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10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

My kids spend a lot of time outside, even now that they are older. Sending them out for a play is something I've done since they were small and we just never really stopped. But I get that coming up with outdoor activities for older kids can be problematic. My girls...

A smart evening routine will take the heat off your mornings

A smart evening routine will take the heat off your mornings

We talk a lot about the morning routine in this parenting game. This is probably because mornings are ridiculously frantic for any family trying to get out the door. The evening routine barely gets a look in - indeed, is it even a thing in many homes? The thing is,...

Family conversation dinners can help you connect

Family conversation dinners can help you connect

When the kids get older (and busier and surlier), it becomes harder and harder to sit down for a family dinner together. I get that, I do. But I also get that family dinners are one of the best ways for families to connect, take it slow and remind each other of what's...

Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint

Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint

When my kids were little, I used to be eager to get to the 'next phase'. Next stop rolling, walking, talking, solids, potty, preschool, letters, school, sight words, reading... On and on it went. I didn't yet realise that parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. When we...

A quick guide to organise family clutter (and keep it gone)

A quick guide to organise family clutter (and keep it gone)

This quick guide to organise family clutter is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting. Clutter scratches at my mind. I’m not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, but without clear...

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11 family games teens will be into too

The problem with all the 'family games' lists is that teens are highly unlikely to want to settle around the table with their family and play Monopoly. Some teens will, of course. But most would rather pour boiling-hot scorn on their parents' pathetic attempts at...

Non-screen activities are critical for kids’ development

Non-screen activities are critical for kids’ development

We're all looking for ways to engage the kids in non-screen activities, especially right now when screens often feel like the only option. There has to be a reason why we're fighting with the kids about screens all. the. time, right? Georgina Manning, Counsellor,...

A kind-of fancy blueberry bundt cake

A kind-of fancy blueberry bundt cake

Do you have a bundt cake tin? I've had one for years, but rarely use it except to make this blueberry bundt cake. I am never sure if you can just make an ordinary cake recipe in the bundt tin, or if you need a special bundt cake recipe. All to do with cooking times in...

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