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Don’t worry, you are not alone. We’ve got it covered, from celebrity parenting truths, to embarrassing parent faux pas.

Help! My kid wants to go Vegan!

“Mum, I’m a vegan now!" It’s January and, at the time of writing, everyone is losing their s*** over sausage rolls. Yes, thanks to Veganuary...

A frazzled parent’s Christmas wishlist

We've made it to Christmas Eve and we've ticked off enough of our to-do list to be able to sit down with a Baileys...

Last minute homemade advent calendar ideas

December is looming. As well as the tree, presents, lunch, stockings and parties, there’s one big thing to get sorted, and fast - the...

Trends | What is TikTok?

The kids are all talking about TikTok, the latest app craze among tweens. But what the heck is it, should we be worried and...

Beano Parent approved | Plastic-free toys and games

When even the kids know strawmageddon is coming then it's time to think about reducing our use of plastics. Thanks to that Blue Planet documentary...

Molar moolah! Beano’s alternative Tooth Fairy rates

Teeth are brilliant. Like, really brilliant. Brilliant for smiling and chewing and biting (and biting off more than you can chew). Yes, that's teeth....

Help! My kid wants to trick or treat alone

'Mum, can I go trick or treating with my friends this year?' It's the end of another era. *Let's just take a minute's silence to...

Let’s talk tutoring | Beano Offers

Talk of home-tutoring is big at the school gate. Competition for grammar school places, worries about whether a child will be able to keep...

Autumn reads for parents 2018 | Books

The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning. It’s an altogether darker and more magical time of year. Before long we’ll have frosts,...

Cool Halloween costumes for kids | Halloween 2018

Man, it was all so easy when you could dress them as a pumpkin or a Dracula or whatever was on sale in Asda,...

Oh FFS! My kid swears!

Of course, it used to be funny when they were toddlers, accidentally pronouncing words wrong that ended up sounding like rude ones and repeating...

Help! My kid smells | Skincare for teens and tweens

It seems to happen overnight. You send a sweet-smelling child to bed and what emerges in the morning is a pongy youth. How?! The answer...

Year 7 wobbles | Help for secondary school kids

A couple of weeks into the new school term and the dust is starting to settle. Kids are getting used to the year 7...

Back To School Rulez OK

So you've spent all your money on worthy day trips to museums no one liked, ice creams that need second mortgages to afford the...

The Useless Parents’ Guide To Modern Gaming

So your child has finally got into gaming. Amazing, right? No more pretending to enjoy those fun (read, dull) iPhone educational apps where no...

10 free summer holiday activities

Two weeks left of the school hols and we're running low on ideas, energy, and - most of all - cash. Here are 10 free...

Parenting | Five things we’ve learned so far this summer

It’s the summer holiday halfway point and what have we learned so far? Mainly that parenting in the school holidays isn't easy! It was more...

Beano Summer Reading Challenge or How I survived the first day...

We've all been there. The first day of the school holidays began with me laying down the law with my two sons, aged 8...

Ten ways for parents to help children cope with change

While ten- and eleven-year-olds across the land are hours away from leaving primary school for good (anyone else's social media timelines a sea of...

You know it’s the last week of primary school when…

Across the country, thousands of ten- and eleven-year-olds are taking deep breaths and crawling to the finish line this week, the LAST EVER week...

Why is Friday 13th unlucky?

So we're out of the World Cup, the heatwave has waved goodbye, and today is Friday 13th. Looks like our luck is out. But...

Screen Freedom | How to get kids to do other stuff...

If we had to pick a Facebook status to describe our relationship with screens, it would be 'it's complicated'. Yes, we could go without them...

Why you’re not the world’s worst parent

We all know the feeling. You get to the school gate and the Rick & Morty lunchbox is still on the draining board. Or...

Beano Sports Day Bingo

The forecast is wall-to-wall rain, the kids are on their last legs and you’ve run out of steam too. And then the email pops...

Half term holiday hacks (by and for real parents)

Looking for ideas to entertain the kids next week? We asked some fellow parents for their advice on surviving half term for those enjoying...

Autism and the Beano | An interview with Jessie Hewitson

Lottie here, The School Gate editor. While I'm not working on all things Beano, I'm mum/stepmum to six kids (yep, six!). One of our...

Ten kids TV shows you’ll want to watch too

Watched all our recommendations for films you can watch with the nippers? Good - and don't worry, there's a load more coming (and we're...

Top ten family films (that you actually want to watch)

‘Mum! Come and watch a film with us!’ Eight words guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of any parent who’s been forced to...

The Class of Mum and Dad

COMPARED with paying the mortgage and bringing up children, going to school is easy - right? After all, kids just do a few sums,...

The Unmumsy Mum | Six truths about having a six-year-old

The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach...

Parent truths – lying in front of your kids

Stacy Solomon's view on lying in front of your kids "I try to be really honest with my kids at all times, because I want...

Stacey Solomon | I’m a ‘smother’ not a mother!

Loose Woman presenter Stacey Solomon is known for her refreshing honesty when it comes to body image, being a mum, and celebrity life. So who...

Parent school | How not to embarrass your kids on social...

So, your kids have reached that age where they have their own social media accounts, huh? Oh, what fun. It will be SO fun to...

A parent’s guide to not being annoying on social media

Social media is a hard enough world to navigate at the best of times, but when you become a parent it's even easier to...