Mums Gossip

Here you will find entertaining facts, helpful hints and top tips for school holiday activities. Keeping the kids entertained is sometimes stressful- let us help you. There will also be some good coffee break reads ranging from funny baby stories to weird and wonderful news from around the globe. Mum’s gossip is the place to catch up.

How we choose our baby names

Baby name books are one of the most popular gifts for parents-to-be, but how much use are they really ? (more…)


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Santa’s Grotto- Hit or Miss

Who can forget the year when the Magical World of Santa was little more than a bleak run down car park! Every child loves to visit Santa, wherever he may be, but how do you know which one's are worth the massive queue, and the £5 for the 'small gift'. To help you here is a short list of the best around :- (more…)


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Christmas Activities

Here are some Christmas activities for the kids- and you !   (more…)


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Where did the Nativity Play start ?

Although Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the word nativity comes from the latin word 'natal' which means birth. It is tradition in Primary schools to perform Nativity Play for the parents and friends of the school children. The Nativity Play recreates the scene of Jesus' Birth, in the stable and tells of how Mary and Joseph were visited by the Shepherds and Wise Men. The parts of Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds and the Wise Men are played by children. (more…)


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Things you may not know about your favourite Songs.

We all love music of one sort or another and there are certain songs that travel taste barriers, just like those songs that however much you try to ignore- you can't!! Here are a few examples of those and some facts that may surprise you about them (more…)


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The Worst jobs in History

Tourist trips around London Loos! There are some odd places to show tourists around but this one would be my worst nightmare.  Rachel Erickson is a London tour guide with a big, big difference. Forget the Tower, forget the Houses of Parliament- Rachel shows visitors around the Toilets of London Town! Rachel, an American, has many tourists sign up for her fact packed tour, but admits that the British are her biggest fans. (more…)


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10 Most common superstitions

As someone who was brought up in a  house ruled by superstitions it was inevitable that I have carried some of them through to my children's lives. Somewhat deliberately though, I have abandoned many of them -with glee! I get a strange, childish pleasure from deliberately flaunting the crossing on stairs and placing brand new shoes on the table- Gosh Horror!! (more…)


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Back to School

As the Summer Holidays fade away it’s the start of a new school year, and for some the start of School. Unfortunately I’m not one of life’s organised Mum’s, in fact throughout the Summer Holidays our life is pretty shambolic. Every year I say I’m going to buy the kid’s school uniform and shoes in plenty of time for the new school year - and yes, every year I forget and end up rushing around trying to find stuff at the last minute! (more…)


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How to make flying with children fun for everyone

It's the same every time you board a plane with small children in tow, no one wants to sit next to you, behind you, in front of you or even on the same row as you. People twitch, tut, shake their heads, plead with the air stewardesses to change seats and that's even before the kids have said anything. Locked up in a confined space with bored children can be a living hell, so how can you make flying with children as enjoyable as possible for everyone. (more…)


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Reason for Rhyme

What is the reason for writing in rhyme - it’s quite simple! It’s fun to read and fun to hear. Children love to rhyme words, and even when a sequence of words don’t actually fully rhyme (professionally known as B rhymes) children still love them. (more…)


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School holidays – heaven or hell?

The last day of school has been and gone and the prospect of six long weeks juggling activities, cooking three meals a day, stopping the inevitable sibling squabble and fitting in work around the whole lot is looming ominously. (more…)


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Dad’s memory Book (just in case!)

Mum decided that for Dad's 80th she wanted to do a memory book for him. I think she's safeguarding herself for if he gets Alzheimer's, then he can carry his book around with him and stop attacking the strangers in his house ! She found a really great company, Saronti, where you can actually have the faces and names of your whole family placed in a funny storybook, - brilliant stuff. I ordered a Seaside Outing book and set about sourcing all the photos. Had a zillion of the kids to choose from and a shed load of the Old Man to trawl through- I could feel an afternoon reminiscing with tea and swiss roll (it's a known requirement) coming on. (more…)


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Top 10 Richest Songs of All time

If I was to guess the Top 10 biggest money making songs of All Time I would have only got one right. It's an interesting mix of sad, seasonal and Anthem-like songs. Take a look:- 10- The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) 9 - Pretty Woman (more…)


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No more boring packed lunches.

It's the one thing every parent dreads to hear- "Mum, can I have packed lunch please?"  Soggy sandwiches, bruised apples and a handful of raisins don't exactly scream out- "Eat me. I'm delicious!" So just how do we produce a mouth watering feast, full of every food group, for our offspring every single day? To most parents creating the perfect packed lunch is as much of an enigma as the disappearing sock mystery (where DO they go???) Every child has likes and dislikes and every child wants variety. However, as the list of 'acceptable' foods in Schools becomes shorter (more…)


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How to encourage a love of reading in your children

Recent studies have show that reading for pleasure is more important to a child's educational achievement than their family's wealth or social class. The big question is- how to get children to believe this? How to convince them that the benefits of a good book outweigh the educational advantages of that PS4, xbox, psp or repeat showings of Johnny Test on netflix. How do you encourage a child to read? If parents aren't avid bookworms it's much more difficult to get children involved. Unfortunately many families are under the impression that once the 'bedtime story' age had passed, reading with children should be confined to teachers and the school day. Schools are fully aware of the problems and are constantly looking for ways to encourage students of all ages to embrace the reading habit and make it a lifelong love affair. There are lots of handy hints out there for parents to encourage their children to read; (more…)


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Top 10 things kids want from parents.

The Top Ten Things Kids Really Want Their Parents To Do With Them   Come into my bedroom at night, read me a book, tuck me, sing me a song. Also tell me stories about when you were little. Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately. Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around. Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy. At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend. (more…)


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Can Family breakfast replace Family dinner?

We all know the importance of 'sitting down as a family' once a week to eat dinner. But let's face it, we all started it with great heart and enthusiasm and then Child number 1 starts dance class, Child number 2 gets into the footie A team and then Child number 3 decides Brownies can't possibly survive without them. These 'essential' activities take over every week day, with not even a 20 minute slot where everyone is home and hungry at the same time. (more…)


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Longer school days- Yes or No ?

Education Minister Michael Gove says that our schools are underachieving, compared to Asian schools because our school days are too short and our school holidays are too long. Christine Blower from the National Union of Teachers argues that our children and staff spend longer in the classrooms than most other countries and also have some of the shortest holidays. Is she forgetting about the fact that we have 'half terms' (more…)


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