Frighteningly good half term fun

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Liz Nicholls rounds up the best activities - many of them spooky - around the county as schools break up

The hidden art of motherhood

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 17th October 2014

Do babies and culture mix? Yes, says art consultant Sarah Mayhew Craddock with a big sigh of relief

Tame the tiger for happier kids

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

Liz Nicholls reports on at a new book by Tanith Carey that looks at the dangers of pushy parenting

Remembering the dread (mine) of starting school

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 5th September 2014

As term begins in Oxford, what effect does starting school have on a four-year-old? When her daughter Mery started primary school in 2010, Gill Sutherland kept a diary of the youngster’s first six weeks as a pupil. It reveals how mum and daughter both felt about those difficult first days and what has happened since

Make room for animal magic

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

It began innocently enough when, a few years ago, deer – or rather their heads – started being spotted in Oxfordshire homes, but now there's a whole menagerie of animals vying for space indoors. Jaine Blackman joins the hunt

The science of cheap fun

Oxford Mail:

3:25pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Forget costly summer outings, entertain the kids with inexpensive experiments at home, says Jaine Blackman

Taking a look at home life in 1914

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 1st August 2014

Jaine Blackman discovers what Oxford women were reading about 100 years ago

New dads get tips to be like Beckham

Oxford Mail: New dads get tips to be like Beckham

11:00am Friday 6th June 2014

Looking after a new baby can be daunting for dads, but it can also be a doddle says Rob Kemp, the author of The New Dad’s Survival Guide. Jaine Blackman reports

Gallop into a world of imagination this half-term

Oxford Mail: Danyah Miller brings Michael Morpurgo's book 'I Believe in Unicorns' to vivid life at The Story Museum in Oxford this half-term

11:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

With a fantastic range of half-term events on offer, Liz Nicholls looks forward to a truly magical time

Battle for the garden shed

Oxford Mail: Battle for the garden shed

11:00am Friday 16th May 2014

Sheena Patterson of Oxford Garden Design has a fight on her hands for control of the ‘dirty den’

There's no one quite like your mum

Oxford Mail: Jaime Woodham and her mum Liz

11:00am Friday 28th March 2014

They know us best and they have plenty of wisdom to share (whether we like it or not). As Mother’s Day approaches Jaine Blackman asks some daughters what their mums mean to them and what gems of advice they have imparted

Keep calm - you're in charge, mum

Oxford Mail: GP Dr. Ellie Cannon

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

GP Dr Ellie Cannon wants first-time mums to trust their instincts, and tells Jaine Blackman all about her no-nonsense, anti-rules approach to parenting

Plenty to do this half term!

Oxford Mail: Find out about Crimes and Capture on an interactive trail at Oxford Castle

11:00am Friday 14th February 2014

The watery, wintry post-Christmas stretch is over, and half term is on the horizon. If you’ve got kids in tow, there is plenty in store to keep them entertained, from frivolous frolics to some hardcore learning. Liz Nicholls finds out more

New reports show men are doing more housework!

Oxford Mail: Put your feet up, darling

11:00am Friday 14th February 2014

So men are apparently doing more housework. A good thing, right? Not for Annette Cunningham

The age of living Appily ever after

Oxford Mail: The age of living Appily ever after

11:00am Friday 7th February 2014

Oxford singletons have gone all hi-tech, with a wave of new apps designed to find love at the swipe of a smartphone. But do they really work? Jaine Blackman reports

Mother's tale of heartbreak

Oxford Mail: Mother's tale of heartbreak

11:00am Friday 17th January 2014

Oxford single mother Anne-Marie Cockburn, whose beloved only daughter Martha died six months ago, talks about publishing her diary of bereavement

Don't hate me because I'm a Brussel - Ways to jazz up your veg

Oxford Mail: Don't hate me because I'm a Brussel - Ways to jazz up your veg

11:00am Friday 20th December 2013

You’ve bought your sprouts from Oxford’s Covered Market, now what are you going to do with them? Jaine Blackman has some advice

It’s no to fussy eaters but YES to foodies

Oxford Mail: Claire Potter

5:00pm Friday 27th September 2013

Fed-up with mealtime battles with the children? Jaine Blackman reports on a mum who’s got the ‘little blighters’ under control

Health, wealth and happiness - your guide to sending the children back to school

Oxford Mail: Health, wealth and happiness - your guide to sending the children back to school

5:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013


Best of the burgers

Oxford Mail: Best of the burgers

5:00pm Friday 9th August 2013

If you don’t want to splash out £200,000 for one of the world’s first lab-grown burgers – taste tested in London recently – there are plenty of cheaper alternatives.

How to get good in beds

Oxford Mail: Holly Farrell in her garden

5:00pm Friday 26th July 2013

For gardener and foodie Holly Farrell there’s nothing nicer than picking a fresh, sun-warmed strawberry from her garden.

When dads-to-be need to deliver

5:00pm Friday 26th July 2013

While Prince William was, not surprisingly, present during the birth of his and Kate’s son (what, you didn’t know?), not all men are so helpful.

So where are we going now, mum?

5:00pm Friday 19th July 2013

School’s nearly out for summer. But hold the Mexican wave, kids. There are many parents out there who are as enthusiastic about the long holidays as finding your toenails in the Tupperware or a plaster in the paddling pool.

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