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27 January, 2020

A Guide To Mental Health Support For New Parents

In the UK, approximately one in four of us will experience a mental health issue each year. Issues including money, jobs, bereavement, and benefits are potentially making it harder for people to cope, according to mental health charity, Mind. It doesn’t matter what age or gender you are, mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression can affect you. This is also the case in…

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25 January, 2020

Pay your kids to eat their greens? Try these tips instead.

We’ve all been there.  Sat at the table watching junior push two kernels of sweetcorn and one lonely green bean around the plate whilst trying to ignore the sound of retching. Yep, vegetables for kids is one of life’s great challenges. It’s a constant battle and one that can only be won by persistence and, possibly, bribery. The terrible twosome back in 2017 We get…

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21 January, 2020

Tips For Keeping Children Warm In Winter

When freezing cold weather strikes, as adults we know what to do to keep ourselves warm – but what’s the best way to keep our kids warm? Image Source January often brings a prolonged cold snap with temperatures often plummeting below zero degrees. We all know how challenging childcare can be during a spell of cold weather. We really want them to play outdoors but…

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20 January, 2020

7 Tips For Surviving Blue Monday

Welcome to Blue Monday.  I say this ironically, of course, because it is the day when the post-Christmas gloom hits us with full force. We’re cutting back on booze, ramping up our exercise and facing our failings head-on. Again. Yes, Blue Monday (21st January this year) is THE most depressing day of the year. So how to survive it?  You can find my own tips…

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17 January, 2020

Will You Be Blue This Blue Monday?

Monday 20th January 2020 is designated “Blue Monday” – no not a celebration of the now-classic song by New Order, but the day in the year when the combination of post-Christmas debt, dreadful weather and the lapse in our New Year’s resolutions combine to make us reach a peak of misery. The first bank holiday is weeks away. The approach of Valentines’ Day is ramping…

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14 January, 2020

Waiting For A Valentine’s Day Proposal? Questions To Ask YOURSELF

The Valentine’s Day proposal.  How many of us, I wonder, are waiting with bated breath to see if this might be the day they’ll propose. Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, a January birthday have all gone by and nada. The problem is that you can rarely be entirely sure a proposal will be forthcoming particularly if you already live together. Will you get a Valentine’s Day Proposal? It’s…

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10 January, 2020

10 Easy Ways To Get You Moving Towards Your Dreams

Do you find that January is the month you decide to do something to get you moving towards your dreams? Do you make endless New Year’s resolutions, spend a fortune on planners, write bucket lists, create vision boards and create a public commitment by telling all your Facebook friends that this will be your year? Yes – you will hike across Mexico and start an award…

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8 January, 2020

Want This Year To Be YOUR Year? Tell Yourself A Better Story.

Now we’re all re-emerging from the traditional post-festive slump, do you find your thoughts automatically drifting to those things you want to improve this new year? We have already probably read, by now, the myriad of pop psychology suggestions to transform our existence – from writing a letter to your future self and making gratitude lists to mindful meditation, seeking your guardian angel and rebalancing…

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5 January, 2020

What is Sepsis?

Until the 2016 coverage of the tragic case of little William Mead and the alleged failure of the NHS 111 helpline and other medical agencies to make a correct diagnosis of Sepsis, I was unaware of this potentially deadly disease. In fact, Sepsis affects 25,000 children each year in the UK – a staggering statistic. As parents, we sometimes put our faith in the NHS…

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Linda Hobbis, midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Wrestling tweendom, eye-rolling and door-slamming with Caitlin (12) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.

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