Lockdown spa: Kitchen scissors, YouTube tutorials and face paint

One new and slightly panicked interest we all have in common since lockdown is DIY beauty and grooming. Within days of being asked to stay home, men were posting photos of their lockdown headshave.  Others began to nurture quarantine beards. As roots began to peep, WhatsApp chats became box dye advice forums and pink hair ruled. Hairdressers advised clients’ scissor-wielding partners and housemates via videolink, like bomb disposal experts calmly coaxing a sweating action movie hero to snip the blue wire, not the red. And there have been mistakes, particularly on (although not limited to) the heads of small, wriggly …

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How to do date night (when you can’t get further than 50 feet from your kids)

Lockdown with kids is many things and romantic isn’t one of them. If you’re also cooped up with your significant other, you may be reminded of the newborn days – competitive tiredness, extreme sugar consumption, constant crying, crumpled leisurewear and an occasional urge to run away and join the French Foreign Legion. The cheeky-Fiorentina-and-Marvel-movie date nights of pre-virus times seem like an impossible, glamorous dream. And once parents have attempted to fulfil the daily obligations of care, cooking, working, walking, schooling and cleaning, the idea of a lockdown ‘date’ feels like one thing too many. But parents deserve a night …

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The lockdown habits that will be hard to break

Even in the first week of lockdown, pre-coronavirus norms already felt like they belonged to a different lifetime. “This advert hasn’t aged well,” my husband said, shaking his head as the TV displayed images of people clearly not from the same household congregated less than two meters apart in an office building, with one woman – eek – eating cereal directly from a co-worker’s bowl WITH HER FINGERS. She didn’t leave the cereal 72 hours to decontaminate; she didn’t even wash her hands. Lockdown life is already ingrained. Instead of hugging and trading nits, kids shout a cheery, ‘STAY AWAY …

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How to ace Easter Sunday during lockdown

When some Police forces and local councils declared chocolate Easter eggs were a ‘non-essential’ item last week, many parents experienced a moment of minor panic. While chocolate may not be an essential grocery item, to those little people who look forward to the Easter bunny’s visit as much as Father Christmas’s, a no-show from the bunny was going to be tricky to explain. Fortunately, the official warnings were deemed heavy-handed and restrictions on the number of Easter eggs  shoppers can buy have been lifted. Still, pickings are slim and not everyone’s been able to get the usual things – foil …

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How to make the most of Mother’s Day when you’re social distancing

Mother’s Day, along with pretty much everything else, is shaping up to be very different this year. Pub lunches are out and even spring strolls might not be possible. Sadly, trips to see older relatives with the kids are almost certainly off the cards. Here are a few ideas to make sure Mother’s Day 2020 is still a winner. Adjust expectations You may not be able to spend the day galloping around a National Trust property before sitting down for a pub meal (translation: repeatedly yelping, ‘Don’t touch that!’ while dragging whinging kids around a historic house then speed-eating a …

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How to work from home (when the kids are there too)

As scores of UK Parents get told to work from home, our Head of Content and Mum-of-2 Lizzie Catt takes a look at what parents can do to make the most of the new office…. Set up a work area you can sneak off to, but accept that this will become the most fascinating part of your home. Your children will want to touch every inch of it, steal your Sellotape, rub your blu tack into the carpet and make a den under your desk. Most work can be done on a slyly opened laptop while the kids are watching …

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