All posts filed under: Family life

The Importance of Life Insurance for Families

Life insurance is not something any family or parent wants to think about having to utilise, but it is really important that we all have something in place, should the worst happen.  The last thing anyone needs is financial stress and burden after the horrific pain of losing a child or having to give up work to care for a sick child. To help families understand the importance of insurance, Pure Cover have produced a couple of infographics to highlight how insurance protects us when we’re at our most vulnerable.  Some of the statistics are worrying – according to their research, Pure Cover discovered that a massive 66% of individuals have zero financial support in place to cover them in the event that caring for an unwell child led to loss of earnings.  As parents, it’s quite easy to imagine that this is a scenario that could happen at any given moment.  How terrifying, then, to be completely financially unprepared for it. Personally, I haven’t thought much about life insurance in the past, it has …

Spot the Difference

I was doing some research into blog content ideas when I came across this one: Post a picture of your child next to one of yourself at the same age. Ask others to identify the resemblances And I thought, Great!  I can do that! So, here is a photograph of me at the age of 6 and a bit, holding my little sister Chloe (who is clearly thrilled about the whole thing): And here’s Sonny, my actual, biological son, at the same age: So yeah, if you’d like to have a go at “identifying the resemblances”, please feel free to comment below. Good luck! *goes back to the drawing board of blog post inspiration*

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London With Children – Ten Things to Do

We love our visits to London and are lucky to live about 90 minutes away by train so can easily go up for the day. Yes, it’s always busy and can be hectic if you have to navigate the underground at all, but every trip is worthwhile.  Here are ten of our favourite things to do in London with children. Ripleys Believe It Or Not Fun and funky, there’s something for everyone at Ripleys, with the new Alice in Wonderland segment, crazy art gallery, unusual history room, and lots of record breakers.  Tickets are on the expensive side and it’s not an activity that will fill a whole day, but it is definitely worth a visit. Paddington Station Worth a photograph if you’re passing through, particularly if your little ones are fans of the furry fella. Buckingham Palace Standing outside the Queen’s house is invariably a highlight of every London trip, so the time we actually went inside (well, into the courtyard, anyway) was a definite hit.  A short visit ideal for kids aged 5 and …

Summer Holiday Fun for an Active Childhood

I’m so confused as to how it’s almost July, and feeling a little sad as my babies prepare to leave their reception and year 2 classes respectively. However, I am quite excited about our summer holidays – spending six weeks with the children always sounds like such a lovely idea in June! At the beginning of August, we are flying to Mykonos and then heading to Paros for a few days with Nanny Bee, but other than that have no concrete plans. I have lots of things that I would like to do this summer, from camping trips and days out to science experiments and reading challenges – the overall theme being one of simple, outdoor fun and, hopefully, plenty of time spent with family and friends.    Forest school and beach education ideas always appeal to me and I would love to spend some days exploring these; building dens, making campfires, searching for bugs and sea creatures… One of our favourite things to do last summer was to visit art galleries with a sketchbook. Miss …

Grandad

I don’t recall talking much about my grandparents here; they don’t often come up in actual conversation either. It’s not that they aren’t important to me, more that I’m so used to having them in my life that I don’t need to mention it; their presence is unremarkable, but essential. They have been a firm constant since the day I was born.   Together for 60 years, married for almost 57, and having lived in the same house since my mum was a little girl, it is impossible to imagine a world without them, or either one without the other.   Being their first grandchild, I’m obviously their favourite, and I have a particularly special bond with my Grandad because I’m the only one of his descendants that dared to be born with his red hair.   The main reason for writing all this now is because I’m scared that one day it might all be memories or, worse still, forgotten entirely. I don’t want that to happen. I want to remember my grandparents in …