Healthy and happy at home

It’s been a confusing few weeks for our little people. While kids are adaptable and mostly happy to enjoy some extra family time, the sudden change of routine, the new rules around handwashing and social distancing and even the fact that they’re not allowed into a locked playground while out for a walk can throw them.  bubble’s teaching advisor Sarah Zeqiri is at home with her three children, Ella, 16, Dexter, 10, and two-year-old Mabel. Here she offers these brilliant tips for keeping children happy during lockdown, helping them process their emotions… and staving off the dreaded cry of, “I’m …

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Home school nation: tips from one educator who’s rising to the challenge

  Sarah Zeqiri is a secondary English and Drama teacher and a teaching advisor for bubble. She has three children: 16 year old Ella, who’s been working hard for her GCSEs only to find out they’ve been cancelled, 10 year old Dexter, a Lego enthusiast who is autistic and has ADHD, and two-year-old Mabel, who is made of noise, Frozen songs and questions. Her husband Jamie is also trying to work from home.   We’ve all heard that the devil makes work for idle hands, but that’s especially true if they belong to a bored toddler or a kid with …

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Working together to support our NHS

During the COVID19 pandemic, it is imperative that NHS staff can be available for their shifts. With schools, nurseries and other regular childcare facilities closed indefinitely, parents in the NHS will struggle to arrange the alternative childcare they need – particularly ad hoc and at short notice – to carry out their work. Whether they can or cannot is a matter of life and death. Across the country, medical students (including the brilliant Sam & Jenny from Edinburgh Med), NHS staff groups, and other stakeholders in the medical community, have decided that they will offer childcare (and other) services to …

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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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Keeping fit… once the kids arrive!

  New Year’s fitness resolutions come around as surely as the chocs and cheeseboards at Christmas, even though most of us know that our good intentions will probably splutter out before the end of January. After a few false starts, Binky Felstead finally caught the fitness bug in her mid-20s, shortly before finding out she was pregnant with daughter India, now two. But with an adaptable routine, some banging tunes and help from bubble, she’s in the best shape of her life since becoming a mum. Here, she shares with us her tips for finding a love of fitness that …

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Not just for Saturday nights: 5 other reasons parents book a babysitter

There’s nothing we love more than seeing how parents make use of the little bit of extra Me Time that bubble affords them. Often, the thought of booking a babysitter instinctively makes people think about Saturday night’s out (which is super important and worthwhile of course!)  but it turns out the parents on bubble can be way more resourceful than that, booking sitters so they can… Make that meeting Working Mums in particular use the app to book in ad-hoc childcare when they need to work from the office or from home – because trying to hit a deadline from your …

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Five Tips for Finding an After-School Sitter

Finding a brilliant after-school sitter is a real lifesaver –  but it’s not always easy. Meeting a sitter you love who has the flexibility in their schedule to meet your requirements can be a challenge, but when you do, being clear and open with them about what you and your kids need from them is really important in ensuring that the relationship is a success. Many parents on bubble use our ‘Regular Help’ feature to find great after-school sitters, and we’ve collated some best-practice tips to help you and your sitter get things just right. Introduce them to your kids …

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UNFINISHED HOMEWORK & STATIONERY SWAG: Parents reveal their top 10 back-to-school worries

OUR KIDS aren’t the only ones dreading the sound of the school bell next week. UK parents have revealed how uniforms, ignored homework and Inset Day have them stressing out. Our survey has revealed the top 10 back-to-school concerns of parents up and down the country. Incomplete holiday homework and reinstating the regular bedtime routine top the worry-list, while planning what to wear for the first drop off makes it in at number nine. The full top 10 is below: 1. The holiday homework my kids didn’t do 2. Reinstating the usual bed-time routine 3. The cost of the extra-curricular activities …

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Feel The Fear & Travel Anyway

Flying with young kids is not for the faint hearted – so much so that the guys at Keep Em Quiet created a company to help ease the anxiety and cost for themselves and others. After numerous flights with little ones, both long and short haul, these top tips are absolute life savers to help make the journey as smooth as possible (afraid they can’t help with any turbulence you might encounter though!) 1) Keep them entertained. After spending a fortune to keep my son busy on our first flight to Spain with his newborn sister, we saw a gap …

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