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How Fun Stories For Kids Enhance Learning And Development

Remember that time your child was utterly captivated by a story? Eyes wide, glued to the words or pictures, they were completely immersed in the unfolding adventure. It's moments like these that remind us of the power of storytelling. But what if I told you these captivating tales are more than just entertainment? Fun stories are, in fact, essential tools for nurturing a child's cognitive and emotional development.

The Role of Fun Stories in Cognitive Development

Fun stories aren't just a source of giggles and wonder; they're powerful tools that fuel a child's cognitive...

Val Watson

Val Watson


Exeter is the second most pet-friendly UK city

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Fri, 04/12/2024 - 6:27am

Norwich has been named the most pet-friendly UK city for a city break according to new research.

Howden Insurance analysed Airbnb and property listings available over a weekend (Friday to Sunday), to discover which UK towns and cities have the highest percentage of properties which allow guests to bring their pets.

The ten most pet-friendly UK towns and cities are outlined below:



Total number of available properties (Airbnb and )

Number of listings where pets are allowed


Princesshay to host free family event

Princesshay has announced its spring inspired free family event this Easter Holidays.

The event, taking place on 4th and 5th April will feature an unforgettable brand-new activation: The Bubble Dome.

Located in Princesshay Square in the heart of Exeter, visitors will be able to step into the Bubble Dome between 11am and 4pm and taste the magic of edible bubbles.

This fun-filled family experience guarantees laughter and quality time with loved ones.

Each family group will have the opportunity to enjoy a few minutes of bubble-filled fun, meet some Easter...

Financial planning adjustments when expecting

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Wed, 03/13/2024 - 11:18am

Bringing a child into the world is a joyous occasion, but it also comes with significant financial responsibilities. As you prepare to welcome your bundle of joy, it's essential to reassess your financial situation and make necessary adjustments to ensure stability and security for your growing family. This article outlines key steps for adapting your financial planning when expecting a baby.

Assess current financial situation

Before making any changes, take stock of your current financial status. Evaluate your income, expenses, savings, investments, and debts. Understanding your...

Funny Ways to Teach Your Children Basic Cybersecurity Skills

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Wed, 03/13/2024 - 6:28am

In today’s world, our children have to learn how to navigate the internet safely sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, research shows that 27% of children 7-17 years old have encountered harmful content online.

The good thing is that teaching them about cybersecurity doesn’t have to be dull for them, it can be a blast! Without further ado, let’s explore some creative ways to help your kids stay safe and enjoy all the advantages of the internet without falling for its dangers.

1. Cybersecurity: superhero training time

Cybersecurity can become a thrilling adventure if...

Exeter solicitor urges people to get writing a will off their to-do list

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 03/08/2024 - 9:39pm

Gemma Shepherd at Michelmores Solicitors in Exeter is encouraging people to consider the risks of not having a will in place following new research revealing nearly half of UK adults aged over 30 who don’t have a will say it’s on their to-do list, with 43% saying it’s been on their to-do list for more than 12 months.

The research from The Association of Lifetime Lawyers shows that almost half (49%) of UK adults don’t have a will in place, meaning their wishes might not be carried out when they die.

The new data reveals 1 in 10 UK adults have started making a will but...

What Your Children Can Do this Summer to Fight Boredom

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Fri, 03/01/2024 - 11:43pm

As summer approaches, parents are often met with the challenge of keeping their children engaged and away from the monotony of screen time. With the right activities, summer can be a time for children to explore new interests, develop skills, and make lasting memories. This guide offers practical and exciting ideas for what your children can do this summer to combat boredom and embrace the joy of the season.

Exploring the Great Outdoors

One of the best ways to break the cycle of boredom is by encouraging children to step outside and explore the natural world. Whether it’...

Kidzone set to welcome more pre-schoolers at Westbank

The expanding pre-school within Westbank’s centre at Exminster has recently developed its facilities with a view to providing high quality, individually tailored education to more 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds in the area.

The ‘Kidzone’ at Farmhouse Rise in Exminster offers a large, bright room with an amazing view over the Exminster marshes towards Woodbury. The outdoor space has recently been extended to give the children plenty of room to ride bikes and scooters and run around and will have free-flow play inside and out.

An OFSTED registered pre-school, Kidzone encourages 2...

How have divorce rates changed since no-fault divorce was introduced?

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Wed, 02/21/2024 - 11:20am

Separating couples can now get a divorce without having to blame each other for the breakdown of the marriage. Recognised as a “no-fault divorce”, couples are no longer required to prove the ground for divorce.

Now, the law encourages a softer, more constructive approach to separation, putting trust in the judgement of the couple involved. This is to ensure the online divorce process remains as straightforward and amicable as possible.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the impact of no-fault divorces and how divorce rates have changed since it was first introduced....

Long-Distance Caregiving - Staying Connected and Involved from Afar

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Sat, 01/27/2024 - 9:16am

Caring for elderly parents is a role many of us find ourselves stepping into, though it often comes with challenges, especially when distance is involved. If you're living miles away from your elderly parents, you might feel anxious or helpless about not being physically present to care for them. However, long-distance caregiving, while complex, can still be highly effective.

This guide aims to offer some practical advice and reassurance for those managing the care of their loved ones from afar.

Understanding Your Role as a Long-Distance Caregiver

First, it’s...

5 Best Types of Prams for Newborns

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Wed, 01/24/2024 - 7:34am

Are you looking for the perfect pram for your newborn? Look no further! In this article, we've rounded up the five best types of prams that are ideal for your little one.

We've got you covered whether you're after a traditional pram or a lightweight option. Need something versatile for your on-the-go lifestyle? Check out our travel system and all-terrain prams.

With our top picks, you'll find the perfect pram to suit your needs and keep your baby comfortable.

Let's take a look at our top styles!

Traditional Prams

When choosing a pram for your...

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