How to Organise the World’s Best Sleepover

This week saw a momentous milestone in the Whittle household – Flea’s first sleepover. It didn’t start well, because one of us had completely forgotten there was a sleepover. I think you know it wasn’t the five-year-old. No worries, we managed to get everyone safely out of the school's late…

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Halloween Costumes: Sorted.

This month, The Great Toy Guide team has been hard at work testing kids’ Halloween costumes, and we’ve put together our guide to 12 of the best outfits for your children this Halloween. Hey, it's a tough job, but we're there for you.  We think there's something great here whatever…

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An Ode to Playmobil

As a parent, you enter – or rather re-enter – the World of Toys.  One of my favourite rediscoveries has been Playmobil. For those who aren't familiar, this is a range of plastic figures and playsets that allow kids to play at all sorts of things, from construction to hospitals.…

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Oh, you have a life? Cancel it.

As a school Mummy, I am an abject failure. This Monday was Harvest Festival. I remembered this just as I was holding open the school's front door for another School Mummy and her three kids. Each child was holding a cardboard box filled with Arborio rice and jars of organic…

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Pushy Parent Syndrome

Last night, I attended a seminar (for want of a better word) at Flea's school, where the teachers explained how the children are being taught to read.  I was expecting something quite full on – this is a private school and one that has a reputation for "bringing children on"…

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