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Bookshelf: Life Guides

Help little ones through the bumps with our pick of self-help books for kids


Life is complicated whether you’re three or 30. As parents, we are expected to guide our children through difficult or changing times. But how do you explain the concept of grief and bereavement? How can you let your little one know it’s OK to be sad or angry, and teach them how to deal with their emotions? And what’s the best way to let them understand that they’re going to be a big brother or sister? As adults, we often don’t have the right words but, thankfully, there are hundreds of books out there with the right language and sensitive illustrations to guide them through, with many taking a humorous approach to life’s challenges. Here are our favourites.

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The last of our Christmas gift guides! And there's something extra special about Christmas when there's a baby in the family, even if they don't know quite what's going on (and, let's face it, you're so tired, neither do you...). Here's our gorgeous selection of gifts, featuring small and unique Brands We Love so you can support the independents as much as we do.

Festive gift inspo for the little lords in your life. Whatever they're into, we think we've found something to bring a smile to their face this Christmas morning. Focusing on classic, quality gifts that will inspire curiosity and encourage creativity, these should keep them busy beyond Boxing Day.

Festive gift inspo for the little ladies

We love to review toys for Busy Bird - but sometimes the best review is just watching a child open the toy and play with it, that way you get their honest reaction. And this is just what happened when we were asked to be part of an 'unboxing' for recently. Let's just say Wet Head is no fun when it's Mummy's head getting wet...