Here are 9 fun activities to get your kids away from their screens. I think that is a really powerful way to make you a happy mum.

Get Your Kids Away From Their Screens

If your children seem permanently attached to their various machines, I feel your pain. I have a tween and teens who have various machines and I worry they spend too much time on them too. Here are some ideas that have worked for myself and other mums that really do persuade them that there is more to life than screen time.

There’s an art to it!

Arts and crafts – my daughter would always choose this over screen time. Catherine tells us: “Mine can always be tempted by the chance to get grubby outdoors! Adding in a bit of craft helps too, we love making journey sticks: ”

Baking – we did it with our own mums and it almost always works. Lynsey explains: “most kids love it especially when they get to eat what they have made ”

Boating – When we took a boating holiday, the biggest win for me was how the children showed no interest in video games whatsoever and just relished a slower pace of life in a natural environment.

Traditional activities work well

Board games – there are a huge variety to choose from and the old ones like Monopoly and Cluedo never seem to go out of fashion. Jaki says “I don’t tend to ask. I just go and get them out and start looking like I’m going to play on my own and nine times out of ten little man puts the Ipad down and comes and joins in with me!”

Garden timeLauren advises: “Get them into the garden to make a bug hotel smile emoticon:) It’s fun, outdoors, they can get messy & learn about wildlife”

Kite-flying – we have all done this one and it stands the test of time and can be quite exhilarating. As Vikki says: “It is so much fun for everyone and I find it creates a bit of healthy competition between family!”

Get your kids away from their screens

Play dates – these are even easier for you and better for them if you can get them outdoors in a park or other open space. Beth comments: “It’s amazing what kids can come up with together.”

Treasure hunt – you can do this cheaply and just about anywhere. Kerry suggests trying one in your own garden or in a forest.

Woodwork – my brother used to love doing this and it seems he is not alone. Leandra tells us “Thomas’s favourite thing to do at the moment is fiddle around with wood. He has some wood with holes in and I give him a hammer & nails, screw drivers and screws. Keeps him busy for ages!”

Which of the 9 fun activities to get your kids away from their screens works best for you?

Do you have any other tips on how to get your kids away from their screens to make the most of the holidays?



Mummy in a Tutu

My Random Musings

21 essential resolutions for new mums come to you from a less than perfect mum who learned some of these lessons the hard way.


Take is as it comes

1. I will not have any set ideas about how my parenting journey will turn out
2. I will follow my instincts
3. I will ask for support clearly as soon as I need it
4. I will ensure I build in time for myself and my partner
5. I will say when people cross my boundaries telling me what to do with my child

Ask for and offer support

6. I will recognise that most mums struggle in some way and reach out to them
7. I will carve out quality one-on-one time with my other child/ren
8. I will celebrate my imperfections as they show I am human
9. I will know that if I am doing my best I am not a bad mum
10. I will recognise that the most challenging times will pass

It’s a balancing act

11. I will keep a balance between what is private and what is to be shared.
12. I will focus on enjoying memories not just recording them
13. I will recognise that parenting like life is a series of ups and downs
14. I will not assume that the mum who looks perfect actually is
15. I will know that money spent and happy moments do not necessarily mean the same thing

Celebrate your individuality

16. I will speak at to someone at the nursery/school gates even if I think it will kill me – it rarely does!
17. I will not expect my children to perform on demand
18. I will not apologise for my child being an individual
19. I will tap into online and offline support networks
20. I will never beat myself up or write myself off
21. I will know that I am blessed to be a mum even in the shitty moments and there will be plenty of those!

Suggestions for resolutions for new mums

What would you add to my list of essential resolutions for new mums at the embark on the parenting ride?


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Adoption stories can help different characters in the adoption process including birth parents, adopted children and adoptive parents. They can help people decide if adoption is for them at all either putting them off something that would not have suited their circumstances or firming their resolve to go ahead. It is not only the adopted child who experiences loss and trauma in the process and the more we talk about adoption openly and honestly, the better off people in the process will be.

