parenting

  1. Quick routines, great gains

    Quick routines, great gains
    Babies teach you how to put your own needs to the side, and as your kids grow their lives only get more complicated. Family logistics become huge. If you managed to keep your fitness regime or sports up in the free hours you had while your baby or toddler was in childcare, that’s great. If you’ve only regained the energy...
  2. Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps

    Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps
    Holiday happiness doesn’t depend on the hotel amenities, the rental car or the weather. It depends on your children’s ability to play together. This can be particularly hard when Self-proclaimed Football Star is stuck with his piano-playing brother for a fortnight.   So how to minimise squabbling during some easy summer football, rounders or - if you have a frisbee...
  3. Sitting is the new smoking

    Sitting is the new smoking
    The gym classes, the new juicer, the cardio apps – it’s all so old school. The thing now is to stand up. Lose the chair, gain fitness If you sit a lot, then more exercise time doesn’t make up for the damage which sitting is doing to your body. It’s not about creating more activity, it’s about cutting down inactivity...
  4. Christmas: Tons of kit, nothing fits

    Buying for kids is exciting, and we are as hopeful as them when the parcels are unwrapped at Christmas. And each year kids’ enthusiasm differs crazily from expectations. They love some gimmicky tat, they ignore massively researched kit, we end up muttering about irritating presents from parents-in-law as we trip over lost parts, or it turns out only the younger sibling wants a...
  5. Quick fitness drills for parents

    One particularly numbing week I spent a whole Saturday watching slalom kayaking and the following Sunday dashing between two football tournaments – this on top of mid-week tennis chauffeuring. Many parents miss having that time to spend on their own fitness. But you can slot in some valuable drills when you spectate. Remember: Improving your posture gives you more bang for...
  6. How kids help your career

    If I see the term “momtrepreneur” one more time I’ll kick something. There is no word for 47-year old male executives with hospitalised fathers. They are busy too – caring and protecting while putting in the work hours. – I’ve never once felt that being a woman has been a disadvantage, Jo Malone MBE told a small gathering I attended...
  7. Sports injure, sofas kill

    What's a broken ankle anywayA protective parent is a good parent, no? There’s a great deal of maternal anxiety about sharp tools, about speed and about general shenanigans off the ground – in trees and on walls. Tools can injure fingers and going fast or climbing high can damage knees, elbows, wrists and ankles. Yes, sure. I like well-functioning...
  8. Trusting kids with boats

    Trust the kids, but stay nearby“Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING–absolute nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This is Ratty’s poetic words of advice to Mole and you’ve got to be a miserable soul not to agree with them. When can children be promoted from passengers to skippers? I’m going to bring...
  9. Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop

    Successful coaches aren’t charmers. We recognise the sheer toughness required to coach international sides, but we prefer generosity and warmth when looking for instructors for our kids. The difficulty is that we all like watching our kids win.That isn’t the same as encouraging gloating – we just want sport to offer our children that sense of pride and achievement. Maybe that red-faced...
  10. The risks of using sun-screen

    A worried parent is a good parent, or so we feel. And modern people worry massively about sunshine. Some pretty massive controversies about skin cancer have been knocking about in the public domain. Studies showing sunscreen causing cancer.  Studies showing that lack of sun exposure causes more cancer than over-exposure does. Studies showing that the higher the SPF, the less liberally it’s...
  11. The anti-helmet argument

    The case for bike helmets isn’t cut and dry. Personally I don’t like the smugness that often goes with purchasing safety kit. Ticking a box which says safety is very different from increasing safety. There are surprisingly good, well-researched arguments being made against bike helmets. Let’s separate three different helmet debates: Obviously there is the protective value of helmets to...
  12. Got the kit, now keep the interest

    It’s sod’s law that your child won’t tell you that he hates rugby until he has the new boots and the head guard – he might even wait until you’ve had his three-figure mouthguard fitted at the dentist’s. Even parents who weren’t the keenest joiners during their own school days love to see their offspring engaging with a sport. We...
  13. Toddler parkour over organised sport

    You can build everyday sports skills without equipment or lessons. There’s an industry around parents telling them to sign their children up for endless classes – promising to set their offspring up for a lifetime of sporting success with early years football coaching, gymnastics or racquet sports. The logistics of organised sports for a family with two or three children...
  14. Join Team Magnus

    Messing about Team Magnus loves mucking about outdoors. Company founder Kristine Moody has always been happy to give any sport a go. Based in Perth, Scotland she's honed her skills at rustling up popular outdoors activities for kids whatever the weather. She writes for you and other active families - the families who get out early and stay out late.  

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