With a plethora of activities designed to direct and entertain children, it is more important then ever to provide daily opportunities to play outdoors. In her book Balanced and Barefoot, Angela Hanscom argues that outdoor play is vital for children's growth and development and here she give some ideas as to how to achieve that with reluctant children.
Defeating Teenage Depression is a practical guide using techniques based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT – A) which has been used to help children and young people with depression around the world. Its author, Dr Roslyn Law, is a consultant clinical psychologist and a leading practitioner and trainer in IPT-A in the UK; this exclusive extract from the book explains some of the some of the factors leading to teenage depression.
Elyssa Campbell-Barr, author of Choosing Childcare, discusses her top ten most important and useful questions to ask potential childcarers.
New mother Jenny Sneyd reviews Sophie Wright's Blooming Delicious Recipes for Glowing Health from Pre-conception to Post-baby published by Vermilion.
Herbal teas are a great way to keep you and your family healthy. A new book, Infuse: Herbal Teas to Cleanse, Nourish and Heal by Paula Grainger and Karen Sullivan, is packed full delicious and innovative caffeine-free herb tea recipes which harness the power of nature’s most potent healing ingredients. Medical Herbalist Paula Grainger shares her pick of the top five infusions for parents and kids.
Subtitled "A book of calm for busy mums", Georgina Rodgers' book, PEACE OF MIND, encourages mothers to take time out for themselves whether it be for five or 20 minutes. Anne Coates agrees that it is the "perfect gift for every woman you know who could do with five minutes to focus on herself amidst the chaos of everyday life".
Illustrated by Gillian Johnson, this latest offering from the the bestselling writing duo Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees will resonate with parents everywhere. The Teenager Who Came to Tea is a perfect parody, writes Anne Coates.
A new Diary 2016 launched by Blox Stationery, a sister company to MUM's Office offers a stylish way to keep track of home, work, family and social life suitable for parents of either sex and those without children. Anne Coates reviews.
Switch I.T. Off! Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees is the cheapest "smartphone" you'll find – made with paper and full of facts and fun to keep you screen free and connected to people in real life, writes Anne Coates.
Mindfulness is the buzz word now and colouring-in, once the territory of small children, has become a popular way to live in the moment. Author Lesley Lodge combines her love for horses with a mind relaxing activity in Coloring Book of Horses: Stress Reducing Art Therapy. You can also win a copy.