Category: "Childhood Memories"

  • Do you really know your family?

    As we approach the centenary of the armistice that brought an end to World War I, it made us realise how many of the real stories from the war are already lost.  Diaries have been found by some families telling the story of what is was really like to be involved, but if those people were here now, what questions would be asking them over our dinner?  Sadly, in this case, it is too late. Our...

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  • Sharing some family stories at Mother's Day

    Mother's Day was last Sunday and we have asked Mother and Daughter Kathy and Meg to give a little insight of some of their motherhood experiences, memories and stories, A little about our guests….. Daughter's Name: Meg Birleson Age: 35 How many children: 3 Location: Wiltshire, UK Mother's Name: Kathy Keltner Age: 66 How many children: 2 Location: Tennessee You both live hundreds of miles apart with the Atlantic between you. I imagine this makes sharing your...

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  • 8 tips to make #WalktoSchool Week fun and healthy

    As #WalktoSchool Week kicks off, we’ve taken a look at all the benefits of getting those little legs walking, rather than jumping in the car to be chauffeured. Why not take part and join over a million pupils and their families to celebrate walking to school? Research has shown that the benefits to children are profound – challenge everyone in your school to walk every day during Walk to School Week and make a real difference...

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  • Secrets of health and happiness: worms and walks

    At last the sun is shining and everyone’s getting excited and motivated. The health campaigns have kicked off, and we are all being urged to get fit and in touch with nature. But where do you start? Health and wellbeing campaigners are an opportunistic bunch. They like to catch us at our most vulnerable. The terrifying thought of the flesh-baring holidays provides the chance to get us motivated for fitness. And once we see a little sunshine...

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  • 7 outdoor family activities to awaken your senses

    As the Wildlife Trusts prepare to launch their 30 Days Wild campaign to get us all outside soaking up the freshness of Spring, we’ve chosen our top picks of simple ideas to get you and your family excited about the outdoors, using all of your senses… 1. Go on a sound safari Explore all the sounds of your neighbourhood by organising a sound safari. From sirens, wind, planes and diggers, to birdsong and dog barks. They...

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  • How 16 messages for a child as she grows can help you live a better life

    While we can complete journals for our children’s journey to date, what can we leave our children for their future should we suddenly depart? Helen Stephens ponders… For those who watch the BBC series “Call the Midwife” I couldn’t help to be moved by the last episode of the latest series, which saw Sister Evangelina pass away peacefully. However, it wasn’t just this scene that resonated with me, it was also the voice of Vanessa Redgrave...

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  • 6 reasons why mother was right about teenage skinny dipping

    Research* shows that teenagers’ happiness (girls’ in particular) plummets as they reach the teenage years. So, what advice would you offer your teenage self to get through those rollercoaster years? Kerri Littlefield has a go…. As my daughter reached 13 I started to see more of myself in her. The good bits, the bad bits. I also started to remember how tough it is to be a teenager and how the old saying of school days...

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  • The insider's guide to an imperfect Christmas

    Given that the average Mum spends 51 hours preparing all the loveliness for Christmas Day, major building work in the lead up to Christmas was always going to end in heartache. But nothing prepared me for the challenge ahead… I started off with a positive attitude. A romantic image of the family huddling up together with colourful scarves, red noses and hearty laughs. How could I be so naïve? The main challenges of rebuilding a house...

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  • An emoji can’t replace a hug

    We got quite excited when we were asked to be a National Unplugging Day partner. We were keen to help parents encourage their children to switch off their gadgets and see the benefits of spending more time engaging with their families, friends and nature, in the way ourJournals of a Lifetime do. Little did we realise that it’s us parents that are in need of the mostencouragement to unplug. MyFamilyClub.co.uk, a leading parenting website, found on...

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  • How to make someone else's life better

    What is a business? According to Richard Branson, the answer is simple. It’s “an idea that makes someone else’s life better”. Every week we receive emails and social media posts from customers who say from you to me journals have made their life better. Over the next week, in the lead up to the #pitchtorich voting deadline, we will be sharing some lovely touching stories. Here’s Sally’s story. Sally and her partner are a same-sex couple...

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