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Frankie Columbu

Frankie Columbu

London, GB
Mum of two, fitness fanatic and lover of tech.

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fitness fan and mother of two

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  • Questions 29
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  • Followers 4
  • Follows 19
  • Votes given 84
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05Dec

1. A mobile phone is a privilige not a right. If she misuses it, tell her it goes for a day. I certainly think there's something going wrong if you ...

05Dec

I do like the look for Disney Infinity and love the idea of being able to use characters from different films in one game place, but I’m resisting ...

05Dec

Gender classification of toys really does affect kids. And if you can't see that, you need to look around a bit more closely! My daughter's only six ...

05Dec

I am sorry to say that I disagree so heartily mine just fell onto my keyboard. Let's take a look a bit beyond signage. The gender classification of ...

05Dec
If male and female brains are different, should schooling be single sex?

I think there should be flexibility across the school system. Even in single sex schools there are opportunities to mingle with the opposite sex, but ...

05Dec
How can parents encourage kids to be more active?

By setting a good example yourself (very important) and by encouraging them every time they make a move to be more active. I truly believe there is a ...

05Dec

In news that was mainly [met with incredulity](https://twitter.com/search?q=amazon%20drone =typd) (there's very little credulity going online ...

05Dec

We did invite an entire class to our eldest daughter's reception year birthday. We kind of wanted to do it to ensure she had the maximum possible ...

05Dec

I think this is incredibly over-zealous and really rather silly. Our children don't need to be protected from the reality that not everyone they meet ...

05Dec

I certainly do not agree with the headteacher since a birthday party is a personal event and not a school excursion. BUT - in my experience the ...

05Dec
Would you invite the entire class for your kid's birthday party?

Oh good God. No, of course I wouldn't invite the whole class to a birthday party. I wouldn't invite everyone I work with to my birthday party, and my ...

05Dec
My sister, a primary school teacher, wants an iPad mini case, which one do I buy her?

Otterbox? Waterproof (for field trips), sturdy and looks good. Don't think they're very expensive either - in case you're a cheapskate ;)

05Dec

She won't remember it, but you will, so really the answer is that it depends on you. We bought a few bits for our babies on their first Christmasses ...

05Dec

Congratulations!! I also think it's very important to include your child, no matter how small. I remember when my daughter celebrated her first ...

05Dec

There's been an explosion in great and alternative board games over the last few years. In fact, the picture you use is of Settlers Of Catan - which ...

05Dec
Can shopping online take the stress out of Christmas?

I don't know how I coped before online shopping was an options. Jesus, battling the crowds in over-warm shops and freezing pavements? No thanks. I've ...

05Dec

Hell, yes. There, I’ve said it. And before for you beat me down with an arm-flailing howl of protest - careful to place your gadgets safely to one ...

05Dec

Is it better to buy a standard tablet or a kid-friendly version?

Q: If male and female brains are different, should schooling be single sex?

A: I think there should be flexibility across the school system. Even in single sex schools there are opportunities to mingle with the opposite sex, but ...

3 years ago

Q: How can parents encourage kids to be more active?

A: By setting a good example yourself (very important) and by encouraging them every time they make a move to be more active. I truly believe there is a ...

3 years ago

Q: Would you invite the entire class for your kid's birthday party?

A: Oh good God. No, of course I wouldn't invite the whole class to a birthday party. I wouldn't invite everyone I work with to my birthday party, and my ...

3 years ago

Q: My sister, a primary school teacher, wants an iPad mini case, which one do I buy her?

A: Otterbox? Waterproof (for field trips), sturdy and looks good. Don't think they're very expensive either - in case you're a cheapskate ;)

3 years ago

Q: Can shopping online take the stress out of Christmas?

A: I don't know how I coped before online shopping was an options. Jesus, battling the crowds in over-warm shops and freezing pavements? No thanks. I've ...

3 years ago

Q: Which gadgets can be essentials for your baby's first year?

A: Casting my mind back, a thermometer (a reliable one!) and a microwave steriliser. Getting the temperature right in the bedroom at night was a ...

3 years ago

Q: Can a watch that tracks your heart rate make you a health obsessive?

A: I think anything that tracks 'performance' of any kind can be habit-forming, and it varies from individual to individual whether that habit be ...

3 years ago

Q: Are reference books inappropriate for children?

A: I think reference books are great for kids to have around, especially dictionaries. Although I do think that for young kids, it's best to get ...

3 years ago

Q: What do you do with your child's artwork?

A: I keep most of it, it goes into a 'special drawer' and then when the drawer gets full up I go through and pick my favourites and recycle the rest. I ...

3 years ago

Q: How many apps are available for the LeapPad?

A: Hundreds. You can have a look on the [App ...

3 years ago

Q: Will Zipit, the anti-sexting app, help prevent regrettable teenage behaviour?

A: I think this is such a great idea, and anything that encourages safe sexual behaviour and respect for oneself has to be a good thing. Teenagers will ...

3 years ago

Q: What TV dads make the best role models for fathers today?

A: I adore Cameron and Mitchell from Modern Family. I love the warmth of the relationship, how it shows them bickering as well as pulling together - ...

3 years ago

Q: Which London borough has the best schools?

A: Like Simon says, London boroughs are huge and are a mixed bag within them. A seemingly poor-performing school in terms of league tables, can have a ...

3 years ago

Q: At what age should I allow my little girl to use make up?

A: At 12, I'm amazed she hasn't used make up yet :) With anything like this, the only way forward is a balanced approach, I think. Let her experiment ...

3 years ago

Q: Is controlled crying cruel?

A: If it feels wrong to you then it would be wrong for you, but it's not necessarily cruel. It's certainly a very Western idea, a woman with her baby in ...

3 years ago

Q: Does anyone have any money saving tips to reduce the overall cost of sending children to school?

A: I definitely recommend buying in bulk, not leaving purchases to the last minute, economising where it doesn't matter (socks, multi-packs of shirts) ...

3 years ago

Q: My 9-year-old daughter seems to be in a dream world all the time. Why is this so?

A: I think this is perfectly normal and what a lovely way to be! She has her whole adult life ahead of her, to wear a frown and be rooted in the real ...

3 years ago

Q: What should we call our group of product reviewers?

A: Quib.ly Quibblers!

3 years ago

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