A Working Mum
Celebrities and the media can often give us the (dubious) impression that the modern woman is able to do it all, with the likes of Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie and Madonna seeming to balance hands-on child rearing with hugely successful careers - all without a hair falling out of place.
Only 50 years ago it was rare to find a woman attempting to combine both of these roles. Instead, once she had her first child, a woman’s career usually ended and she would become primarily a mother and homemaker. It was the duty of the husband to work and provide for the family while his wife stayed at home.
The feminist movement has certainly brought about some drastic social changes - as these superwoman celebs might suggest - however, many areas of the media have continued to promote traditional roles, so that it can seem as though little has changed.
The BBC published an article yesterday asking if a family could live off an income of £40,000.
According to the BBC, £40,000 is the average income for a British family where both adults are working (Office for National Statistics) and according to the statistics 30% of UK households also own 2 cars or more!
According to Alvin Hall, financial expert, "£40,000 sounds like a lot of money, you think 'my god I'm earning £40,000' but you're not really after tax. Apparently you need to have priorities to live off £40,000!
The 2011 Family Spending Survey shows that households are spending the largest proportion of their income on transport, rent, fuel and power, and recreation and culture.
When you become a parent you want to remember and capture every moment of your children's lives.
We've taken sooooooooo many photographs of our little lad so far, and he's only eighteen months old. I love looking back over them, especially as you forget how small they were when they're first born.
We had gone along to a two year olds birthday party today, our little lad's first party invite, and he loved it! It was held in an indoor play area and the highlight of the party for him was the ball swamp area.
We had taken along our camera hoping to capture some special moments from the party not realising that the taking of photographs and videos was prohibited in the play areas.
Parents are failing to put enough fruit and veg into their children's packed lunches, health experts have warned.
The School Food Trust, which examined 3,500 packed lunches in England in 2009, says about 40% of lunchboxes do not contain any fruit or vegetables, compared with 10% of school dinners.
It said parents should consider switching to school meals.
Meanwhile, the World Cancer Research Fund has set up a website to give parents advice on healthier lunchboxes.
Could crib bumpers possibly be banned due to safety concerns?
Many experts say bumpers can suffocate babies if their heads get near the padded crib guards and they can’t move away, or if baby gets wedged between a bumper and the mattress. But as long as retailers offer bumpers parents will keep on buying them, despite the possible risks.
Chicago has recently became the first city in the States to ban the sale of bumpers with a unanimous vote.