September 3, 2019

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Your guide to getting a Will

    So you have kids, and maybe some property or savings, and you feel like a grown-up. Is that enough? A little like the dentist, getting a Will is something we MEAN to do, but we’re busy, life gets in the way – and we don’t really want to face up to reality anyway. […]

April 24, 2019

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Why we need to get real about parenthood

  I’ve just spent the last hour patting my daughter’s back so she’ll fall asleep. Her eyes will close, and I think it’s time to ninja roll off her bed and crawl towards the door, then they’ll fly open and she’ll stare into my very soul, accusingly. I know which floor tiles are to be […]

January 16, 2019

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How should we parent in the digital age?

  A survey by Norton has revealed that children in the UAE are among the youngest in the world to receive their first mobile device, with age seven being the average. And 66% of parents have admitted that they worry about spending too much time on their own phones. I confess I’m one of them. […]

January 1, 2019

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FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2019

THE WALLPLANNER IS BAAAAAAACK FOR 2019!   Confession time: I mock my husband A LOT for his planning. He’s the king of Excel, with our holidays, family meet-ups and more, all plotted out in colour-coded glory. But guess what? It works. So that shuts me up. In 2017 he created a huge (A0) wall planner for […]

November 20, 2018

Nanny or nursery? Finding childcare in Dubai

      With many Dubai households having two people that contribute financially, finding a childcare solution that works for the family is something of a priority when the baby arrives.   The nanny vs nursery discussion is one to have with your partner, and it’s essential to weight up the benefits and potential drawbacks […]

September 24, 2018

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#InIt… For my family

  “The obligation for working mothers is a very precise one: the feeling that one ought to work as if one did not have children, while raising one’s children as if one did not have a job” said Annabel Crabb. And I’ve had a few (okay, many) dilemmas about being a working mother over the […]

May 21, 2018

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My little black book: 2018 edition

    I first wrote down my recommendations for everything from handymen to hairdressers more than two years ago. Times changes, people leave, new experts arrive, and it’s time for an update.     Over the last eleven years I’ve tried and tested a lot of services from the good and bad to the very […]

March 13, 2018

Stranger danger and tricky people

Stranger danger. That was the phrase growing up that we were taught (and it rhymed, so that helps). But I’ve felt uncomfortable with the concept of telling my kids that all strangers are ‘bad’ people who can’t be trusted. The majority aren’t. Over the weekend, a man approached Phoebe in a hotel lobby and tried […]

February 18, 2018

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Party time at Mattel Play Town

    I was conflicted about having a party for Phoebe’s third birthday – the hassle of invites, food, party bags, entertainment, chit-chat with other parents, the (very real) threat of a tantrum as a result of too much cake and attention. In honesty, I very nearly didn’t bother.   But she’s friends with a […]

January 15, 2018

FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

    Aside from the nausea, breakouts and bloating, the biggest complaint I hear from pregnant women is the sleeplessness. Surely this should kick in AFTER the baby is born?! But no, for many of us – myself included – uncomfortable nights become one of the most upsetting parts of pregnancy. After a long day […]

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