A family car is not like any other. You cannot buy a family depending solely on your personal preferences and choices. You have to put the needs of all your family members into consideration and ensure that your final choice is one that they will all like. On paper, this makes the task of choosing a family car a bit trickier. However, by considering some tips that we will provide for you below, you will notice that finding a perfect family car is one of the easiest things to do.

1. Your Budget

Inasmuch as you would wish to buy your dream family car, your budget will play a huge role in determining whether you will settle for that or not. In cases where you have a tight budget, you might be forced to opt for a car loan. Car loans are very helpful, especially if you think about them carefully and acquire them from the right lenders.

However, most lenders prefer people who have a good credit history. A good credit score and history boosts the lender’s trust that you will be able to repay the amount in time without defaulting. Does that mean that you cannot qualify for a car loan if you do not have a good credit score? Definitely not. With 5 Star Car Title Loans, you can qualify for a secured car loan that will see to it that you acquire the perfect family car for your loved ones.

With good, bad or no credit at all, you can access car loans on the platform through an easy application process and faster approval. You will get a loan depending on the type of family car that you want to purchase and you can keep driving it while you pay back the loan depending on the agreed terms.

2. The Size of the Family Car

Since it is a family car, it should be sizeable to accommodate all of your family members. The car should have at least five seats and a boot to carry your luggage during family trips. The bigger the car you can afford the better.

3. The Type of Doors

If you have children, you might want to opt for a family car that has its doors open widely. This is particularly important, especially when it comes to strapping them on the seats, as you will not have to strain. The seat height should also be stadium styled for general family convenience.

4. Consider the Safety Rating of the Car

A family car should always be safe for everybody, including the children. Before signing up for anything, consider one that has a safety rating of five stars. Here, you can also go deep into the model’s details as well.

5. The Features for Children

Your children are probably one of the reasons why you are getting a family car in the first place. In that case, it follows that the car that you settle for should have features that are children friendly. These may include sun blinds, tinted rear windows, DVD screens and 12v power sockets in the back for charging tablets and handheld game consoles.

Buying a family car is not a hard task. However, you will have to put some factors such as your budget, the car’s children features, its size and design before signing up for anything. Remember, you should not allow your personal preferences and choices to get into your way of delivering a perfect family car for your loved ones.

It’s a bit of a running joke in my family that I never remember any of the drama that happened as we were growing up because I was always asleep.

‘Do you remember that time Grandad punched a horse?’ someone will ask.

‘Of course she doesn’t,’ someone else will say,’ she will have been in bed.’

(Note: my Grandad never punched a horse but I couldn’t think of any examples because, obviously, I was asleep.)

fast asleep

Me from 9pm onwards

I get tired okay guys? I can’t help it.

As a teenager I never had any good TV programmes to talk about at school because I was always in bed and asleep by about 9pm. I normally manage to keep things going until about 10pm nowadays, but any later than that and my knees start twitching and to be honest if it was just me at home I’d probably be in bed earlier. I’m just trying to impress Belle. Whenever I go away on my own I’m in bed with a cup of tea catching up with the Archers by nine. View Post

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At 15 years old, Belle is much easier to keep entertained on road trips than she used to be.

When she was little, she did NOT like cars. I’d read all these articles with top tips to get your baby to sleep – ‘take them for a drive in the car!’ – they’d say – ‘they’ll love watching the world go by!’


Belle was not ‘lulled by the gentle driving motion’ and she really did not enjoy ‘looking out of the window at passing scenery.’ In fact she screamed constantly unless you sang Agadoo by Black Lace over and over again in a loud voice.

travelling with kids

She looks like butter wouldn’t melt doesn’t she? Casually sat up on the kitchen counter, playing her favourite game of ‘put things in the toaster’, but don’t be fooled. She’d scream in your face soon as look at you. (Please note toaster is switched off.) View Post

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What’s your worst driving habit?

Generally I’d say I’m a pretty good driver. I check my mirrors all the time, I indicate, mostly when I’m meant to, and I always check my blind spot. I get bad motion sickness, to the point where I can feel sick while I’m actually driving, so I always try to drive nice and smoothly too.

I *sometimes* twist the car sharply from side to side just to scare the children, but only if there is nothing behind me, so I think that’s totally acceptable. I also like to freak them out a bit sometimes by taking both hands off the wheel, but if you’re going in a straight line, how important really even IS the steering wheel?

Apparently VERY.

worst driving habits

I took part recently in a little driving experiment with insurance company Ageas. I was told that the project was all about parents teaching their children to drive, and as Bee has had her provisional licence for years now, and had about 20 lessons while she was at university in London, I figured she’d be pretty good. She did keep telling me that she felt VERY NOT OKAY about the whole thing, and that cars make her anxious, but I assured her that it would all come flooding back once she got behind the wheel.

Things did not flood. View Post

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I never expected to breastfeed a toddler.

I breastfed Bee for about six weeks, which on reflection wasn’t a bad go really. I was only 17 at the time, I lived in a house full of people and I went back to college about a month after she was born. And the MILK – my God, the milk. There was so damn much of it. At night I had to cut nappies in half to stuff in my bra otherwise the duvet, sheets and mattress would be soaked through. There was no way I could have gone back to college OOZING like that.

Second time around then, I was open-minded. I was prepared to give breastfeeding a go, but I was also prepared to stop if it didn’t work out. I wasn’t putting myself under any pressure.

When Belle was about six weeks old I went to a breastfeeding group. I’ve written about it before here, so I’m not going to harp on about how life changing it was, you’ll have to read the original post for that. Needless to say that it was, and I ended up breastfeeding Belle for two and a half years. I also trained as a breastfeeding counsellor, volunteered as a breast pump hire co-ordinator, wrote about breastfeeding for The Green Parent magazine and starred in an international breastfeeding calendar.

I was ALL about the boobs.

breastfeeding upside down

This was just an experiment – not a recommended feeding position

There were a few things that surprised me about breastfeeding a toddler: View Post

I was on Twitter this morning (for a change) and I saw a tweet from Women’s Hour advertising one of their shows:

‘New Late Night Woman’s Hour pod out now! We’re talking Upskirting, Abortion, whether it’s OK to call a woman Feisty (clue: no) and self-care…’

Now first of all obviously my senses were assaulted by all of the capital letters, because you know how I feel about those. BBC, what is the matter with you??

But then I read it again because since when are we not allowed to call a woman feisty? To me it feels like a positive word. It reminds me of the Shakespeare quote – ‘though she be but little she is fierce.’

I looked up the definition to check I wasn’t missing something:

can I call a woman fesity

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