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What to do with your kids during the Christmas holidays

Keep your kids occupied over the school holidays with inexpensive fun days out and new experiences: Have fun learning at an exhibition Exhibition centres around the country host different events all year round, appealing to all interests – both fun and educational (or both). The Christmas holidays are an ideal time to get hands-on and visit one. The NEC in Birmingham (www.thenec.co.uk) is showcasing a numbe ...

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How to make sure your children behave over Christmas

Wondering how to get through Christmas with the kids? Parenting guru Jo Frost tackles your dilemmas Christmas should be a time to relax and have fun with your children. In reality, it often leaves parents feeling flustered and frazzled. The kids run riot fuelled by a sugar-rush, and routines go out of the window. Then they turn their noses up at their gifts, and refuse the food you’ve spent days preparing. ...

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Jo Frost’s last word

Jo talks adoption, tantrums and her fashion forte. Give a child a happy home A massive advocate of adoption, Jo gives her tips on where to start ‘There are so many children out there who need loving homes,’ says Jo. ‘I’m a great believer of looking after a child who needs it and would absolutely consider adoption myself. There are many types, from domestic (your own country) and international (another count ...

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Pamper yourself during pregnancy

Now’s the time to enjoy some pregnancy pampering with these beauty fixes for mums-to-be. Your body, as you know it, is changing. The bump is expanding and, while this is a magical time, you may feel as if you’re turning into somebody that you no longer recognise. After all, with a growing belly comes a host of beauty concerns; from unsightly stretch marks to swollen breasts, blotchy skin to puffy feet. You ...

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Choosing the right car for your family

Make journeys easier for you and the kids by travelling in a car that is both comfortable and stylish. Back in the day when you were a trendy singleton, chances are you enjoyed the luxury of owning a cool set of wheels. You may have cruised around town with the top down, your tunes playing, and a pair of oversized shades on. You felt like you were queen of the road, without a care in the world. Lovely! And ...

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Baby Essentials: A round-up of products you and your infant will need

With a child on the way, you’ll want to make sure that you have all the core essentials so that you and your baby are comfortable, safe and stylish at all times. Our ultimate guide will help you find the best buys for all of your needs… PUSHCHAIRS When it comes to pushchairs, the first thing to ask yourself is: ‘What do I need my pushchair to do?’ This will depend solely on your lifestyle and the daily acti ...

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How did you feel on meeting your baby for the first time?

When that little face peered up at you for the very first time, was it her twinkling eyes you noticed first or her dash of hair? Four parents reveal their most memorable meeting. You’ve been waiting for this day for nine months, and finally it’s here! Your tiny baby may look scrunched up since his legs and arms have been bent while in the womb, but they’ll straighten out as he grows. ‘I fell in love once ag ...

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Take the plunge back into employment

Being a parent doesn’t mean you have to give up on a working role, too. Tidy the toys away, brush yourself down and start that job hunt again… You’ve had your little bundle of joy and enjoyed a lengthy maternity leave, but what happens if you don’t jump straight back into work at the end of it? Many mums decide to be a stay-at-home parent long after their initial baby bonding time has finished. This could b ...

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Don’t let them slip through the net

The world wide web is a place for great learning, enjoyment and fun for your child, but without proper precautions, it also has its risks. While you sit and read this article, what are your children up to? Outside in the garden? Reading a book? At the park with friends? Chances are they’re sat indoors, on a computer, tablet or a mobile phone, surfing the net or on one of many social media sites. Fifty per c ...

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How to: Make learning fun at home

With big pressure on kids to achieve academically, how much extra help should you be giving them? Find out how to make learning fun at home and encourage your child’s development in the process. Remember the days when children went to school to learn and then came home to play? Along with often demanding work schedules and hectic family lives, today’s parents are far more involved with their children’s lear ...

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