Arts & crafts

Things to do in the school holidays

Things to do in the school holidays

The expectant faces of kids on holiday mornings can test the most creative of parents – how to fill those endless school-free days? There is an argument that says just tell the kids to go off and play. Personally I think it’s important to do just that sometimes – they need to learn how to

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cheap hobbies for you to try

Cheap hobbies for you to try

Bringing up children is hard work but as they get older you’ll probably find you have a bit more me time again. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll know what to do with it! You may not have the time, money or inclination to revert back to the hobbies you had before your first baby was

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Tips for making your own clothes

If you know your way around a needle and thread – and have a half-decent sewing machine – then you may be tempted to have a go at making your own clothes. Styling your own personal wardrobe is always appealing to those with a love of all things wearable, and offers endless options for creating

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Taking children to museums and gallerys

The idea of visiting a museum with small children might seem like a bad idea on the face of it. The thought of being shushed at, disapproved of and generally made to feel like interlopers can be too much to bear. But why should art lovers and museophiles, who are also parents, have to give

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Fun activities for teenage girls

Teenage girls love spending time with their friends, but if their favourite hang-out activities are wearing thin, try suggesting these ideas as alternatives. You may even earn some parent-kudos points. But then again maybe not – these are teens we’re talking about! Just be content that you’ve helped to make your girl and her friends

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Alternative Easter ideas

If your house is anything like mine, on Easter Sunday your cupboards will become full of eggs, chicks and bunnies all made from the same thing. Yep, that would be chocolate. Much as I love the stuff, I do (sometimes) feel (a little) guilty at digging into the kids’ stash of Easter goodies. Yet, at

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