The Lifemin-Approved School Newsletter Template
Schools, help parents help you! If you follow this basic template, you'll make it so much easier for parents to engage and cooperate when you need them to! The ideal parent-friendly newsletter does the following, in this order: 1. Tells you what you need to do, by when 2. Important dates, ideally in the form of a digital calendar you can sync with your phone 3. Everything else A concise, effective summary of the need-to-know - what we need to do and where we need to be, when - followed by all...

Why I Started Lifemin
Lifemin is for any parent who could benefit from help keeping organised, but there is a special place in my heart for the women who are defying the odds in the male-dominated corporate world, and the men who are defying stereotypes by stepping up on the home front to give their partners the space to thrive professionally.

Are weekends with kids ever enjoyable?
What % of weekends do you actually enjoy? I don’t know whether this is like or unlike other families but in our house, unstructured time leads to boredom and fighting. Recent plan-free weekends have reminded me that my kids, despite being tweens, still need active management and stimulation. Aka the tween version of the playground, or the human version of the hamster wheel.

It's All Work: For Parents, Everything Must Be Planned, Including Leisure
A recent visit from a friend that left me feeling both delighted and guilty got me thinking. Friendships, and leisure more generally, like anything else important, require prioritisation, time, and energy and planning. In other words, even pleasure is work.

How to Make Sports Day a Success for Parents
Sports Day was a great success for the children, less so for the parents. Lifemin shares tips for making Sports Day - and other school events parents are invited to - as parent-friendly as possible.

Patriotism and Family
Today is July 4, a holiday in the US celebrating its founding and independence. With everything going on, I’ve heard talk of Americans opting out of July 4 celebrations. I understand the sentiment, but I disagree with it. I am American; I was born and raised there and lived there till 2006, when I moved to London. I am also half Spanish. So I have plenty of distance and perspective to turn a critical eye to the country I called home for so long. And yet, I am proud to be American - as...

How Our Family Addressed Our Shouting Problem
Lots of parents struggle with shouting and yelling...that inevitably falls on deaf ears, traumatises their children, or both. Here's one way to tackle it.

Should You Volunteer for the PTA?
Volunteering for your PTA or PTO can be rewarding, but it is also a drain on your time and energy. The vast majority of people DON'T volunteer. You might consider them free-riders, selfish or lazy, but maybe they're actually just smarter.

The Three Stages of Parenting
My kids are of an age now, I have learned the hard way, that they need to be consulted and involved in planning things. Long gone are the days when their dad and I could unilaterally decide what they would do, when and with who. So before the Easter break I sat them down and explained that since we would be staying in London, and since they resist camps that don't involve a friend as if they were the cruellest injustice, they needed to plan their break out so that they were occupied and...

How to Hire a Family Assistant
So you’ve decided to take the leap and hire a family assistant—congratulations! It’s a big step towards getting your to-do list back on track and reclaiming your peace of mind. You may feel like you’re finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel of chores, errands, and school activities. But there’s still an important hurdle to get over: the hiring process.

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