Most parents feel anxious when it comes to leaving their children ‘home alone’ for the first time. You start to wonder what they might get up to whilst you’re gone and, more importantly, will they be safe? Legalities around leaving your kids home alone are a little blurry, as there is no specific age stated by the law. At the end of the day, it comes down to whether or not you think your child is mature enough to handle being alone, particularly if there was some sort of emergency.

Whether you choose to send your child to an independent school or a government-funded school, there will be costs to factor into your budgeting so that nothing comes as a surprise. For instance, most schools require their students to wear a uniform, including a PE kit, which can add up to be quite expensive. It would be wise to buy the uniform in a slightly bigger size so that there is room for your child to grow and be sure to sew in name tags just in case anything is misplaced at school.

How often do you meet up with your child’s teachers for a catch-up on their progress? The chances are, it’s not a very frequent occurrence. In fact, the majority of parents only meet up with their child’s teachers at the yearly parents’ evenings, and that’s if other commitments, such as work, don’t get in the way. This limited communication can become even more of an issue after your child starts secondary school, firstly because they will become more independent, and secondly because they will have individual teachers for each subject, and it will be impossible to chat to all of them on a regular basis.

The majority of parents will know too well how stressful the morning school run can be sometimes, particularly those of us who are guilty of pressing the snooze button a few too many times. It can often feel like a losing battle trying to get the whole family out the door on time, but you’ll be pleased to know that it is actually possible with the right mindset and one or two changes here and there. I have teamed up with a private school in Surrey to explore some of the ways in which you can improve the morning school run and ensure it is smoother sailing.

Star Wars is a franchise which began with the eponymous 1977 film and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. The franchise has been expanded into various films, and other media and the franchise also holds a Guinness World Records title for the most successful film merchandising franchise. You name it - Star Wars have had it made, from homeware to stationery, books to video games, puzzles and toys and lots more! Talking about toys, I have two Star Wars items to give away to one lucky visitor/reader! Carry on reading for more!

I'm not going to pretend I know much about football, because to be honest, I don't have a clue about it! I know when a goal has been scored, and that's only because the score changes OR pre-covid, you'd hear the fans react in an almighty roar of cheers and support! What I do know about football is - you don't have to play outside to play it! Well, not with this cute mini football table set you don't! In fact, it could even be played in a car, or even on a train or bus - if you fancy carrying it around with you of course!