Mother & Daughter Time Made Better!

Mother and daughter time is so precious. You should take every opportunity you get to spend more time with them, and to make the most of every minute of it. As they get older, you’ll soon realise that their priorities change, and if the hormones hit them hard, you’ll be lucky to get a few hours a week with them! But a lot of you will have many years to come before that happens, so we’re here to show you {Read More}

Why Spelling Tests Are Ineffective (for most!)

As an English teacher myself, you’d think that I would love spelling tests along with any other literacy based homework. But I don’t. I hate spelling tests. I find spelling tests are ineffective and here’s why. For a week, each evening after school we sit and go over the spellings in Isabella’s little red book. I always start by asking her to just try her best so I can see where she’s at before we begin. Inevitably, at just 6-years-old, {Read More}

A Sport to Drive Your Fitness

Some may argue that golf is not a sport it is a way of life.  It is certainly a lifestyle choice, and one that will be sure to help improve your fitness levels.  It offers a great alternative to slaving away in the gym, as most people find exercise a real pain in the putt. According to fitness experts, taking up a sport will provide you with better health benefits over a long period of time.  By contributing to your {Read More}

Guest Post From Hubby: The reason I chose to get a vasectomy at 35

I suppose I was very lucky in some people’s eyes to have the option of getting a vasectomy at a relatively early age. My wife and I had have been blessed with two health kids; a girl and then a boy a few years later. So, once we’d got through the sleepless nights stage with our youngest (and let’s just say that took longer than we ever imagined), the conversations started about whether we wanted another child or not. We {Read More}

Top tips for growing your child’s confidence

Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy, both during their childhood and into adult life. Confidence in children may not seem like a big deal for some, but the more confident your child is, the more likely they are to try new things, take on challenges, and have a successful career later in life. Take a look at these five ways you can help to grow your child’s confidence. View mistakes as crucial for learning Everybody makes {Read More}

5 Common Pregnancy Discomforts You May Experience

Pregnancy isn’t always comfortable or easy! HARTMANN Direct walk us through common pregnancy discomforts and the suggestions that other mums have of alleviating them.      I.        Incontinence Surging hormones in early pregnancy affect the pelvic floor muscle. This is the muscle that is the floor of your abdomen. It runs from the front of your body by the pubic bone to the base of your spine. A strong pelvic floor muscle means you can control when you urinate and is {Read More}

A Simple Guide to Getting a Mortgage

While the property market may have experienced almost unprecedented growth until recently, there’s little doubt that the current generation of first-time buyers face an incredible struggle to get on the property ladder. Not only this, but a recent Aegon study found that around 70% of UK homeowners will still be paying off their existing mortgage when they’re 70, highlighting the challenges that exist when owing residential real estate. Still, those aspiring to buy a home would probably love to have {Read More}

Encouraging Young Children to Study

Getting young children excited about learning can be a difficult task, especially when there are so many other distractions. However, encouraging good study habits from a young age will make further and higher learning much easier for your children, giving them a head start for their education. Set a Routine Once your child starts school, put together a schedule that encourages study-time in the evening and when they start having work sent home from school, the time can be used {Read More}

How I manage our time after the school run!

I’ve always found managing the children’s schedule and getting things done stressful after the children get home from nursery/school. In fact, it’s the main reason I reduced my part time hours even further. Last year I relied so heavily on my mum to pick up my children from the childminder and school, take them home and give them dinner three days a week. I’d usually get in around 5:30pm and try to get them to do some reading and spellings {Read More}

When Medical Care Goes Wrong

Most of us at one point or another will have had to rely on medical services or intervention for an accident, emergency, diagnosis or treatment in some way shape or form.  When we do seek medical help, we expect to receive the best possible care from knowledgeable and well-trained staff. The NHS is a lifeline to so many people and I’m so grateful that we live in a country where we have access to good medical care regardless of our {Read More}