Quick ways to warm up

Yes, yes, yes I love the snow and hearing the news clips about how this winter the thermometer is breaking weather records, again. But being cold for more than about half an hour isn’t much fun – and of course can be life threatening if you are very young, very old or unwell. This post is by Nicola Baird and partly taken from her new book, Homemade Kids. And for the first time in this blog there is a VIDEO, scroll down to find out whether Nell thinks draughtproofing is fun…


Nell helps keep out the pesky bottom of the door draughts.

Here’s a plan

Identify the warmest room in your house and make it even more cosy. My family spends a lot of time in the kitchen – the oven warms it, as does the south-facing window (when it’s sunny!). We’ve already got a shelf over the radiator (to stop heat leakingout of the window) and always draw the triple-lined curtains at dusk.

But with Nell, 9, this weekend we went looking for draughts and found them under the door into our unheated corridor. I think Nell quite enjoyed measuring up, using an awl and locating a Phillip’s screwdriver. And now the draught proofing is fixed, she’s certainly enjoying being a tad less cold in the kitchen. Best of all, she’s learnt a few more skills – this month I’ve been alternating button sewing with basic DIY as skills my daughters are learning at home.

Join me for a home energy check
If you aren’t too far from the children’s wear/equipment specialist Born, 168 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 on Monday 6 December join me at a special workshop from 10.30-11.30am where you can find out more quick and cheap ways to make your home far more energy-efficient. Please bring your little one with you. The stay, play, learn workshop could reduce your energy bills, and is good for tackling climate change. I’m going to charge £5, but this is discounted if you buy the book, RRP £10.99, Vermilion).   Hope to see you there.

And if you’ve got more ideas about how to make your home snug with your children, do share them in the comment section below. Thanks, Nicola

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