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The adoption journey

Adoption is a way of providing a loving new family for children who cannot be brought up by their own parents. Nicole Harman tells us of one of her experiences helping a couple in their journey to adopt a child.  “I am passionate about my role and find great pleasure in knowing that I have helped people create families.” says Nicole “Over the past year the most rewarding result has not only been the volume ...

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3 useful tips to ensure dry nights for your toddlers and pre-schoolers

Very few parents leap gleefully out of bed in the middle of the night to change a wet bed. It isn’t joy-filled but night toilet training is essential as children learn to master their bladder. To help smooth the way here are some tips as together you approach dry nights. Tip 1 - Between 18months and 2 years This is the age most children would have been toilet trained in years gone by. Now it is the reserve ...

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Fostering: Is it for me?

Ann Marie's story Four months into 2014, it's funny how you begin to realise you are ready for a new challenge and change of career, but what to do next? As a single mother of three school age children, working at my children’s school is more than ideal. Although I have years of experience of working with and raising children, I don’t have a recognised qualification in childcare, so getting another job in t ...

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What to do with your kids during the Christmas holidays

Keep your kids occupied over the school holidays with inexpensive fun days out and new experiences: Have fun learning at an exhibition Exhibition centres around the country host different events all year round, appealing to all interests – both fun and educational (or both). The Christmas holidays are an ideal time to get hands-on and visit one. The NEC in Birmingham (www.thenec.co.uk) is showcasing a numbe ...

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How to make sure your children behave over Christmas

Wondering how to get through Christmas with the kids? Parenting guru Jo Frost tackles your dilemmas Christmas should be a time to relax and have fun with your children. In reality, it often leaves parents feeling flustered and frazzled. The kids run riot fuelled by a sugar-rush, and routines go out of the window. Then they turn their noses up at their gifts, and refuse the food you’ve spent days preparing. ...

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Jo Frost’s last word

Jo talks adoption, tantrums and her fashion forte. Give a child a happy home A massive advocate of adoption, Jo gives her tips on where to start ‘There are so many children out there who need loving homes,’ says Jo. ‘I’m a great believer of looking after a child who needs it and would absolutely consider adoption myself. There are many types, from domestic (your own country) and international (another count ...

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Pamper yourself during pregnancy

Now’s the time to enjoy some pregnancy pampering with these beauty fixes for mums-to-be. Your body, as you know it, is changing. The bump is expanding and, while this is a magical time, you may feel as if you’re turning into somebody that you no longer recognise. After all, with a growing belly comes a host of beauty concerns; from unsightly stretch marks to swollen breasts, blotchy skin to puffy feet. You ...

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Choosing the right car for your family

Make journeys easier for you and the kids by travelling in a car that is both comfortable and stylish. Back in the day when you were a trendy singleton, chances are you enjoyed the luxury of owning a cool set of wheels. You may have cruised around town with the top down, your tunes playing, and a pair of oversized shades on. You felt like you were queen of the road, without a care in the world. Lovely! And ...

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Baby Essentials: A round-up of products you and your infant will need

With a child on the way, you’ll want to make sure that you have all the core essentials so that you and your baby are comfortable, safe and stylish at all times. Our ultimate guide will help you find the best buys for all of your needs… PUSHCHAIRS When it comes to pushchairs, the first thing to ask yourself is: ‘What do I need my pushchair to do?’ This will depend solely on your lifestyle and the daily acti ...

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How did you feel on meeting your baby for the first time?

When that little face peered up at you for the very first time, was it her twinkling eyes you noticed first or her dash of hair? Four parents reveal their most memorable meeting. You’ve been waiting for this day for nine months, and finally it’s here! Your tiny baby may look scrunched up since his legs and arms have been bent while in the womb, but they’ll straighten out as he grows. ‘I fell in love once ag ...

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