April 17, 2014

Sew, a needle pulling thread… the large family way!

Libby concentrates...

    Eddie is our resident crafter. He always has several projects on the go and his creativity and imagination knows no bounds. This morning he set about making himself an eye mask.     As with pretty much anything in this house, curious siblings quickly gathered to see what was going on and whether […]

How to Ensure Peace in a Large Family Household

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    No matter the size of your family each member is their own individual and, just like in every other aspect of life, this can cause issues within the confines of your own home. Larger families are even more volatile as there are more people to annoy each other at different times of the […]

11 reasons why I won’t do everything for my kids

Young boy in armchair

    Some people believe that children are children and so should be treated to only the pleasures of childhood – the playtime and snacks and naptimes – with no responsibilities or obligations at all. I am not one of those people. I do not believe that by doing everything for my children I will […]

Cost of Raising Your Children Through the Years

Piggy bank and blocks spelling baby on pink background

    So, you’re having a baby. Great, lucky you! You’ve probably got a lot on your mind. Will I be a good mother/father? Will it be healthy? What if it turns out to be that demon child from Rosemary’s Baby and brings about the End of Days? All legitimate concerns. What you may or […]

Media Request: Families with teens wanted

family of three  with teenager having conflict

Are you having trouble with your teenagers? Are you at a loss what to do next or how to prevent the same arguments occurring time and time again?   We are currently developing a television series about teenagers’ relationships with their parents and would love to speak to families as part of our research. Everything […]

Be a Power Saver! How to Encourage Energy Saving in Kids

energy saving kid

    Finding ways to cut energy use and slash the expense of keeping our homes running is something that most families try to do. Netmums British Gas was a site created to help us find more ways in which we can do just that. The site is packed with advice on keeping energy costs […]

A Mum’s Secrets to Finding Work and Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Business woman working with laptop in office

    Being a stay at home mum looking to return to work can be intimidating. If you’ve not left yet and are just looking into it for future reference, you’re in a good position as you can plan ahead. However, other stay at home mums will need to be determined in order to get […]

Preparing your teenager for their first solo trip


    As a parent your job is to give your kids roots, and then wings. And, unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. There comes a time, however, in every parent’s life when it is time to send them out in the world on their own – and regardless of how scared you are for […]

Look at who’s a month old already!

Tim Sullivan 1 month old

      This first month of Tim’s life has gone by so quickly. I still can’t believe that he’s here, yet paradoxially, it also feels like he’s been a part of our family forever. I simply can’t imagine life without him. Please don’t forget Tim’s Journey, and please do donate anything you can so […]

Tim’s Journey

Baby 13 approximately 12 hours old. Being well cared for in SCBU.

    Our 13th child was born on 15th February 2014.  Despite being born at full term gestation at 37+4 weeks, Tim had difficulty breathing and spent the first week of his life in special care. Here is his story:     None of our other children had needed special care before – not even […]

What 10 children under 11 looks like


      This is what a family with ten children under 11-years-old looks like. (Well, if you ignore Caitlin over there on the left). Wonder if they’ll look as cute when they’re teens?                                           […]

Childproofing Your Home: The Basics


    Accidents in the home are more of a risk to children between the ages of one and five, than stranger abduction or violence. The domestic setting provides many opportunities for young children to get into trouble, particularly when it comes to burning, drowning, choking or being poisoned with household chemicals. You may not […]

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