All posts by Rachel Brodrick

There’s Only One Mum Like You

A paean to mums everywhere, told in simple but lyrical rhyming text and accompanied by gorgeous watercolour illustrations of all kinds of animal mothers and their young. Mums of all sorts are included, along with the many things they do that make their offspring love …

Read to your baby every day

“Science tells us that babies develop best when they are spoken to, sung to, and read to.” [back cover] This beautiful hardback book is a treasure for the family of any new baby and a great encouragement to begin reading aloud to the youngest of …

9 questions with Jeff Clark

From crooning as Gary Starlight at Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival, to spinning yarns as The Story Vending Machine at KidsFest, this stay-at-home writer/performer dad juggles all his roles beautifully, writes KINETA BOOKER. What sort of dad are you? I’m probably a cross between …

Comfort food

HELLERS has a delicious new range of winter soups to warm your family’s chills and keep colds at bay. It’s that time again! Time to rug up and brace for the winter weather ahead. The frosty, wet days of winter, cramped up together indoors, also …

Perfect bread

Recipe by Rachael What you need 1kg high grade flour 15g yeast 15g salt 15g sugar 30ml oil 650ml warm water What to do Add all of the ingredients in the order they are listed above, to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix, using …

Sleep easy

If energy levels or moods are low, worries are high or if a good night’s sleep doesn’t come easy, SleepDrops provides support for the whole family. For a healthy, happy life, getting enough sleep and relaxation is vital – not just for parents, but for …

Foster parenting

Foster parent KELLY EDEN discusses focusing on a child’s strengths rather than their difficulties to help build self esteem, and emotion coaching to enable them to better manage their feelings. When I became a foster mum a number of years ago, I quickly saw that …

I believe… in me!

Author SIUBHAN GREEN reveals that our children’s futures — their careers, relationships, every aspect of their lives — depend on their sense of self belief. So what can we do, from the get-go, to ensure we raise ours to believe in themselves? Nearly seven years …