Parenting

How to create a safe bedroom for your kids

The following tips will help to prevent avoidable accidents in your child’s bedroom and beyond You might be the most attentive parent in the world, but it’s impossible to watch your children at all times. Running around after them and cleaning up as you go, you rarely lose sight of them, but you have to […]

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Is breast always best?

Everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to breast or formula-feeding, but who’s right? Health professionals often recommend breastfeeding as it helps to defend against infection, prevent allergies and protect babies from a number of chronic conditions. However, some mothers find they are unable to breastfeed or that it simply doesn’t come naturally […]

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Homework matters

Rachel Vecht, director at Educating Matters, focuses on the importance of homework, even during the holidays! I spent eight years handing out homework as a teacher, 15 years discussing it as a parent educator and, most importantly, practice what I preach on a daily basis with my four children at home. Very few children have […]

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In control

Rachel Vecht, director at Educating Matters, questions how parents can strike the balance between being in control and being controlling There is a mistaken belief that the two main parenting choices are either authoritarian or permissive. However, there is a middle ground known as ‘positive parenting’, where parenting is carried out with clear limits but […]

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Throwing the perfect baby shower

Mocktails and gifts for mum are among the experts’ top baby shower suggestions Organising a baby shower can be stressful as you attempt to coordinate guests, a venue, refreshments, decorations and gifts. To make it easier, we spoke to some top baby brands and asked for their baby shower recommendations. Margaux Pitarch, marketing assistant at […]

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Surviving the summer holidays

Dave Rose shares his top tips to getting through the summer holidays based on some of his less successful experiences Sometimes, being a parent is a bit like trying to finish a marathon just as an earthquake starts. Everything is changing all around you, there’s quite a lot of screaming, and you’re doing your level […]

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Dealing with postnatal depression

Bridget Hargreave describes the crippling effects of postnatal depression (PND) We learn the facts about pre-eclampsia when we diligently read up on pregnancy. However, that doesn’t prepare you for the headaches, swelling or the feeling that something is inexplicably wrong. I felt the same way about postnatal depression. But just as I was shocked by […]

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Christmas gift guide

Check out these top Christmas gifts for 2015! Sport Deluxe Boo Sweater Your little ones will love this adorable sweater. With its fun design and chunky knit, your child will be able to celebrate in style on the big day. 4-10 years £40 ministreetstyle.com SwimFin Worn on the back, SwimFin works in harmony with the […]

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The Holy Grail of fatherhood

Dave Rose discusses the delights and exhaustion of life with a newborn Often when you watch a film, you can’t help but relate to the characters. Sometimes it’s because they’re going through something similar to an experience you have had. Occasionally it’s because they look exactly like you. Not just a passing resemblance, but as […]

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Mums at work

Jennifer Liston-Smith gives practical tips and advice for mums who are returning to work An interview I recently gave attracted criticism because I dared to suggest that we develop transferable skills as mothers. ‘Am I a better accountant because I can tie a child’s shoelaces?’ challenged one angry reader. Perhaps not directly, but as a […]

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