What to eat (and not to eat) on a D of E Bronze expedition
Jun05

What to eat (and not to eat) on a D of E Bronze expedition

My younger son has recently done his D of E Bronze practice expedition. After much discussion with him, his friends, his friends’ parents, checking of the website etc etc, we worked out what he should take to eat. Some of it was right, some of it was wrong. The key things to remember are: They need a hot evening meal They need lots of calories While they need a certain amount of balance, a bit less fruit/ veg and meat is not...

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Surviving Scout camp
Aug14

Surviving Scout camp

Scout camps (and school residentials) can be tough for fussy eaters. The food is good – filling and well-balanced, with plenty of protein, carbs and fruit and veg to keep kids full of energy for the activities they’re doing. It might be stew, sausage and mash, stir fry or spaghetti bolognese. But that can be a minefield for fussy eaters. I’ll always remember my eldest’s first Cub camp when he was 9. He was away...

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The up and down boy
Oct28

The up and down boy

Sometimes my younger son doesn’t seem himself – tired, drained and emotional. He worries me a bit. But I know what he needs. Feeding. Give him something to eat and he perks back up to his normal self. It’s happened a lot lately. I’m starting to wonder if he ought to see a doctor. His reactions are so extreme. When he’s tired like this I really can’t do a thing with him. He says his legs won’t...

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The cheese issue
Apr27

The cheese issue

Earlier this year, when my bad skin was spiralling out of control, my husband heard an item on the radio about acne. My husband rarely listens to news items and phone-ins on the radio – he listens to sport or music – but this drew him in and he started listening. A lady in her 70s called in. She’d had acne all her life and it was only at the age of 70 she’d discovered she had an allergy to dairy. She gave it up...

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The cost of feeding a child
Jul11

The cost of feeding a child

How much does it cost to raise a child? To be honest, if we knew in advance I think it might put a lot of people off having children. But children are priceless, aren’t they? If, however, you do want to work out how much it will cost to bring a new life into the world – or how much your existing children are costing you to keep, you need to consider the age of the child age and also things like food, transport, hobbies and...

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