In their new book, Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitised World, microbiologists B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta reveal the recent explosion of scientific knowledge, and undeniable evidence, that our compulsion for hyper-cleanliness is having a negative effect on our children’s lifelong health. S4K quizRead More →

Ahead of Baby Loss Awareness Week (October 9-15) Chief Executive of SANDS Lothians, Nicola Welsh, shares her own heartbreaking story to explain why this independent Scottish charity will always be there for parents during their darkest times… I had my first son in 2007, Lucas who is now nine. TheRead More →

Parents are missing out on valuable time with their children due to work commitments, yet many are too afraid to talk to their boss about flexible working hours. New research has found that children are missing out on valuable time with their parents, with over half (58%) of mums andRead More →

From cave paintings 40,000 years ago to abstract-expressionist New York, acclaimed author and art historian Michael Bird transports young readers on a journey across continents to introduce the lives and works of history’s greatest artists…  Human beings looking more or less like us have been around for maybe 200,000 years.Read More →

To an Italian family, food is a way of life, not just a necessity. Brought up in an Italian household with a philosophy of ‘one family, one meal’ Michela and Emanuela Chiappa from Channel 4’s Simply Italian have set about adapting traditional recipes and methods to feed the whole familyRead More →

With Cathy Owen Over the last few months I’ve highlighted great fashion buys from many high street stores, but this issue I’m singing the praises of our local designer heroes.   Many of you may be familiar with our Scottish fashion industry big hitters, such as Christopher Kane, Holly Fulton andRead More →

Cara McKee, a writer and mother-of-three from Largs is getting into the spirit of the spooky season… We are super lucky. We get lots of hand-me-downs from cousins and friends and we know people who, like me, are nuts about Halloween, so our dressing-up box runneth over with witches, werewolves,Read More →

I’ve made a list of just a few things families can love about autumn! Wild walks in wellies; kicking up leaves; conkers; coming home to a warm bowl of soup or stew; snuggling up in front of the fire; the knowledge that half-term and Halloween aren’t lurking too far awayRead More →