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The first 12 months: what to expect

Expecting your first child? Want to know just what’s in store? The first 12 months are over in a flash so be prepared. Following in the footsteps of this year’s hugely anticipated royal arrival, Prince George, there’s a baby boom among A-listers, too. If, like Peter Andre and girlfriend Emily MacDonagh, Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman, and Nadine Coyle and Jason Bell, you’ve just welcomed the pitter patte ...

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Thinking about adoption?

Are you considering starting a family this Spring?  There are many children who wait for a ‘forever family’.  If you can create a space in your life for a child, adoption may be for you. There are many ways to build your family, adoption is just one of many, so we tackle the myths to help you decide if adoption is for you.   What types of children need families? There are many types of children who are ...

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Spread the love this Valentine’s Day and give a child a home

With February comes Valentine’s Day, and many of you will be making plans to spend plenty of time with loved ones.  This year, why not share the love and give a child a home .  You might be thinking about going away with your partner or maybe even planning a romantic candlelight dinner. If you’re single, you might be having a fun evening with your friends instead. Love may also mean spending more quality ti ...

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Fostering: your questions answered

There are more than 62,000 children living with foster families across the UK. The Fostering Network estimates that a further 9,000 foster carers are needed this year alone to provide the supportive, stable and caring home for these vulnerable children. Dispelling the myths around fostering is the name of the game, and recruiters are determined in the New Year to help communities understand clearly, what it ...

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How you can make school days that little bit easier

A bit of forward planning can make all the difference for busy parents. Mornings, afternoons and evenings… When you have kids, they all roll into one. Fighting for the bathroom before school, getting the kids to eat breakfast, making packed lunches and thinking about what to cook for dinner when each child wants something different – being a parent is hard work! Then there are the arguments about what the c ...

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Swaddling your baby: what you need to know

Swaddle wrapping has been used around the world for thousands of years. Before we had monitors, dummies and music boxes parents have been using swaddling to ensure their babies have a settled nights sleep. The tight wrapping associated with swaddling is used to mimic the sensation that babies are used to in the womb. This helps the baby to feel safe and secure in their new surroundings. Not only this, swadd ...

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Would you consider adoption?

So, another Christmas is over. After being surrounded by family, with rooms full of festive cheer, it’s time to start thinking about the New Year ahead. The usual list of dreary New Year’s resolutions might look like this 1. Go on that diet I saw in the paper 2. Take up a hugely exciting and dangerous hobby 3. Finish clearing out the loft! This year though you could make a resolution that really makes a dif ...

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Choosing a school for your child

Private or state school? You decide… Wondering which school to send your child to? we asked one reader why she chose the state system and another about her decision to go private State School ‘If kids push themselves, they’ll do well wherever they go’ Laura Halls, 43, lives near Welwyn Garden City with her husband Stephen, 48, and has two children James, 17 and Sophie, 13. She is head of department in furth ...

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Toddlers and touchscreens – too much too young

‘One in three kids can use a mobile phone before they can talk’ – this headline makes me twitch.  A recent survey (1) commissioned by U.S. pressure group Common Sense Media and electronic toy manufacturer Vtech, says that 38% of 2 year olds in America have used gadgets like iPhones or tablets for playing games or watching films. This figure has nearly quadrupled in 2 years! That is a massive and rapid jump ...

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How to clear the clutter that kids bring to our home

One of the inevitable truths of parenthood is that if you have children, your house is going to be bombarded with stuff – and lots of it! This is a common problem that many new parents may find overwhelming… If the patter of little feet is a familiar sound in your home, then the sight of pint-size clutter probably is too – (let’s face it rainbow drawings and miscellaneous school papers arrive home daily wit ...

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