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Heidi Scrimgeour
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Heidi Scrimgeour

County Antrim
I am a freelance lifestyle journalist based on the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland. I have written for a wide range of national newspapers including the Sunday Telegraph, Irish Independent, The Times, Guardian, Daily Express and the Daily Mail, and for a diverse range of consumer magazines including Gurgle, Top Sante, Grazia, Stylist, The Lady, Saga, essentials, Practical Parenting and Prima Baby. I am also a regular contributor to AOL's parenting and travel sites. Check me out here: www.heidiscrimgeour.com

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  • Questions 1
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  • Followers 14
  • Follows 2
  • Votes given 22
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05Dec
Are modern parents over-reliant on technology?

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 ...

06Sep

Quite possibly, yes! What better way to assess the impact of an epidemic on an increasingly large and compact human population? Or perhaps to ...

22Aug
What should we call our group of product reviewers?

Or Quibliologists!

22Aug
What should we call our group of product reviewers?

Quibologists :)

22Aug
Do teenagers need LinkedIn?

Agreed!

22Aug

By all means offer a subsite for future business people but to simply drop kids into the mainstream linkedin application is very short sighted ...

22Aug
Do teenagers need LinkedIn?

Ooh that's a great question - how can we encourage kids to think about the exposure they give future employers?

22Aug
Do teenagers need LinkedIn?

Agreed, but at 13...?

22Aug
Do teenagers need LinkedIn?

[LinkedIn](http://quib.ly/qu/should-a-school-leaver-create-a-linkedin-profile), the social networking site aimed at professionals, is set to [drop ...

19Aug
Has Facebook made the humble birthday card redundant?

[Social media](http://quib.ly/qu/is-social-media-making-things-even-more-competitive) has altered our lives in so many ways but surely none so much ...

15Aug
Is it irresponsible to allow children to play games that are rated older than they are?

Yeah, I agree that 'irresponsible' is probably a bit harsh in this context, since most parents probably cave to pressure from the kid (and their ...

02Aug
How has technology changed the pregnancy experience?

When did pregnancy get taken over by technology? Forget invasion of the body snatchers - with my third child on the way I feel like my pregnancy has ...

25Jul
Should tots be exposed to all these gadgets?

If you haven’t heard about the iPotty then you need to read Joanne Mallon’s brilliant answer to [Would you let your child use an iPad on the ...

24Jul
Should we buy sympathy gifts for teachers?

It’s fairly commonplace for parents to give [gifts to teachers](http://quib.ly/qu/what-are-appropriate-gifts-for-teachers) when their children reach ...

18Jul
Should I let my 11-year-old sleep in during the holidays?

It's what the holidays are FOR! I've literally been waiting YEARS for my kids to start sleeping in during the holidays, and this summer is the first ...

18Jul

I have two approaches to this - first of all, like you I take on less work in the summer. The summers where this has not been possible have been a ...

18Jul
How do you handle the holidays when you're a working parent?

Ooh I do envy you being able to get up before them. My kids have some innate instinct for the second my eyelids pop open and I have NEVER managed to ...

18Jul
How do you handle the holidays when you're a working parent?

How do you handle the [school holidays](http://quib.ly/qu/how-long-should-school-summer-holidays-be) when you’re a working parent? And if you work ...

Q: Are modern parents over-reliant on technology?

A: 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 ...

3 years ago

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

A: Quibologists :)

3 years ago

Q: Do teenagers need LinkedIn?

A: [LinkedIn](http://quib.ly/qu/should-a-school-leaver-create-a-linkedin-profile), the social networking site aimed at professionals, is set to [drop ...

3 years ago

Q: Has Facebook made the humble birthday card redundant?

A: [Social media](http://quib.ly/qu/is-social-media-making-things-even-more-competitive) has altered our lives in so many ways but surely none so much ...

3 years ago

Q: Is it irresponsible to allow children to play games that are rated older than they are?

A: Yeah, I agree that 'irresponsible' is probably a bit harsh in this context, since most parents probably cave to pressure from the kid (and their ...

3 years ago

Q: How has technology changed the pregnancy experience?

A: When did pregnancy get taken over by technology? Forget invasion of the body snatchers - with my third child on the way I feel like my pregnancy has ...

3 years ago

Q: Should tots be exposed to all these gadgets?

A: If you haven’t heard about the iPotty then you need to read Joanne Mallon’s brilliant answer to [Would you let your child use an iPad on the ...

3 years ago

Q: Should we buy sympathy gifts for teachers?

A: It’s fairly commonplace for parents to give [gifts to teachers](http://quib.ly/qu/what-are-appropriate-gifts-for-teachers) when their children reach ...

3 years ago

Q: Should I let my 11-year-old sleep in during the holidays?

A: It's what the holidays are FOR! I've literally been waiting YEARS for my kids to start sleeping in during the holidays, and this summer is the first ...

3 years ago

Q: How do you handle the holidays when you're a working parent?

A: How do you handle the [school holidays](http://quib.ly/qu/how-long-should-school-summer-holidays-be) when you’re a working parent? And if you work ...

3 years ago

Q: What is hands-free parenting and should we aim for it?

A: One of my favourite [parenting blogs](www.handsfreemama.com) is written by a mum who is valiantly trying to create boundaries between her technology ...

3 years ago

Q: Should we ask our children’s permission before posting about them on Facebook?

A: Like many parents, I regularly post on Facebook about the funny things my kids say or do. They’re an endless source of comedy gold and ‘Facebooking’ ...

3 years ago

Q: What’s Bloom.fm and will it change the way kids listen to music?

A: [Bloom.fm](http://www.bloom.fm) is a free music app with a library of over 18 million legally-licensed tracks, and since I can only really speak for ...

3 years ago

Q: Could financial literacy apps make savvy spenders of our kids?

A: ‘Financial literacy apps’ is really just a fancy phrase for electronic games that teach users about money. Pop ‘financial literacy apps’ into the ...

3 years ago

Q: Is it ever ok to 'steal' from your kids?

A: Obviously the only sensible answer to this question is ‘No’. If parenting is largely about modelling appropriate behaviour to your kids, then nicking ...

3 years ago

Q: When can I start taking my daughter to the movies?

A: Agree with everyone else but I'd add that 3D movies (at the cinema) still don't really agree with my youngest, whose six. He just gets annoyed by the ...

3 years ago

Q: Is it okay to use a child’s tech to enforce a punishment?

A: Yep, agree with Liat too. Screen time is often my go-to threat!

3 years ago

Q: Fundawear: The future of sexting?

A: Durex Australia are trialing a new range of techy lingerie that allows wearers to ‘touch’ one another remotely via the internet. Via a smartphone ...

4 years ago

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