Parent given $132,000 bill after child breaks statue

Weddings can be expensive but this one proved more expensive than most for one parent who was faced with a $132,000 bill after her five-year-old child accidentally knocked over a statue.

Sarah Goodman talks to This Morning about the incident and her determination not to pay the extortionate bill they were sent after the accident happened at the wedding reception, to which children were invited.

The statue was part of a temporary art display at the event venue – a community centre. This particular statue wasn’t in a glass case or roped off, despite its high value and the fact it sat at a height of over six feet tall, leaving the priceless art accessible to children.

Watch the full video below.

Would you ever not invite children to a wedding?

The decision not to invite children to a wedding is often controversial and can cause upset as children have to be left behind with babysitters or relatives. But other parents relish the opportunity to enjoy a few childfree hours! Unsure how to react to a no-children wedding invite? Chat with others in our Mum SOS support group.

Are you facing an unexpected bill you can’t pay?

Unexpected bills, or expenses that haven’t been budgeted for, can be extremely stressful, especially at a time when many family have to keep a close eye on their spending. If you have concerns about money, bills or debt, we’ve got a dedicated Support Group where help is available from parents in the same situation and our Channel Mum experts.

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Is it OK to call a child gorgeous?

In this clip from Loose Women, the panel discuss whether it is wrong to call a child ‘gorgeous’. This follows an incident where a father complained when a stranger complimented his daughter. The father’s response was that it ruins children by calling them gorgeous.

The panel discuss whether calling a child gorgeous is a compliment or an insult to their personality, as the term ‘gorgeous’ is drawing attention to the child’s looks rather than the compliment focusing on how smart they are. They argue this is something we seem to do with girls rather than boys. We tend to comment on a girl’s looks rather than telling them they are brave or strong.

The panel discuss whether in fact damage can be done either way and question whether not commenting on a child’s looks can give them a negative message and leave them wondering whether they are attractive or not. If you are never told you look nice, will you ever think you do? A Channel Mum member recently shared a similar incident happening to her daughter, read more here.

Watch the full Loose Women video below:

Do compliments affect confidence and self-esteem?

Both adults and children can react differently to receiving, or not receiving, compliments. For parents it can be hard to know what the right balance is and exactly how this can affect confidence and self-esteem. We may naturally refer to daughters as beautiful and sons as strong. Some children are more sensitive to compliments and remarks than others. If you have concerns about your child, please do seek support and advice from our experts in our Support Groups.

How do you feel about getting compliments?

Adults too can feel uncomfortable about receiving complements and not know how to respond. Whereas others find complements reassuring and a boost to self-esteem. A lot of it can depend how we feel about ourselves and how comfortable we are in our own skin. We have a mental health course if you have areas of your mental health you want to work on, plus lots of inspiring videos on body positivity.

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Ultimate World Cup Guide For Newbies – Channel Mum

The World Cup is coming to a screen near you, and we can bet that you’ll know at least one person who will be glued to their TVs for the four weeks that it’s on. If you are a newbie who has not yet caught the footie fever, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. Not to worry, we’ve got the Ultimate World Cup Guide right here that will teach you everything you need to know, brought to you by our very own WAG Kerry!

Need more activities to keep the kiddos busy this summer? Check out our Summer videos – you’ll never run out of ideas again! https://www.channelmum.com/parenting/summer/

When Does The World Cup Start?

The World Cup this year begins on the 14th June and last for four weeks. For everything else you need to know, be sure to watch the full video.

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Is it wrong to want an only child?

In this clip from This Morning, Ruth and Eamonn are joined by two mums with very different views on family size, to discuss whether choosing to have an only child is wrong.

Mum of one Samantha Lenihan, described as the epitome of family planning, was sterilised at the age of 30. Tara Howard has four children and believes that having only one child is unfair. She believes it’s selfish not to give an only child a sibling arguing that the bond they will have throughout their lives can’t be replaced.

They also discuss the expense of childcare costs for big families compared to those with a single child, the support siblings can give each other and whether having more than one child means having the share between your children.Have these issues impacted your own decisions on the amount of children you are having? You can share your reasons you have the number of children you do with other mums here.

See the full discussion in the video below:

Do you need support on your parenting journey?

Here at Channel Mum we support all mums regardless of how many children you have. So whether you have decided to have one child or lots of children, we’ll support you on every step of the journey, whichever route you choose to take. Please do chat to experts in our Support Groups for help, information and advice.

Is family planning something you’re thinking about?

