Jasmine Stephens

Jasmine Stephens

Jasmine is TLE's family editor. A writer, and mum of three young children, Jasmine has a degree in French and Italian from the University of Leeds and spent over ten years working in language services.

Children in Charge in Social Media Generation

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Parents may rule the roost at home, but children in modern families most definitely lay down the law when it comes to social media, according to new research. The study of 1,000 teenagers by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment found young people will go to great...

Parents Endure 576 Toe-Curling Moments During School Years

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  New research has revealed parents will endure a massive 576 toe-curling moments during their child's school years, with inappropriate comments, repeating swear words and commenting on their parents' size among the most frequent embarrassing moments. A survey of 2,000 parents by George at Asda revealed...

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Public Health Scandal over Children’s Shoes

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor Millions of children's feet are being damaged by ill-fitting shoes according to barefoot shoes pioneer Vivobarefoot. Supported by medical professionals and parents, the shoe brand is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of conventional footwear design on a child's natural foot development....

Ten Weird Food Combinations Brits Actually Enjoy

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Cheese and strawberry jam sandwiches, cold baked beans in a salad and tuna with salt & vinegar crisps form part of the top ten weird food combinations Brits actually enjoy eating. A new poll of 2,000 UK adults found more than one in ten Brits like...

The Great British ‘Where’s Wally?’ Hunt

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Virgin Trains has launched a nationwide “Where’s Wally? Hunt” and is challenging families to find the much-loved character while they are out and about during the school summer holidays. One hundred of the ‘Where’s Wally?’ replicas have been scattered across the country. Wally, who is known...

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Kids’ Craft Ideas to Beat the Summer Holiday Blues

The summer holidays are here, and that can mean weeks of trying to meet cries of “I’m bored!” with inspired suggestions. But the best ideas don't have to be expensive, and don't take hours of preparation - all you really need is some felt, fabric, card and their imagination. We...

Family First Aid – What You Need to Know

By Tracey Taylor, British Red Cross First Aid Spokesman Being a parent means you never quite know what’s around the corner. Children are naturally inquisitive which means lots of exploring and discovering is normal. Of course with that comes the inevitable little bumps, bangs, trips and tumbles. While most of...

Save a Life, Learn to Swim – Competition

By Jasmine Stephens, family editor Learning to swim is one of those critical childhood rights of passage. Like riding a bike and learning to read it opens up a whole new world of memorable experiences from holiday pools to super-fast flumes to ice-cold lakes. Not only that, swimming is a...

The Pitfalls of Multi-Generational Living

By Mike Wragg Take one house, bought 15 years ago by David and Claire when their girls were just off to senior school and Claire’s parents lived nearby to help with childcare. Fast forward to now, with university done and dusted, elder daughter Sophie lives and works in Europe, but...

Top Ten Ideas for Frugal Family Fun this Summer

By Jasmine Stephens, family editor When I was a child, our school summer holidays revolved around one thing: the Calendar.  This wasn't your ordinary everyday variety, but something we made out of a huge piece of lining paper left over from the time my dad attempted to decorate the hall...

Titanic Spa – Luxury in Linthwaite

By Jasmine Stephens, family editor It is a truth universally acknowledged that a grown adult in possession of small children, must be in want of a spa day. Universally, it transpired, with the exception of my husband, who only as we drove through the stunning Yorkshire Pennines, announced that he...

How to Eliminate Fussy Eating with the ‘three Rs’

By Jasmine Stephens, family editor We've all been there; your baby is 12 months old, you made carefully considered decisions about baby-led weaning versus purées versus 'a bit of both and let's see how we go'. Whatever you chose, after a couple of small blips, it went swimmingly and your...

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Why you might need a Pre-Nup

Those with considerable personal wealth, whether it has accumulated over time due to business interests, is linked to family assets, or has been gifted to them as an inheritance, should not feel uncomfortable about taking the necessary steps to protect it before entering into a marriage. Pre-nuptial agreements can certainly...

BoxKart by Kiddimoto – Review

By Jasmine Stephens, family editor As TLE’s family editor, I get sent information about all kinds of child related products, toys and events, but it’s rare that I see something that I think will be a sure fire success. I’m always on the look-out for products that encourage parents and...

