Family Life & parenting

The ‘mothership’ category. This is where I place the majority of my blog posts that focus on parenting, family life and many lifestyle issues.

Q&A about stepdads with relationship expert Martina Mercer

I’ve wanted to publish about stepdads for a while. A stepchild myself, it’s a subject close to my heart.

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Martina Mercer is a relationship expert and editor of Sunday Woman magazine. She has also been remarried and had the experience of introducing her children to a stepdad.
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Facebook friend request: DENIED

In this era when so much communication is done electronically, there can be few occurrences more confusing than receiving a Facebook friend request. Don’t get me wrong, such a request can really brighten up my day. Likewise, however, requests can leave me feeling totally confused.

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Some Facebook friend requests leave me feeling very confused. Do you feel the same way?
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Prints and pictures from

When we moved house last year, Mrs Adams and I made a conscious decision to reduce the number of framed photos we have on display and replace them with wall mounted canvas prints. With a young family, we often find that framed images get knocked over or moved. On a couple of occasions, the kids have photographs from their frames and replaced them with hand drawn pictures! It’s very sweet when they do this, but we’ve lost a couple of pictures this way., canvass prints, printed gifts, personalised prints, custom gifts, custom prints, dadbloguk, dad blog
A canvass print, acrylic block print and rug, all ordered from (Canvass print pic credit: Ania Wilk-Lawton / PhotographyForParents).
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Managing screen time and getting creative with Apple

Managing your children’s screen time and encouraging constructive use of the Internet is, in my opinion, one of the biggest challenges mums and dads face. Apple recently invited me to a couple of sessions to talk me through its
parental controls and family sharing capabilities. I was also loaned a couple of its devices so I could set up Family Sharing myself and experience first-hand how its products can be used constructively and creatively.

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Here I am, striking a pose as I get to grips with Apple’s Family Sharing and discovering what apps can be used to get your kids using their screen time constructively.
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Shared Parental Leave is four years old and reform is on the cards

Bake a cake and put out the bunting. Shared parental Leave (SPL), the family-friendly policy that allows parents to share 50 weeks of leave when a child is born, is four years old today! At some point in the near future, there could be a second reason to celebrate as the leave may get a much-needed shake up.

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L-R, Jo Swinson MP and Lib Dem Deputy Leader, HanSon Lee of DaddiLife and I. Rarely do people look at me with such interest when I talk.
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