We’ve got lots of videos and advice on trying for a baby, and information on contraception if you’re not.

Not sure what family size is right for you? Wondering if only-child syndrome really exists? Chat to experts and parents in a similar position over in our Support Groups.

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Should my undercarriage really look like that?

In the clip from This Morning, Phil and Holly chat to Dr Zoe about labiaplasty – more commonly known as designer vaginas. A designer vagina is a term used for changing the appearance of the vulva rather than the vagina and Dr Zoe explains that as women age or after they have children their skin can age and change. The procedure started out as purely a medical treatment but nowadays some women can feel insecure about their bodies which can lead to them seeking out the treatment. It has become simpler and cheaper to have a labiaplasty and so it has become more of a trend.

Dr Zoe goes on to explain that there is a skewed perception in society of what is considered normal and shows examples in the video below:

Are you worried about the appearance of your vulva?

If you have concerns over what your body looks like after having children and as you get older, please do chat to experts in our Support Groups. They are there to provide reassurance and will let you know if it is worth talking to your GP.

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Are parents too lazy to potty train?

In this clip from This Morning, Phil reports that 70% of schools are saying there is an increase in the number of 5 year olds starting school in nappies. Some experts are blaming parents for this rise, saying that parents themselves are too lazy to teach their children to potty train. Parents however feel that there isn’t enough support and help when they are trying to toilet train their children and there should be more support available.

Mum of two, Hannah feels that although she got advice from her Health Visitors, this was inconsistent because she saw a different one every time. She feels the advice given plus her daughter starting nursery and being made to wear pullups lead to her child being upset and ultimately suffer with constipation. Toilet Training Expert Amanda Jenner agrees that Hannah felt pressured to force toilet training on her daughter when she wasn’t ready.

Watch this clip to find out the support Hannah has got and what advice Amanda has for her:

Need help potty training your child?

Here on Channel Mum we have a Potty Training section which is full of videos from other mums and advice for parents going through this. You can also watch our Potty Training tips video, by mums who have been there and gone through it too. Ask our experts and talk to other mums in our Mum SOS help boards.

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Dealing with toddler tantrums

Chat to other mums and experts in the Channel Mum Support Groups. 

 

 

Channel Mum Printable Union Flag Bunting

Have you got a fete or themed party coming up? Maybe you want to celebrate a royal wedding or a lovely afternoon tea? This printable Union Flag Bunting is a super easy way of adding a little British flair to your event. There’s one that the kids can colour in and one that we’ve done for you!

Instructions: Print them off and cut along the outside of the flags, making sure to include the tabs. Get the kids to colour in (or if you’re in a rush you can use our ready-coloured set), cut a piece of string or ribbon to the length you want, fold the tabs around the string and stick the tabs down with glue or tape. Then hang up for all to see!

Colour In Union Flag Bunting

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Coloured Union Flag Bunting

Ready-Coloured Bunting

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Get loads of ideas for crafting with your kids here.
Check out our fab party ideas right here.
Get involved with our Seasonal chat and share your party ideas with others.

And don’t forget to snap a photo of your bunting and tag us on @channelmum using #ChannelMumVillage and we’ll re-share our favourites. Have fun!

Got a favourite child? Should you admit it?

Do you have a favourite child or do you love all of your children the same? Mum of four Alisha Tierney-March recently appeared on This Morning and openly says to Phil and Holly that she prefers her third child over the others – giving her preferential treatment and showing her more affection.

Statistics mentioned on the show state that one in five mothers actually admit they have a favourite offspring – are they breaking the ultimate mother taboo? Share your thoughts on this debate in the Channel Mum Chat Groups now.

Watch more videos from Phil and Holly on the This Morning YouTube Channel.

Coping with Sibling Rivalry

Brothers and sisters fighting is something that happens to a lot of parents and it can happen for many reasons including personality clashes, resentment or even bullying at school. In these videos about siblings parents talk about how they have dealt with it and what techniques they have found helps.

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Baby Names That Have Gone Out Of Fashion

Choosing a baby name is quite possibly one of the hardest decisions that parents-to-be face, with so many possibilities and different trends to try and stay ahead of. We’ve done the research and found that many of the names that were at the height of popularity in recent years have been suddenly going out of fashion. But what could be causing these rapid declines? The reasons behind it may surprise you! Watch the full video to find out if your baby name is facing extinction and let us know what you think about these baby names here.