Adoption Stories

The first thing to say is that no two adoption stories are the same.

Even the reasons a birth mother will have for giving up a child will differ.

What is it like to be a friend or colleague of an adopted person?

How do adopted people cope with the education system?

Do adopted people struggle to form loving relationships?

Is it important to celebrate the day you were adopted even after you have lost your parents?

There is so much loss in the adoption process and some victims are forgotten such as a sister who loses her siblings to adoption.

There are birth fathers who perhaps never find out they are dads and there are those who were not given a voice in the adoption process. How do they feel?

What is clear that bare statistics can never tell the full adoption and fostering story.

Here’s to adoptive parents who give children a second chance.

Adoption UK is a charity that is a great diving board into the world of adoption.

Are you involved in adoption? Would you like to share your story?

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Jacky Ha-Ha Book

Mum Muddling Through

The Apple Tree by Daphne Du Maurier is the latest short story I have read.

Apple Tree By Daphne Du Maurier

In the book, we meet a man who has recently lost his wife. Daphne Du Maurier must have a thing about death and loss methinks.

The couple’s marriage is described and whilst not without affection, seems stale. In Fact, as the wife was described I recognised some rather uncomfortable aspects of myself and started to feel sorry for my poor husband. I can be a bit of martyr at times whingeing rather than stating clearly what I want and how.

It is clear that the man is of the landed gentry variety and he has staff.

One night as he stands at a window, one of the apple tress he sees takes on a strange character. Over the course of the story, it is clear that whether through grief or paranormal activity, the tree is becoming his wife in some way. He is enjoying his new freedoms and does not like that apple tree’s reminders one bit.

He tries to destroy the tree but a series of events make the tree inescapable again perhaps reflecting his long marriage.

He prefers another apple tree which comes to take on the character of a young woman he had a very brief fling with many years ago.

Will he get rid of the tree? Will his memories be as easy to erase? What happened to the woman who gave him new life all those years ago?

You will have to read it to find out.

I felt the book was very clever as you really bought into the idea that the wife was coming back to haunt him in some way.

Once again as in so many short stories, the ending seemed rushed but overall, this was a great read.

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What are the things that make women inspirational?

Just A Woman

What makes a woman inspirational will of course vary a little according to the individual concerned. Inspirational is one of those words that is a little intangible and you can bet your bottom dollar that if you tell someone they are inspirational they will argue that they are not.

Things that make women inspirational

Here are my ideas on what makes a woman inspirational and I would love to know what you think.

1. She speaks honestly and openly.

2. She describes genuine feelings which helps others to feel less isolated.

3. She is not scared to tackle the taboo or uncomfortable issues.

4. She accepts that women have a right to do their own research and to decide on the best course of action for them.

5. She does not big herself up.

6. She counts her blessings.

7. She is likely to have overcome great difficulties and obstacles.

8. She focuses more on others rather than worrying about what others think about her

9. She will give advice but not insist people take it.

10. She asks for support when she needs it

11. She keep on keeping on

12. She has learned to take time out and relax for her own wellbeing and so that after a break she can get back to changing things for the better.

13. She knows as life changes, she may have to rediscover or reinvent herself

14. She will challenge the status quo

15. She will go out of her comfort zone

16. She will remember and honour those who helped her on her journey.

17. She makes things happen

18. She knows she does not have all the answers so she has the ability to listen and learn

10. She is resourceful seeking out the right knowledge, equipment, contact, skills, qualities or person.

20. She is the one of those special individuals who just get on and do it whilst everyone else is talking about it.

21. She counts herself amongst generous spirits happy to share what they have learned along the way.

22. She smiles and can be fun to have around.

23. She creates memorable moments.

Where are they?

So who are these inspirational women? You will find them amongst the creators and the campaigners. You will also find them in business, in the public sector and in charities. You will also them amongst the stay at home mums a lot. I bet you can name one in your own head right now.

Over to you, what does make women inspirational?

So do you know an inspirational woman and what does she mean to you?

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