Taming the Tiger Parent

  Competitive parents everywhere Taming the Tiger Parent is for you ! Released today Tanith Carey's new book discusses the stress we are putting our children under with the constant focus on achievement and activity after activity test after test. It is well written and researched and  full of strategies for supporting a child's wellbeing and development in more positive and far less stressful ways. A much needed, highly recommended book that really made me think!! (and cancel a … [Read more...]

Keeping your child’s reading on track

Everybody Learns provide workbooks for children to do at home to help  ensure their reading skills are maximised so they don't struggle to keep up at school. They act as a great way to help kids learn in the holidays, whilst also having a bit of fun. I don't know about you but I always encourage my kids to keep learning and reading in the holidays as I know they can slip right back if we dont keep on top of this. Here's a link to the website: http://everybodylearns.co.uk/products/ The … [Read more...]

Become the mum that you want to be with the new book Becoming Mum

Guest post from Koa Whittingham My name is Koa Whittingham.  I am a parenting researcher at the University of Queensland, a clinical and developmental psychologist and the author of a new book for mothers:  Becoming Mum.  I am delighted to be able to introduce Becoming Mum to readers of Book Reviews for Mums.    Becoming Mum is, I believe, a truly unique book.  It is the first book written to support women, all women, through the psychological passage to motherhood.  … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Deal With Anger Issues In Your Family

Guest post Anger is a perfectly normal emotion to experience and it does happen to all of us. What can get tricky is if the anger starts to rule your family. What to watch is how you respond to your anger, and how you deal with the anger from your children or spouse. One of the biggest myths out there is that anger is uncontrollable. It simply isn’t the case, and with family support and working together you can help deal with the anger issues in your family before they spiral out of … [Read more...]

Books to help with children and divorce

The essential guide to children and separation by Jennifer Croly is a practical guide written by a mother who saw how divorce affected her 4 kids. It shows how family break up impacts kids of different ages and how it will impact on different ages and stages of their lives. It is a helpful book with lots of strategies and points to consider  and it includes interviews with parents who have come through divorce as well as kids impacted. She looks at areas of loss , listening, new families and … [Read more...]

Republishing of Dick Bruna’s The Apple

  Available from The Tate online £4.99 The Apple, Dick Bruna's first picture book before he created his iconic character Miffy, has been republished by Tate to mark the title's 60th anniversary this August. To mark this event, an exhibition of Dick Bruna's silkscreens is at the Cafe at Foyles Book Shop in Charing Cross Road, London from 6 - 29 August 2013. Entry is free. I bet that is just gorgeous! Bruna's sweet designs are iconic and instantly recognisable. I was delighted to … [Read more...]

Setting up a mini library at home

  Guest post A home library should be a place of calm, respite and solitude. Picking a comfortable area to sit while reading a book is one of the first things you should consider when setting up your mini library. There are many different types of chairs to choose from when considering which will provide the best support and comfort. These can range anything from luxury antique leather chairs, to more contemporary, modern models. Once you have chosen a suitable chair for your … [Read more...]

Should a child have a kindle?

Recently a blogger I know wrote about kindles and how she would never have EVER one. Her arguments ranged from they didn't smell or feel like books and they couldn't be shared in the way physical books can. She had quite a few people agree with her post and write nostalgically and sentimentally about books they had loved. Obviously I completely adore real, physical books. Over the last 3 years I have written several hundred book reviews on here and each one has enriched my life in some way … [Read more...]

Kid Lit Linky: October

Septembers kid lit linky was a great success... Time to link up all those wonderful kids books we have reviewed this October and be inspired by each other all over again Have you reviewed any great kids books this month? It so useful for other parents if you share those books you have read and your thoughts about them. If you have or if you do I would love you to add them to this linky so they could all be shared. The rules are simple. Please have a visit of at least one other person … [Read more...]

How many UK parents read to their children every day?

Recent reserarch by Disney tells us only a third (30%) of the UK parenting population read to their children every day, despite 51% of parents surveyed saying storytelling time enables them to spend quality time with their children, and 47% know their children enjoy having stories read to them. I think that is very sad don't you?   Two thirds (67%) of parents and grandparents polled feel that modern technology in the home is distracting them from storytelling. As well as this, … [Read more...]