Happy Father’s Day

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor Since I've had my own children, Father's Day has taken on a completely different focus. It's a day for my children to tell their dad how much they love and appreciate him, to give him homemade cards with a wobbly attempt at signing their own...

The legalities of travelling with families

Between checking everybody’s passport is in date, stocking up on suncream, arranging airport transfers and washing and ironing countless pairs of shorts and t-shirts, there is little time when planning a family holiday to consider what may happen should something go wrong, either before the trip or during. What happens...

Titan mattress by Sleeping Duck – Review

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor Lower back pain is often seen as part and parcel of pregnancy with nearly 70% of pregnant women suffering at some point. Unfortunately, unlike many other pregnancy-related complaints, it often doesn’t end with labour and many women continue to experience lower back pain long after...

The Importance of Play – Playday 2015

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor  Play is essential for children's development. It sounds obvious when you put it like that, but opportunities for kids to play are being lost all the time by everything from cuts to local services such as Children's Centres and playgrounds, to a more risk-averse society,...

Vango Euphoria 600 – Tent Review

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor A quick google of the new Vango Euphoria 600 tent and I knew it would be quality. A trusted brand, a premium polycotton flysheet and Vango’s Airbeam technology replacing the more traditional poles. This is a tent that means business. When you’re looking to buy...

Parents want more ‘healthy competition’ in schools

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor When I was at school, competition was king and not just through the enforced participation at a multitude of sporting events. The school held annual speech days for each year group where prizes were awarded for achievement and effort and a specific award in each...

Media to Blame for Breastfeeding Negativity

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor Breastfeeding.  It’s among the most emotive of subjects for new mothers, with pressure to breastfeed and blame for low rates being cast from every angle; not least the pressure that guilt-ridden new mums – desperate to do the best for their precious bundles – can’t...

The Top 7 Green Spaces in the Big Smoke

By Ahmed Al-Ansari, Media Manager at Morgan Pryce, commercial property agents in London London is full of bustling business professionals, office towers, red buses and overcrowded tube stations. What many people do not see is the great number of open, green spaces, free to the public which London has to offer....

8 Top Tips for Raising a Child with Allergies

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor According to Allergy UK, 50% of children in the UK now have some form of allergic condition. These include allergies to common food stuffs such as peanuts, milk, eggs and wheat, pollens, house dust mite and insect stings. Symptoms can affect the nose, ears, throat,...

Holiday ‘Bucket and Spade’ List

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor Memories of childhood holidays are some of those that stay with you for life. When I was a kid, our summer days were spent eating chips in cones on the shingle beaches of Leysdown and during the evenings we would career around the caravan park clubhouse,...

Scotty’s Little Soldiers

By Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor Like most mums I generally approach a family holiday with a mixture of excitement, endless checklists and yes, perhaps, sometimes a bit of apprehension as well. I was more than embarrassed, therefore, to be worried about traffic jams and forgetting the sun cream when I...

Freelancing and Raising a Family: how to make it work for you

By Alice Weightman, Founder and Managing Director of Hanson Search and The Work Crowd More and more of us are now deciding to leave the security of a permanent job behind, opting instead for the freedom of freelancing, self-employment or contract work. However, these feelings of independence can suddenly feel...

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Aren’t Dads Responsible for Childcare Too?

by Jasmine Stephens, Family Editor The general election is now only weeks away and the parties have all been clamouring for your votes. The economy, welfare, housing, immigration, the NHS; all have featured heavily in the debate. However, when they want to attract the female vote, top of the list...

10 Ways to Make Travelling Fun for Both Parents and Kids

By Emma Waight With summer looming it’s time to think about travel, or more specifically, travelling with kids. If the nightmare of Easter travel chaos is fresh in your mind, you should be looking for ways to ease the drama for the half term and summer holidays. Travelling with kids...

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Why we need to make sure our children know how to spend

By Vanessa Cameron, Founder of Qwiddle It may sound an odd concept, teaching children how to spend – we hear a lot about saving, child ISA’s have just been launched and there’s a whole plethora of savings facilities for kids; but how often do we actually talk to our children...