Parenting

  • How to stop the food fight

    Fussy eater in the family? Here are Food Coach Helen Halliday’s top tips to stop mealtimes turning into a war zone and save your sanity. You’ll be surprised how little changes will make a big difference.

  • Is your child superhuman?

    Nicola Dick-Cleland (above), Head of The Junior School at the prestigious Abbey School in Reading is a trained psychotherapist, so who better to ask about the ever-increasing pressures on children and the gnarly subject of extra-curricular activities than her? Read her thoughts below and please feel free to comment underneath the feature – it’s a fascinating subject […]

  • 5 smart ways to boost your child’s self-esteem

    Huge thanks and a free cappuccino and slab of cake to Ms Muddy herself, Hero at Muddy Bucks & Oxon for posting this brilliant piece on boosting your child’s self-esteem. Notepads and pens at the ready folks – there are some awesome tips here from the Head of Winchester House, Emma Goldsmith… If you’re a regular Muddy […]

  • Read this: a quick life lesson in letting go

    No, you haven’t clicked on the Oprah website by mistake. It’s just that I spotted this in the New York Times earlier this week and immediately told my sister, my mum and my cleaner about it, so definitely felt it was a Muddy must-share! It’s an excerpt from a book called Zen Shorts by Jon Muth, about a wise […]

  • Are they off to university? 5 student survival cookery courses

    My nephew’s been staying with us for a few days, and as he’s off to university in September we were chatting about how he’s going to survive on the cooking front. It occurred to me that it’s probably a subject cropping up in households across the county as young adults fly the nest *sob*. What will you […]

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