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Date: 10 May 2021 by max robinson

The Equity Release Conundrum

Once retired, money can be an issue. You may have retired parents talking about equity release to unlock cash from their home. There are two types of equity release schemes and the following will help with family conversations. Have you discussed equity release with your parents?

Date: 03 May 2021 by max robinson

Getting young children into books

When sharing a book with a young child, by reading aloud parents are doing something special. Choose a book that you can talk about for 5 minutes and that your children will enjoy. Parents should be brave and put on the silly voices and animal noises. Are you reading together with your young children?

Date: 26 April 2021 by max robinson

Hydrogen Heating

Six months before the pandemic, the UK government set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from across the UK economy by 2050: a tough stretch target. Up to a third of the UK's greenhouse emissions come from central heating. Some consider hydrogen heating as a silver bullet. Is this possible?

Date: 19 April 2021 by max robinson

Pension Scammers

The pandemic has made it easier for scammers as people are home-based. Anyone can be the victim of a pension scam. It is important that everyone can spot the warning signs before savings are lost. Are you pension scam savvy?

Date: 12 April 2021 by max robinson

The Snoring Curse

If you are a light sleeper, snoring can test your relationship or stop you having a good night’s sleep. Experts reckon that up to 20m adults are sleep-deprived due to their partner's persistent loud snoring. Although we all snore occasionally, are you one of those sleep deprived people?

Date: 05 April 2021 by max

Right Age gap for kids

There are no hard and fast rules about what age difference between brothers and sisters works best. It is up to you to work out what child age gap suits your family. To aid your thinking, here are the pros and cons for the different age gaps between kids.

Date: 28 March 2021 by max robinson

Surviving Teenage Tantrums

A person begins their teenage life when they turn 13 years old and ends at 20 years old when they become an adult. A teenage tantrum is when teens lock horns with their parent, leading to conflict. This can happen suddenly and creates a divide between the parents’ and their offspring. What should you do?

Date: 22 March 2021 by max robinson

Parent well-being

Just over a year ago, the PM announced the first lockdown, telling us that we will only be allowed to leave our homes for limited reasons, including food shopping or exercising once per day. Parents stood ready to support their children, but many parents had their own mental health issues from covid-19. What can parents do to support their own well-being?

Date: 15 March 2021 by max robinson

Writing a Will

A simple piece of paper that lives beyond your death. Dying without a will, translates into little control over who receives your estate. As many as 60% of adults do not have a will. A will is a legal document that sets out instructions for who will inherit your estate and what should happen after you die. Have you written your will?

Date: 08 March 2021 by max robinson

Avoiding interview howlers

No one likes being unemployed, so finding the next job becomes the top priority. Many lost their jobs from the economic fallout within the pandemic. To be hired requires being interviewed. Rather than focus on interview tips, this post will prevent the common interview mistakes (howlers). Are you or someone you know attending a job interview?

Date: 01 March 2021 by max robinson

Young Debt

The pandemic has created havoc for people’s finances. Being over 18 means being able to drink alcohol in licensed premises. However, it also means being financially independent and running up possible debt. Many under 25s have money worries from building up debts. What are your tips for older children avoiding debt issues?

Date: 22 February 2021 by max robinson

Finance of marriage

There is no legal definition of living together, but it means living together as a couple without being married. The trend is an increasing proportion of men and women delay marriage or not getting married at all. This post considers the financial advantages of being married. Have you considered the finance of marriage?

Date: 15 February 2021 by max robinson

Saving for the future

The pandemic has created a savings stampede, as households shore up their finances. The Household Saving Ratio is the percentage of disposable income that is saved. In 2019, the saving ratio had fallen to a near 50-year low (5%). It should rise to around 17% for 2020 (high). How can I save my money?

Date: 08 February 2021 by max robinson

Kids Mental Health

Last week was children’s mental health week. Lockdown is a challenging time for any family. Many parents face changing routines and worries about employment, health, and finances; all are stressful. If a parent asked a child about the best way of coping, what would the child tell the adult?

Date: 01 February 2021 by max robinson

Stop Kids Gambling

Mention kids gambling and few parents know what to say. However, at least 55,000 children, aged 11-16, mainly boys have a serious gambling problem. Children start their gambling interest with video games that offer rewards. Horses and football can be the hook for young people’s gambling problems growing out of control. Have you talked to your children about the perils of gambling?

Date: 25 January 2021 by max robinson

Death of a parent

Each day, we see the number of covid-deaths as a statistic. Many deaths are elderly parents leaving children to cope with the sad news. There is no one-way for families to deal with their grief. However, a death can bring people together, but it can also create tension. What would you do if a parent died?

Date: 18 January 2021 by max robinson

A Virgin Investor

As the end of a tax is looming, it's time to invest spare money, often through share ISAs, avoiding income tax or capital gains tax on the investment returns. By investing in the stock market, you get the potential to generate a better return than cash in bank. Are these words, making you feel like a virgin investor?

Date: 11 January 2021 by max robinson

Home Schooling

Living in these pandemic times, any parent will worry about how their child will adjust to distance learning. After the first lockdown, some parents may be dreading home schooling. How can you best equip your child to learn from home?

Date: 04 January 2021 by max robinson

Stop the Bullies

Some children may not want return to school, after the holidays, as they are being bullied school. Parents have a key role to listen, to calm, to reassure and to act. Bullying can be a serious problem affecting a child’s confidence and mental health. What can you do if child is being bullied at school?

Date: 28 December 2020 by max robinson

Boundaries at home

This year has seen a myriad of covid-19 rules and restrictions, often affecting the whole family. Without solid boundaries families would not be able understand how to behave towards one another. How do you set boundaries across the different age groups?