Alexa, Stan and Ollie are among popular baby names being ditched by parents for the weirdest reasons, our new study reveals.Although it was ranked as the UK’s 21st most popular girl’s name in 2016, two-thirds of digitally-savvy parents now say they don’t want their daughter sharing her name with the Amazon Alexa device.Other popular names being dropped by young mums and dads include Stan – because of the hashtag #Stan which is used online to mean ‘stalker-fan’.Ollie, the 69th most popular name for a boy, is also falling out of favour because of a bizarre internet phenomena which sees humans eat the American ‘Ollie’ brand dog food. As a result, three in five parents say they won’t pick it for their son.

On girls’ names, our study of 1,434 parents found Katie and Cait are becoming less popular for a range of reasons, including links to controversial columnist Katie Hopkins, the ‘I Am Cait’ TV show following Caitlyn Jenner and the decline of Kate Middleton fever in favour of new Royal Meghan.

Overall, 55 per cent of parents would be very worried if their child had a name linked to a hashtag, meme or other internet trend, with one in 25 encouraging their child to use a middle name or change their name altogether.

Our ChannelMum.com baby name expertSJ Strum, said: “Although Alexa was a popular choice a few years ago, the rapid proliferation of Amazon Alexas is killing it off. No one wants a daughter and a device with the same name.”

Is YOUR baby name on the list?

GIRLS’ NAMES:

Alexa – The popularity of Amazon Alexa is making this a tricky choice for modern parents. You can’t have a child and a device answering to the same name

Felicia – As ‘Bye, Felicia’ is a millennial insult and internet-breaking Meme

Katie / Cait – Whether it’s Katie Hopkins, the popularity of TV show ‘I Am Cait’ or worries over being a ‘copyKate’ to Kate Middleton, fewer parents are picking this pretty choice.

Scarlett – Being ditched for the even more on-trend and millennial pink Violet

Lauren – With way too many reality TV star connections, it’s no longer an aspirational choice

BOYS’ NAMES:

Stan – Hashtag #Stan means ‘stalker fan’ in millennial slang

Ollie – It’s the name of a popular American pet food brand and is now a YouTube internet phenomenon with humans scoffing their dog’s dinners

Christian – Whether it’s Grey or a nod to religion in multi-cultural Britain, the popularity of this name is on the slide

Harvey – Weinstein, say no more

Ryan – Ryan where? This was once of the UK’s most popular names but is plunging in popularity, as parents don’t want their kids linked to a budget airline.

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Ever Been Caught By the Kids?

HAVE YOU EVER been caught out having sex by your kids? Then you need a SEXCUSE! That’s the new name being given to those little lies we tell after being caught in the act. Our new poll reveals one in five couples have been embarrassed after their child has walked in while they were having sex. Some of the oddest excuses you’ve made include “we were playing bouncy castles”, “we’re wrestling together” and “I’m jumping on daddy’s belly”. Six in 10 mums and dads chose to let their child come to their own conclusion about what they had seen rather than addressing the subject head on – and seven in 10 admitted they just wanted to pretend the whole incident never happened. But the good news for parents is that only a fifth of kids seemed upset by what they had seen, and two thirds were able to pretend they were doing something else. Watch our video and take a look below to find out the top 10 most common Sexcuses:


How many have you used – and do you have a better ones? Share your ideas and take a look at what other parent’s have said here. 

TOP 10 MOST COMMON ‘SEXCUSES’

1. Cuddling

2. Play fighting

3. Tickling each other

4. Just moving in the bed

5. Trying to get out of bed

6. We were trying to make each other laugh

7. Playing a new sport

8. Having an argument

9. We were searching for magical treasure

10. We were playing horsey

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If you’re pregnant be sure to get out all of our pregnancy videos, which will guide you through every single step

 

Dr Larisa Corda, Channel Mum Women’s Health & Fertility Expert

Larisa Corda fertility expertHello, my name is Larisa Corda and I’m a Consultant in Reproductive Medicine.  In 2010 once my medical studies were complete, I decided to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, caring for women from pre-conception through to pregnancy and beyond.

I believe in a holistic approach, combining physical, psychological and lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise and spiritual well-being, into the treatment I give.

I have a particular interest in wanting to help women facing adversities and I campaign passionately for better welfare and healthcare for women around the globe.  I strongly believe that every woman deserves to be empowered with the necessary tools and information to be able to make her own  decisions and  judgements and that is one of the main reasons I am so excited to be working with Channel Mum.  As the Fertility and Pregnancy Expert-in residence, I’m here to help women of all ages and backgrounds get the information and support they need to move forwards in their own journey and achieve their goals.

