Mindfulness For Tiny Minds

What will my 8 year old son think of being told to sit on the floor and breath slowly – focusing on the breath – taking care to think about what his toes and legs and arms feel like? Will he giggle and feel silly? Probably the first and second time he does it. But...

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No Kiss, He Just Vanished

Seventy-five years ago in 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland, Renee Salt was just 10 years old. Now 85, she is able to look back and reflect on how, miraculously, she survived when so many others perished. Renee’s first experience of the Nazis was when they...

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Our great ski gamble!

Three small children and a skiing trip – it’s not quite the recipe for a relaxing family getaway, is it? My husband Philip and I learned to ski as teenagers and always wished we had started when we were younger, because we were awestruck by the fearlessness of tiny...

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The Pink Tax

   So it turns out it costs almost £30,000 more to raise a girl than a boy. This latest research from Moneysupermarket will shock absolutely no one with boys and girls in their family. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s actually far more than that in the...

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No accounting for taste!

Hallelujah! I’m not to blame for the fussy eating habits of my 8 year old son. Oh no wait a minute -I am. What? So scientists have just discovered a child’s fussy eating habits are largely down to who they are and their genetics. I’ve often asked myself over the past...

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Nanny nightmare

Our nanny who’d been with us for 2 years left last weekend. We’ve been looking for a replacement for the past 2 months. I THOUGHT that was plenty of time to get one in place before she left. Oh how wrong I was. Foolish me – I should cast my mind back to our previous nanny hunt.

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Parenting – “Help!!”

We are made to feel that parenting should be instinctive and if it doesn’t all come naturally then we have failed. But if we’re honest- apart from the primal need to feed, clothe and keep our children safe – little about parenting really is all that instinctive. It is something that can and should be learnt, without any shame!

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Pink Rules

As the countdown to my daughters 3rd birthday begins several weeks before the big day, there’s been an undeniable upsurge in her “requests” for gifts…but not just any presents. Everything she wants – and she has a pretty long list…is pink. My daughter is out and proud...

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My two year old meets her idol!

I recently rediscovered the feeling of excitement and anticipation that I last experienced in my teenage years, as I looked forward to seeing my latest crush, in concert.  It was long forgotten and kind of unexpected  – as opposed to being Adam Ant, Duran Duran...

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My ‘Theresa shoes’

The Home Secretary Theresa May and I recently met at the Emunah charity gala dinner at the Camden Roundhouse. I presented the appeal, followed by a video “every child counts” which highlighted just some of the amazing work Emunah does every day –...

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Reading between the lines

I’ve now clocked up twenty years in TV journalism and I am about to mark another milestone – 10 years as a Sky News presenter. Like all major anniversaries it’s a time for reflection – for looking in the mirror and taking stock, of life, family, achievements and...

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Breaking News……

 It’s what 24 hour news channels are perhaps most well known for – ‘Breaking News’.  I’ve covered many breaking news stories during my ten years as a presenter on Sky News including the death of Amy Winehouse, the dramatic end of the Sydney siege, the terror attack on...

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Enough apologising for my children

Over the looooong summer holidays I have found myself repeatedly doing something, I’ve never really done before, and in front of complete strangers….apologising for my children’s behaviour! Aged 7, 4 and 2 they are what many would euphemistically describe as...

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