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How to survive (and enjoy) a British winter (when you have kids), by Kirsty McCabe

It might be blowing a freezing gale outside but that doesn't mean playtime is on hold. Here's how to have a successful outdoor adventure...

As much as I’m a summer girl, I do like crisp winter days with sparkling sunshine and the crunch of snow underfoot. It's the wet and windy ones that I'm not so keen on. Whether it’s cold or wet, there are plenty of essentials to help you and your little ones ...  Continue reading

 

Kids fashion trends spring summer 2015: 'What to buy now', by Olivia Rubin

Our monthly fashion columnist highlights her favourite kids fashion trends for the new season, trials kids swimwear in Caribbean waters and let's us in on her top new kids fashion label to look out for...

"Being a cold and miserable January, we decided it was time for me and the family to beat the winter blues and fly to the Caribbean for some full on sunshine, as you do. Lucky me! 

Packing my cases in preparation for our holiday got me immersed back into summer fashion ...  Continue reading

 

Returning to work as a parent: The trials and tribulations

"I'm enjoying my return to work, but what about my family?" asks our weekly columnist, weather presenter Kirsty McCabe

"It never rains but it pours. And yes, I am talking about the weather. Well, sort of. In the freelance world of weather presenting you don’t want to say no to work in case you never get asked to work again, so the end result is that I have been ...  Continue reading

 

A mum's New Year resolutions, by Kirsty McCabe

Our parenting columnist valiantly offers up some resolutions she will be doing her hardest to keep

Happy New Year! I hope that 2015 is treating you well so far. It's all change for me as I've gone from part-time to full-time work. Which is great for my depleted bank balance, not to mention my husband's nerves over mortgage payments.

The downside is that the work-life-mummy balance will ...  Continue reading

 

How to buy the perfect fitting children's shoes

New shoes add a finishing touch, but is there an ideal fit?

Once your toddler is walking confidently, it’s time to buy her first pair of proper shoes. Although your toddler has her full count of 26 bones, those little toes are not yet fully formed, so it pays to heed a few vital pointers when buying shoes in order to get the ...  Continue reading

 

How to nurture a love of design in children

Encouraging your child to appreciate artful aesthetics has never been easier

There can be little doubt about it – we live in design-conscious times. Now, more than ever, we demand a potent fusion of style and function from the products we buy, and that has permeated right down to the nursery. Whereas a generation or two ago, pushchairs, cots, carriers and the ...  Continue reading

 

How to inspire sartorial elegance in children

Mix-matched garments, inappropriate headgear… dressing is a rite of passage

A dreary grey day, with storm clouds gathering and the threat of rain. Why, just the perfect weather for your toddler to don her favourite swimming costume, teamed with odd socks and a pair of flip-flops. A gorgeous sunny day? Well, then that must be perfect for a raincoat and a ...  Continue reading

 

Can I buy vintage fashion for my children?

Celebrate your child’s unique sartorial style with one-off retro-chic looks

Every child is a unique individual with her own personal sense of style – that’s why it can be a little disheartening if you turn up at a special event and discover another child in the selfsame outfit. That will never be a predicament, however, if you choose to celebrate your ...  Continue reading

 

How to tackle your child's first haircut

Why a visit to the hairdresser will leave your child looking and feeling trim

Ah, your child’sfirst soft silken locks are a joy to behold and a delight to touch. Cutting off such precious tresses may seem almost criminal and any proud parent is sure to feel, at best, a little wistful about kissing them goodbye. But when that handsome crop of hair becomes so ...  Continue reading

 

The 'must-haves' when travelling with children, by Kirsty McCabe

Our columnist escapes to South Africa for some winter sunshine, and shares her rules for making journeys 'en famille' that bit easier

"Arriving back home in London on a cold December morning after a few weeks in hot and sunny South Africa was a shock to the system. Luckily, I haven't felt too gloomy as we've been busy putting up the Christmas tree with the children (then rearranging the baubles to some ...  Continue reading

 

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