Click here to take Larisa’s Video Fertility Course.

Larisa Corda’s Role

At Channel Mum I work in the Support Group on the boards and I am involved in developing content that will help
hopeful parents to conceive. You can ask me anything about:

  • Fertility and trying to conceive
  • Pregnancy, including any surgical procedures
  • Women’s health

My Experience

Larisa Corda's Experience

I am This Morning’s Fertility Expert, appearing on Lorraine and Loose Women.

I am also a member of RCOG, BFS and ESHRE, I was Co-Chair of STIRMAS (Subspecialist Trainees in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery) and I was an ambassador for UN Women and the international humanitarian organisation, The Circle.

 

 

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Easter Egg Hunt Clues to Print Off

It’s Easter at last! And when you’re a child it can be a great fun time for the family. There are so many fun things you can do to help bring a little bit of extra magic into your kids’ Easter, and we here at Channel Mum are making things super easy for you. We’ve got three fabulous Easter Egg Hunt Clues sheets for you to print off and use. There’s an option for younger kids, an option for older kids and even a blank version for you to create your own clues. Take a look and choose the ones most suitable for you or you can even just use them as inspiration.

Get your printables below!

Watch Kate try them out with her children in this video:


Printable Easter Egg Clues

Instructions: Print them off and you can either cut them up and hide the next clue each time with or without a treat or give the sheets to your children and leave the treats without the next clue, the choice is yours. You could even get your older children to cut out their own clues.

Easy Easter egg Hunt

Get Your Easy Easter Egg Hunt

Older Easter egg hunt

Get Your Easter Egg Hunt For Older Kids

blank Easter egg hunt

Get Your Blank Easter egg Hunt

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Watch more Easter Egg Hunt videos here.
Check out all our Easter Ideas including crafts, bonnets, recipes and more.
Get involved with our Easter chat and share your ideas with others.

And don’t forget to snap a photo of your kids with their printables and tag us on @channelmum using #CMEaster and we’ll re-share our favourites. Have fun!

The Hidden Epidemic of Extreme Thoughts after Baby

Channel Mum founder, Siobhan Freegard OBE was on This Morning discussing the recent Channel Mum survey which found that nearly half of new mums suffer extreme or disturbing thoughts, as well as 64% stating that they would never seek help. Siobhan was joined on the sofa by vlogger Jem Armistead who shares how she overcame these anxieties and is speaking out to help end the stigma for other mums. If this is a subject that has affected you, know that you are not alone. There is a wealth of support and help on Channel Mum. Start by taking our Mums Mental Health Quiz to see how you are doing. Our short quiz is designed to see how you are really feeling and the results may surprise you. We also have experts in our support group including our health visitor Maggie, our psychologist in residence Emma Kenny and our trained parent helpers. We also have a full video course, podcasts and supporting materials to help.

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How to Make Pancakes

Looking for some foolproof pancake recipes to wow your family with this Pancake Day? With the help of Iceland we have five brilliant recipes for you to try below.

We were live on Facebook with Pancake Day hacks and a competition to win £150 of Iceland vouchers! This Competition is now closed but you can still watch the top pancake day hacks from Neil Nugent Iceland’s head chef below. Find out who won here. Iceland have EVERYTHING you could need this pancake day.  Usual Channel Mum rules apply.

THE foolproof pancake recipe
2 eggs, break and lightly mix.
Add a pint of whole milk then enough flour (plain or SR) until it gets to a single cream consistency.
Don’t over mix it. It’s best to leave it to rest for about 20 minutes then it’s good to go!

Vegan apple pancakes
Vegan blueberry pancakes
Indulgent chocolate pancake
Smoked haddock rarebit pancake
Smoked streaky bacon, goats cheese and caramelised onion chutney pancakes

Vegan apple pancakes (serves 4)

Apple pancakes - side view

You will need
240g self-raising flour
15g sugar
1g salt
100g grated apple
340g almond milk
30g veg oil
½ tsp cinnamon

For the toasted oats and nuts
50g of toasted oats
50g of chopped toasted almonds
Maple syrup to taste

1. Put the flour, sugar, almond milk, salt, oil and cinnamon into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter. Add the grated apple and stir through.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden.

