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  • 10 of the best subscription boxes for kids

    Running on empty when it comes to entertaining the kids? Royal Mail comes up trumps with these brilliant subscription boxes – time to sit with a gin and wait for the postman.

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    18 Screamingly good Halloween ideas

    Trick or treating is so 2019, but that doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot of fiendish fun to be had. Check out our safe and socially distanced picks for Halloween, from pumpkin flotillas to ghost trains and werewolf walks ... we dare you.

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    Muddy goes alpaca trekking

    Combine a pack of camelids with the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds and what do you get? The coolest experience this side of Peru. Muddy Glos Editor Sophie swapped heels for hooves for a morning's alpaca trekking.

  • How to manage back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • Children's books

    10 books for younger kids

    Kids have had a lot on their plates: no school, no play dates, and slim chance of a summer of fun in the sun. Here's 10 great book for ages 5-8 to create a fictional escape route from the madness.

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    7 Best PYO Farms

    Can we tempt you with something juicy and plump ... I am talking about Pick Your Own Farms of course (cheeky). It's peak PYO season so get yourself down to one of Glos and Worcs fruity farmsteads and fill up those punnets pronto.

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    The screen-free summer guide

    Ready for the school holidays? ... Non? Fear not, Muddy to the rescue with some sanity-saving solutions. We've handpicked the best summer camps, courses and workshops to keep them (and you) smiling.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

  • school shoes

    To school or not to school?

    It's the dilemma that's dividing the nation - is it safe to send our children back to school on Monday? Two Muddy editors, one pro and one against, explain why they've made their personal decision.

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    Cheltenham Ladies College

    Muddy says: One of the best day and boarding girls' schools in the UK, Cheltenham Ladies College has wow-factor facilities, amazing results and an impressive co-curricular programme.

  • Living in lockdown with teens – eek!

    Here are 20 things to do that might encourage your teenagers to get out of bed by midday – or at the very least by least by nightfall (fingers crossed).

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    Kitebrook Preparatory School

    Want an outstanding education for your little uns? Read on for our review of the outstanding Kitebrook Preparatory School.

  • Digital classes for kids during lockdown

    Best Digital Classes

    How is your work-meets-homeschool armageddon going? Check out these brilliant homeworking heroes - great digital classes to keep their brains engaged.

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    Power Hour Walks

    Find the best wide open walks near you in our special guide.

  • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

    Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • The Half-Term Handbook – 50 Amazing Activities

    Your Half Term Survival Guide is right here - we have 50 brilliant things to do with the kids across Glos and Worcs

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    Parlez-vous teen slang? The language barrier has always been a problem when it comes to parent/child communications. Do you find the way your little darlings speak totally basic or, like, lit?

  • Your ultimate Autumn Walks guide

    Grab your kids, your besties, your dog and anyone else who is free to join you on our first Autumn Walks initiative with Joules - and win coats and wellies for the whole family!

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