Parenting

Adoption: the highs and lows

Ruth Drury discusses the challenges and delights of adoption People sometimes ask us why my husband Dave and I decided to adopt. Is it because we’re heroes: two special people out to do some good in the world? Is it because we’re super brave? Or because we are able to do it when so many […]

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How to deal with bullying

Dealing with bullying swiftly can help to minimise the impact and even prevent it happening According to a new study from the Children’s Society, around 38% of children in England have been hit by classmates in the last month. The report concluded that children aged between eight and 12 in England are unhappier with their […]

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The rising cost of back to school

According to a recent study, the back to school cost period sets UK parents back £400, on average. A study of more than 1,000 parents carried out by LaptopsDirect.co.uk revealed that uniforms, sports kit, stationery, learning materials and gadgets can really hit parents’ pockets hard. It found that 25% of parents with primary school children […]

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Keeping the learning going this summer

The thought of having six weeks off school fills most children with delight, but those involved in education are concerned about the effects of the ‘summer slide’ on children’s development. While physical slides are great fun, the summer slide can really set kids back. Tingli Lai, from supplementary education provider Kumon Educational, says: ‘Studies estimate […]

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Once, twice, three times a mother…

Desiree Simpson-Cassidy has experienced motherhood in three very different forms Phase one I started my parenting apprenticeship aged 18. My pregnancy was unplanned and far removed from what people expected of me. When I think about it now as a 35-year-old woman, I’m filled with anxiety and turmoil. But in reality, my naivety allowed me […]

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15 fun things to do this summer

The summer holidays may present a few challenges for some parents. How do you keep the kids busy and happy throughout the long summer break? And how do you do it without breaking the bank? In addition to the entertainment ideas in our regular Out and About pages, we’ve come up with a broad range […]

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Let’s party!

Pool, soft play and arty parties make excellent birthday venues Following recent reports of parents spending up to £10,000 on their children’s birthday parties, we took it upon ourselves to investigate some fun and affordable alternatives to give your children a fantastic party without breaking the bank. Pool parties Children love splashing around in the […]

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Breaking the silence

Father of three Sam Seaver explains the joys and challenges of life as a deaf parent I had a lump of old wax nestling against my eardrum a few years ago and went to see a specialist to have it dug out. For whatever reason, I took my son with me, so he got to […]

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Top of the pops: 10 great Father’s Day gift ideas

Whether it’s your partner’s first ever Father’s Day or you’re buying for your own father, this is an important date for the diary. This year the big day falls on June 21, so time is running out to get that perfect gift. Although they might not admit it, men like to be spoilt as much […]

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It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take…

What gives people the right to dish out advice the minute your bump appears? And why do they forget to tell you the things you actually need to know? Fiona Hall describes the good, the bad and the absent when it comes to parental advice The last three years have been tougher than expected. I’m […]

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