When my son, Charlie, was potty-training, I made it fun by giving his
favourite bear, Tom, his own potty. It was only a spare soup bowl, but
Charlie loved the fact they were training together.
Bella Smith, 28, Bournemouth, Dorset, mum to Charlie, 2
When it's all going pear shaped, rebalance yourself with a move that's a bit yoga-ish. Sit comfortably; inhale for the count of 3, exhale for a count of 6, until you feel calm. You'll find you can't breathe and count and hold on to stressful thoughts!
I had nowhere to keep my daughter's sand-pit toys so I washed out my old kitchen bin and keep the toys in there. If it rains, I put the lid on to keep the toys dry
Kim, via email
Don't waste money buying expensive pet blankets and bedding from pet shops. Baby blankets and bedding items from charity shops serve the purpose equally well and cost a lot less.
Hilary Burfoot, Berkshire. Tip from Woman's Weekly
Fancy a weekend lie in? Now that my kids are old enough to tell the time, I tell them they'll get a prize if they manage to stay in bed until the clock says seven. While they're asleep, I change the clock to run an hour slow. A bit naughty, but it's worth it!
Ellie Jones, Newcastle. Tip from Woman Magazine
Re-use the small string bags that come with washing tablets. They're ideal for storing hair bobbles, nail varnish and make-up. They're also good for children's small toys like marbles and conkers.
Amanda Evans, North Yorkshire. Tip from Woman's Weekly
When I'm helping my son to read a new book from school, I write a list of the words he struggles on. We go through the list separately and tick off every word he gets right. He is then able to relate the word to the book and by the following week he reads the words perfectly.