3. Top the pancakes with the toasted oats and nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Vegan blueberry pancakes (serves 4)

Side view of blueberry pancakes

You will need
240g self-raising flour
15g sugar
1g salt
100g blueberries
340g almond milk
30g veg oil

1. Put the flour, sugar, almond milk, salt, oil and cinnamon into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter. Add the blueberries and stir through.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden.

3. Finish the pancakes with the blueberry compote.

For the blueberry compote
300g frozen blueberries
30g sugar

 Indulgent chocolate pancake (serves 2)

chocolate pancakes from above

You will need
135g plain flour
28g sugar
5g baking powder
1g salt
180g milk
1 egg
30g melted butter

1. Put all of the pancake ingredients into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancake for around 2 minutes. Top with as much of the topping flavours as you like and finish under the grill

3. Add a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce

For the topping
Chocolate brownie pieces
Chocolate sauce
Marshmallows
Malteasers
Salted caramel ice cream
Chopped nuts (optional)

Smoked haddock rarebit pancake (serves 2)

Haddock and rarebit pancakes

You will need
135g plain flour
5g baking powder
1g salt
180g milk
1 egg
30g melted butter

1. Put all of the pancake ingredients into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancake for around 2 minutes. Top with as much of the topping flavours as you like and finish under the grill

3. Add a fried egg and cracked black pepper

For the rarebit sauce
50g butter
50g plain flour
1pt milk
135g Iceland vintage cheese
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of ale
1 egg yolk

1. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over a low heat and add the flour stirring until the mixture turns to a paste.

2. add the ale or beer and the Worcestershire sauce, then gradually add the milk stirring to minimise lumps.

3. Simmer for 7 to 8 minutes then take off the heat and add the grated cheese and stir until smooth and cool.

4. Finally add the egg yolk, season to taste and chill until ready to use.

To finish
50g wilted baby spinach
2 poached smoked haddock fillets
2 fried eggs (cracked black pepper)
Chilled Rarebit

Smoked streaky bacon, goats cheese and caramelised onion chutney pancakes (serves 2)

Bacon and cheese pancakes

You will need
100g plain flour
2 whole eggs
30g veg oil
300g milk

For the filling

Cooked Smoked streaky bacon
Soft goats cheese
Caramelised onion chutney

1. Put the flour, eggs, milk and oil into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter.

2. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and lightly oil. Pour in the batter and cook your pancakes for 1 minute on each side until golden.

3. Fill the pancakes with as much of the filling as you desire.

All of the ingredients for these recipes can be purchased from Iceland 

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The Channel Mum Podcast

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To accompany our video course on Mums Mental Health, we also have this amazing podcast voiced by our Psychologist-In-Residence Emma Kenny (with a special episode by our founder Siobhan Freegard!)

These episodes will walk you step-by-step through relaxation exercises that you can do in bed, just before you’re going to sleep or even throughout the day if you get a spare five minutes. Whatever works best for you.

 

Episode 1 – PND & Me with Siobhan Freegard

In this first episode Siobhan introduces the Channel Mum You Are Not Alone Mums Mental Health Course and chats about her experience with post natal depression.

Listen to episode 1 here.

Episode 2 – Total Relaxation

This episode is part of the Channel Mum “mums mental health course”. Emma joins us to take you through an audible relaxation experience.

Listen to episode 2 here.

Episode 3 – The Complete Channel Mum Body Scan

This episode is part of the Channel Mum “mums mental health course”. Emma joins us to take you through an amazing complete body scan session.

Listen to episode 3 here.

Episode 4 – The Secret To Mindful Breathing

This episode is part of the Channel Mum “mums mental health course”. Emma joins us to take you through an audible lesson on mindful breathing .

Listen to episode 4 here.

 

And remember to let us know how you found working through this podcast in our Support Group.

Head back to the Mums Mental Health Video Course.

 

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Are Housewives Lazy? Things Get Heated | This Morning

What do housewives actually DO all day? This is the question which lead to a heated debate on This Morning when working mum Rebecca asks it of stay at home mum Kerry Whelpdale. Kerry explains that she works just as hard as a working mum does and that she feels there are good and bad things whatever parenting choice you make. Do working mums have to do all the housework and cooking as well as going out to work or do they have it easy because they get a break from the kids?

Take a look at this recent clip from This Morning to see Kerry’s response and watch how things get a bit heated!

What do you think? Do stay at home mums have it easy or are there good and bad things about whatever choice mums have to make? Chat to other mums on the topic in our Support Groups. 

