilled to announce a brilliant bit of summer fun for kids in 21 British cities: free cycling proficiency lessons from Britvic and Cycle Confident.The trickiest balance: helping kids become independent… and stay safeParents of primary school age kids are all too familiar with the thirst for independence that characterises the years before ten. All […]

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May meme: Election Fever

Is election fever gripping your house?  Nah, ours neither. It’s definitely more of a mild political allergy or a few bouts of isn’t-there-anything-else-going-on queasiness. So before it turned into full-blown who cares I thought I’d see if my children could brighten things up. Last year Boy One’s class did democracy as a topic. They split […]

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Library Closures Are a Tragedy for Our Children

My children love trips to the library. They always have, from the first time they were able to haul board books from a  thoughtfully provided tot-sized box-table affair.At first they sat on the floor with their noses stuck into a battered copy of The Gruffalo, thrilled at finding something familiar. Then the library became a resource. […]

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A Cracking Idea for Easter Egg Fun

Why not dye some eggs and host a bowling tournament with a difference? Each Easter Sunday, three generations of my family gather to compete in a fiercely fought battle of precision, courage and skill. Close bonds are set aside and it’s every man, woman and grandchild for themselves as we battle it out in our annual James family […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching

Geocaching is a hi-tech global treasure hunting hobby that all the family can enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Get caching!A beginner’s guide to geocachingMost weekends you’ll find my kids and I out in the countryside rooting around under trees and piles of stones looking for little plastic tubs full of treasure. No we’re not […]

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Parents for Playgrounds

HOW DOES PARENTS FOR PLAYGROUNDS WORK?Nominations 15 February to 16 March 15 February to 16 March: Nominate a tired or abandoned UK playground, park or play space to win a renovation bursary. 17 to 21 March: Our judges will go through all the nominations and create a shortlist of playgrounds. From 23 March: The nation will vote on […]

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