Top Tip for New Cyclists

Six top tips for new cyclists: Get on your bike

We’ve gathered some top tips for new cyclists whether you are contemplating taking up cycling for exercise, to avoid trains and busses on your commute, or as a new family activity, you are not alone! The increase in take-up of cycling over recent months has been phenomenal!  But, if you haven’t ridden a bike since your own childhood, where on earth would you start in … Continue reading Six top tips for new cyclists: Get on your bike

Transform your outside space

How to transform your balcony into a relaxing retreat

Even the tiniest sliver of balcony space can become a welcoming garden oasis — all it takes is a bit of creativity. Here, Nick Acaster, Managing Director of Rugs Direct, shares his tips for transforming your balcony and designing an inviting summer balcony.  Now that the summer is here, many of us will be hoping to spend as much time as possible out soaking up the … Continue reading How to transform your balcony into a relaxing retreat

Kids Coding: Code Ninja David Graham

Are your kids smarter than you?

Teaching kids digital literacy is more important now than ever before. As media devices become more accessible and gaming apps for children increase in popularity, kids need to be able to understand the technology they’re using and how to do so appropriately. The importance of digital literacy By the time a child reaches primary age, they can confidently access the internet, play games and watch … Continue reading Are your kids smarter than you?

How to buy a holiday home abroad

How to buy a Holiday Home abroad: A Guide

Alexander Fordham is a writer for Property Guides, the experts in buying safely overseas. Here, he discusses how to buy a holiday home abroad that will be perfect for your family. Holiday homes overseas are a growing market for British buyers, not least for those looking to take advantage of burgeoning markets abroad compared to the sluggishness of real estate prices back home. Perhaps you’re … Continue reading How to buy a Holiday Home abroad: A Guide

Kids Coding: Code Ninja

Kids Coding: When Screen Time can be good

This summer holiday, my son was looking to learn to code. I searched for local kids coding opportunities, workshops, or classes and found one running at our local library. It was fully booked and the waiting list was overrun. What if there were more local education centres to interest our children in useful skills for modern employment. Then, I got a call from Code Ninjas, … Continue reading Kids Coding: When Screen Time can be good

Home Insurance for your Garden

How the right home insurance will help to protect your garden

Matt Stevens is a Director at The Mortgage Genie. Here, he discusses how taking out the right home insurance can help to protect your garden. If you’re lucky enough to have a home with some outdoor space you can enjoy, it’s likely you will have paid a premium for it. And, the more you add and tend to your garden, the more it’s worth — … Continue reading How the right home insurance will help to protect your garden

Teen car

The First Car: How to help your Teenager choose theirs

In this article, Mark Barclay from independent parts retailer GSF Car Parts takes a closer look at how best to help your teenage son or daughter choose their first car. When the time comes for your child to start driving their first car, it’s perfectly understandable if you have mixed feelings on the matter. Sure, you’re happy for them to get a bit of freedom, … Continue reading The First Car: How to help your Teenager choose theirs

How would long-term paternity leave affect gender roles?

If each parent has solo parental leave then life is better for everyone involved?  Should we legislate to improve parental relationships by forcing fathers to take parental leave? There’s evidence that it is beneficial to the child/children and to the relationships between the mother and father – but is it detrimental to two careers rather than just one? Professor Margaret O’Brien and Professor Karin Wall … Continue reading How would long-term paternity leave affect gender roles?

Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone

In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in a tumultuous throng of city-dwellers. ‘He refuses to be alone,’ Poe wrote. He ‘is the type and the genius of deep crime … He is the man of the crowd.’ … Continue reading Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone