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Keeping your kids active

Unless you’re careful, your children would happily spend their time glued to one screen or another, whether it be the television, a phone or tablet. Keeping your children active is vital. Classes for kids are plentiful and gives them time with children their own age – and if fitness is made fun, they might just stick to it!   Football and rugby Getting your son (or daughter)up to speed with ball skills ...

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How to get rid of those dreaded nursery nasties!

Kids are great, but they do pick up a few unsavoury ‘things’ when they mix with other children...Here’s how to deal with some of those dreaded nursery nasties When your children are little and are interacting with other children, due to the fact that they are often in close proximity – hugging, touching heads – unfortunately they can come home with more than just a grubby jumper and grazed knees. There are ...

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How to deal with those child care dilemmas

It’s the biggest decision you’ll make as you head back into the workforce. With options aplenty– from minders to pre-school – here’s how to choose one that’s right for you and your youngster. For most mums, the end of maternity leave means you’re faced with ‘the great pre-school care debate’. It’s a tough decision because there is so much contradictory advice out there, and when you value your child’s devel ...

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Is there a right age to have children?

For the majority of women, one of the most important life decisions to be made is, ‘Do I want children?’ If the answer is yes, next comes the million dollar question: ‘When is the right time?’ There’s no definitive answer. ‘Health-wise, the right time to have babies is probably in your 20s but, financially, it’s in your 30s,’ says Eleanor Peck, an independent midwife. ‘However, there is no “right” age to ha ...

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Take time out to bond with your child with these five cheap, simple and fun activities

When you’re a parent your work is never done. You’re feeding and washing the kids, running them around and making sure they’re entertained - not forgetting cleaning up the house after them too! Life is a whirlwind when you have a family and it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. That’s why it’s important to step back and evaluate how you’re spending time with the little people who you love the most. ...

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Adoption and finding the right agency for you

Children from across the UK need a forever family. The reasons why children find themselves in the care system are varied and complex but one thing is clear, children from every part of England and Wales are affected. Not just those in London boroughs, not just those from our larger cities, but children from towns big and small from Cornwall to Northumberland and everywhere in between. There are many volunt ...

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Getting ready to adopt – a guide

Applying to be an adoptive parent is a huge decision and Adoption Services are here to support and guide you through the process and beyond. Helping you prepare for the key stages like assessment, matching, and the introduction of a new child into the family home, can make a real difference to everyone involved.   Here we offer some pointers: Read and talk about adoption as widely as you can. Adoption ...

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The indoor generation

A new survey has found that a quarter of British kids spend less than six hours per week playing outside when they're at home. Instead, most of their time is spent inside playing with tech toys, meaning they now lack basic knowledge about the outdoors.  The study, conducted by UK-based garden furniture retailer Alfresia has found that many children are so unexposed to outdoor play that they are unable to id ...

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Cerebral palsy and birth injury – do you have a clinical negligence claim?

Families affected by a birth injury are often reluctant to pursue a claim against the NHS or private hospital involved with their child’s birth.  They may be distraught and finding it difficult to come to terms with the devastating news that their child has a catastrophic brain injury. Caring for a child with a brain injury such as cerebral palsy is stressful and demanding and places huge pressure on the wh ...

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Why ‘me’ time is so important for busy parents

It’s tough being a parent. Juggling family life with work and household chores is a tricky balancing act that can cause tension and stress in the home. As well as getting the kids ready for school, making lunches and doing the school run there’s also that huge pile of ironing, rooms to organise, a full washing basket, a shopping list as long as your arm and the cleaning to get through - let’s not forget wor ...

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