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Mark Ellis Jan 2018

The February / March edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I had a very entertaining chat with Mark Ellis, author of Digitox: How To Find A Healthy Balance For Your Family’s Digital Diet, who told me all about his family’s digital detox and tech-free Sundays – and left me feeling quite challenged about my own habits!

Parents have to do the heavy lifting and break their own addiction first. There’s no point telling children they can’t have technology on Sundays if you don’t apply it to yourself as well.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.




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Get £5 off your subscription to The Green Parent magazine when you use my code HHILES.


I LOVE The Green Parent magazine. I’ve been a subscriber since early 2011 when I was pregnant with my older son and I’m still excited when my copy drops through the door. When I’ve subscribed to other magazines for more than a year I’ve often found that they start to repeat themselves, but every edition of The Green Parent manages to stay fresh and inspiring.

As an example, the latest issue includes articles about baby wearing, how to start a blog, stand up comedy, healthy cake recipes, home education, creativity, natural beauty products and how to awaken joy in your children’s lives. And that’s just a snapshot!

My first Green Parent feature appeared in the February/March 2013 edition and was entitled Could You Be A Stay At Home Mum? (I wasn’t an SAHM then but am now, so apparently I could!). Since the June/July 2014 edition I’ve written the regular Meet The Author series, and have had the privilege of interviewing the likes of Gretchen RubinKim John Payne, Janet Lansbury, Richard Louv and Milli Hill.  You can find all my Green Parent stories here.

The Green Parent comes out every two months and is available in print and in a digital format. A 12-issue subscription (which lasts two years) costs £35 but you can get £5 off when you use my promotional code. Just head to the subscription page and enter HHILES in the “Do you have a coupon code?” box in the billing details section.



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green-parent-dec-2016The December / January edition of The Green Parent includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting experts.

I spoke to Ellie Stoneley, author of award-winning children’s picture book Milky Moments, about the importance of encouraging and normalising breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is normal and it’s a normal part of family life that doesn’t need to be locked away or done in private. Just feed your child as and when they want it. […] It’s a very special time, and for many families, a very treasured part of childhood.

You can view a PDF of the feature here.


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oct-nov-2016The October/ November edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting experts.

I spoke to Richard Louv, author of the best-selling Last Child in the Woods, about “nature deficit disorder” and how – and why – we can best help our children connect to the world around us.

Time spent in nature is obviously not a cure-all, but it can be an enormous help, especially for kids who are stressed by circumstances beyond their control.

You can view a PDF of the feature here.

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My feature Could you be a stay-at-home mum? was chosen by The Green Parent as one of their top 20 stories from the first 70 editions of the magazine.

When I wrote this feature the idea of going freelance was just beginning to spark in my head, and pitching the idea and getting published in a national magazine gave me the confidence I needed. I’m proud that this first freelance feature was so popular!

The Green Parent has published these top 20 stories on its website – here is the link to mine.

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