Mental Health Awareness in Children

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Mental health awareness in children

Mental health awareness in children is so important, for the individual child, for their family and for the community. So why is it that children are all too often expected to fit into a box where stress and pressure is not fully acknowledged. The view is that without responsibility for bills, rising costs, work and property maintenance, life must be … Read More

Easy Easter Holiday Activities

JoFamily Life

Visiting a farm during the Easter holiday

The first unlocked Easter holiday is either in full swing or almost upon us (depending on where you live in the UK). It feels somewhat strange to be able to get out and about and catch up on some of the seasonal activities we have missed over the past two years. With so much to choose from (and the ‘normality’ … Read More

Making a recycled bird feeder

JoCraft, Family Life

Recycled bird feeder in a tree

The birds are back in town, or strictly speaking, our gardens. Busily hunting for food their presence presents a great opportunity for making a recycled bird feeder to hang outside. It could adorn a bare branch or an empty hanging basket bracket. What’s more this is a lovely creative task that can be enjoyed as a family. Many birds don’t … Read More

Creating a positive sleep environment for babies

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Baby sleeping, black and white image

A significant component of your baby’s healthy growth and development is the quality of their sleep. As a parent of 3, I know how much this sounds at odds with real life experience though! Sleep is as vital to your baby as it is to you. In theory at least, a newborn sleeps 16 to 18 hours a day, while … Read More

Finding Responsibility With KeySafe

JoFamily Life, Parenting

KeySafe secured outside

As I grew into double-figures as a child, my parents wanted to give me a greater sense of responsibility. Nowhere was this more prominent than in being able to leave the house without them in attendance. Meticulously arranged meet-ups with friends necessitated many minutes on the landline telephone to make sure we’d all turn up at the right place at … Read More

Explore the World with Rat Race!

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Explore the world with Rat Race

Our passports were ready, our flights were booked, we were due to go on our first foreign family holiday….then a global pandemic hit and instead of lounging by a pool or exploring foreign coves, we were restricted to our home and immediate neighbourhood. So started lockdown 2020 for us. We had been so excited to take the boys abroad and … Read More

Free Educational Resources? Yes Please!

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Daydream Educational Resources

As a homeschooling, working from home parent, I am feeling the slog. These last few weeks have been particularly difficult without the long sunny days that accompanied the first full lockdown and made things feel, well, a bit brighter. I was excited when Daydream Education got in touch to let me know about their FREE educational resources! This could be … Read More

Half Term Holidaying in Lockdown

JoFamily Life, Parenting

sorry we re closed signboard

A lockdown February half term holiday is not what any of us hoped for. I recall last year feeling poorly with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but still managing to get the boys out for a farm visit, having play dates with friends and taking them to museum events. None of which we can do this year. February half term can often … Read More

5 Things That Were Better… as a child of the 1980s

JoFamily Life

A 1980s Childhood

Regular readers will know that, ever so occasionally, my husband Jacob guest posts on my site. As we sit and look back over the year of 2020, what we achieved, what we’re grateful for, it got us to thinking about our own childhood. We are both children of the 1980s. A time before the internet, when making a call from … Read More

Rediscovering sleep in challenging times

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Relaxed Mum - The Sleep Nanny

Sleep is something that can feel quite elusive at the moment. Organising for Christmas, rearranging social gatherings, events or even just trying to balance our business against the backdrop of the global pandemic and associated restrictions, is it any wonder that we feel anxious? Our sleep and ability to relax suffers as a result of this all, so I am … Read More