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Guest Blog: Eating out with Kids in Edinburgh

Anna Christopherson and her husband run popular Leith pubs Boda, Victoria, Sofi’s and Joseph Pearce's. Their fifth establishment Hemma is a stone’s throw from the Scottish Parliament. They specialise in creating family-friendly havens, and Anna tells us why she's passionate about providing healthy food for their little patrons.  

A New Mum's First Mother's Day

This morning I woke up with butterflies, full of excitement and expectation. We weren't about to load the car with suitcases for a Spring break, we hadn't recently discovered we'd won the Lottery and it clearly isn't Christmas. The night – like every other night this week – had been punctuated by the hourly gurgling squawks of my poor wee teething boy. Yet the sleepy haze of fog I'd been drifting in over the past few days seemed to have cleared. It's my first Mother's Day and I'm pretty darned chuffed about it.

Edinburgh, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

During my four years as editor of Edinburgh for Under Fives, I’ve time and again reached the same conclusion. Not that tea plus cake, by some strange alchemy, is the perfect pick-me-up for a weary parent (although it is – something to do with the combination of liquid, caffeine and sugar in perfect proportions). No – my constant refrain is “We’re so lucky to be bringing up kids in Edinburgh!” It may not feel like it when the freezing wind is whistling about your ears (or indeed a haar descends for the whole of Mother’s Day, as it did last year).

Could you be our next editor?

The deadline for applications for the role of editor has now passed. We will do our best to get back to those who have applied by the end of the week beginning 2 February. Thank you!

The 12 Days of Christmas? Sorted.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love said to me: “What on earth are we going to do with the children during the holidays?” So I showed him my nice 12-item list.


Five fun ways to get them loving books

Did you know that Book Week Scotland is running from 24-30 November? Our friends at the Scottish Book Trust have been in touch with some ideas for parents about how to celebrate this event with our children, most of which you don't need to wait until the end of November for. Which is rather nice of them, isn't it?   There are lots of exciting events happening during Book Week Scotland 2014, but you can also get involved at home! As a parent, Book Week Scotland 2014 is a great opportunity to celebrate a love of books and reading with your little ones.

Group saving

When you look back on your first few years as a parent, there are certain things that stand out as lifesavers. Three of mine were tea, cake and mum-friends. And if you play your cards right you can find all of these in a fourth lifesaver of mine, the toddler group.

Help! It's half term!

Just as you’re getting nicely ensconced in the autumn term time’s regular activities, classes and groups, there's a week’s break to throw you off kilter. And, to add to the challenge, the weather’s closing in. Humph. Take courage. We’ve identified an activity for every weekday of the half-term break and something for both weekends.    11/12 October weekend

Discover Doors Open

It’s not often you get the opportunity to explore the Edinburgh Sheriff Court or take a walk in the various private gardens in the centre of our city. An average punter will rarely get the chance to sit in a Lothian Bus driver’s seat or explore the long-closed train station at Newhaven. So when Doors Open Weekend comes around (as it will again in Edinburgh on 27-28 September), it’s definitely worth making the most of it.

Lothian Bus Depot

Forest fun

Pondering where to go, debating what to take, trying to negotiate unfamiliar territory with toddling children, doing your utmost to discover those family-friendly tips only another parent would know − sometimes with wee ones you get back from a holiday needing another holiday. Never fear. In a new series we’re hoping to help by reviewing a few child-friendly getaways. Joanna Young, an Edinburgh for Under Fives committee member with kids aged 2 and 3, kicks us off by telling us about her short break at Forest Holidays at Strathyre.