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  • 12 Feb 2014

    Talking About Sex

    As our children grow from little people into young adults, keeping an open dialogue is probably one of the most important things we can do. Though at times it is hard to find the right words, our youngsters need us to stay open, aware and free from judgement. The idea behind Thinking About Sex Day on 14th February is to encourage everyone to think about the physical and psychological issues surrounding sexual activity. The day is organised by the Sexual Advice Association (formerly the Sexual Dysfunction Association), a charity which aims to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of men and women. […] more

  • 11 Feb 2014

    5 steps to romance

    It’s commercial, yes, and lots of us avoid it for that reason. But Valentine’s Day on 14th February is also an excellent opportunity to celebrate all that is wonderful about your partner and relationship. Any excuse to enjoy a bit of a love-in! You don’t have to buy in to all the tacky cards in the shops, or the overpriced meals in restaurants. Instead, you can create Valentine’s Day on your terms and make it about the most important thing: Love. Some couples cook a special meal for one another, or give a card. […] more

  • 10 Feb 2014

    Starting a green business from home

    Do you have a passion or interest you feel could be turned into a business? We’ve noticed that lots of Green Parent readers tend to be creative folk, passionate about causes close to their hearts and determined to find ways to raise their kids alongside their dreams. Stay at home mums – and dads – are seeking ways to bring in extra income whilst juggling looking after their kids. These small green businesses are not only challenging homogenised corporate giants, but they are teaching our children skills of self-sufficiency and empowerment. […] more

  • 4 Feb 2014

    Five of the best natural hand-creams

    Winter wreaks havoc with the skin on our hands, with cold weather and central heating combined. And having kids seems to add the number of times we wash our hands daily (for me at least). This causes dryness and cracking, and for those with more challenging skin conditions like eczema, it can mean sore, itchy, and inflamed hands. I am always on a quest for the perfect hand cream. In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s been a bit of a ‘life’s work’! Like most people with dry hands, I’m looking for a hand cream that’s nourishing and hydrating but not so oily I can’t use it throughout the day (my laptop keyboard pays testimony to the hand-creams that have failed in this regard). […] more

  • 2 Feb 2014

    Honouring your own needs

    There’s no shame in sometimes feeling overwhelmed with the demands of parenthood. It can feel as if overnight your life has been taken over by responsibility and in the endless tending to the needs of others, your own needs fall pretty far down the list. It’s what you do when the feeling strikes that counts. Are you a boiler: bubbling over with stress and anger before you finally explode? Or maybe a sulker: retreating into your own resentment and frustration until you’ve cut off those close to you? […] more

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