“You managed to get a night out together – amazing!” Before having kids, no-one ever congratulates you on going to the pub… Now it’s all about the ‘date night’. Apparently, it’s something we all need to schedule into our lives in order to protect our relationships. Did we even use the phrase ‘date night’ seriously before becoming parents, and we started to feel like getting dressed up and heading out of the house without the kids required months of military planning? Maybe it’s because lots of people don’t live near their families anymore, which means they don’t automatically have childcare
January is the month of the detox. Here at bubble, we’re focussing on weaning ourselves off the internet in order to spend more quality time with the people we love. Here are the three tools we’re using to encourage the whole family (mums & dads included!) to spend less time on their devices and to make some new – real-life – connections. Let the digital detox begin! Get the kids offline with Kidslox: Over the Christmas break, many of us were guilty of over-reliance on the ‘i-nanny’, handing the kids a tablet or phone so we could enjoy the festivities
Every January, we make a number of unrealistic resolutions for the new year, from learning a language or travelling to new countries to volunteering or running a marathon. Instead of adding to your to-do list, make 2017 the year you get more rest, let go of parental guilt and make some more time for yourself. Here are 7 resolutions that every parent needs to make this year (and you can always do that marathon too if you really want to…): Put aside some time each week to do something just for you. Not work. Not spending time with the kids.
Christmas Eve is an incredibly exciting time, which can make it difficult for kids to settle down and go to sleep. However, it’s also the time when parents are trying to finish off their present wrapping and waiting for kids to nod off so they can sneak in with their stocking. Make sure they get to bed on time with these top tips: 1. Limit their sugar intake before bed. As tempting as it is to smash open the selection boxes early, keep your eyes on the prize (bedtime) and save the treats for Christmas day. 2. You might love
When you start planning Christmas with the kids, you imagine piles of matching gifts under a twinkling tree, visits to Santa in his grotto and joyful hours masterminding the escapades of a cheeky little Elf. You forget the blood, sweat and tears that goes on behind the scenes to make sure each year is more magical than the last. Yes, Christmas with the kids is a wonderful time, but just sometimes we remember what December was like before they came along with more than a touch of nostalgia… Tree Before kids: You carefully selected matching decorations from John Lewis. You
December can be a stressful month when you’re a parent. There’s so much pressure to keep up with everyone else and make sure your kids don’t miss out, while Facebooking the hell out of it all at the same time. This year, we’re particularly grateful for the people who have made it their business to ease the burden by bringing Christmas to us. Here are our top three: Giftwink This one is a total no-brainer. You simply tell Giftwink who you need to buy gifts for, and they come back to you with some personalised suggestions that are so good
Christmas time in London is fantastic when it comes to family activities and things to do with the kids. Though it’s also a pretty great time to do some things without them…Here are our top 5 picks. Cuddle up in an igloo The Coppa Club has installed eight heated igloos on their terrace for the festive period. They’re walk-in only, so one of the few festive experiences you don’t need to book months in advance. Right on the banks of the Thames, and made from transparent plastic, they’re the perfect place to sit back and watch the world go by.
Since we heard the exciting news that bubble is being promoted on Easyjet kids’ boarding passes, we have been daydreaming of boarding a flight for a winter getaway. If you’re also thinking about treating the family to a long weekend of festive fun, read on for the places that have made it onto our wish list. Christmas markets: Berlin & Edinburgh Berlin offers some of the best Christmas markets in all of Europe, and it so should; it boasts over 50 of them! With the aroma of mulled wine and the ready availability of humungous sausages (with curry ketchup of
When choosing the perfect person to take care of your children, your instinct might tell you to choose a woman. However, there’s a growing demand for male nannies and babysitters, and some very compelling reasons to give a ‘manny’ a chance the next time you need a break: Using a male sitter from time to time teaches kids that men are equally capable of looking after them, and that both men and women can assume traditional caregiving roles. That’s a lesson we want our children to learn, right? Both boys and girls need strong, positive male role models. This is
We’ve been out doing a bit of Flyering this week in North and South-West London which was fun, cold and character building… As well as coming out with thicker skin, mild frost-bite, and loads of useful feedback on our app, the exercise also got us thinking about the different ways you can tell if a car belongs to a parent. Here’s what we came up with. Essentially, you know the vehicle is parent-owned when: There’s an assortment of random – for want a better word – “crap” on the dashboard; a spoon, a sock, crumpled bits of A4, a rubber