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The Secret to having Enough Energy to Cope with the Summer Holidays

The Secret to having Enough Energy to Cope with the Summer Holidays

I do love having the children home for the summer but where do they get all their energy from? Since cutting back on caffeine and sugar things seem to have become even harder. Therefore, when I heard that Berocca was partnering with TOTS100 for parenting bloggers to trial their fizzy tablets to give them more(…)

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Are you bribing your kids? #Infographic

Are you bribing your kids? #Infographic

Personalised children’s chart website, KiddyCharts found in a new survey that over 83% of parents admit to bribing their kids to help deal with bad behaviour. Are we really just giving into our children’s demands? 83.1% admitted to bribing their children with anything from extra time at the computer, to handing over sweets and chocolates. Is it(…)

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Bed Wetting Advice & DryNites #Review

Bed Wetting Advice & DryNites #Review

How you deal with bed-wetting I think depends on a lot of factors – but generally advice is not to worry until after at least 5 years old. Girls are usually dry before (aged 6) boys (aged 7) and 95% are usually dry by 10 years old. For those 5% though, it is nice to know(…)

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GCSE Results

GCSE Results

GCSEs come at such a difficult time. I actually remember writing about this in my own GCSE English exam (the unseen creative writing bit I believe). Surrounded by a hall of 6th formers doing retakes, it was such a distraction. That’s the thing isn’t it – hormones are raging, kids are wanting to be adults(…)

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Parent-Child Led Activities with Disabled Children

Parent-Child Led Activities with Disabled Children

It is known that warm and responsive parenting is optimal for child development. A study* has found that “the parents of children with disabilities and suspected delays evidenced significantly lower levels of warmth and less frequent parent–child activities compared with other parents.” With studies like this it is always a case of the sample utilised,(…)

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Tandem feeding

Tandem feeding

Tandem just means one in front of the other, not necessarily at the same time; so for me there never was any question about whether I’d tandem feed. My son was still a baby (it was the day before his first birthday I discovered I was expecting again) and not ready to give up. Also(…)

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Children Home Alone – Motivational Monday

Children Home Alone – Motivational Monday

At what age is it okay to leave a child alone in the house? There is actually (quiet surprisingly) no law about not leaving your child home alone (regardless of age), but it IS an offence if in doing so you put them at risk (source)  – Child and Young Person’s Act 1968. Punishment can range from(…)

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Mental Stimulation as opposed to Violent Computer Games

Mental Stimulation as opposed to Violent Computer Games

Sometimes as a parent I think you have to re-think your ideals. When our son was 14 he wanted to play violent games that were rated 18. You may be aware that I did my dissertation on violence in children’s television advertisements, and so really was not happy for him to play them. But, it(…)

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