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Considering Jamie Oliver’s rant about school dinners a few years ago, things haven’t changed much. Without naming and shaming the schools my kids attend, the quality of the school meals offered at both places leave a lot to be desired. As the responsibility for ensuring my kids are healthy, happy, well-rounded kids with balanced diets and eating their 5-a-day falls squarely and solely on my shoulders, I’ve opted to disregard school meals with disdain (despite it being a...

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All of us are pretty conscious of the damage we could be doing to the environment if we are wasteful. Most of us are also aware of how expensive it can be to be wasteful as well. Food, electricity, gas and water have never been so expensive. It seems like an endless battle trying to keep these costs down, yet month on month we can find ourselves going over budget. If you have ever reached the point of tearing your hair out in despair at the cost of keeping everyone warm and fed,...

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Most people with a sweet tooth love nothing more than eating candy. However, few of us know anything significant about the history of that treat, and how it became so popular. With that in mind, we’re going to provide you with four of the most interesting facts you never knew about your favorite sweet. Maybe then, you will learn to appreciate it a little more. While it might not be the best product for your teeth, everything is fine in moderation. Many of the candy companies...

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When you have children, a garden is not just a garden. It’s also a spaceship, or it’s the moon, or a pirate ship! Children have the most fantastic imagination and your garden can help develop that. The trick with enticing the kids out into the garden is creating a space that’s more exciting than the TV. The garden is a healthier and better environment for learning. Many parents don’t use this simple outside space to help their children grow and develop. Your garden is...

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As parents, we want to keep our kids safe. There is so much to discuss when it comes to matters of safety. With the internet and personal safety being more important than ever, it’s time to have those difficult discussions with the kids. Sure, it can be tough to mention the perils of adult life to children. They are innocent in their world view and rarely see the bad in people. This can make for an awkward discussion. But, it a subject that needs to be talked about nonetheless. It’s...

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Like so many other fathers nowadays, because of the busy and irregular working hours I have (the sad life of a self-employed plasterer bring out the mini-violins!), I am not able to spend as much time with my kids as I would love to. So I try to use every free moment to spend some quality time with them. As a father of four children, Christopher (7), Suzanne (6), Anthony (4) and baby Crystal (1), it gets harder to keep their attention equally and I need more energy to follow tempo,...

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Keeping your kids entertained has become an expensive part of life. Gone are the days when a woodland foraged stick or a den constructed from bed sheets and chairs would provide hours of imaginative play. These days parents are required to fork out for the latest gadget in order to keep up with entertainment trends. Additionally, with the Easter and summer school holidays coming up, we need to start saving for holidays and attractions during these peak seasons. But fear not fellow...

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Children’s birthdays can be both enjoyable and stressful at the same time and from the cake to the entertainment to who makes the list of attendees; there is an abundance of planning to do. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges you are certain to face is the matter of picking out birthday gift that suits both you and your little one. With the allure of modern technology and computer games, your kiddos are likely to present you with a never ending list of extortionately priced...

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I still remember the first-time I watched Chelsea play at Stamford Bridge, as clearly as if it were yesterday. I can recall how tightly I gripped my father’s hand, how uncomfortable the wooden benches were and how loud the crowd cheered. It is a memory that me and my father treasured for many years after, and one I have always looked forward to replicating with my own child. Our son, Ezra, was born in 2010 and my wife has been restraining me from taking him down to Stamford...

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Image Source Getting a new pet, especially if you’ve never had one before, is a huge event for your household. Of course, it’s a hugely positive event for your family and one that everyone will be looking forward to. There can also be problems though, so be prepared! You should have everything in order before your pet arrives in the home. Here is a guide to help you get ready for the big day. Get a Grooming Kit For dogs, grooming is very important. Combing their coat is a...

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