Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 28

Has your baby /child had all their vaccinations?

     My daughter is due to go on her first school trip in May! Along with an early morning school preparation meeting about the logistics and ‘scary’ things that might go wrong, thrown in by many parents , there was the form that needed to be filled out giving the permissions for this and that …

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Feb 22

A working mother’s life in pictures !

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a mother’s life in pictures  click here to see all It was just ‘another day for mum in the office’  and for little Victoria Ronzulli. For me and countless European newspapers these images were the pictures of the week (well, last week anyway…). Toddler, Victoria,  joined her mum, Licia Ronzulli, an Italian euro MP in a …

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Feb 21

Do you argue over your children’s homework?

If not, you’re lucky. Almost a third of parents have admitted helping their children with homework has led to arguments in the family, according to a survey by tuition provider Explore Learning. The number one topic for discord? Maths, apparently, with almost 50% of parents finding the subject difficult compared to the 11% of parents …

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Feb 20

Pancake day (for the cheats) Tuesday February 21st

           Long are the days where I would waste precious hours on Pancake Day slaving in the kitchen to prepare two dozen pancakes that would be eaten in…2 minutes. Rather frustrating isn’t it? So this year, for the first time, I will use ready-made ones. Not even the ones that come …

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Feb 11

Aren’t the government’s plans to offer loans to help with childcare costs totally rubbish?

hildcare costs are severely denting the budget of millions of parents, but I don’t find the latest government proposals helpful. In fact, I find the plans to offer parents of pre-school children loans of up to £10,000 to pay for childcare absolutely outrageous. These loans would be paid for at an interest rate of 3 …

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Feb 11

Tales of a ‘culture starved’ generation: should school be the only place to learn about art?

Do you rely on school to teach your offspring about Picasso, Monet or Van Gogh? Have you ever taken them to the museum, the cinema, or the theatre? If not, then they could be amongst the millions of a new ‘culture starved’ generation of British children who have never been to an art gallery, theatre …

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Feb 10

Would you know if your child was unhappy?

The Good Childhood Report 2012 reveals that at any moment half a million children across the UK are unhappy with their lives. That’s half a million too many. These children are less likely to enjoy being at home with their family, do not feel as safe when with their friends, often dislike the way they …

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Feb 08

Lessons in “digital parenting”: is giving your child a smart phone actually dangerous?

You know the old argument: “I gave my child a phone so he/she can feel safe and so that I know where he/she is at all time”…Well think about it very carefully. What does your child actually have access to on his/her smart phone? Unlimited bullying, a pricey electronic gadget thieves particularly lust after, the …

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Feb 07

Safer Internet Day : Connecting Generations

You know the internet can be a wonderful platform for children to learn and communicate, but you also know that it can be a dangerous place. So have you done what you should as a parent and blocked some sites, put some filters in place, checked their latest browsing history? It’s not about intruding on …

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Feb 06

The social taboo surrounding… head lice

I have a confession to make. I’ve had head lice. Not when I was 9 years old, no. Last year. At the grand old age of 31. The whole experience was – predictably – disgusting. I spent weeks with a very itchy head, not realising I was infested with these disgusting creeping creatures. I thought …

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