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Charlie O'Brien Blog: Feeling the heat already? Here's some great ways for keeping babies and small kids chilled in the sun

Charlie O'Brien blog: 10 things I’ll miss about having a baby

From my baby's chubby rolls to that first smile, there's so much I'm going to miss about not being a new mum anymore

Five family outings I'm planning for this year

The Charlie O'Brien Blog: Now spring is in the air, here's what's on my 2018 days out hit list

The pressure to be picture perfect

Scruffy joggers, no Easter crafts and toast and chocolate for tea. Charlie O'Brien talks about the realities social media rarely shares:

Big Friendly Giant dreams

Our Kent Family capture their dreams in a mixture of drawings, baubles and crafts at Kent BFG exhibition.

The kindness of strangers

After a difficult journey to London with Luna, Charlie wants to say thank you to a lady on the train...

Five top tips for surviving the night shift

Charlie O'Brien Blog: Are you a new mum going slightly crazy from a lack of sleep? You're not alone...

Weaning the old fashioned way

Baby Luna is 6 months old but Charlie said she's taking a different approach to weaning this time:

Raising children as ‘gender neutral’ is a step too far

The Charlie O'Brien blog: I'm happy that my kids' birth certificates say Male and Female

You don't need to be a gaming geek to get the most from GEEK

Our Kent Family got their geek-on and discovered you don't have to love computers to love this festival.

It's 3am, the baby's woken up 12 times already - but we're still laughing

The Charlie O'Brien Blog: My baby isn’t naughty – she’s just a baby and it's all part and parcel of being a parent

Picking a name whatever the weather

In her latest blog Charlie talks about the latest Kardashian arrival and the choice of a weather-related baby name.

If you feel like you’re sinking – you’re not alone

Charlie O'Brien blog: The kids are ill, the floor needs a mop and why opening up as a parent can't be such a bad thing.

My tips for coping with the dreaded four-month sleep regression

The Charlie O'Brien blog: Just when everything was settling down, I'm back reaching for the Matchmakers and prosecco!

Defying Gravity

Our Kent Family tried defying Gravity at Kent's newest attraction - and they have the same fantastic day out to giveaway to one lucky winner...

Kids, I'm so sorry that I shouted

The Charlie O'Brien blog: Despite my best efforts at calm, peaceful parenting I lost my cool - but tomorrow will be a different story

On the rat run

Our Kent Family join the trail of the Highway Rat and find an appetising outing for January...

I need time away from my children

The Charlie O'Brien blog: Why being on my own - even if it's just for an hour or two a week – makes me a better mum.

Did we choose the wrong baby name?

The Charlie O'Brien Blog: The dos, dont's and dilemmas of getting the right name for your child.

How I (just about) survived Christmas with the kids

The Charlie O'Brien Blog: The trials, tribulations and toddler tantrums of my first 'proper' Christmas with the children

Why I'm not buying any Christmas presents - next year!

The Charlie O'Brien Blog: No I'm not being a Scrooge, or ungrateful, but my house looks like an Amazon warehouse

Why I hate Elf on the Shelf

Charlie O'Brien blog: Am I the only one who finds the idea of a stuffed toy who reports back naughty behaviour from kids to Santa a bit ridiculous?

Dreaming of a groovy kind of Christmas

In their first December blogpost Our Kent Family find out what Dreamland's Festive Fairground offers families this winter..

Charging guests for Christmas dinner: A good idea or plain greedy?

The Charlie O'Brien Blog: Would you pay £30 a head to go to a friend or your mum's house for Christmas lunch?

Searching for the perfect family Christmas

The Charlie O'Brien Blog: How to create those golden memories that will last a lifetime

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