At Christmas time my dad always insisted that we parted with three toys that were in very good condition before the big day to a local Children’s home. He would tell us how some kids did not have families of their own and how it was important to think about them and make sure they had nice things to play with too. He had a very big heart did my dad and I think the Christmas story made him think about every child needing a place to stay!

Everyone needs a family

What you are taught young often stays with you and I now do the same with my children. The thought of children without families has always made me very sad. My family were my whole world they gave me roots to keep me grounded and to help me feel safe. They gave me wings to fly with and always I carried their good wishes with me. I cannot imagine not having that. It is hard as a grown up to be without my parents but for a child. Just so sad and something we as a society have to think about.

Foster care is a long established option for children who cannot live with their own families for whatever reason. Some are emergency placement, some short term because a parent is ill for example. Some are long term options e.g. if a parent is in prison or has died or is substance misusing. There are so many different reasons why a child may end up in foster care.

Some foster cares are registered to the local authority and some to independent agencies such as Capstone foster care  More foster carers are always needed. Children need homes, they need security and nurturing. And whilst group children’s homes do exist a child is best placed within a family environment in almost all occasions.

Thinking about these kids just once a year like my family do isn’t going to give them the home they need though obviously all levels of support are needed.

Could you be a foster carer? Have you ever thought about it?




Family firendly franchises abound and are perfect for SAHM (stay at home mums) It can be a popular and lucrative option among stay-at-home  parents to buy a baby-related franchise. I bought a Tiny Talk baby-signing franchise when my son was just nine months’ old. I had rung to book Frankie and myself into our local class only to find out that the classes were all full and that the franchise was soon to be sold. I am experienced at signing, a confident singer and used to training groups and so immediately thought, ‘Oh, this could be for me!’ I was interviewed and approved, then trained by the company, set up with equipment and lesson plans and then you’re off and running.

Running my own franchise was interesting and I earned a good income. There were over 100 mums (and one or two dads) out there running Tiny Talk franchises; we would chat online or at regional and national conferences, it was a real community of support. I was able to take my son along to the classes I taught and I met lots of other local mums and their babies who have remained friends. I only worked one morning a week baby signing, yet I made enough money to keep my car on the road and pay for all my son’s activities. What’s more, it integrated me into our local community and I was able to contribute financially. When I sold up due to baby number two, I made a healthy profit. Plus, I got a great maternity allowance as a result of my very part-time working (this only happens if you pay your voluntary national insurance contributions, though).

During that time, I built up new skills in running a business and these will stand me in good stead when I eventually venture back out into the workplace. Running my own baby business made me feel stimulated, proud and balanced.

There’s a whole family of baby- and children-linked franchises – Tumble Tots, Jo Jingles and Socatots, to name a few – so ponder a while, it could be perfect for your current lifestyle. I worked at my franchise for three years and I loved it.

If you want to earn money in a way that fits with being a full-time parent then buying and running a franchise could work for you. Most websites have contact details where you can express an interest in the franchise, along with FAQs.

Jo Jingles

Music classes for babies and pre-schoolers.

01494 778989

Monkey Music

Music and percussion classes for under-fi ves.

01582 766464

Musical Minis

Fun music group for babies and toddlers.

020 8868 0001


Football coaching programme for under-fi ves.

0113 244 2005


Baby signing classes.

01483 301444

Tumble Tots

Baby and toddler gymnastics.

0121 585 7003


Fun, creative yoga classes for kids aged two to seven.

 For all the information you could possibly want about franchises on one site with lots of tips, ideas and franchise opportunities, check out

P>S I hvae not been paid by TinyTalk or approached by them to sing their praises they just are a fab company to work for.


 I just want to share with you something really beautiful my family do. Each season we make a huge new picture for our kitchen wall depicting the season. It’s our pride and joy and even daddy gets involved. The children love it and we love to set to work on a new one as the season ends. It costs very little as we use what we have pasta, string stickers even leaves but it provides hours of fun in the making!

The kids learn to plan their art work, work as part of a team, lots of fine motor sklils and they develop their their creativity too. lus we spend lots of lovelytime together .

 We wanted to share our summer, winter and spring with you and perhaps inspire you over Easter. I would love to see your pictures too!

 Happy Easter half term!

This post was from last year but it has been linked to this years Learning through Play blog hop for March at the tots 100. Family projects are the best x