parenting

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 Foo continue reading...

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 continue reading...

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, t continue reading...

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 p continue reading...

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 continue reading...

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 tre continue reading...

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 continue reading...

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 dif continue reading...

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 d continue reading...

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. continue reading...

How to nudge a hesitant joiner

Got the kit, now keep the interestIt’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-fig continue reading...

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 continue reading...

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 continue reading...

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