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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?

Date: 21 December 2020 by max robinson

Electric Bikes

As a keen cyclist, I still riding a conventional bike, where I provide the pedal power. However, it’s surprising to see the number of e-bikes around town. E-bikes are growing in popularity, with 6% of cyclists currently owning an e-bike and 14% of cyclists intend to buy one over the next 12 months. You can get up to 15mph almost instantly on an e-bike. Have you considered joining the electric bike revolution?

Date: 14 December 2020 by Max Robinson

Green driving tips

Green driving may seem like an oxymoron (a figure of speech in which apparently contradicts), as driving creates pollution. However, most people share the government’s vision of a low-carbon future, but it’s a slow journey. Electric vehicle demand remains low amid consumer concerns around availability and affordability. As an alternative, why not be a green driver?

Date: 07 December 2020 by max robinson

Long love success

Whether you’re a newlywed or in a long-term relationship, there are certain secrets to a successful and loving relationship. In my 22nd relationship year, I am on solid ground, built on positive feelings and friendship. Getting to this point has taken time, effort and the odd failure. Is your relationship on strong or weak foundations?

Date: 30 November 2020 by max robinson

To Buy or To Rent

On the back of pent-up demand from the Covid-lockdown and a stamp-duty cut, house prices are booming. But will it last? I entered the property market in my early 20’s, part of the Thatcher property boom and promptly faced negative equity when the housing market crashed (painful memories). Buying a home can be expensive and renting can be flexible. Do you tell your children to rent or buy a home?

Date: 23 November 2020 by max robinson

In the eye of the male beholder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition where a person spends too much time worrying about their appearance or flaws which are unnoticeable to others. People of any age can have BDD, but it effects mostly teenagers and young adults. This post will concentrate BDD among boys, a forgotten group. Have you heard of boys suffering from BDD?

Date: 16 November 2020 by max robinson

Home sweet work

Like so many workers, I have been working from home since the first lockdown. With the restrictions across the UK, we must adjust to new ways of living and working. Great to lose the commute but stuck at home can create stress and isolation. Are you coping with not only home-working, but also looking after the children/family?

Date: 09 November 2020

Here we go again

We’re in another lockdown along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland having their own covid-19 restrictions. Your children may have heard bad virus things, many are myths from the playground. Talk about the virus, but how do you avoid raising your child’s anxiety levels?

Date: 02 November 2020 by Max Robinson

Stop the Scammers

A pig in a poke scam originated in the late Middle Ages. The con involved a sale of a small pig, in a poke (bag), but was in fact a cat (not good eating). Today, many scams are run using the telephone or computer and many are sophisticated. You’ll be surprised by the 10 scams; by reading this you’re forewarned.

Date: 26 October 2020 by Max Robinson

Apprentice – your hired

An apprenticeship combines practical training in a job with external study. You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school, so long as you are 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays, living in England and not in full-time education. Do your children have apprenticeships on their radar?

Date: 19 October 2020 by Max Robinson

Tattoos

Visit any British beach in the hot weather and you see plenty of “tatts” on show. For certain age-groups, having a tattoo is a rite of passage into adulthood. If your 18-old child (legal age) told you that they are visiting a tattoo artist, what should you say?

Date: 12 October 2020 by Max Robinson

A transgender child

Some families are facing confusion about their child’s gender. Known as gender dysphoria, it’s a mismatch between the gender assigned to a person at birth and the gender that they identify with. Simply playing with toys or clothing usually associated with the opposite sex, doesn’t mean a transgender child. Enforcing gender expectations is generally unhelpful and can be damaging. How to move forward?

Date: 08 October 2020 by max robinson

Open for business

An unexpected virus has created a new normal. While many face controls, ChildMax is open for business, ready to support working families. If your child is seriously ill, you would look after them whatever the cost, but it means taking time-off work. Although it seems a remote scenario, what would you do?

Date: 27 January 2020 by Max Robinson

Young adults vaping

I am ardent anti-smoker, after witnessing my grandfather die from a smoking related cancer. You must be over 18 to buy cigarettes or any vaping paraphernalia. Often vaping is portrayed as a better alternative to cigarettes. What should you say to your children if they started vaping?

Date: 20 January 2020 by Max Robinson

Finding new Love

January can signal a new hunt for new love. For a successful relationship, it comes down to compatibility, however true love is more than similar interests. Both of you like mountain biking, but cycling isn’t enough to ensure you right for each other. Alternatively dating apps allow people to connect way outside their normal social network. How do you avoid the love-bubble bursting?

Date: 13 January 2020 by Max Robinson

Fat Pets

I can put my hand up, for over-indulging at Christmas. I’m happy as it’s a major feasting period. However, can your pet put their paw up to say that they’re over-eating. The British Veterinary Association is so concerned that it held a special session at its Congress to focus on strategies to help owners reduce pet obesity. Does your special family member have a weight issue?

Date: 06 January 2020 by Max Robinson

It’s the fad diet time of year

Following the Christmas over-eating, it’s tempting to hit the celebrity fad diet. You may have heard of the low carb, the 5:2 diet, the cabbage soup diet, but there are many more. Yes, these diets often lead to fast weight loss, but only for the pounds to creep back on again. Have you ever tried a fad diet?