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Maggie Fisher, Channel Mum Health Visitor In Residence

Maggie Fisher sleep specialist

Hello, my name is Maggie Fisher and I am a nurse and health visitor. I have been a health visitor for over 35 years and have a wide variety of specialist interests and experiences both within the NHS and working nationally with other organisations to support parents and train other professionals. I have advanced qualifications in parenting, healthy eating, relationships, coping with stress, infant and child mental health, perinatal mental health working with mums, dads and babies.

I have been a sleep specialist for over 25 years and have set up and ran a sleep support service in Hampshire and a national sleep support forum helping thousands of sleep deprived families. My own three children were poor sleepers and this started my personal and professional interest in understanding sleep and sleep issues. I was determined to share what I learnt and continue to learn to help others. I also run evidenced based training for other professionals so they too can improve sleep for all the family. I have written several books and write in professional journals and other publications.

I love working and connecting with mums, dads, babies and children. I am passionate about helping others and listening to mums so together we can make a difference and help overcome difficulties. Being a parent is the hardest job we do and everyone is different. We all need a place where we can be heard, understood and not judged. ChannelMum provides that caring space for mums to vent, cry, laugh, celebrate, share, be listened to and supported I am delighted to be working here with such a lovely team and community.

Click here if you already spoken to Maggie and she has directed you here to fill in her sleep assessment form.

And click here to download Maggie’s free Sleep Diary to help you assess your child’s sleep.

Maggie Fisher’s Role

At Channel Mum I work in the Support Group on the boards and I am involved in developing content that will help
mums, dads and their families. You can ask me anything about:

  • Sleep
  • Feeding and eating
  • Crying
  • Relationships
  • PND, anxiety, depression and anything to do with mental health
  • Normal and abnormal child development
  • Pregnancy
  • Behaviour and tantrums
  • Toilet training
  • Illness and disease
  • What to do if you are worried about a child
  • Domestic abuse

Basically all the things you would ask your health visitor!

My Experience

Here are some of the organisations I have worked at:

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I also worked for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (over 30 years) and OnePlusOne (the relationship charity). I also have my own Arbonne business.

And here are the books I have published:

 

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Ten of the Best Workout Channels 2018

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Want to find ways to get your body moving and get a bit healthier in 2018? The good news is having no childcare isn’t an obstacle to fitness; YouTube has a vast array of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home. Whether your thing is HIIT or yoga, read on for ten of our favourite FREE fitness YouTubers you need to follow this year. In no particular order:

Tone It Up

A high energy all rounder channel with a full range of different exercises. You can even download their app to get more of what you love.

View the Tone It Up channel here

Yoga with Adrienne

Adrienne is all about making time for you and cultivating self love. She has released a new 30 day yoga routine for January 2018 called ‘True’ which we think sounds like a good way to start the year. You can even sign up to the accompanying email for daily affirmations to your inbox.

View the Yoga with Adrienne channel here.

The Body Coach

The franchise that is Joe Wicks also has a great fun YouTube channel, focussing on high energy HIIT workouts. Perfect if you want to burn fat and get fitter this year.

View the Bodycoach channel here.

Blogilates

You didn’t know exercise could be this fun, with full length POP Pilates, PIIT28 and fun Bootcamp Sculpting workouts to Top 40 Hits with certified fitness instructor Cassey Ho.

View the Blogilates channel here.

Lucy Wyndham-Read

Lucy’s channel is full of full workouts suitable for beginners to experts and contain everything from walking exercise to fat burning and full body workouts. A lot of her routines are suitable pre and postnatally so perfect for mums at home.

View Lucy Wyndham-Read’s channel here.

The Fitness Marshall

You saw him featured above with Cassey but he also has his own fun channel which is full of his unique high energy brand of hilarious. Have so much fun dancing along to songs you know that you won’t even feel the burn.

View The Fitness Marshall channel here.

Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine is a yoga teacher and nutritional health coach. She recently had a baby and her latest fitness video is perfect you are are a real exercise beginner or have just had a baby. We recently caught up with Madeleine here.

View Madeleine Shaw’s channel here.

Carly Rowena

Carly’s videos always have a mix of health food, gym or home based workout videos and every day content and she has just started a new Guide to the Gym series for 2018.

View Carley Rowena’s channel here.

Fitness Blender

A husband and wife team with new full workouts every week, many with no equipment required.

View the FitnessBlender channel here.

Whitney Simmons

Her channel combines health, fitness and some serious life inso. A lot of her videos are a combination of workouts with some lifestyle content which is a great mix.

View Whitney Simmons’ channel here.

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