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  • 13 Feb 2014

    Make a home for your garden birds

    The fact National Nest Box Week begins on 14th February is rather lovely. Birds need our love and respect especially at this time of year, so treating them to a cosy home is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Building a nest box is also a fun activity for older children and watching little feathered visitors make themselves at home is entertaining and educational for any age-group. There’s huge satisfaction to be gained from spotting a bird with a beak full of twigs dart into a home-made nest box. The week is part of the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) devotion to all our beloved native birds, and is a way to help this fantastic charity do their important work. […] more

  • 8 Feb 2014

    Keeping our children safe on the Internet

    Internet safety is a new but very pressing topic. A lot of parents are finding their feet with this issue as it’s something we’ve never faced before, but it’s also an area we need to learn about – and fast. Tuesday 11th February is Safer Internet Day, when schools, companies and governments come together to promote the safe and responsible use of technology in order to harness its largely positive effects on our lives. The theme is ‘let’s create a better internet together’, offering the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet. […] more

  • 2 Feb 2014

    Family events on World Wetlands Day

    While most of us are finding this wet winter a little trying – especially those struggling in flood damaged areas – many of the UK’s wetland species LOVE it! The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) manages 2,600 hectares of wetland habitat at nine key locations across the UK to attract and support as many species of wildlife as possible including birds, mammals and plants. Many of the wetland centres across the UK have seen record numbers of visitors this winter. […] more

  • 1 Feb 2014

    Taking your baby to the cinema

    This time of year is great for fantastic cinema as Oscar hopefuls jostle for audiences. But most parents think back to their cinema-going evenings with wistfulness – those relaxing times just the two of you, a tub of popcorn and the excited anticipation of seeing a film with rave reviews. Coming out of the cinema feeling inspired, moved, warmed or uplifted by a great film and chatting about it all the way home. It seems plenty of cinemas are now wising up to the fact that parents aren’t quite ready to hang up their cinema-going hats yet. […] more

  • 25 Jan 2014

    One family’s waste, another kid’s treasure!

    Recycling is the future, we all know that. But it can also be a whole load of fun! In our house we don’t get a recycling collection so we usually have piles of stuff ready to go to the recycling depot, and it’s funny how much our toddler prefers playing with a loo roll than with his many toys! Here are five items that can be recycled for a fantastic afternoon of rainy day crafting, with ideas for what to make: […] more

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