Articles written by Alison McKay

Potty training tips

Plan ahead Before the time comes, think about where you’ll put the potty. It helps to keep it in one place, so your little one can run straight to it as they begin to recognise the signals. You might want a potty for every storey of your home, to save your stair carpets. And consider

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How can working parents get involved at school

When your child starts primary school they join a new community, one they’ll be part of for the next seven years. And while it’s important that it be ‘theirs’, it’s also beneficial if you can have a relationship with that community that goes beyond rocking up at the school gates on time (mostly!) and turning

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How to get ahead for Christmas

It’s that time of year. Decorations start appearing, a whole ‘seasonal’ aisle springs up in your local supermarket and countless people, magazines and websites start telling you how many days to go until Christmas. And we’ve only just got over Bonfire Night! It might seem that the festive season starts earlier each year, and for

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Try your hand at DIY Christmas

Homemade, DIY and grow-your-own have been all the rage on our TV screens this year, so it can’t be long before someone (ludicrously creative; probably a bit posh) pops up to tell us how to make Christmas from scratch. And while we’re not all Kirstie Allsopp or Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (relax, we’re not proposing you rear

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Working-parent how to get involved with school

When your child starts primary school they join a new community, one they’ll be part of for the next seven years. And while it’s important that it be ‘theirs’, it’s also beneficial if you can have a relationship with that community that goes beyond rocking up at the school gates on time (mostly!) and turning

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Healthy Trick or Treat options

If you’d rather not contribute to the apparent ‘epidemic’ of childhood obesity, or you’re worried about de-railing your own efforts at healthy eating by having loads of sweets in the house, then here are a few healthy Trick or Treat options. Some of us might not need much of an excuse to duck out of

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