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  • 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 nightfall (fingers crossed).

  • Join the Star Count 2021

    This easy lockdown activity totally counts towards home school. Or, a super romantic thing to do together. Bonus if you live near any of Cornwall's top star gazing sites, but any view of the sky will work.

  • 7 fun things to do in the garden with kids

    Make a mini golf course, plant a jam jar garden and measure a tree with your bum! Cabin fever begone with these cool gardening ideas kids will dig.

  • Half-term hack: the best online courses for kids

    Run out of ways to entertain the kiddos? Check out Muddy's list of the best online classes and workshops that you can do from anywhere across the country, just in time for half-term.

  • 15 Cornish kid’s books

    Local Cornish authors and stories about Cornwall that your kids will love - packed with pirates, mermaids, fishermen, singing cats and selkies.

  • Harrow School online – your prayers answered?

    Combining Harrow's heritage with leading online tech, Harrow School Online offers co-ed learning for ages 16-18. We spoke to the new head for the full lowdown.

  • FREE specialist fitness class for tweens and teens

    The brilliant online FitLife Academy focuses on fun classes for 10-15 year olds. Try for free and, if they like it, use our Muddy exclusive deal to keep them active (and out of your hair) all month!

  • Snowdrops everywhere

    The snowdrops are coming out! From woodlands to National Trust gardens, we've round up the loveliest places to catch winter snowdrops across Cornwall and beyond over the next few weeks.

  • 12 ways to keep the kids occupied

    We've rounded up Cornwall's most loved kids activities, from museums to theatre and wildlife, that are now available online, to boost your kids' creativity and keep them engaged.

  • 5 activities to encourage the kids outside

    Struggling to get your children outdoors, or looking for more seasonal activities? We spoke to Hayley Bisofsky-Pope from The Little Naturalists Club for some ideas to make the most of our daily exercise.

  • Stop fussing! And other lockdown lessons

    Parenting can be a little fraught when you're essentially under siege in your own house. So we decided to talk to our young people to find out what they think we could be doing better.

  • 10 brilliant local family walks

    Life may be locking down but the great outdoors is still open. Here are our favourite family friendly Muddy walks in Cornwall to kick that cabin fever (some with added coffee pit-stops).

  • Best new children’s books for 2020

    Looking for stocking fillers? Or perhaps just a gift that keeps giving once Christmas is long gone? Look no further - here are the best books for every age, from tiddlers to pre-teens.

  • 12 useful gift ideas for kids

    Want to avoid the pointless plastic-fest and buy local for the kids this year? Check out these tot-to-teen ideas, all from wonderful West Country indie businesses.

  • 6 reasons to consider InterHigh

    If you're one of the many parents considering an alternative to mainstream education right now, virtual school InterHigh could be the answer to your prayers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Cute babywear

    Is there a new little prince or princess in your family too? Click this way for the cutest newborn clothes around. Awwww!

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