Author: Sarah Thompson

How to kill time at the airport with a toddler

How to kill time at the airport with a toddler

Whether you’re stuck at Terminal 5, in the belly of a ferry in Dover, or just sitting on the M25 for six hours, delays and dead time are an inevitable part of travel. Many adults find waiting around difficult enough, but for excited children faced with delays, the change of […]

How to simplify family life

How to simplify family life

How to simplify family life – by Sarah Thompson July 12 is Simplicity Day and who wouldn’t like things to be a bit more simple now and then? Babies, sleep-deprivation and the pace of modern life make living simply surprisingly difficult. We’ve put together a few pointers to help you […]

Hippychick's guide to help you pick the perfect pet this National Pet Month

A guide for picking the perfect pet

April is National Pet Month and if you are anything like me, you’re thinking: what a great idea, have a pet for just one month, then give it back!  But no, as the good people behind National Pet Month are here to remind us, owning a pet is a responsibility […]

Plastic Free Parenting (ish)

Plastic Free Parenting (ish)

Would you try plastic free parenting? We all know by now that human beings – the doofuses – are producing too much plastic waste. The oceans cannot survive under the shadow of our single-use water bottles, the birds are being strangled by our six-pack holders. As a parent the prospect […]

The Single Mums Guide to Valentines

The Single Mums Guide to Valentines

If you haven’t heard, St Valentine, patron saint of sexy pants, has a big day coming up. For those single mums or dads not currently in a relationship, Valentine’s Day can be a toughie. We are just off the back of happy-families Christmas – man that was hard. Then came […]

Failing at the Gender Neutrals

Failing at the Gender Neutrals

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a progressive on the old gender neutrals parenting front. My daughter was born around the time the Pink Stinks campaign came along, and it really opened my eyes to the issue, made me question all the gender assumptions and stereotyping around her toys […]

Family conflict produces creative kids

Family conflict produces creative kids

Each year as Christmas approaches, my married friends begin to gently sob into their flat whites about how much work there is to do and how they are the ones doing *everything* yet again, and how they’re not looking forward to the in-laws coming and/or going to the in-laws and […]

Bonfire night, bonfire fright?

Bonfire night, bonfire fright?

Sarah Thompson wonders if she has missed the point by keeping her little darlings entirely out of harm’s way on bonfire night,  November 5th.   My children and I are lucky enough to live in a house on a hill, with far-reaching views across the town where we live. When […]